Adopting A Miniature Poodle

The Miniature Poodle is larger than the Toy Poodle but smaller than the Standard type.  His eyes are very dark, ears close to the head, flat cheeks, and a long muzzle.  He is frisky, intelligent, alert, obedient, agile, and long-lived.  This breed is normally friendly, eager to please, affectionate, and accepts people outside of the family, though he also makes a great watchdog.  His bouncy interest and curiosity are charming, but sometimes gets him into trouble.  The Miniature Poodle’s high level of energy is not for those who are looking for a laid-back, easy-going dog.  He learns quickly and a tough competitor in the obedience ring and agility competitions.  He responds well to training as long as his owner or trainer avoids heavy-handed techniques.  He can be a bit high-strung and nervous, which are traits that escalate into fear-based aggression and biting if he feels threatened.  He has the tendency to bite if spoiled.  In addition, spoiling this breed could encourage stubborn, nippy behavior.  Socialization must start early from puppy hood.

Size: The Miniature Poodle stands 10-15in at the shoulder and weighs between 15 and 35lb.

History and origin: The poodle was originally developed as a shaggy guard, as well as a retriever, flusher of birds, and protector of sheep.  His origin is similar to the Irish Water Spaniel and shares a common ancestor with the French Barbet and Hungarian Water Hound.  This breed originated in Germany as a water retriever; even the word poodle comes from the German word “pudelnass” or puddle.

Feeding: Recommended feeding for the Miniature Poodle would be ¾ -1 can of high quality meat product ( 13.3oz size) with biscuit added in same amount by volume or 1 ½ cupfuls of a complete dry food.

Exercise: The Miniature Poodle is very light on his feet and therefore will make a good jogging partner.  Apartment is fine for this breed as long as he is getting his daily exercise.  He enjoys a ball game or any kind of exercise that involves retrieving.

Grooming: The Miniature Poodle has a non shedding curly coat that needs to be clipped every 2 months.  Use a wire-pin pneumatic brush and a wire-toothed metal comb for daily grooming.  The English saddle clip and the continental clip are considered to be high-maintenance show cuts.  On the other hand, the sporting clip is easiest to maintain.  In this style, the hair on the body is about an inch long with a pom-pom on the tip of the tail.  A topknot of hair remains on the head, and the face, feet, and tail are clean-shaven.