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Miniature Poodle Breed Fact Sheet

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Miniature Poodle Breed Information

Group 7: Non Sporting

Energy Level: Moderate to high

Original Function: water retrieving, performer

Temperament & Characteristics: A very active, intelligent, well balanced and elegant looking dog with good temperament, carrying himself very proudly.

Recommended for: Most people/families, allergy suffers.

Lifespan: 10 - 15 yrs


under 38 cm (15 ins)
but not under 28 cm (11 ins).

Colour: All solid colours. White and cream poodles to have black nose, lips and eyerims, black toenails desirable, brown poodles to have dark amber eyes, dark liver nose, lips, eyerims and toenails. Apricot poodles to have dark eyes with black points or deep amber eyes with liver points. Black, silver and blue poodles to have black nose, lips, eyerims and toenails. Cream, apricot, brown, silver and blue poodles may show varying shades of the same colour up to 18 months. Clear colours preferred.

Coat: Very profuse and dense of good harsh texture without knots or tangles. All short hair close, thick and curly. It is strongly recommended that the traditional lion clip be adhered to. Pets: May be clipped in styles to suit your lifestyle or taste.

General Appearance: Small sized body. Dark eyes. Well coated long ears that hang down. Tail medium length.



The Miniature Poodle was developed from the Standard Poodle by people who wanted a smaller version of the larger poodle which was easier to care for and more economical to feed. This size of poodle was known to exist at least 500 years ago. They became well known in circuses due to the fact that they are easy to train, extremely intelligent and eager to please. They were so popular during the 1950’s and 1960’s that some genetic problems began to occur. This seems to have been sorted out by more selective breeding being carried out.
These dogs are extremely intelligent and eager to please, they are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, probably one of the reasons they are so easy to train. Many pet owners, using gentle and consistent training methods, have seen their poodles excel in obedience trials, flyball and agility.
Getting along with the kids, the cat and the guinea pig is no problem for the poodle. Lively and affectionate, they make wonderful companion dogs, They enjoy a busy life and love to be included in all family pursuits. Miniatures adapt to life in more confined quarters as long as they get adequate exercise. They can be good guard dogs, announcing visitors but never being aggressive.

Grooming- Poodles do not shed and are often tolerated by allergic people. Their coats do take a great deal of care though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. The poodle should be taken to a groomer about every 6 to 8 weeks for a clip of your choice. The poodle’s ears need frequent cleaning or they will become infected and, especially in the smaller poodles, daily teeth brushing is recommended or tartar will build up rapidly and lead to gingivitis.

Exercise- a fairly active breed that likes to get out on walks and particularly enjoys games.

Health- This breed can suffer from many genetic diseases, eye problem and skin problems. Check with breeders to see if tests have been done. Check ears regularly for infection and mites. For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition


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