Miniature Poodle

Description

The Miniature Poodle has a very curly appearance. Although owners may choose to have the coat styled a particular way for showing, the breed has a basic look. The coat is curly and thick. The breed’s ears hang down very low and are long. The ears are usually very flat. Its head and muzzle are elongated. The breed’s body is well proportioned. Its neck is slightly angled and transitions smoothly to a straight back.

Temperament

The energy of the Miniature Poodle is apparent. This breed is generally very happy and shows it. It is amicable with just about everyone. It will typically coexist with other pets without a problem. It is a great playmate for children. It often entertains using tricks it has learned. Training this breed is not difficult at all. It enjoys learning and is quick to respond to training. It has a high intelligence. Although it probably won’t be too unpleasant, the Miniature Poodle is not outwardly friendly to people it doesn’t know.

Height and Weight

The Miniature Poodle tends to stand 11-15 inches tall and weighs about 15-17 pounds.

Health Problems

The Miniature Poodle, unfortunately, is associated with some health problems. The most serious health concerns for this breed include heart disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), epilepsy, and cataracts. The breed is also susceptible to conditions of the skin.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Miniature Poodle tends to be an indoor dog. Its high energy level is not hindered when it lives indoors. The breed will do fine outdoors with an average yard.

Exercise

Exercise is a natural occurrence in the Miniature Poodle. The breed is naturally energetic. Although it will obtain exercise on is own, it would appreciate regular opportunities running and swimming with its owner.

Life Expectancy

The Miniature Poodle has an average life expectancy of 12-15 years.

Litter Size

The Miniature Poodle has an average life expectancy of 12-15 years.

Grooming

The Miniature Poodle has a beautiful appearance, but it requires a significant amount of work to maintain its look. The breed requires regular washing, brushing, and clipping. Show types will probably require a professional groomer to keep the coat in show appearance. Grooming the ears is important. Its ears may trap bacteria, which can lead to infection. It is a good idea to check and clean its ears on a regular basis.

Origin

It is generally accepted that the Miniature Poodle originated in France.

Group

Non-Sporting, Gun

Color

The coat of the Miniature Poodle is usually a solid color of gray, brown, blue, orange, or ivory.