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Miniature Poodle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Miniature Poodle so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany France
Other Names
What other names does the Miniature Poodle have? The dog breed also known as...
Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Carniche Moyen, Barboncino Miniatura, French Poodle, Pudle, Zwergpudel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Miniature Poodle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Miniature Poodle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Miniature Poodle breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubCanadian Canine Registry
Price
How much does the Miniature Poodle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Miniature Poodle price:
1000-1500
If you choose to purchase the Miniature Poodle, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Miniature Poodle for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Miniature Poodle gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Miniature Poodle size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Miniature Poodle weigh? Miniature Poodle weight:
15-17 pounds (7-8 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Miniature Poodle? Miniature Poodle average weight:
16 pounds (7.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Miniature Poodle? Miniature Poodle height:
11-15 inches (28-38 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Miniature Poodle average height:
13 inches (33 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Miniature Poodle have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseCurlyThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Miniature Poodle's coat?
ApricotBlackBrownGraySilverWhiteFawnBlue CreamRedBeige
Grooming
How to groom the Miniature Poodle and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Miniature Poodle requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Miniature Poodle is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Miniature Poodle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Caniche? Miniature Poodle shedding level:
Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Miniature Poodle dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Miniature Poodle have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveFaithfulIntelligentAlertInstinctualTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Miniature Poodle? Are they intelligent?
Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 95% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Miniature Poodle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Miniature Poodles are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Miniature Poodle is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Miniature Poodle sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Miniature Poodles don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Miniature Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Caniche need? Miniature Poodle social needs:
Miniature Poodles need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Miniature Poodle dogs bark a lot? Why does my Barbone bark?
Average to high: The Miniature Poodle is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Miniature Poodle good as a watchdog?
Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Miniature Poodles will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Miniature Poodle dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Miniature Poodles are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Miniature Poodle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Caniche? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Miniature Poodle? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Miniature Poodle do?
Miniature Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Miniature Poodles need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Miniature Poodle to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Miniature Poodle roam?
Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Miniature Poodle have high prey drive?
Miniature Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Miniature Poodle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Miniature Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Miniature Poodle dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Miniature Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Miniature Poodle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Miniature Poodle and children:
Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Miniature Poodle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Miniature Poodle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Poodle dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Miniature Poodle can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Miniature Poodles good office dogs? Do Miniature Poodles make good office friendly dogs? Can Miniature Poodles be ofiice dogs?
No
Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Poodle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Caniche temperament with senior people? Are Miniature Poodle dogs good for elderly owners?
Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Poodle dogs get along with other pets? Are Miniature Poodle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Miniature Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Miniature Poodle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Miniature Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Miniature Poodle is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Miniature Poodle breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Miniature Poodle is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Miniature Poodle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a boat dog?
Not really
Miniature Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Miniature Poodle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Miniature Poodle dogs have health problems?
The Miniature Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Miniature Poodle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Miniature Poodle breed? Health risks of Miniature Poodle:
Addison's DiseaseBloatEpilepsyHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Miniature Poodle dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Miniature Poodle be?
14-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Miniature Poodle breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Miniature Poodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Miniature Poodle have?
Miniature Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Miniature Poodle dogs require per day?
Miniature Poodles need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Miniature Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Miniature Poodle need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Miniature Poodle risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Miniature Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Miniature Poodle's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Miniature Poodle drool?
The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Miniature Poodle could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Miniature Poodle. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Miniature Poodle puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Miniature Poodle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Miniature Poodle have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Miniature Poodle have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-8 puppies, average 5

Pros & Cons of Miniature Poodle

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Miniature Poodles are very easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Miniature Poodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Miniature Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Miniature Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Miniature Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • John Smith

    Nov 16, 2019, 1:29:46 AM:

    I have a poodle, he likes to go on long walks. They also require lots of grooming if you keep their fur longer. They are very obedient and my poodle does not run away when we go on hikes off leash, no matter whether or not he sees a deer or rabbit.