Miniature Poodle - The Mid-sized Mini Poodle
Often called the French Poodle.
The Mini Poodle history is basically the same as the Toy and Standard varieties. They are descendants of continental water dogs
known in Europe, particularly in Germany and Russia, dating back to the 1500s. Similar dogs also existed and played their part, as in France, known as the "Caniche"
or "chien canard"
a reflection of its duck hunting ability. Germany is credited with naming the breed, "Pfudel"
akin to puddle or splash
, and they graded sizes into "kleine"
meaning small, "mittlere"
for medium, and "grosse"
denoting large. The Mini was popular with the French aristocracy, becoming the national dog of France
. Even today, one frequently hears the name French Poodle
. The traditional trim was not for esthetic purposes originally, but for practical reasons. Leaving the hair long protected the heart and chest from cold water. Clipping the legs decreased drag while swimming. It was the French who added pompons and fancy ribbons which are seen in the performance and conformation show rings today. Interest in the smaller size, the Mini increased gradually, and eventually separate classification was recognized by the Kennel Club (UK) in 1910. By 1960, Poodles were the most popular breed in America and still rank very high today.
Height: 15 in. (38 cm) or under, at withers.
Weight: 12-18 lbs. (5.5-8.2 kg).
Energy: Quite high.
Affection: Very affectionate.
Shedding: A little.
Playfulness: Very playful.
Protection: No. Too friendly.
Friendliness with other dogs: Quite friendly.
Friendliness with strangers: Initially Reserved.
Bonding: Usually bonds to one person.
With Children: Excellent.
Trainability: Very High.
Grooming: Once a day.
Other Names: Caniche, French Poodle.
Life Expectancy: 13 - 15 years.
The Poodle is a square proportioned dog with an elegant appearance and proud carriage. Poodle puppies come in many colors, preferably solid colors, such as whites, blacks, reds, blues, grays, silvers, browns, cafe-au-laits, apricots and creams. The coat of a parti-colored, or Parti Poodle, is not, according to the breed standard, which requires an even solid color at the skin. The Parti is of two or more colors. This is considered a major fault! Poodles come in three sizes, and many colors, but are considered one breed. The Standard variety, is the largest of the three. As for grooming, its low dander, almost non-shedding coat, needs frequent brushing to prevent matting. The various clips are a matter of taste for the average owner, but if exhibited at dog shows, the clipping rules are explicit, and must be strictly adhered to, as per the Breed Standard. Most family dogs are given the traditional puppy clip. It's a practical trim, and very good looking.
Although the Poodle requires some daily grooming, brushing to keep the coat from matting, it actually sheds very little. It is considered a hypoallergenic dog breed. If you suffer from allergies, like asthma, this might be the perfect breed for you. Check it out by visiting a breeder for a self test, a breeder who only has Poodles on the premises, so as to get non-corrupted test results. Do you want more information on this Variety of Poodle? It's a small mid-sized breed, perfect for many families with children, or senior folks. For Mini Poodle breeders, who have Miniature Poodle puppies for sale, see the breeders section. If there are no Miniature Poodle breeders nearby, see the Canadian Poodle breed club. See also the Canadian Poodle rescue. The American Poodle breed club or Poodle rescue contacts might have other breeder information.
Temperament: The Miniature Poodle is one of the cleverest, and easiest dogs to train. He is alert, lively, responsive to commands, smart and obedient, and most eager to please. Some may bark a lot. Some may be initially reserved with strangers. They are good with other pets, dogs, and small children. He makes a superb companion, enjoying the pampered life. He is an excellent watchdog when needed. A Miniature Poodle puppy is highly trainable. Shyness or sharpness is considered a major fault.
Miniature Poodle Health Issues:
The major health problems are: PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), Patellar luxation (knee joint slips apart), Legg-Perthes (blood supply damage to the head of the femur), Epilepsy (a chronic condition characterized by recurrent seizures). Minor concerns are Trichiasis (eyelash abnormalities), Entropion (the eyelid rolls inward - eyelashes scratch and cause pain), Lachrimal duct atresia (tear duct problems), Cataracts (same as in humans). Occasional problems are urinary stones - can't urinate - (get immediate vet attention!), Intervertebral disk degeneration (back degenerative problems).