Mini Poodle Breed Information
Description: The Poodle breed is branched off into three types: Standard, Miniature and Toy. Descending from Germany, this breed is ranked the second most intelligent dog breed behind the Border Collie. The breed is best described as active, elegant and alert.
Other Names: Poodle, Caniche, Pudelhund
Type: Water Dog
Height: 11-15 in.
Weight: 12-18 lbs.
Colors: Poodles come in the colors white, black, brown, silver, gray, silver beige, apricot, red, cream and sable.
Coat: The coat of a Mini Poodle is soft, wavy, woolly and thick.
Temperament: Poodles are known for being a highly intelligent, energetic and sociable breed. They are normally quiet and calm with a strong sense of loyalty to their owners and family. With Children: Poodles love playing games with children and will be protective over younger members of the family. They are a great fit for family-centric homes. With Pets: While they kind in nature, this breed has a tendency to get emotionally protective and needs to be trained to hold back on snappy behavior. This breed gets along with other pets but all interactions should be monitored.
Watch-dog: Since this breed has no problem warning its owner of oncoming danger, the Poodle is a successful watch dog.
Guard-dog: The Poodle is a poor guard dog because it is not possessive and aggressive to potential enemies.
Care and Training: Poodle owners are recommended to brush their coat on a daily basis to avoid tangles. Maintaining the upkeep of the dog’s teeth, hair and nails is vital. Poodles are highly trainable dogs that typically excel in obedience training. This breed can also get training and exercise through sports. Swimming, fly-ball and hiking are a few outdoor activities to pursue.
Learning Rate: High. Obedience: High. Poodles are known for excelling in activities that involve herding, performing and obedience. Problem Solving: High.
Activity: High. This breed needs both physical and mental activities to stimulate them.
Health Issues: Health concerns the Poodle breed has are Addison’s disease, gastric dilatation volvulus, thyroid issues, tracheal collapse, epilepsy, juvenile renal disease, sebaceous adenitis, hip dysplasia and cancer.
Life Span: 10-12 years.
Litter Size: 1-4 puppies.
Country of Origin: Germany
History: German artist Albrecht Dürer created the first popular image of the Poodle breed in the 15 and 16 centuries. It wasn’t long before the breed spread to Spain and during the reign of Louis XVI, France had toy poodles as pampered favorites. When the breed was officially recognized by the FCI, those of the congregation wanted to avoid any possible dispute between two founding members. It was then that Germany recognized the Poodle as a dog originating from France. The poodle contributed to the creation of other dog breeds, like the Miniature Schnauzer, Standard Schnauzer and dogs of the Bichon type.
First Registered by the AKC: The Miniature Poodle was recognized by the AKC in 1887.
AKC Group: Non-sporting
Registries: ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC, NZKC, UKC