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Miniature Poodle

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An Intelligent Family Dog

Lively, Trainable, Outgoing

Miniature Poodles are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Miniature Poodles, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Miniature Poodle and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.


Breed Details

Height:11-15" Weight:15-17 lb Lifespan:12-15 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
5

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: The Miniature Poodle is highly intelligent and well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks, frequent play sessions, and plenty of mental stimulation.

Grooming: Daily brushing and regular grooming is needed every 6-8 weeks to keep coat beautiful.

Dental: Miniature Poodles often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


The Miniature Poodle is a joyful and clever companion that enjoys being the center of attention.

Positive Traits:

  • Highly trainable and eager to please

  • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little

  • Energetic, active, and athletic

  • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

  • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet

  • Outgoing and friendly personality

Negative Traits:

  • Coat needs to be cared for frequently to prevent matting and tear staining

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

  • Easily bored and will find her own fun

  • Needs frequent attention from her family

  • Prone to a number of health problems



Whether you are considering adding a new Miniature Poodle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Miniature Poodle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Miniature Poodle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. Your dog is counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Miniature Poodle could encounter:

Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's)

Diabetes

Eye Problems

Heart Disease

Bone and Joint Problems

Hip Necrosis

Knee Problems

Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia

Bleeding Disorders

Multiple Skin Problems

Neurologic Problems

Epilepsy

Lupus

Bladder or Kidney Stones

Cancer

Liver Problems

Digestive Disorders

Tracheal Collapse

Dental Abnormalities

The Miniature Poodle is one of three Poodle varieties; all three share the same breed standards and differ only in size. Poodles originated in Germany for hunting waterfowl. The characteristic “Poodle Clip” was developed by hunters to help the dog swim more efficiently, with hair left over the joints to protect them from the cold. Miniature Poodles are quick to learn and have a comical personality. They are obedient, lively, and loyal family companions.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Miniature Poodle shows signs of the following:

  • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

  • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

  • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Skin sores, shifting leg lameness

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

  • On-going vomiting, weight loss, and/or diarrhea

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Care

    Routine Care: The Miniature Poodle is highly intelligent and well suited to apartment life as long as she is given daily walks, frequent play sessions, and plenty of mental stimulation.

    Grooming: Daily brushing and regular grooming is needed every 6-8 weeks to keep coat beautiful.

    Dental: Miniature Poodles often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    The Miniature Poodle is a joyful and clever companion that enjoys being the center of attention.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly trainable and eager to please

    • Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

    • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet

    • Outgoing and friendly personality

    Negative Traits:

    • Coat needs to be cared for frequently to prevent matting and tear staining

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

    • Easily bored and will find her own fun

    • Needs frequent attention from her family

    • Prone to a number of health problems



  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Miniature Poodle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Miniature Poodle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Miniature Poodle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. Your dog is counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Miniature Poodle could encounter:

    Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's)

    Diabetes

    Eye Problems

    Heart Disease

    Bone and Joint Problems

    Hip Necrosis

    Knee Problems

    Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia

    Bleeding Disorders

    Multiple Skin Problems

    Neurologic Problems

    Epilepsy

    Lupus

    Bladder or Kidney Stones

    Cancer

    Liver Problems

    Digestive Disorders

    Tracheal Collapse

    Dental Abnormalities

  • History

    The Miniature Poodle is one of three Poodle varieties; all three share the same breed standards and differ only in size. Poodles originated in Germany for hunting waterfowl. The characteristic “Poodle Clip” was developed by hunters to help the dog swim more efficiently, with hair left over the joints to protect them from the cold. Miniature Poodles are quick to learn and have a comical personality. They are obedient, lively, and loyal family companions.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Miniature Poodle shows signs of the following:

    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

    • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Skin sores, shifting leg lameness

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

    • On-going vomiting, weight loss, and/or diarrhea

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

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