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.
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
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:
Bone and Joint Problems
Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia
Multiple Skin Problems
Bladder or Kidney Stones
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