At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 15 - 17 lbs.

Height: 11" - 15"

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Miniature Poodle

Also know as: Caniche

Group: Non-sporting

Origin: Western Europe (Middle Ages)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: The Poodle has been around since the Middle Ages. It originated in Germany, where it was used as a water retriever and sometimes, a circus clown. The word Poodle is derived from "pfudel", the German word for "puddle." The Toy and Miniature Poodles were developed in England during the 1700s. The Miniature Poodle was bred from the Standard Poodle and, like its larger ancestor, was first used in France as a water fowl retriever and a truffle hunter.

Temperament / Behavior
Poodles are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. This breed enjoys working, and is highly responsive, playful and affectionate. In most cases, the Poodle is easily trained. Although Poodles tend to bark at strangers, the breed is not aggressive. Toy and Miniature Poodles are more reserved around strangers and less tolerant of children. In addition, they can be more prone to biting. For the best temperament, socialize your Poodle early; it is a social breed that needs plenty of interaction.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Cataracts; progressive retinal atrophy (eye disease that causes blindness); immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (blood disorder); heart disease; diabetes; epilepsy; allergies; skin problems; runny eyes; ear infections; premature graying in brown dogs.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Miniature Poodle loves to swim and play.

Grooming: Professional grooming is recommended. Bathe every 6 - 8 weeks. If not used for show, a short clip is best for easy maintenance.


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