Many people believe that the poodle comes from France, but the truth is that they most likely have their origins in Asia and made their way to Europe with herders. The poodle is a great hunter and herder alike. They also love to swim. Their curly coats help insulate them from the cold weather. They are also expert duck hunters. The breed we know today was developed in Germany where they were used as military dogs, guide dogs and in circuses. The French fell in love with the poodle, it was especially popular among “fashionable ladies” and it became the national breed of France.
Poodles are a very smart breed that will rarely ever need telling more than a few times before they have learnt something. Their minds are fast and they are easily trained. They thrive off of praise and will happily do what you ask of them if they get some in return. They are a social animal who get along well with strangers, once they get to know them. They make good family pets and are fine with respectful children, they do have their limits though and will not tolerate having their tails pulled or constant screaming. They are lively, loyal, playful and eager to learn. If socialised properly from a young age they will get along well with other dogs too.
This is a free thinking breed that will need training. They have a tendency to think they are “people” and will want to be treated with one, so be firm with them or they may try taking over the household. They do need a good bit of exercise, whether this be a walk, run, swim. This will also have to be paired with a good play session to fully tire them out. They do well in agility competitions and in general will enjoy anything that keeps their minds and bodies active.
Poodle hair does not fall out, but rather sticks to other fur. They will need regular brushing to prevent matting. The fct they don’t shed any hair makes them good for allergy sufferers as they don’t leave fur all over the house. Grooming/clipping will be needed if you are looking for the classic pom-pom cut.
Miniature poodles are much like their larger counterparts when it comes to temperament. Obedient and playful describe them well. They make great companion dogs and will often become very attached to their owners.
Miniature poodles can be prone to luxating patella, canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, intervertebral disc disease, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, and blindness.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 14 - 18 years
- Weight: 26 - 30 lbs
- Height: 10 - 15"
- Rare: No
- Coat: Medium - Hypoallergenic
- Grooming Requirements: Everyday
- Town or Country: Either
- Minimum Home Size: Small House
- Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
- Breed Type: Companion Dog
- Size: Medium
- Energy Level: Medium
- Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour
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