Facts about Miniature Poodle Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Miniature Poodle puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Miniature Poodle Breed History

There is some controversy regarding the origin of this breed. Some feel the breed originated in France while others believe it has its roots in Germany or Denmark.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the breed originated in Germany as a water retriever.

But no matter what's the origin of the breed, it was further developed in France, where it was extremely popular.

The Poodle is the only dog breed that comes in 3 sizes - Miniature, Toy (the smallest) and Standard (the largest). Both, the Toy Poodle and Miniature Poodle were developed from the Standard Poodle.

The breed got its name from the German word "pudel", meaning "to splash in water".

Today, the Miniature Poodle is one of the most popular companion dogs.

  Poodle Dog Pictures  

Physical Characteristics of Miniature Poodle Puppies

The breed has a long head, dark oval eyes, black or liver nose and long drop ears. The tail is docked.

The coat is harsh and curly. The most common colors are apricot, black, white and brown. Other possible colors are blue, gray, silver and cafe au lait.

    Height Weight
  Male 10 to 15 inches 15 to 17 pounds
  Female 10 to 15 inches 15 to 17 pounds


The Miniature Poodle is an extremely intelligent and trainable breed.

It's cheerful, friendly, curious and sensitive. It loves to be around people and gets along fairly well with other dogs and children.

They tend to bark a lot, so set the rules! Visit stop dog from barking for more information on how to stop this unwanted behavior.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

The Miniature Poodle is a moderately active breed and will adjust well to an apartment lifestyle.

Some Poodle breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

If you don't want your pet to exhibit behavioral problems, provide him with plenty of exercise. Play is good but is not enough. At a minimum, take your pet for one or two brisk walks every day.

If you have a fenced yard or can take him to a safe area, let him run off leash.

If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fencing. There are a lot of systems that are cheap (a lot cheaper than a physical fence), easy to install and will keep your pet well protected.

Like all Poodles, it loves water and swimming.


First, the good news.

This is one of the few breeds that sheds very little. It's an ideal pet for those who suffer from allergies.

The bad news -- this breed requires more care than most other breeds.

Because of their dense and coarse coats, you need to wash the Poodle more often than you would most other breeds.

The breed is also known for having runny eyes. If your pet has this condition, wash his yes with warm water.

For best look, clip the coat every 6 to 8 weeks.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Miniature Poodle is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health concerns include cataracts, allergies, ear infections, PRA, diabetes, and epilepsy. For more information about dog diseases and health, visit dog health problems.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Miniature Poodle breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a Miniature Poodle puppy is between 12 and 15 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Miniature Poodle rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Poodle Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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