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Poodle Information: The Miniature Poodle

Jun 1, 2008
The Miniature Poodle is the middle sized of the three American Kennel Club Poodle types. (A fourth Poodle type - the Teacup Poodle - is not recognized). All Poodle types are considered the same breed - the Poodle. The Standard (or biggest) Poodle is the oldest of the variations. But because they were so big and active, a smaller version was wanted for those who lived in smaller homes.

The Miniature Poodle stands about eleven to fifteen inches tall at their withers (the highest point of the shoulder.) They only average about fifteen to seventeen pounds, compared to a Standard's average of fifty to sixty pounds

Standard Poodles have a minimum height requirement of fifteen inches at the withers, which most make easily. However, some Miniature Poodles have had both parents be Toy Poodles, or even both parents are Standard Poodles. All three recognized Poodle types are basically different sizes of the same breed of dog. You may see Teacup Poodles advertised, but they are not recognized as a show worthy Poodle type.

The best way to compare the shelter dog and the Miniature Poodle breed standard is to look at the dog's profile. The head should have a rounded or more domes top of the skull than most other breeds of dogs. The muzzle should be lean and somewhat pointed. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. They eyes should be dark brown, but lighter shades of brown do occur. The ears should be floppy, rounded at the end and stay close to the head.

The topline, or the spine, of the Miniature Poodle should be level, with the legs all evenly proportioned to the body. The head and tail are naturally held high. Some Miniature Poodles will have docked tails - some won't. Some will have dewclaws, and some won't. When they trot normally, they should have a noticeable bounce in their step. A shelter dog might be too scared to walk normally for you, though.

The Miniature Poodle does not naturally grow the outrageous coats seen in the show ring. Their coats do need to be clipped every six to eight weeks or else they take on an evil life of their own. Many owners of pet Miniature Poodles choose the puppy clip, which mimics how the coat looked as a two month old puppy.

All coats of Poodle types are long and curly and are actually hair and not fur. Most Miniature Poodles fall short of their breed standard in many areas, but still can be purebred Miniature Poodles.

They don't seem to care whatever clip they are given. Miniature Poodles are long lived (some have reached twenty) and is one of the more healthy breeds of smaller dogs available.
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Lisa A Collins is a passionate lover of the Poodle and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Poodle . Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Poodle Puppies plus a whole lot more.
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