Miniature poodle is of intermediate size between the Standard Poodle and Toy Poodle. All three sizes of Poodles share the same history, but each size also has some unique characteristics. It is said that at some point during its history, the Miniature Poodle gained fame in England, Spain, and Germany as a truffle dog. The breed’s fine nose found the subterranean fungus, which was sold as a delicacy.
The Miniature Poodle stands between 10 and 15 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 13 to 16 pounds. The head is moderately rounded, with a long muzzle. The eyes are dark and oval, and the ears are dropped. The tail is docked and carried high. The coat is curly and dense. Coat color should be one solid color and may be apricot, silver, cream, black, blue, or one of many other colors.
Grooming the Miniature Poodle takes time, effort, and knowledge. Pet owners usually take their dogs to a professional groomer every four weeks; potential Miniature Poodle owners should be aware of the cost. Between grooming sessions, the dog should be brushed every other day to prevent matting. Show dogs must be groomed in a specific cut, which can be difficult to do and requires effort to maintain, so potential Miniature Poodle owners who wish to show their dogs should discuss this with a Miniature Poodle breeder prior to buying a dog. The Miniature
Poodle is usually said to be the calmest of the three sizes. Although active and playful, the Miniature Poodle is also very willing to snuggle with the owner. She will enjoy walks, playtimes, and training on the agility course. Miniature Poodles have done very well in canine sports, including agility and obedience competitions, and in therapy dog work. Early training and socialization are important for this variety of the breed, just as it is for the others. Housetraining requires patience.
The Miniature Poodle is an excellent family dog. The dogs who are a little larger are great with children who play gently with them. Health concerns include Addison’s and Cushing’s diseases, epilepsy, eye disorders, and luxated patellas.