Miniature Poodle Dogs

Miniature poodles are clever and lively household companions, adaptable to their environments and are fairly easy to train—it’s no surprise that they were once very popular circus dogs. Overall, they are amusing, eager to please and a lot of fun to be around.

Miniature Poodle

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Quick Facts

  • 15 - 17 pounds
  • 11 - 15 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Singles
    • Seniors
    • Families with older children
    • Active, sporty types

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Trademark Traits

    • Well-groomed, curly coat
    • Elegant and regal
    • Adaptable and easygoing
    • Loving and friendly
    • Protective and (sometimes) jealous

What They Are Like to Live With

Poodles are generally active and agile. They are happiest with daily walks and lots of outdoor play. Without enough attention and activity, they can get bored, agitated, restless and (sometimes) destructive. Also, if you can give your Poodle the opportunity to frolic in water, by all means do.

Poodles do not like to be left alone for hours on end. They love being around people and are able to form bonds with each member of the family, as opposed to bonding with just one person. Poodles are ideal family dogs, being both patient and playful with children—though Miniature Poodles can be slightly less patient with small children. They also make superb watchdogs, barking zealously when strangers approach the home.

Things You Should Know

Poodles may look dainty and demur, but in truth, these are high-stamina dogs with a stellar range of skills, including agility and obedience. Your pretty Poodle could be a sporty competitor in addition to a beautiful show dog.

As a Miniature Poodle owner, you must be ready to groom: They need to be clipped and bathed regularly. On the plus side, they don’t shed.

Miniature Poodles can live as long as 15 years. Though a relatively healthy breed, common issues can include hip dysplasia, allergies, skin conditions, ear infections and cataracts.

Miniature Poodle History

Though Poodles have lived in Europe for centuries, no one knows for sure where they originated. Some claim Germany, but the consensus seems to be France, where they are considered a beloved national breed. Descended from the now-obsolete French Water Dog, the Poodle (most likely named from the German word Pudel, or “plays in water”) was used to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. Poodles were prized for their intelligence and good manners, eventually being used in circuses and dog shows and, of course, as companions. The Standard Poodle is believed to be the oldest of the three Poodle versions. Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles were most likely bred from the larger Standard Poodles, but all three are judged in the same categories.

The Look of a Miniature Poodle

The Miniature Poodle has a graceful, small- to medium-sized frame with a rounded skull, a long head and muzzle, dark oval eyes and wide, close-hanging ears. They have docked tails (usually) and compact, webbed feet. The coat is sometimes curly, sometimes corded or ribbed, and can be any solid color. Grooming styles include the “pet clip” (short all over), the “Continental clip” (the hindquarters shaved, half of the tail and the upper half of the legs) “English saddle clip” (same as the “Continental Clip” except the hindquarters are not shaved). Most show dogs appear with the “Continental Clip.”

Talk About Miniature Poodles 

Bright and expressive

Oliver and Maxime are amazing, bright creatures in tune with your communication. My little guys are very expressive with the variation in their barking, intonation, inflection, body language, eye contact.

They need to be groomed regularly and need to be around people. They are very sociable little beings and don't like being left alone for too long.

I love my poodles, and contrary to the stereotyped sissy dog image they have, these are pretty hardy little dogs. Get one only if you're committed to taking care of them the way they deserve to be taken care of -- and PLEASE do not buy one from pet shops. There are plenty at rescues and pounds especially now with the economic situation.

~Lisa , owner of two Miniature Poodles

Loves to lick!

My pup, Savannah, is the most active dog in my house! She's always up and running around during the day (and at night for that matter) and is always ready to play but can also be calmed down into cuddling.

She gets along great with the other two dogs that live in my house, a Chinese Crested Puff and a Chihuahua. I always say, "She's like a real dog!" because of how she plays! She definitely likes to be around someone at all times. So you will always hear little footsteps behind you around every corner. =)

If you are thinking about getting this breed, I say go for it! Find the right one suited for you. My dog gets along really well with small children and all she wants to do is lick, EVERYONE. So if you have small children, hopefully you'll have the same luck as me.

~McKenzi H., owner of a Miniature Poodle