Miniature Poodle

Non-Sporting Group

Two Miniature Poodles sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

10-15 in

Weight

10-15 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-18 yrs

History

The Miniature Poodle was bred down from the Standard Poodle sometime during the 18th century when small dogs became popular with royalty. The Standard Poodle originated over 400 years ago in Germany. It was bred to be a duck retriever, with a thick coat to protect it against cold water, great swimming skills, and extreme intelligence. The name Poodle comes from the German word "pudelin", meaning to splash in water. The traditional and still-popular coat grooming style that you see many Poodles sport used to serve a purpose: it kept extra fur off so that the Poodle wouldn't be weighed down or get snagged on anything while swimming, but the tufts, or "pompons" protected vital organs against the cold.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Miniature Poodles will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★☆

★☆☆

★☆☆

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆☆


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Very loving and family-oriented- can get lonely if left alone for long

Have weepy eyes that can stain their coat

Quick learners who are eager to please and easy to train

Highly intelligent and can become destructive if bored

Considered to be a good breed for allergy sufferers