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Miniature Poodle

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The Miniature Poodle shares many of the same characteristics as its larger and smaller counterparts.  All are charming, happy, enthusiastic, brilliantly intelligent, have spectacular senses of humor and require significant grooming.  Aside from that, the Miniature Poodle may be the best suited for most homes as it is still compact enough for easy transport and keeping clean as well as being large enough to avoid many of the challenges facing the fragile, vulnerable nature of Toys.

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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: 10-15 inches
Weight: around 12-20 pounds Longevity: high teens
Colors: white, black, red, apricot, chocolate, a properly bred Poodle is NEVER parti-colored Coat type: profusely curly over the entire body, tail is typically docked
Recognized Registries: FCI, UKC, CKC,TKC, ANKC, IKC, AKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Because of variations in grooming, a Poodle can be the most elegant of dogs or nearly the most wretched. With that, the lines of the Poodle are consistent with the most elegant show dog, a neck placed squarely on the shoulders so that the head is held high, dramatic but not overdone angulation on the rear and a tail that is carried up. The skis is tight over the body. The expression and head are warm and classic. The short coupling completes the picture of the quitessential dramatic show dog.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: Happy, active, alert, friendly, spirited.
  with Children: Generally very good but deserves well behaved children, supervision and proper socialization
  with other pets: Generally very good
  with dogs: Generally very good
Socialization requirements: moderate: a fearful or aggressive Poodle is a tragedy in mishandling, cruelty and/or neglect as it is not their nature
Ideal home characteristics: One that treasures the personality wrapped up in all those curls and keeps a commitment to grooming and providing plenty of mental and physical stimulation. There is NO reason for a Poodle to be fat! They love to be active.
Temperament Notes: One of the easiest dogs to train and raise and thus probably also one of the easiest to
Training requirement: high: socialization, basic manners and some ongoing endeavor
Trainer notes: Beneath all that hair is a happy heart that seeks the companionship of people and takes joy in their attention.  Don't underestimate this individual as a training partner, Poodles of all sizes number among the most gifted of trained dogs historically and are often the first pick among trainers who want to work with a dog that will offer responses rather than simply wait for direction.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Before the French Revolution
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: Companion
History: The Standard Poodle was bred down to the Miniature and eventually Toy varieties.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: PRA (eye problems), hip dysplasia, skin problems
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Poodles?
  • What characteristics did you seek in the sire of this litter?
  • How often do you breed?
  • What health problems have you observed in the breed?
  • What are the health problems in the breed?
  • Do you screen for them in your breeding stock?
  • How would you suggest going about socializing a puppy?
  • What sort of home do Poodles do best in?
  • What sort of temperament do you think a Poodle should have?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How long have you had Poodles?
  • How long have you been breeding Miniature Poodles?
  • Do you microchip your puppies?
Web Sites: Versatility in Poodles rescue pages with contacts and other information Poodle Rescue of New England Very fascinating site that chronicles the breed's history as it is understood as well as all the varied and wondrous functions Poodles have served through the last 500 years of their time with man. Florida Poodle Rescue Carolina Poodle Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard: - The illustrated breed standard of the Poodle

Breeder Ethics: - Code of Ethics for the Poodle Club of America

Other: To be a Poodle Club of America member, one must have shown and bred Poodles for 8 years or more as well as have participated in events and local clubs.  Those that rely on the breeding of Poodles for their livelihood are not accepted as members.  Would that all breed clubs operated so.
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