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Miniature poodles

Miniature Poodles are one of America’s favorite dogs because of their intelligence and playfulness. They are among the top 10 registered dogs in the AKC and stand less than a 18 inches tall at the shoulders. Miniature Poodles are among the most easily trained of all dogs and make excellent watchdogs, although they should be trained to not bark excessively. Even though they are small, Miniature Poodles act very dignified!

12-18 lbs

Height: 10-15”
Color: any solid color
Coat: tightly curled
Grooming: weekly to daily
Longevity: 13-15 years
  Miniature Poodles are especially good at:
  • Ideal apartment dogs
  • Exceptionally easy to train
  • Great for first-time dog owners
  • Not inclined to bite or be aggressive toward people or pets
  • Enjoy learning tricks and performing because they love attention
  • Alert, good watchdogs
  •   Watch out for with Miniature Poodles:
  • Unusual lumps and changes in the skin that may signal cancer
  • Ear infections
  • Limping or signs of arthritis, especially of the knees and hips
  • Over-feeding. These are such tiny dogs they do not need much food and it is easy to overfeed them because they are so cute
  • Barking
  • Snapping if corned by threatening children or adults
    Miniature Poodle Appearance
    Bouncing bundles of energy, Miniature Poodles are light on their feet and have the agility of circus performers. Poodles can be any solid color from black to white, including brown, cream, blue, gray, silver, cafe-au-lait, and apricot. Their tightly curled hair can be styled or trimmed in a puppy cut close to the body. Miniature Poodles have long ears that hang close to the head but may seem invisible under the curly coat. The eyes are dark and oval, and they do not protrude like the eyes of some of the smaller dog breeds. The Miniature Poodle’s nose is medium length rather than flat, and it tapers slightly. The feet are small and the overall appearance is one of lightness. Even though the Miniature Poodle is small, its body proportions are similar to those of a Standard Poodle.

    Miniature Poodle Behavior
    Miniature Poodles are active, cheerful pets that dote on their families and may bond strongly to one family member. They jump actively about and may be on and off furniture before you can say a word. Known as one of the most intelligent breeds, Poodles are also one of the most sensitive. Harsh or inconsistent discipline is counterproductive and may encourage anxiety rather than obedience.

    Miniature Poodle Health (dog breed health problems)

    Miniature Poodle Cancer (such as basal cell tumors and lymphosarcoma)
    Some forms of cancer are common in Miniature Poodles. Annual veterinary visits increase the likelihood diseases will be detected early. Supplements with green tea boost the immune system, which controls unwanted cell growth (cancer) and infection. Be Well contains decaffeinated green tea.

    Miniature Poodle Tracheal collapse
    Tracheal collapse is common in Miniature Poodles because the cartilage rings that hold open the airway are fragile. To protect your pet’s throat and keep pressure off the airway, use a harness rather than a collar. If your pet develops a collapsing trachea, it may develop a cough. Supplements with glucosamine help keep the lining of the airway healthy, moist, and smooth, just as they help keep joints normal.

    Miniature Poodle Bone and joint diseases
    Bone and joint diseases such as can occur in Miniature Poodles even though they are very tiny. Arthritis can occur in the knees because many have knee caps (patella) that slip out of place (luxating patella). Over 75% of Miniature Poodles with luxating patellas have an inherited problem that causes the patella to slip medially (to the inside). Miniatures Poodles can also have bone disease in the hip (Legg-Perthes disease). Providing a natural, holistic diet helps maintain healthy weight and healthy joints. Use Dasuquin or 1-800-PetMeds Super Joint Enhancer if your Miniature Poodle has arthritis or painful joints.

    Miniature Poodle Obesity
    Miniature Poodles are so adorable that we tend to over-feed them. Unfortunately, obesity shortens their lives and predisposes them to diabetes and other disease. Control obesity with diet and exercise. Limit treats and feed Taste Of The Wild to help keep your Miniature Poodle at a healthy weight.

    Miniature Poodle Heart valve disease
    Heart valve disease (endocardiosis) is common in Miniature Poodles. Bacteria in the mouth from chronic dental disease increase the severity of valve disease, so brush the teeth and provide good oral care. Coughing with exercise is one sign of heart disease.

    3 Photos of Miniature Poodles.

    Miniature Poodle Grooming
    Poodles require professional grooming every 4-8 weeks to keep the hair from their eyes. It’s also important to have the hair around the bottom clipped so that it doesn’t become matted or collect feces. Poodles can be cut in elaborate styles such as the English saddle, continental or sporting clip, but your Miniature Poodles may be equally attractive with a simple puppy cut. With a puppy cut, the hair can be brushed easily.

    Miniature Poodle’s outer ear canals are usually thickly haired. This growth holds moisture and predisposes them to chronic ear infections. To prevent infection keep the ear canals dry and bacteria free by using weekly ear cleansers. Plucking hair is no longer recommended by many veterinarians, so use an ear cleanser, such as 1-800-PetMeds Ear Cleansing Solution that promotes dryness without damaging the ear canal. Nails grow long when Miniature Poodles spend most of their time indoors. If the nails are clacking on the floor, they are probably too long. Cutting nails every 4-6 weeks is best.


    2-3 times a week if the coat is trimmed short

    Every 4-8 weeks
    House pets need nail trimming every 4-6 weeks
    Eyes, Ears, & Face
    Wash tear-stained areas around eyes and clean the facial hair that gets into food bowls. Check ears weekly and use ear cleansers frequently. Brush teeth daily to prevent gum and dental disease common in breeds with the tiniest mouths.

    Anal Sacs
    Develop anal sac problems frequently. Visit your veterinarian to have them expressed. Ensure the groomer doesn’t irritate the area with clippers or perfumes.


    Recommended products for your Miniature Poodle!

      Be Well   1-800-PetMeds Ear Cleansing Solution   Dasuquin   1-800-PetMeds Super Joint Enhancer  

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