Miniature Poodle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Miniature Poodle so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany flagGermany France flagFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Miniature Poodle have?
Barboncino MiniaturaBarboneCarniche MoyenPudleZwergpudel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Miniature Poodle Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Miniature Poodle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Miniature Poodle in the United States? How much money is a Miniature Poodle?

Where to buy a Miniature Poodle with a good pedigree?

$1000-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Miniature Poodle, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Miniature Poodle for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Miniature Poodle gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Miniature Poodle? How many Miniature Poodle are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Miniature Poodle Size

Size
Is a Miniature Poodle small, medium or large dog?

How big do Miniature Poodle get?

What is the average size of a Miniature Poodle?

Small
Weight
How much does the Miniature Poodle weigh? How much should a Miniature Poodle weight? What is the normal weight of a Miniature Poodle? How much does a full-grown Miniature Poodle weight?
15-17 pounds (7-8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Miniature Poodle?
16 pounds (7.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Miniature Poodle? Miniature Poodle height:
11-15 inches (28-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Miniature Poodle?
13 inches (33 cm)

Miniature Poodle Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Miniature Poodle have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseCurlyThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Miniature Poodle's coat?
ApricotBlackBrownGraySilverWhiteFawnBlue CreamRedBeige
Grooming
How to groom the Miniature Poodle and how often? How often should I take my Miniature Poodle to the groomer?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Miniature Poodle requires grooming on a daily basis.

Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule.

Taking good care of your Miniature Poodle is time-consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Miniature Poodle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Barboncino Miniatura? Do Miniature Poodle dogs shed a lot?
Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Miniature Poodle dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Miniature Poodle need a bath? How often should you give a Miniature Poodle a bath? Can I bathe my Miniature Poodle every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Miniature Poodle Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Miniature Poodle have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveFaithfulIntelligentAlertInstinctualTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Miniature Poodle? Is the Miniature Poodle breed dumb or smart?
Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 95% of the time or better.

The Miniature Poodle is one of the best breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Miniature Poodle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Miniature Poodle?
Miniature Poodles are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Miniature Poodle is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Miniature Poodle sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Miniature Poodles don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Miniature Poodle a good family dog?
High: Miniature Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Barboncino Miniatura need? Miniature Poodle social needs:
Miniature Poodles need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Miniature Poodle dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Barboncino Miniatura bark?
Average to High: The Miniature Poodle is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Miniature Poodle good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Miniature Poodles will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Miniature Poodle dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Miniature Poodles are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Miniature Poodle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Barboncino Miniatura? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Miniature Poodle? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Miniature Poodle has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Miniature Poodle? How much bite force does a Miniature Poodle have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Miniature Poodle bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Miniature Poodle do?
Miniature Poodles have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Miniature Poodles need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Miniature Poodle to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Miniature Poodle roam?
Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Miniature Poodle have high prey drive?
Miniature Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Miniature Poodle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Miniature Poodle in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Miniature Poodle breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Miniature Poodle be left alone? How long can you leave a Miniature Poodle alone?
Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Miniature Poodle Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Miniature Poodle temperament with other people:
Miniature Poodles are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Poodle dogs get along with other pets? Are Miniature Poodle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Miniature Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Miniature Poodle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Miniature Poodle temperament with children:
Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Miniature Poodle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Miniature Poodle breed live with a cat?
Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Miniature Poodle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Poodle dogs get along with other dogs?
Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Miniature Poodle can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Miniature Poodle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Miniature Poodle breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Miniature Poodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Miniature Poodles good office dogs? Do Miniature Poodles make good office friendly dogs? Can Miniature Poodles be office dogs?
No
Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Poodle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Barboncino Miniatura temperament with senior people? Are Miniature Poodle dogs good for elderly owners?
Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Miniature Poodle Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Miniature Poodle dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Miniature Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Miniature Poodle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Miniature Poodle breed? Most common health risks of Miniature Poodle:
Addison's DiseaseBloatEpilepsyHip Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Miniature Poodle breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Miniature Poodle see the vet?
Average
The Miniature Poodle should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Miniature Poodle dogs live? How old can a Miniature Poodle be? What is the age limit of the Miniature Poodle? How many years can the oldest Miniature Poodle live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Miniature Poodle?

How long is the lifespan of a Miniature Poodle?

14-16 years
The average lifespan of Miniature Poodle: 15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Miniature Poodle breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Miniature Poodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Miniature Poodle have? What is the activity level of the Miniature Poodle?
Miniature Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Miniature Poodle need? How much exercise do Miniature Poodle dogs require per day?

Do Miniature Poodle dogs need a lot of exercises?

Miniature Poodles need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Miniature Poodle breed need?
Miniature Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Miniature Poodle need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Miniature Poodle breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Miniature Poodle? How much food should I feed my Miniature Poodle?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Miniature Poodle risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Miniature Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Miniature Poodle's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Miniature Poodle drool?
The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Miniature Poodle could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Miniature Poodle.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Miniature Poodle As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Miniature Poodle is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Miniature Poodle be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Miniature Poodle breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Miniature Poodle is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Miniature Poodle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a boat dog?

Not really

Miniature Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Miniature Poodle be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Miniature Poodle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Miniature Poodle dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Miniature Poodle Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Miniature Poodle pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Miniature Poodle breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Miniature Poodle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Miniature Poodle have in a litter? How many puppies can the Miniature Poodle breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Miniature Poodle have? How many puppies can a Miniature Poodle give birth to?
2-8 puppies, average 5

Miniature Poodle Recognition

AKC Group
Is Miniature Poodle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Miniature Poodle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Miniature Poodle breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubCanadian Canine Registry

Miniature Poodle Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Miniature Poodles are very easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Miniature Poodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Miniature Poodle breed.
  • Shedding Level: Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Miniature Poodles have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Miniature Poodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Miniature Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Miniature Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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Miniature Poodle Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • John Smith

    Nov 16, 2019, 1:29:46 AM:

    I have a poodle, he likes to go on long walks. They also require lots of grooming if you keep their fur longer. They are very obedient and my poodle does not run away when we go on hikes off leash, no matter whether or not he sees a deer or rabbit.