Poodle - Miniature

This super-cute companion dog has a slender muzzle and long neck. The coat is curly or corded and is often styled. Miniature Poodles move with style and grace. Very happy to please, it longs to be part of the family.

Other Names
Caniche, French Poodle, Pudle
Country of Origin
France/Germany
Colour
Blue, grey, silver, brown, apricot and cream.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
28-38 cms and weighs 12-14kgs.
Health
All poodles are prone to eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. The miniatures are prone to patellar subluxation. Epilepsy is another disease that plagues all the poodle varieties.Common ailments: Bones (Developmental) - Legg Perthes disease, Brain (Acquired) - Seizure (fit, epileptic fit), Ear - Otitis externa (canker), Eye - Cataract - Hereditary, Eye - Distichiasis, Eye - Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Haemolymphatic - Bleeding disorders - Von Williebrands disease, Mouth - Malocclusion (Overshot or undershot jaw), Skin - Sebaceous adenitis, Skin - Seborrhoea, Urogenital (Acquired) - Nephroliths (kidney stones, renal calculi)
Life Span
14-17 years
Intelligence
An extremely intelligent and eager to please dog, the Miniature Poodle is easy to train as it wants to please its owner. The more intelligent the dog, the more attention it needs.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

It is best to feed the poodle dry food as this breed is prone to tartar build up on their teeth.

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
A fairly active breed that likes to get out on walks and particularly enjoys games. It is a good idea to enroll a poodle in some sort of activity so that the mind is stimulated along with the body. Poodles can do well in obedience, agility and most dog sports.
Ailments
All poodles are prone to eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. The miniatures are prone to patellar subluxation. Epilepsy is another disease that plagues all the poodle varieties.Common ailments: Bones (Developmental) - Legg Perthes disease, Brain (Acquired) - Seizure (fit, epileptic fit), Ear - Otitis externa (canker), Eye - Cataract - Hereditary, Eye - Distichiasis, Eye - Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Haemolymphatic - Bleeding disorders - Von Williebrands disease, Mouth - Malocclusion (Overshot or undershot jaw), Skin - Sebaceous adenitis, Skin - Seborrhoea, Urogenital (Acquired) - Nephroliths (kidney stones, renal calculi)
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

Bath regularly and clip every 6-8 weeks. Don't forget its lugs. Poodle’s ears need regular cleaning to prevent them from becoming infected and, especially in the smaller poodles, daily teeth brushing is recommended or tartar will build up and lead to gingivitis. Eww!

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week
Trimming
Occassional
Poodles have been popular in Western Europe for hundreds of years (at least 400) and yet no one really knows the breed's true origin—some say France, others say Germany. The name Poodle is thought to have come from the German word Pudel, which means "to play in water". The Miniature Poodle was developed from the Standard Poodle by those looking for a smaller version of the larger poodle.


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