Miniature Poodle

10-15 lbs
Poodle, Barbone, Caniche
The Miniature Poodle is an adorable dog, delightfully sized in between the Standard and Toy variations. If you are looking for a companion that is small enough for your lap but big enough to keep up with you on an adventure, then this bundle of energy is meant for you. Your Miniature Poodle will proudly accompany you at the drop of a hat and have plenty of affection to give out.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Water Dog, Barbet

Miniature Poodle Health

Average Size
Male Miniature Poodle size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Female Miniature Poodle size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Addison's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Various Eye Conditions
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Analysis
  • Cardiac Ultrasound
  • Complete Physical Examination

Miniature Poodle Breed History

The Miniature Poodle that we adore today has origins in Germany, with ancestors in the Water Dog breeds like the Portuguese, Hungarian, and Spanish. The North American Barbet is thought to be in the dog lineage as well. These attractive curly-haired canines were developed mainly in France, however, and it is there that the miniature was bred down from the standard variety.

Poodles have been long recognized for their cleverness and obedience. They were once used as an aid to the duck hunter and the way their coat was clipped reflected that. The fancy clipping patterns that we see today were originally created to allow the retriever a smooth entry and swim through the water while keeping the joints of the legs and hips covered, as well as the chest. Today, in conformation shows, clipping patterns such as the Continental, Sporting, and Saddle Patterns are seen and are a homage to the early designs of Poodle owners of long ago.

Truffle hunting was another job bestowed on this intelligent dog and they still have an innate love for tracking generations later. Once stars of the circus, these agile and athletic pups show their celebrity and love for performing every time they enter the conformation ring. After their working history, comes a life of splendor in the homes and hearts of the nobles of France, and then of Europe. They joined the roster of the American Kennel Club in 1887.

Miniature Poodle Breed Appearance

The Miniature Poodle comes in a number of beautiful coat colors, with the most common being apricot, black, and white. They have a refined nose with a snout that is long and narrow. Their eyes can be described as brilliant in appearance, are very dark, and exhibit an intelligent look. Their ears lie close to the head. Despite the chiseled look of the face, the Miniature Poodle has a strong scissor bite. Their stance is elegant but sturdy and their docked tail stands straight up. Though a miniature variation, they have a deep chest, muscled shoulders, and a squarely built body. The typical height of this dog is 10 to 15 inches and the weight is usually around 10 to 15 pounds.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Miniature Poodle eyes
amber Miniature Poodle eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Miniature Poodle nose
brown Miniature Poodle nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Miniature Poodle coat
red Miniature Poodle coat
cream Miniature Poodle coat
fawn Miniature Poodle coat
blue Miniature Poodle coat
white Miniature Poodle coat
sable Miniature Poodle coat
brown Miniature Poodle coat
gray Miniature Poodle coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Miniature Poodle curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Miniature Poodle Breed Maintenance

The Miniature Poodle is a breed that requires daily brushing and grooming every three to six weeks or more. Their fur does not shed; instead, it grows long and needs to be clipped to avoid matting. Owners who want a specific clipping style can have the coat groomed by a qualified professional, or if comfortable with the chore, can do the job themselves. A clipped Mini is a dignified and proud one. Keep their teeth white and healthy with daily brushing and maintain the nails as needed. Grinding should be done once or twice a week, while the nail clippers can be used twice a month.

Brushes for Miniature Poodle
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Miniature Poodle requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Miniature Poodle Temperament

A delightful dog, the Miniature Poodle is very alert and always keen to learn new things. They are willing to please and have an eager streak. Owners of this spunky canine must be dedicated to daily stimulation of both the mental and physical needs of their furry charge, or they could find that destructive habits develop. They are affectionate but do not mind barking at a stranger who comes to the door, to let them know that they have a protective side. Miniature Poodles like children and can get along well with other animals in the home as long as there is a timely introduction.

Miniature Poodle Activity Requirements

This little athlete is considered medium to high energy. Thrilled to partake in just about any activity, the Miniature Poodle loves to be the star of the show and prove their merit time and time again in the show ring. Allow their innate talents to bloom by putting them through obedience school; it is a great bonding time for pet and owner. Miniature Poodles enjoy tracking, rally and agility because of the combination of mental and physical skill that is needed. Spend an hour a day with walks and games of fetch on non-training days and you will have a happy dog.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Miniature Poodle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Miniature Poodle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Miniature Poodle size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female Miniature Poodle size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Miniature Poodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Miniature Poodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Miniature Poodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 15.0 lbs
Female Miniature Poodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 15.0 lbs

Miniature Poodle Owner Experiences

8 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Go to Park
Hide & Seek
Dog Parks
Eating Snacks
Laying in the sun
Playing in the snow
Explore the woods
Look out the window
Learn a new trick
Wow, Miniature Poodles are energetic & playful! Willow loves to go outside, even if it's the porch, the balcony or the backyard. She is extremely trainable & cute, and everybody loves her cuteness.
3 years ago
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