The Miniature Poodle is even-tempered, affectionate, playful, and very obedient. He is a natural show-off and loves to do tricks. He is perfect for the family, especially if there are children around. A fine companion and friend, he is rather strong and healthy, but his coat needs extensive care. It grows faster than that of other breeds.
The Miniature Poodle was developed as a companion animal by breeding down in size from the Standard Poodle. In France it is known as the Caniche Nain. It retained all the good qualities of its big cousin, especially its lively intelligence, but was now small enough to fit into more restricted living environments. The history of Miniature Poodle is unusual because, uniquely, the circus appears to have been a major influence. When the high intelligence of large Poodles was first discovered to transform them into acrobatic performers, it was clear that smaller dogs would be even easier to handle and to transport. Miniature Poodles are very responsive, quick-witted, high-spirited and fun-loving dogs which are extremely gentle with children. They love to ride in cars and can adapt to absolutely any living environments where they thrive on human attention.
Other Names: Caniche (FCI Official Name); AKC Name: Poodle (The Miniature Poodle variety); Other Names: Caniche Nain (France)
Country of Origin: France
Utilization: Companion Dog
Registration FCI Classification: Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs; Section 2 - Poodle (without working trial); AKC Classification: Non-sporting Group
Colors: Black, white, brown, gray and apricot
Litter Size: 6
Life Span: 12-15 years
Grooming Requirements: Poodles are high-maintenance dogs. This includes professional trimming and clipping at least every 8 weeks, regular ear and teeth care, bathing, brushing and combing (to prevent matting and skin problems). Medically, his ears must be watched carefully. The hair there tends to block ventilation and drainage, and the ear passage may become stopped up with wax.
Personality: Lively, intelligent, faithful, bold, sensitive, eager to learn and please.
Social skills: The Miniature Poodle is very sociable with other dogs and household animals.
Suitability for Children: The Miniatures are extremely gentle with children.
Exercise Needs: The Miniatures require less exercise than Standards. They will thrive on daily romps in the yard and daily walks around the neighborhood.
Train Ability: Being very easily trained, he is very much in demand as an acrobat and performer with circuses and variety shows.
Health & Behavioral Issues: Hip dysplasia, eye problems