The Miniature Poodle is a human-oriented dog that gets attached to the whole family rather than just one person. They can’t be left bereft of human companionship for long lest they turn mischievous or destructive. Their eagerness to please their family makes them easy to train and teaching tricks. They love to play games and engage in activities that can expend their high energy levels. Poodles love to play fetch and chase balls.
If you have an enclosed yard, they would love to frolic and run around there in addition to their daily walk. Mini Poodles are known for their affinity for water and are just looking for a chance to swim and splash about in the water. Without their proper exercise, they are known to become high-strung and nervous.
Miniature Poodles can sometimes get jealous and this is instrumental in making them excellent watchdogs. As soon as they sense an intruder, they bark their heads off. Generally shy of visitors and people outside of their family, it takes the Miniature Poodle time to get used to new people. They adapt well to other house pets and animals, on the whole. When around young children, they should be supervised in case they get nippy or agitated; Miniature Poodles are wonderful around older children.
Care & Health:
- Major concerns: Pra, Legg – Perthes, patellar luxation, epilepsy
- Minor concerns: trichiasis, entropion, lacrimal duct atresia, cataract, glaucoma, distichiasis
- Occasionally seen: urolithiasis, intervertebral disc degeneration
- Suggested tests: eye, knee, hip
- Life span: 13 – 15 years
- Grooming: Since Poodles don’t shed much, their coat needs an occasional brushing to avoid any tangles or matting and clipped every 6 weeks.
Although the origins of the Poodle are unknown, one thing’s for certain; all types of the Poodle are descendants to the standard breed. Known to be developed either in France or Germany, they were known throughout Europe in the 15th and 16th century and was a favourite of King Louis XVI.
The Poodle being the national dog of France, has a German name which means “to splash in water”. Poodles were originally bred to retrieve from water and hunt truffles and later perform on stages and in circuses.
As of 2007, the Poodle’s popularity ranked 8th out of 157.