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Last updated: Aug 31 2023

The Miniature Poodle is accepted by both the FCI and the AKC. This is a popular variety of the Poodle family breeds and one that is a lot of fun to be around. The Miniature Poodle is a bit more active than its larger brothers and usually more open and friendly. The character of every dog is influenced by many things, and your Miniature doesn’t need to end up like this.

These dogs have enormous show potential, and the best thing about them is that they also make an awesome family pet. You don’t need to groom them every day, and if you keep a Mini as a pet, you will have an active partner that will always be up for any adventure you can think of.

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11–14 in (28–35 cm)

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10-15 lb (4,5 - 7 kg)

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Life Expectancy:

10-18 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

The Miniature Poodles’ characteristics are those of an active dog breed that is, of course, a part of the Poodle family. These dogs have distinct curly coats which are one of their most distinct features. They can come in a variety of colors like white, brown, grey, fawn, and black.

Various shades of these colors are also allowed by their standard. The color of their noses is either black or brown, depending on the color of their coats. They have big ears that fall close to their cheeks. These are well-balanced and athletic dogs that should give an impression of alertness and agility.

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Some owners choose to trim their coats short and in that case, caring for their coats is not a problem. If you will not trim their coat you must learn how to properly brush your Miniature Poodle to keep their coat clean and without mats. Some owners choose to do it by themselves and some will take their dog to a professional to do the job.

The rest is basic care; trim their nails when needed (if they don't wear them down naturally), brush their teeth weekly to prevent tartar buildup and bacteria development. Regularly check their ears for any sign of redness or a bad odor that can indicate an infection.

You can wipe their ears with a cotton ball dipped into an ear cleaner. The key for your dog to get used to all things mentioned above is to start early with them. Make a positive experience for the dog, full of praises and rewards, and you can be sure that your dog will enjoy all these things when they grow up.

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Miniature Poodles temperament

The temperament of a Miniature Poodle is a lot like the temperament of the rest of the Poodles. The main difference is that the smaller dogs are less reserved than the Standard Poodles. The Miniature version of this breed is friendly and loves to play.

These dogs love being in the center of attention and absolutely hate spending time alone. If they are alone too often, they will most likely develop some sort of bad behavior because of their need to be entertained and in the company of other humans or dogs. These dogs usually have lovely tempers and it is no wonder they are one of the most popular dog breeds around the world.

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Miniature Poodles' training and socialization

Like all other Poodles, the Miniature Poodle is also highly trainable and eager to please their owners. These dogs have moved away from their working history and are now mostly kept as family pets. Training is necessary even for family pets, and proper training will make sure your dog doesn’t develop bad behavior. Make sure to use a positive training method and reward your dog’s good behavior.

When socializing your Miniature Poodle, make sure you expose them to different people and dogs so that they can learn social rules and behavior. Make it a positive experience and you will make sure that you end up with a dog that knows how to behave in any situation it may find itself in.


Every dog can develop some health problems and Miniature Poodlealso can suffer from some conditions. To be sure that you will end up with the dog with the best possible health, always buy a Miniature Poodle from a responsible dog breeder.

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Responsible breeders will regularly check their breeding dogs to ensure that their puppies will be without inherited diseases.

Miniature Poodle can suffer from:

  • luxating patella
  • hip dysplasia
  • eye problems
  • epilepsy
  • von Willebrands disease

Miniature Poodle breeders

When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Miniature Poodle breeder. These dogs are energetic and protective, and getting a poorly bred dog can have catastrophic results. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well.

You must find a good Miniature Poodle breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics. 

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If you are unsure whether this is the breed for you, check out this FREE GUIDE that will help you decide which dog breed is right for you.


World Dog Finder team


Updated at31.08.2023.