Type: Companion Dog; Origin of France
Height: 11 - 15 inches.
Weight: 15 -17 lbs.
Coat: Very profuse, curly and dense with a good harsh texture.
Description: Well proportioned and squarely built, the Miniature Poodle was bred down from the Standard Poodle. They are an intelligent breed with a sporty disposition and are very easy to train. Miniature Poodles are delightful, good natured, and lively dogs. The Poodle makes an excellent family pet who will adapt to any situation and will try anything an owner wants. Miniature Poodles are very trainable and efficient to the owner who wants an obedient dog. They are affectionate with their family, a little wary with strangers, but still accepting of them. They love to be around family and friends, and should not be left alone for long periods of time. Miniature Poodles are slightly more sensitive than the Standard Poodle, but still get along well with other animals and children. They have had clownish cuts in the past, in which the owners were allowed to carve any design they wanted into the fur. Today the breed has the standard poodle cut, but if they aren't being shown they can simply be trimmed down. They are in between the sizes of the Standard Poodle and the Toy Poodle. They are thought to be extremely intelligent and very obedient. They come in any solid color, and have very curly, thick fur. Poodles have natural drop ears and a puff of fur on top of the head. Spirited and lively, the Poodle is an energetic and happy breed.
Special Needs: Attention, grooming, protection from predators or rough play, socialization, some exercise and training.
Life Span: 14 - 16 years.