With an average size of 15 to 17 pounds and 28 to 38 centimetres, the Miniature Poodle is a medium-sized dog, smaller than the Standard and bigger than the Toy. It has a long and fine head that is proportionate to the rest of its body and a well-chiselled foreface. It also has tight lips, a well-defined chin, a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite, and long ears that are set low on its head. Its eyes are almond-shaped, nicely set on its face and with a colour that matches its coat.
Miniature Poodles have dense, harsh and profuse coats with extremely curly hair that lie close to the body. They can come in any solid colour such as black, white, apricot, blue, brown, cream, red, and silver. Like its Standard and Toy counterparts, the Miniature Poodle is high maintenance in the grooming front. Aside from daily brushing to avoid tangles and matts, it needs professional grooming and clipping every 6 to 8 weeks.
Other important grooming requirements are regular nail trimming, tooth brushing twice weekly and ear cleaning when there is too much wax build-up. Owners also need to check its skin for sores and ticks.