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The Miniature Poodle, along with the Toy Poodle, is the small variation of the Standard Poodle. It is believed to have come from different European water dogs. It is a great companion dog for families with small kids and first-time owners as long as they are willing to take on demanding grooming needs and gentle yet firm training methods.
Are you thinking of getting a Miniature Poodle? Here is a brief background of this charming and fun loving miniature dog.
The Poodle, considered as one of the oldest breeds created as a waterfowl hunter, originated in Germany but flourished as a breed in France. It is believed to have descended from various European water dogs, while others claim it came from Asian herding dogs that eventually reached Germany through the Germanic Goth and Ostrogoth tribes.
The Miniature and Toy Poodles are said to have been developed soon after the Standard. However, some argue that it was only during the 15th century that breeders started making smaller versions. It is worth noting that the smaller varieties were created by selectively breeding Poodles that were small in size and not by crossing them with different smaller breeds.
The Miniature Poodle rose to popularity as a companion pet and a cute entertainer in the circus. Because of its versatility, it became desirable to the nobles and royalty. It became one of the most sought-after breeds in the world, including the UK during the 50s and 60s. Because of this, the quality of the Mini Poodle deteriorated leading to genetic health issues. However, breed enthusiasts were able to revive the breed through selective breeding, eradicating most of the health problems. It remains to be a popular dog breed up until today because of its endearing appearance and gentle nature. It is registered with The Kennel Club under the Utility Group.
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.
The Miniature Poodle is an affable, lively and fun-loving dog that enjoys the presence of its family. Since it craves human contact, it always wants to be a part of household activities. It enjoys entertaining its owners with its comical antics. On the other hand, it is usually aloof toward people it does not know but would warm up after some time. The Mini Poodle is a good watchdog as it is quick to alert when it senses a presence.
The Mini Poodle is patient and gentle toward children but adult supervision is always important just to be safe in case playtime becomes too rowdy. It also gets on well with pets it grows up with, including cats. However, the neighbour’s small pets are a different story.
Because it is intelligent and eager to please, the Mini Poodle is highly trainable. However, it also easily learns unwanted behaviour if it is tolerated. Because of its animated personality, this breed often gets away with things it is not supposed to do. It is a great dog for first-time owners as long as they are up for gentle yet firm training. Trainings should start early and owners need to take on the alpha role from the get-go so it will grow up obedient and well rounded.
A typical serving for an adult Miniature Poodle is 1/2 to 1 cup of excellent quality dry dog food per day. It is worth knowing that the amount and type of food you give your dog depend on its age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism.
Typical calorie needs of adult Miniature Poodle per day:
A practical way to feed your Mini Poodle is high-quality dry kibbles with animal meat as the main ingredient. However, you can serve it homemade food but make sure to include important supplements. Also include Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to keep its coat healthy.
The Miniature Poodle is generally healthy that can live up to 15 years but like most breeds, it can be prone to certain health conditions. Look out for signs of eye and dental issues, Epilepsy and Achondroplasia. If you notice something unusual with your dog, immediately take it to your trusted veterinarian.
This intelligent, high-energy dog would need at least 1 hour of exercise per day. If it is unable to get the right amount of physically and mentally stimulating activities, the Mini Poodle will display unwanted behaviour such as excessive barking and chewing.
Before taking the leap to take home a Miniature Poodle, you need to ask yourself if you can financially afford to raise one throughout its lifetime. First off, the price to buy a well-bred puppy ranges from £400 to more than £1,000.
Aside from paying for the puppy itself, make sure you have enough money to pay for other expenses such as food and treats (£30 a month), basic equipment like bed, crate, grooming equipment, leash, collar, toys (initial cost of £200), professional grooming (starts at about £30 per session), veterinary costs (up to £800 in a year), and pet insurance (starts at £20 for basic coverage).
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