The miniature Poodle has been in existence in Western Europe since the 16th century. It is hard to trace its origin as there are no specific records of where it came from or which dogs were cross bred to develop it. Several European countries lay claim to being the origin country of this dog though ancient history also reveals that it was derived from some curly dogs in Central Asia that were shipped to Europe in different ways. It is believed that its name was derived from the German term Pudel meaning “one who plays in the water.” French and German hunters used it as a retriever dog, particularly for waterfowl.
The miniature Poodles have a square form, and they come in different sizes. They stand at 11 to 15 inches tall and weigh about 15 to 17 pounds. Their head is fairly round with a long muzzle and a black tipped nose. Its ears droop down its head all the way to the neck. It has dark oval shaped eyes that give a piercing look. Its fur covers its entire body even underneath the feet. It carries its tail up high and sometimes docking is performed to reduce its size.
The Miniature Poodle is a jovial dog that is full of life. They are outgoing dogs as their history entails being used for hunting. It walks with a majestic attitude holding its head up high and expresses a high level of intelligence through its eyes. It always seeks to please and gets very attached to its owner. It enjoys the company of people and is very good with people hence a good choice of dog for a first-time owner.
It is not your typical dog that you will leave out in a kennel as it requires consistent presence of people. They need sufficient exercise daily to maintain good health . Otherwise, they may easily get agitated. They also need to be mentally challenged as this is a smart breed of dogs. You can train them easily but one must be careful not to act harshly towards them.
They are generally healthy dogs however they are prone to various diseases like any other dog such as: Bloating, cataracts, Cushing disease, hip dysplasia, optical problems and epilepsy. They have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years.
It is important to feed the poodle with high-quality food that is rich in all nutrients. Ensure to feed the dog at a fixed time rather than haphazard kind of feeding program. The amount of food depends on the size, weight and metabolic rate of the dog. Be careful not to over feed the dog as this may bring complications.
Coat color and grooming
It has a dense, thick coat that is non-shedding and good for people with allergies. Its coat comes in a variety of colors such as: white, black, red, brown and gray. Its hair has a curly appearance with a curly feel. It requires regular grooming and generally considered high maintenance. Also, ensure to provide dental care and trim its claws.
With Family and other pets
This is a wonderful animal that interacts with all people within the family both old and young. They do well with other animals particularly if they have known them for a while.