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Miniature Poodle

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Group: Utility - Breed Standard

Description

Height at shoulder should be under 38 cms (15 ins) but not under 28 cms (11 ins).

The Poodle should be of moderate build, neither heavy or insubstantial. It should have an elegant, balanced appearance, and should carry itself in a "proud" or "dignified" manner.

Their coat is long, curly, harsh and very thick. It does not shed. For show purposes, Poodle's coats are typically shaped into several different clips, the most common of which are the "continental", "English saddle" clips. Dogs under 12 months old may be shown with a "puppy clip". Although used mostly for show today, these clips originated from the German hunting dogs. As the hair is so thick on a full coated poodle, they are apt to drown under the weight of a full coat. To aid in swimming "unnecessary" hair was shaved away, and the remaining hair was left to keep the poodle's joints and vital organs warm while retrieving fowl from icy waters.

Character/Temperament

Poodles are intelligent, alert, and active. Arguably one of the most intelligent breeds, their aptitude has made them ideal for performing in circuses across the globe for centuries. Because they are so intelligent, they can become bored easily and can get quite creative about finding mischief. Poodles are extremely people-oriented dogs and, therefore, are eager to please. When they are from good bloodlines, all three varieties are fairly mellow dogs.

Breed Health

Though the Poodle is usually a healthy, long-lived canine, as with any purebred dog, there are many health concerns for the Poodle owner to be aware of: cataracts, congenital heart disease, entropion, epilepsy, glaucoma, PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), patellar luxation. Life span up to 15 years.

Breed Care

Poodles' coats require plenty of grooming to keep the constantly growing hair at a manageable length and to prevent it from matting. Matted fur can be very difficult to untangle, and often the clumps must be cut out with scissors. There are a number of short pet clips that make a very easily maintained family pet.

Training

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