Miniature poodles make lovely pets. They are small and playful dogs. They are happy to live indoors but love going out for walks and exploring river banks.
The breed developed in Europe, possibly Germany. The German word, "pudel" means splashing in water," (like our English word, "puddle.") The dogs were used for fetching ducks and other waterfowl for the hunter. Some people fancied a bigger size of dog, so they would mate the biggest specimens and the breed now comes in three sizes, miniature, toy, and standard.
Hunters started clipping the coat off because it got waterlogged. In its natural state, the coat forms cords (ringlets like dreadlocks) and these take a long time to dry after a swim. Poodles love water, so do be careful the puppy doesn't dive into the swimming pool or he will drown while trying to find a way out. Once the dog is bigger, he can swim.
About miniature poodles
In France the dogs were used as circus dogs. They have high intelligence and can be trained to do tricks.
The body looks square - ideally the back is as long as the height at shoulder. The tail is held aloft.
The coat needs regular brushing and clipping to give a proper "poodle" look. Good grooming makes all the difference to this breed.
Poodles are active dogs and need to be kept occupied or they may develop bad behaviour. The owner should train the puppy and set rules. Dogs like to follow a strong leader, and that must be the owner.
Colour: solid colors: black, blue, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white, brown, or cafe-au-lait.
Height at shoulder: 28 - 38 cms
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