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Miniature Poodles Make Great Family Dogs

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Yuliss has worked with sheltered dogs, training them to be adoptable to good homes. She has had her own dogs and now has 4 human children!

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Miniature Poodle Breed History

The Miniature Poodle is a smaller version of the Standard Poodle which originated in Germany in the 15th and 16th century. The dog was known in Germany as "Pudel", German for, "splash in the water". At one point, the dog was bred with a moisture-proof coat to improve the dogs water retrieving ability. The Standard Poodle was bred to retrieve game from water and was noted to be the second most intelligent dog, only one behind the Border Collie. The Poodle has many other great abilities such as agility, obedience, tracking and herding. Making them fun and enjoyable family dogs. The Miniature Poodle comes in a variety of colors. The Poodle gained popularity and found its way from Germany to France, England and Spain, where the breed continued to flourish. In the 18th century, breeders in England and Spain began to work with the Poodle to create the miniature version and the toy version. Basically, a smaller dog with the same traits and skills as the Standard Poodle.

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Miniature Poodle Breed Traits

The Miniature Poodle has many traits in common with the Standard Poodle. The Miniature Poodle, still has a keen instinct for hunting than other dog breeds. The Miniature Poodle is highly energetic and requires lots of exercise. Since these dogs are so intelligent, they can also get bored easily and can cause mischief. Make sure the dog gets adequate daily exercise and switch up the walks with jogs and short sprints. Turn the urban play ground into an agility course for this curious hunter to thrive! Poodles are known well for their ability to learn and perform amazing tricks on command. Have fun training your dog a variety of tricks. Poodles are willing to please and look forward to being involved in this type of work. These dogs have been performing at the Ringling Circus in Europe for years. In Britain, two show clowns by the name of Kenneth and Audrey Austin perform with their dog named, "Twinkle" who audiences just adore. Poodles are people oriented animals and are good with children. Poodles can adapt well to new environments and can be very easy to train in comparison to other dog breeds. Although, training does take time and consistency regardless of the dog's breed, Poodles are known to learn faster, and are one of the easiest breeds to train.

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Miniature Poodle Health Risks

Common health issues for the Minature Poodle include, Addison's Disease (a hormone releasing gland just above the kidneys does not secrete sufficient amounts of hormone to regulate, stress, blood pressure, blood sugar and the dog's metabolism). Addison's Disease can be easily treated with daily medication when identified and diagnosed early. Gastric Torsion (twisted stomach), caused by bloating which may or may not be visible to the human eye. The dogs becomes very uncomfortable and restless and may have constant vomiting and diarrhea. This condition REQUIRES immediate medical intervention and surgery. The Poodle is at risk of Thyroid issues, where the thyroid secretes too much or too little thyroid hormone. This condition is also treatable with regular, daily medication when diagnosed and treated early. The Poodle may also develop breathing problems, epilepsy, hip dysphasia and cancer. Although most puppies are health, as the dog ages, the canine becomes more at risk of these health issues common to their breed.

Summary

The miniature poodle is a Germany breed, and is a mini-version of the full size or Standard Poodle. Originally bred to retrieve water game, poodles still enjoy water play and have a noble appearance on land. They are a very intelligent breed and enjoy games that are physically challenging but also mentally challenging. They are so intelligent that many poodle owners take pride and enjoy training advanced skills such as agility and clever tricks. Miniature poodles do require a lot of grooming, and have been noticed for their original and classic poodle hair-cuts!

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Resources

American Kennel Club Miniature Poodle Information

Miniature Poodle Breed Mixes

Toys and Teacup Breeds

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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