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The Full Miniature Poodle Description

There are three sizes of Poodles--Standard, Miniature, and Toy. They are alike in every way except for size. All Poodles originated from the Standard Poodle. Poodles are smart, loyal, proud and fun. They seem to understand the moods of their special friends. They enjoy the challenges of obedience training, which gives these intelligent dogs great happiness. Politely reserved around strangers, they can also have a playful sense of humour.

Did you know?

The Poodle is the national dog of France.
The Standard Poodle is the oldest of the three varieties.
The words Standard, Miniature, and Toy are used to denote size only. All of these are one breed.
Poodles are known for their work retrieving capabilities in the water.

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The Poodle's coat lends itself to a variety of hair styles. Most of which derive from their duties as a retriever where shorn to protect their joints in cold water.
The Poodle is very active, intelligent, and elegant.

Indicative Breed Standard


General Appearance

Well balanced, elegant looking with very proud carriage.


Distinguished by a special type of clip for show activity and by a type of coat which does not moult.


Gay-spirited and good-tempered.

Head and Skull

Long and fine with slight peak. Skull not broad, moderate stop. Foreface strong, well chiselled, not falling away under eyes; cheek bones and muscle flat. Lips tight-fitting. Chin well defined but not protruding. Head in proportion to size of dog.


Almond-shaped, dark, not set too close together, full of fire and intelligence. Eye colour see Colour Clause.


Leathers long and wide, set low, hanging close to face.


Jaws strong with perfect, regular complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. A full set of 42 teeth is desirable.


Well proportioned, of good length and strong to admit of the head being carried high and with dignity. Skin fitting tightly at the throat.


Well laid back shoulders, strong and muscular. Legs set straight from shoulders, well muscled.


Chest deep and moderately wide. Ribs well sprung and rounded. Back short, strong, slightly hollowed; loins broad and muscular.


Thighs well developed and muscular; well bent stifles, hocks well let down; hindlegs turning neither in nor out.


Tight, proportionately small, oval in shape, turning neither in nor out, toes arched, pads thick and hard, well cushioned. Pasterns strong.


Customarily docked. Docked: Set on rather high, carried at slight angle away from the body, never curled or carried over back, thick at root.
Undocked: Thick at root, set on rather high, carried away from the body and as straight as possible.


Sound, free and light movement essential with plenty of drive.


Very profuse and dense; of good harsh texture. All short hair close, thick and curly. It is strongly recommended that the traditional lion clip be
adhered to.


All solid colours. White and creams to have black nose, lips and eye rims, black toenails desirable. Browns to have dark amber eyes, dark liver nose,
lips, eye rims and toenails. Apricots and reds to have dark eyes with black points or deep amber eyes with liver points. Blacks, silvers and blues to have black nose, lips, eye rims and toenails. Creams, apricots, reds, browns, silvers and blues may show varying shades of the same colour up to 18 months. Clear colours preferred.


Poodles (Standard): over 38 cms (15 ins).
Poodles (Miniature): height at shoulder should be under 38 cms (15 ins) but not under 28 cms (11 ins).
Poodles (Toy): height at shoulder should be under 28 cms (11 ins).

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