Featured Breed : Miniature Poodle
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Life Span:~12 to 15 years
Litter Size: 5 to 7
Country of Origin: France
Size: There are three sizes of Poodle: toy, miniature, and standard. The Miniature Poodle stands 11 to 15 inches tall and weighs 15 to 17 pounds.
Coat: The Poodles’ coat is not like most other dogs. A typical dog usually has double coats. Poodles only have single coat. This means that they don’t shed as much, and the coats can be somewhat hypoallergenic to most people. The texture may range from coarse and woolly to soft and wavy. To keep it healthy, regularly brush them to prevent any matting and bacteria from forming.
Character: Poodles have a lot of character into them. They are very clever and highly intelligent. You can easily train them. They are also active and highly energetic. They love to run around the house and play with their families, especially with kids. They were very popular animal in the circus back in the day. People love to see their acts. Basically, they are amusing, eager to please their owners and, fun to be around.
Appearance: Much like the Standard Poodle, the Miniature Poodle is squarely-proportioned dog with elegant apperance. The coat is the most prominent feature; it is curly, harsh, and dense. Since there are three variants of the Poodle, the Miniature Poodle is the medium-sized version. All three versions have long muzzle, rounded skull, oval-shaped eyes, and wide-set ears. Size (or height) is really the main differentiator of all three variants.
History: Although the Poodles have lived in Europe for centuries, their origins is quite vague. Researchers indicate that some of them originated in Germany, while others think they are from France, which they consider them as the national breed.
Believed to be the descendants of the French Water dog (now extinct), the name Poodle is derived from the German word ‘Pudel,’ which means “plays in water”. They accompany hunters and are used to retrieve waterfowls. The Miniature Poodle, along with the Toy Poodles, were derived from the Standard Poodle.
Health Issues: Like its other cousins, the Miniature Poodle is susceptible to diseases, particularly trichiasis, entropion, distichiasis, cataract, glaucoma, lacrimal duct atresia, and urinary stones. To identify if they also have PRA and von Willebrand's disease, they need to have their eyes, knees, and hip tests. Regular visit to the vet can be a lifesaver.
Temperament: Poodles were bred for companionship and for working. They are a people-pleaser. Most of the time they are happy, and the like to be friends with other people and pets. They love to be the center of attention, so most of the time they like to play with their owners.
Care: Miniature and Toy Poodles are generally okay for apartment or condo dwellers. They don’t need much space. Playing them keeps them in top shape. But short daily walks would be the best to keep them healthy. Poodles don’t shed that much. Just brush them at least once a day to keep their hairs clean and healthy.
Training: Aside from being a good companion, they are also bred for hunting and working. They are a natural retriever of animals being hunted. So, by default, they are trainable and highly athletic. However, it is recommended to train them early on. Use positive reinforcement to speed up their training.
Activity: Since they are generally active, they love to run around or be outside. Daily walks is highly recommended for them. This will keep them healthy and active. If not, they will get bored and agitated easily. These are the some of the reasons why your couch is being chewed on. They can be destructive if not given their exercise.