The Poodle's intelligence and cheery disposition led to
breeding down to Miniature and Toy sizes for companion dogs for the ladies
of the French Court. The poodle has historically been a water retriever
and a circus performer.
The Miniature Poodle
stands no more than 15 inches high at the shoulder. His
coat is dense and harsh and comes in a variety of solid colours including:
white, silver, blue, grey, brown, apricot, red, cream, and black. A
Poodle's coat needs regular brushing and professional grooming to keep it
in shape and tangle-free. A godsend for people with allergies, this breed
does not shed and has no body odor.
Poodle's unusual clip seen in the show ring today is a highly stylized
version of a functional coat trim. Originally, the coat was trimmed down
to reduce the weight of the dog when he was swimming and retrieving
waterfowl. Patches of heavier coat were left to protect the joints and
vital organs from the cold water.
Miniature Poodles are clever, good-natured,
lively, and a quick study. Amusing and eager to please, they will try just
about anything to please their masters. Their small size make them good companions for those with limited space available for a pet.
However, they are energetic little dogs and require some form of daily
exercise. Miniature Poodles are not suitable for very young children but make good pets for
children over 10 years old. Miniature
Poodles are good watchdogs.