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  Miniature Poodle 

Registration: All Miniature Poodles are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.

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Miniature Poodle registration; how to register your Miniature Poodles or to dual register your Miniature Poodle with the United Canine Association.

The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Miniature Poodle in 2002.
                                        

  

Breed Characteristics:  Miniature Poodles are identical to the Toy Poodle and the Standard Poodle except in height.  The breed standards for all three varieties of Poodles are exactly the same other than the height differences.

The Miniature Poodle is a very active, intelligent and elegant-appearing dog.  Miniature Poodles are squarely built, athletically proportioned and carries itself proudly.
                            
The Miniature Poodle are charming, good natured, and clownish in behavior.

The Miniature Poodle is affectionate with its family.  The breed can be little wary with strangers, but usually accepts them rather quickly.

Miniature Poodles are more sensitive than the Standard Poodle, but still get along well with other animals and children.

Miniature Poodles come in solid colors and parti colors, and have very curly, thick fur.

The Miniature Poodle is known for their hypoallergenic coat as it is non-shedding.

                              
Country of Origin:  Poodle originated in France.

 

Original Purpose:
  The Miniature Poodle is one of the three varieties of the Poodle breed, the other two being the Toy Poodle and the Standard Poodle.  

All three varieties of Poodle are classified as gun dogs of the retriever family.  The Poodle is renowned for its abilities on both land and in the water. 

In recent years, The Poodle has gained in popularity as watchdogs, companion dogs, and the breed has even excelled as acrobatic circus performers.

The name "Poodle" comes from the German word Pudel, short for Pudelhund, which means “water dog.”


Today's Uses: 
The Poodle excels at many types of canine sports, the breed is frequently used agility, obedience, tracking, and even herding.  Miniature Poodles are exception family companions.


Weight:
 
The Miniature Poodle should average 12 - 17 pounds.


Height:
 The Miniature Poodle is 11 - 15 inches at the shoulders.


Coat:
  The coat of the Miniature Poodle is very abundant, curly and dense with a harsh texture.


Color:
 The Miniature Poodle comes in many colors including solid colors and multi colored or parti colored (two or more colors). 

The most often seen colors are apricot, red, chocolate, cafe au laite, black, gray, white, and blue. 

All colors are acceptable for full registration with the United Canine Association a
nd eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.


Temperament:
  Poodle usually respond well to training as Poodles are very intelligent and the breed learns most task rather quickly. 

As with all breeds the Poodle should be properly socialized to insure a stable and balanced temperament.


With Children:
 
Miniature Poodles are super family companions and do very well with children.


With Pets:
  The Miniature Poodle is a great dog with other breeds and pets.



Trainability: 
Poodles are renowned for being one of the most trainable dog breeds. Poodles are very intelligent and can learn an almost unlimited number of tasks, including guarding and babysitting.
 

Training a Poodle is best started early, before the Poodle develops its instinctive curiosity.


Activity Level:
  The Miniature Poodle enjoys outdoor exercises but is comfortable inside the home as well. 


Life Expectancy:
  The average life span of a Standard Poodle is 12 - 15 years.  

Breed Standard:  Miniature Poodle

General Impression:  The Poodle is a squarely built dog with a distinctive harsh curly coat that may be presented in any of several traditional Poodle clips or corded.

The ears are long, drop, and densely feathered.  The tail is normally docked, set high, and carried erect.  The length of body (sternum to point of buttocks) is equal to the height (withers to ground).  The Poodle carries himself with an air of dignity and pride.      

Head: The head is proportionate to the size of the dog. When viewed from the side, the skull and muzzle are roughly parallel to one another and joined by a slight but definite stop

Ears:  The ears of the Miniature Poodle are long and wide, low set on the head and dangle close to the face.

Muzzle:  The Miniature Poodle has a scissor bite.

Eyes:  Miniature Poodles have almond shaped, dark eyes that are not set too close together.

Nose: The nose of the Poodle is black or liver, depending on the color of its coat.

Neck:  Neck well proportioned and of good length.  The Poodles neck is sufficiently strong to allow the head to be carried high when standing or moving.  The skin fits tightly on the neck and throat.

Forequarters:  The shoulders are well laid back, strong and muscular.

Body:  Miniature Poodles have a chest that is deep and reasonably wide.  The back of the Poodle is moderately short, strong and slightly hollowed.  The loins of the Poodle , loins broad and muscular. The loin is short, broad and muscular with moderate tuck-up. The ribs extend well back and are well sprung out from the spine,

Hindquarters:  The thighs of the Poodle are well developed and muscular.  The stifles have good curvature, well bent and the hocks are well let down and straight.  The Poodles hind legs turn neither in nor out.

Shoulders:  Shoulders are smooth and muscled. The Poodles shoulder blades are long and well laid back.

Legs:  The Miniature Poodles legs are set straight from shoulders and are well muscled.

Movement:  Sound, free movement and light gait are essential.  When moving, the Poodles gait is effortless, smooth, powerful and well coordinated.  The movement should demonstrate good reach in front and drive from behind. 

Feet:  Miniature Poodle feet are sturdy and tight, proportionately small and oval in shape with well-arched toes and thick well cushioned pads.  The pasterns of the Miniature Poodle are strong.

The feet of the Miniature Poodle do not turn in or out.  The toe nails of the Miniature Poodle are short and dark or self-colored, depending on coat color of the Poodle.

It is acceptable to remove the dewclaws of the Miniature Poodle.

Faults: Thin pads, splay foot or feet that turn either in or out.

Height:  The Miniature Poodle is 11 - 15 inches at the shoulders.

Weight:  The Miniature Poodle should average 12 - 17 pounds.  The weight of the Miniature Poodle is to be in balance with the height of the breed.  Miniature Poodles are solid but should not be heavy. 

Color:  The Miniature Poodle comes in many colors including solid colors and multi colored or parti colored (two or more colors). 

The most often seen colors are apricot, red, chocolate, cafe au laite, black, gray, white, and blue.

Tail:  The Poodle's tail is straight, set high, and normally docked to a length proportionate to the size of the dog.   Whether standing or moving, the tail of the Poodle is carried erect.

Undocked tails are thick at the base, set on rather high, carried away from the body and as straight as possible.

Serious Faults: Low tail set, tail curled or carried over the back.

Temperament:  Good natured, spirited, intelligent and friendly.

 
 

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