Miniature Poodle

non-sporting Group

The Miniature Poodle is ranked as the 2nd most popular small breed, and 7th overall

non-sporting Group

Miniature Poodle

Poodles are adaptable, so they’ll be happy in an apartment or a large house with a yard as long as they have your love and plenty of opportunities to play and exercise outside.

They’ll enjoy playing catch with a ball if you take them to the dog park. Hikes are also popular, especially if you head to a lake for a swim.

Whether you love them now, or later, Poodles are difficult to ignore. Best known for their curly locks and bright personalities, they have a long history and much more to offer than just their looks and undeniable intelligence.

A fully grown Miniature Poodle has an average height of 10–15 inches, and will weigh somewhere between 10–15 pounds.

The average life expectancy of a Miniature Poodle is around 10–18 years.

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Miniature Poodle Average Statistics

Average size and life expectancy of a Miniature Poodle.


10–15 inches


10–15 pounds

Life Expectancy

10–18 years

The Poodle: A Consistently Popular Dog Breed

The Poodle has been a popular breed for many years, ranking within the top 10 most popular dog breeds since 2013.

In fact, the Poodle was ranked the 6th most popular dog breed overall in 2020, making the Miniature Poodle the 2nd most popular small dog breed. Only the French Bulldog ranked higher.

Miniature Poodle Characteristics

Just like humans, dogs have unique personalities. But did you know that there are common personality and character trends unique to each breed?

This means that it’s worth taking the time to understand the differences in personality, character, and needs of each breed before choosing the right dog for your family, for you, and your lifestyle.

Below is a table we created to show the personality and character traits commonly associated with Miniature Poodle‘s in an easy-to-read table. Each row contains a character trait, a score ranging from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest), and a description.

Affectionate5How affectionate a breed is with family members or close friends. Some breeds are reserved around strangers, while others treat everyone as a close friend.
Playful5How eager a breed is to play, even as an adult. Some breeds will want to play tug-of-war or fetch until they are old, while others will be content to lounge on the couch with you.
Energy4A breed’s need for exercise and mental stimulation. High-energy breeds are always ready for their next challenge. They’ll spend the day running, jumping, and playing. Low energy breeds are like couch potatoes who enjoy a good nap.
Trainability5How easy it will be to train and how eager your dog will be to learn. Some breeds only want to please their owners, while others prefer to do their own thing, whenever they want!
Grooming Requirements2How often a breed’s coat needs to be brushed, trimmed, or otherwise maintained. When looking at the grooming effort required, consider your time, patience, and budget. Nail trimming is required on all breeds.
Shedding1How much fur and hair the breed will leave behind. High-shedding breeds require more frequent brushing, are more likely to cause allergies, and require more frequent vacuuming and lint-rolling.
Drooling1A breed’s drool-proneness. If you’re a neat freak, dogs that slobber on your arm or wet your clothes may not be the best choice.
Watchdog4How often the breed will bark or howl. Some breeds will bark at every passer-by or cat in the window. Some barkless breeds can still communicate using other sounds.
Good with Children4The breed’s tolerance to children’s behavior and overall family-friendly nature. Always supervise dogs around young children or children of any age unfamiliar with dogs.
Good with Dogs3How sociable a breed is with other dogs. Interactions and introductions with other dogs should always be supervised, but some breeds are naturally more likely to get along, both in public and at home.
Good with Strangers4How friendly a breed is towards strangers. Some breeds are reserved or cautious around strangers, whether at home or in public. In contrast, others will be excited to meet a new human!

Keeping your Miniature Poodle happy & healthy

Did you know that each dog breed has different needs to keep them both physically and mentally healthy?

That means things like exercise requirements, grooming needs, mental stimulation, frequent training, and bonding time will need to be taken into consideration before you decide whether a Miniature Poodle is right for you.

So let’s start with listing out the needs of the Miniature Poodle, and describe the minimum expectations that will be required to keep your dog happy and healthy, helping you to decide if they’re the right breed for you.

Exercise Requirements for Miniature Poodle‘s

Miniature Poodle‘s should be exercised twice daily, 20 to 30 minutes at a time as they need plenty of active play time. We also highly recommend that you have a decent-sized yard or visit a local dog park, allowing them to run around and stretch their legs.

Are Miniature Poodle‘s a playful breed?

Yes, Miniature Poodle‘s are a playful breed. In fact, Miniature Poodle‘s are rated as one of the most playful small dog breeds, making them a perfect fit for young, fun, and playful families. They’ll just love running around playing in the house or yard, and love to play games such as rope pull, chase, and make games for themselves out of any soft toy.

Are Miniature Poodle‘s easy to train?

Yes, Miniature Poodle‘s are known to be one of the easier breeds to train, and are eager to please their owner even just to get positive attention and tummy rubs!

Just remember that as with any element of training, but especially potty training your dog, positive reinforcement and consistency from you is one of the most important aspects of training.

Random Facts about Miniature Poodles

For a bit of fun, here are some facts about Miniature Poodles:

  • Despite its German origins, the Poodle is actually the national dog of France. And the French will forever be associated with the distinctive tail pom of the Poodle.
  • Miniature Poodles are quite the movie stars, appearing in box office hits including both Jaws, and The Pink Panther.
  • Since 2013, Poodles have been ranked in the top 10 most popular dog breeds.
  • Miniature Poodles are the 2nd most popular small dog breed and have been since 2013.

Medical Conditions

Some breeds are prone to medical conditions, so severe, others mild. But either way, it’s important for you to be aware of such issues as a responsible dog owner, so you know what potential symptoms to look out for, and what steps to take if you spot any in your dog.

FAQs about Miniature Poodle‘s

People also regularly ask the following questions about Miniature Poodle

What is the average height of a Miniature Poodle?

The height of a fully grown Miniature Poodle will be somewhere around 10 to 15 inches. Don’t worry if your Miniature Poodle is slightly over or under those figures, as this is just a breed average.

What is the average weight for a Miniature Poodle?

Ideally, your Miniature Poodle should weigh somewhere between 10 and 15 pounds. This is an average for the breed overall, so if your pup comes in slightly over, or slightly under this weight, don’t worry too much.

How to tell if my Miniature Poodle is overweight?

In surveys conducted by Pet Obesity Prevention since 2012, more than 55% of dogs are now classified as overweight or obese. This number has been steadily increasing from 52.5% in 2012, with the most recent numbers in 2018 being 55.8%.

That’s an increase of 3.3% in just six years, showing that dog obesity is a problem that is only getting worse over time.

We’ve created an easy-to-use dog calorie calculator to give a pretty good idea of how many calories your dog needs to maintain energy requirements (or MER).

Keep your dog happy and healthy, and be sure to regularly check the weight of your dog to ensure a long and healthy life.

What is the life expectancy of a Miniature Poodle?

The average life expectancy for a Miniature Poodle is 10 to 18 years, although don’t be surprised if your dog lives longer!

It’s not uncommon to fall outside of this age range, mainly due to health and medical conditions. So keep your dog happy and healthy, ensure your dog’s weight is kept within the ideal range, with plenty of exercise and playtime to keep his mind and body healthy, helping to extend his life!

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