You’ve heard of the different Poodle breed varieties such as the Standard, Miniature, and Toy Poodle. I have also tackled different varieties the American Kennel Club does not recognize, such as the Giant/Royal Poodle and Teacup Poodle. You can also find the Moyen Poodle, which European kennel clubs recognize.
But what about the Micro Poodle? Major kennel clubs do not recognize this variety, but it’s an exciting and popular breed for those who want a cute puppy for life.
Micro poodles are adorable little dogs who look like they belong in a fairy tale. They are also very intelligent, affectionate and loyal pets.
Poodle mixes include several breeds such as Chihuahuas, Cocker Spaniels, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzus, Maltese, Yorkies, etc. The micro poodle is a cross between a miniature poodle and a chow chow. This combination makes them smaller than their larger counterparts.
They are known for being friendly, playful, energetic and smart. Their short coats come in various colors and patterns. These dogs are tiny versions of the Teacup Poodle, leaving you wondering: “How did they get so small?”
The micro poodle is one of the smallest dog breeds recognized by the AKC. It has been around since the early 1900s when it was first developed in Germany.
It is considered a toy breed because its size is only 3 inches tall at the withers (the highest point on the back). However, they weigh less than 10 pounds.
About the Micro Poodle
Micro Poodles are the smallest among all varieties. While the Poodle has a vast breeding history, working as a hunting dog and water retriever, today’s pet owners see this breed as lapdogs and family dogs. These dogs are associated with wealth and sophistication now. Because of that, people breed these dogs in smaller variations so even more people can enjoy them. That’s where the Micro variety comes along. It’s a perfect companion for those living in smaller homes and apartments because of the size.
Like the Teacup Poodle, the Micro one measures less than nine inches and weighs less than six pounds. Micro Poodles can go even smaller than that, so they look like puppies throughout their life.
Despite the smaller body size, this dog still has a curly coat of hair that doesn’t shed often. That makes them the perfect breed for allergy sufferers! Allergic people won’t have to worry about intense reactions to this low-shedding dog.
People will also appreciate the grooming requirements these small dogs have. While these dogs still require daily brushing and regular baths and trims, their smaller bodies make them much easier to handle.
When bathing your tiny dog, do so using warm water. You need to keep this tiny animal warm because its body temperature drops quickly from a low body fat percentage!
Micro Poodles have similar breed traits as Standard, Miniature, and Toy breeds. It is an intelligent breed that loves to play around and learn from its owners. Furthermore, these dogs love attention and are prone to separation anxiety when left alone. That’s why owners must make more time to care for these dogs and provide a lot of attention and bonding time.
Because of the dog’s small size, it won’t require regular exercise as its bigger varieties. It prefers more bonding time with its owners through cuddles! This dog remains a kid at heart and will love playing around, but be careful!
Micro Poodles are not family dogs. Even if you have an affectionate family, these dogs are tiny, so if you have children or other dogs, these dogs are at risk of injuries from mishandling and rough play.
Training and Exercise Requirements
While we know these dogs are an athletic breed perfect for active people, the tiny Micro Poodle won’t require too much regular exercise. A short 30-minute walk every day will suffice.
To avoid overexerting your dog, split up its exercise to two 15-minute walks a day. This dog isn’t best for active owners who love to move around with shorter exercise requirements.
Besides that, this breed loves mental stimulation and thrives from it. That means giving your dog lots of mentally-stimulating toys and undergoing training classes to meet its love to please people. We recommend obedience training to teach your dog proper behavior; then, you can move towards complex tricks for show!
When teaching your dog, use reward-based training with lots of praises, cuddles, and treats. Through walks, training, and fun games, you’ll have an affectionate and fun-loving companion!
The Micro Poodle requires minimal food intake. These dogs don’t grow very fast, so they only eat half the amount of calories compared to larger breeds. They also require less grooming than other breeds.
This dog’s coat sheds less than most other breeds, which makes it ideal for allergy sufferers. The coat is easy to groom and maintain, making it a great choice for pet parents.
Because of its small size, it won’t need a large living space. However, you should ensure that your home has enough room for your dog to run around freely without bumping into furniture.
Potential Health Risks
Unfortunately, this small dog will still face considerable health risks, requiring regular medical attention. Here are a few health conditions to watch out for in the long run:
- Heart defects
- Ear infections
- Patella Luxation
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Before committing to a Micro Poodle and its breeding activities, you must learn about the different health risks and prepare ahead.
As long as you meet your Micro Poodle’s care requirements and take it to the veterinarian for follow-up checkups, you have the perfect companion who will love you for life.
How Much are Micro Poodles?
Because of their size, Micro Poodles will only produce 1-2 puppies per litter. Given the health issues and risks, breeders have to take extra care to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Furthermore, these dogs go through a selective breeding process.
That’s why these dogs are extremely expensive, costing up to $2,500 (or higher).
When purchasing one, ensure you get a dog from a reputable breeder with proper breeding practices and who’s willing to provide health clearances and appropriate documents.
You may also find an animal shelter rescue group with a Micro Poodle for adoption. Contact your local shelter to ask about their rescue dogs!