Reasons You Might Not Want a Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodles sit between the Standard Poodle and Toy Poodles. These Poodles grow 10-15 inches tall and weigh 10-15 pounds. 

While these dogs are a favorite among potential pet owners, watch out for negative traits. We’ll show you a few reasons you wouldn’t want a Miniature Poodle, so you know what to expect. 

The Miniature Poodle has high grooming requirements.

One of the primary reasons Poodles are such a popular breed is their coat. These dogs have an almost-hypoallergenic, non-shedding coat. As a result, the Poodle triggers fewer allergic reactions.

However, there’s a catch. The Poodle’s coat is challenging to groom! 

Curly coats are at higher risk of tangles, mats, and debris buildup. Because of that, you must brush your Poodle’s coat once a day with a high-quality pet brush.

You will also need to bathe and clip your poodle every 4-8 weeks. You might also have to wash your poodle more often if it gets dirty a lot during daily walks. Please make sure you use high-quality shampoo and conditioner made for Poodles and their coat types.

Maintain a coat free from tangles and matting through daily brushing, and regular clipping is required. You can have your dog clipped by a professional groomer, who can also bathe the coat. Do note that groomers are pretty expensive, and you can do the grooming yourself if you have the right tools.

If you don’t have the tools and expertise, we recommend taking your Poodle to the groomer every 1-2 months, depending on how long his coat grows. You can choose a low-maintenance haircut to lessen the frequency of groomer’s visits. 

Other than brushing, bathing, and clipping, there are other grooming requirements to meet:

Trim your Poodle’s nails regularly.

Check and clean your Poodle’s eyes and ears to prevent infections.

Brush your Poodle’s teeth every other day to avoid bad breath and dental diseases.

For owners who don’t have enough time to adhere to the extensive grooming requirements of the Poodle, you may need to find another dog breed instead. Grooming a Poodle takes time, and it can be expensive.

The Miniature Poodle has high emotional sensitivity.

Your dog requires human companionship most of the time. Poodles love being the center of attention and taking part in all the family’s activities.

If left alone for long periods, your Miniature Poodle can suffer from separation anxiety. That can lead to loud barking, whining, and destructive or neurotic behavior.

These Poodles are extremely sensitive and jump at loud noises or unexpected touching. Because of that, they aren’t the best dogs for a beginner family with small children. Given their smaller size, the Miniature Poodle is suitable for families with older children who know how to care for these dogs. 

For owners who have no time to give their dog the time of day and prefer a low-maintenance dog that can stay at home alone most of the time, then the Poodle isn’t the right dog for you. 

These dogs require daily exercise routines and a lot of time with their owners. Without proper love and attention, the Poodle’s social and behavioral health may decline, along with its relationship with the owners. 

Given the Poodle’s sensitivity, you ensure that the house is free from conflict or roughhousing. It would be best if you didn’t also leave your dog alone for long periods.

These dogs may bark a lot or act timid.

Because Poodles are very sensitive, they bark at things they find suspicious. You can resolve the barking issue with proper training, but if not, then Poodles are loud. 

Also, these miniature Poodles act timidly if not socialized properly. You may find your dog hiding behind you or acting scared when meeting new people or animals. Fortunately, a Poodle is friendly as long as you introduce it to new people and animals at a younger age. 

Other than the common training, one of the first things to do when bringing home a puppy is to socialize and introduce it to other people and animals slowly. That prevents your puppy from growing up shy.

Expect a high daily exercise requirement.

Miniature Poodles aren’t very active indoors, but they have a high energy level. That’s why you need to give this dog a lot of outdoor exercises to prevent boredom and frustration. Make it part of your daily routines as a pet owner for your dog’s mental and physical health.

We highly recommend taking your Poodle out for daily walks, a popular form of exercise. The typical exercise requirement of Miniature Poodles is 60 minutes of mental and physical exercise a day.

We also recommend swimming, another popular form of exercise for Poodles. Since Poodles are natural swimmers, expect them to love the cold water.

Besides physical exercise, you also need to give your dog mental stimulation through a game of fetch, hide-and-seek, or interactive dog toys. 

If you leave your Poodle without regular exercise, it can lead to destructive behavior to get rid of pent-up energy. That behavior from boredom can destroy your furniture! 

Create exercise routines and stay consistent with them to keep your dog healthy and entertained. 

Besides taking care of the Poodle’s physical activity level, you also need to train it. Start with house training, crate training, leash training, and obedience training. You can leash train your dog during your daily walks while teaching basic commands like “Sit,” “Heel,” or “Stay.”

Use positive reinforcement the entire time, providing a lot of verbal praise and treats. Miniature Poodles don’t do well with stern and harsh training methods. 

Unfortunately, Miniature Poodles have smaller bladders, and they are most challenging to potty train. You’ll need to take more time house training your dog to prevent it from doing its business inside the house.

Watch out for health troubles.

Miniature Poodles can live for 14-18 years, as smaller dogs tend to live longer. Unfortunately, the Miniature Poodle is at risk of health troubles, such as

Bloat

Addison’s disease

Epilepsy

Hip dysplasia

Conditions related to the adrenal gland

Dental disease

Kidney and bladder issues

Because of that, you’ll want to make sure you have a healthy puppy! We suggest buying from a reputable breeder and asking for the parent breeds’ health clearances. That way, you’re more assured that you have a healthy puppy and that you’re aware of any genetic conditions it may have. 

Regular vet visits are crucial, which can help treat and prevent any sicknesses. It would be best if you also had your dog’s vaccinations updated.

The vet visits, vaccinations, and medication required may take an emotional and financial toll on a beginner family. If you’re not financially ready to handle any Poodle’s possible health conditions, this may not be the best dog for you yet. 

The Miniature Poodle is not best for a first-time puppy owner who has no time to stay home most of the day. These dogs can thrive in small apartments or enormous homes with a yard, but you must focus on giving them the exercise, training, and attention they need. It isn’t about keeping the food bowl full every day.

People who have experience with Poodles know that these high-energy dogs require a lot of care and maintenance. If you aren’t emotionally, physically, or financially ready, look for a lower-maintenance dog breed instead.