(Caniche) The Miniature Poodle has a long head, with long, wide pendant ears that lie close to its face, framing eyes of black or brown, which have a lively expression. The head is set on a solid, slightly arched neck. The legs seem to be long for the body, while the feet are small, and oval, with arched, webbed toes. The tail is set high, and is docked to half its length. (Puppy mills dock the tail to short.) The poodle comes in a variety of solid colors: black, blue, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white or brown, and is either curly or corded. There are three basic grooming styles for the poodle: the "pet" or "puppy" clip, with relatively short hair all over the body, the "Continental" which is the most popular: the face, throat, feet and part of hte tail are shaved, as are the upper halves of the legs. Pompoms are left around the ankles. "Rosettes" are also left over the hips. The "English saddle" clip is almost the same as the Continental, except that the hindquarters are not shaved in their entirety. This clip is rarely used.
Poodles also come in a variety of parti colors, tuxedo coat and a phantom coat. The phantom and tuxedo coats are also parti coats as they are two colored. Some Poodles may b e merle in color. The AKC does not allow parti colors in the conformation ring but they are registered and can compete in all other AKC events. The UKC now allows parti coats in conformation.
The Miniature Poodle is an intelligent and cheerful breed, and very amenable to training. They are also very companionable and sensitive, and will feel hurt if they are not included in family activities. Temperaments vary when it comes to children - some are outgoing and some are reserved – therefore they will need to be socialized at an early age. They are barkers, and thus make good watchdogs, however they are not aggressive. They are amenable to other dogs, as well as non-canine pets.
The Miniature Poodle has a tendency toward many genetic diseases. As far as eyes are concerned, cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy are dangers. Diabetes, epilepsy and heart disease, and Immunde Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) are dangers. Allergies and skin conditions afflict a goodly number. Healthy poodles can live between 12 to 15 years.
The Poodle as a breed has been known throughout Western Europe for over 400 years, and is generally accepted to have been developed in France, although Germany and Denmark have also claimed the honor. The breed is descended from a now nearly-extinct French water dog called the Barbet, as well as the Hungarian Water Hound. The name itself is thought to derive from the German word "Pudel" - one who plays in water. The Poodle was used as a gun dog and retriever of waterfowl. Because they were supposed to swim, hunters clipped the thick coat short, but left hair on the leg joints to protect them from extreme cold and sharp reeds, which explains that "Continental" style.
The pet clip is easy to maintain - clip every six to eight weeks. Check te ears regularly for mites, and pull out excessive ear hair. Bathing should occur on a regular basis, and the teeth will need scaling on a regular basis. If the dog has a showclip, extensive grooming is necessary. Poodles are good for allergy sufferers, ans they shed little to no hair.
The Miniature Poodle is suited to apartment life, and will not pine for a yard. However, they love to swim and to go for long walks.
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