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Mini Poodles: A Basic Guide to This Charming Breed

Mini Poodles are charming, intelligent companions with a lot of personality for their small size! If you’re intrigued by these fun pups, you’ve come to the right place.

At Infinity Pups, we aim to match the right puppy with the right family. Today’s blog is all about Mini Poodles, exploring their characteristics, temperament, and care needs.

Let’s get started!

The Difference Between Standard, Mini, and Toy Poodles

If you’re interested in Poodles, you may have noticed that there are three varieties of Poodle: Standard Poodles, Mini Poodles, and Toy Poodles.

What is the difference between them?

The main difference is their size. Standard Poodles are over 15 inches at the shoulder, Mini Poodles stand at 10-15 inches, and Toy Poodles are under 10 inches tall.

As you can imagine, this size difference matters when it comes to space requirements⁠—larger Poodles need more space, while smaller Poodles make great companions for those who live in small apartments.

Larger Poodles are also more active than their smaller varieties. Although all Poodles are moderately active, larger Poodles need more exercise.

Finally, smaller Poodles tend to live slightly longer than their larger counterparts.

This blog specifically focuses on Mini Poodles, but most of the characteristics of Mini Poodles apply to all Poodles!

Characteristics of Mini Poodles

When you imagine a Mini Poodle, you might imagine a fancy dog sporting fluffy puffs on her head, tail, and feet. Maybe you saw such a dog in a movie as the companion of a particularly snooty lady. 

Today, most people no longer give their Mini Poodles this signature haircut, but they are still distinguished by their hair. You see, most dog breeds have fur that sheds regularly, filling the air with dander, a common allergen.

Mini Poodles, on the other hand, have hair that keeps growing the way human hair does. Although their hair eventually falls out, they're considered a hypoallergenic breed because they don’t shed to the degree that other dogs do.

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But it also means that even if you skip the floofy Poodle look of the 1950s, you still need to get your Poodle groomed regularly. Their hair grows fast and can look ragged very quickly.

If you keep on top of your Poodle’s hair and prevent it from matting, you’ll find that your pup is a very tidy dog. Poodles don’t drool, and they don’t stink. Even when wet, they don’t have that characteristic wet dog smell.

Mini Poodles weigh an average of 10-15 pounds. This makes them small enough to take with you as a carry-on on most airlines, which is another reason Mini Poodles are so popular!

Mini Poodles have a lifespan of 13-15 years⁠—slightly longer than Standard Poodles and slightly shorter than Toy Poodles. A Mini Poodle typically lives two or three years longer than the average dog.

Exploring Your Mini Poodle’s Temperament

Poodles are fun, lively little dogs that are playful and easy to train. Let’s take some time to explore your pup’s temperament.

Intelligent and Trainable

Mini Poodles are highly intelligent and can pick up on tricks quickly. In fact, they are one of the most intelligent dog breeds

Mini Poodles quickly learn new tasks, commands, and tricks, and they're so eager to learn that training them is fun.

They respond well to positive reinforcement such as praise, treats, and consistent training.

Playful and Energetic

Miniature Poodles are pint-sized bundles of energy and fun. To keep them happy and healthy, they need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, such as puzzle toys and interactive games.

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Their playful energy can be fun, but it can take work to keep up. And unfortunately, sometimes their energy may manifest in frustrating behaviors such as chewing up your shoes!

Affectionate and Loving

Mini Poodles are loving, affectionate dogs. They are known for their loyalty and devotion, and they thrive on love and positive interactions. They form strong bonds with their families and love attention.

The downside is that Mini Poodles may bark a lot if they don’t get the affection they crave!

But if you have the time to give your Mini Poodle the attention she craves, she’ll bring so much joy and fun into your life with her loving, lively, inquisitive nature.

There’s no better feeling than arriving home after a long day to find your Miniature Poodle unable to contain her pure excitement at seeing you again!

Good with Children and Pets

Mini Poodles love other dogs, pets, and people, and they tend to be gentle. This friendly, gentle nature makes them great for families with children or multiple pets.

However, like all dogs, Mini Poodles must be properly socialized from a young age if you wish them to do well with people and other animals. 


Finally, Mini Poodles are beloved for their adaptability. Miniature Poodles are fantastic at adjusting to different living environments and lifestyles, and they are one of the dog breeds that do well living in apartments.

However, no matter where you house your Mini Poodle, it’s crucial to give him sufficient exercise, mental stimulation, and attention.

Mini Poodles’ Grooming and Care Needs

Miniature Poodles are a very healthy breed. They tend to be quite robust and not overbred, so if you’re looking for a healthy pup without many health concerns, a Miniature Poodle might be right for you!

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Still, like all dogs, Mini Poodles have basic health needs. Be sure to routinely take your pet to the vet for checkups, vaccines, and parasite prevention. Brush your Mini Poodle’s teeth regularly and feed her a nutritious diet.

And, of course, provide your Mini Poodle with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation!

As we touched on earlier, Mini Poodles have a coat that never stops growing, so it’s vital to keep on top of your pet’s grooming so his coat doesn’t start looking ragged. Grooming needs include:

  • Brushing every day, or at least a few times a week
  • Bathing every 4-6 weeks or as needed to keep him clean
  • Professionally grooming to clip his hair every 4-6 weeks or as necessary to prevent mats and tangles.

Finally, be sure to keep your Mini Poodle’s ears and eyes clean and trim his nails regularly.

Alternate Breeds to Consider

If you’re considering a Mini Poodle but aren’t sure if it’s the right dog for you, here are some alternate breeds to consider:

Other Poodles

If you like everything about the Mini Poodle except the size, consider purchasing:


Dogs for families

If you’re looking for a friendly pup that does well with children and other pets, you might consider:


Dogs for apartment dwellers

If you live in a small space, such as an apartment, and are looking for dogs that adapt well to apartment living, you may consider:


Hypoallergenic dogs

Finally, if you’re looking for a hypoallergenic breed, here are some alternate pups to consider:

How Infinity Pups Can Help

Whether your heart is set on an adorable Mini Poodle or you’re still browsing your puppy options, we’d love to help!

Here at Infinity Pups, we aim to match you with a puppy that’s right for you and your family. Our puppies are health-guaranteed and always come from reputable breeders

Browse our available puppies and find the furry friend that brings joy and companionship to you and your family!