The Miniature Poodle has a long history dating back to the early 17th Century, although the exact origin of the Poodle breed is disputed. It probably originated from either France or Germany, where it was used as a water retrieving dog. French circuses are credited for breeding down their size from the Standard Poodle, when they were frequently used to entertain the crowds. Smaller dogs were easier to transport, so they were bred smaller and smaller. They are highly intelligent dogs that are easy to train to perform circus tricks.
Modern-day Miniature Poodles come in three different sizes, ‘standard’ miniatures, toys and teacup poodles. However, the breed specifications for these sizes vary around the world, and some kennel clubs do not recognise teacup poodles. Generally, Standard Poodles are regarded as between 45cm and 62cm high, Medium Poodles between 35cm and 45cms, Miniature Poodles between 28cm and 35cm, and Toy Poodles between 24cm and 28cm. Any poodle-like dog standing less than 24cm may be considered a teacup variety, with some tiny teacup poodles standing between 16cm and 20cm, weighing less than 2kg! These tiny miniature dogs are not recommended for families with young children due to their size and fragility.
What all these sizes of poodles have in common is that they have a tight curly coat that usually doesn’t shed and is hypoallergenic. They are highly intelligent dogs, known for being friendly and easy to train. They bond strongly to one person, and can suffer separation anxiety if left alone too long. They require a moderate amount of exercise for their size, and are highly inquisitive and like to be kept mentally stimulated.
The intelligence of Miniature Poodles makes them quick learners, and they enjoy activities that challenge their minds. However, if they are not given sufficient mental and physical stimulation, they can bark excessively and become possessive of their toys and living space, making them less agreeable to sharing that space with other pets.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.