The underdog among dogs – as the second smartest dog breed, Poodles are the perfect companion for people in every situation. Classically, there are four different poodle sizes: Toy, Miniature, Medium and Standard Poodle, with the Medium Poodle probably coming closest to the original Poodle. In the following, we will take a closer look at the Miniature Poodle in particular. With their happy and lively character, these dogs are very eager to learn and will accompany you through every stage of life. If it gets too lively or too strenuous for your little furry friend, the Miniature Poodle has the perfect size to be carried in a TARIGS backpack.

Miniature Poodle sitting cuddled up in sleeping bag in MountainRock Backpack - Medium

Profile Miniature Poodle

Origin: France
Weight: 3 – 6 kg | 6.6 – 13.3 lbs
Shoulder height: 28 – 35 cm | 9.8 – 13.8 ”
Back length: up to 40 cm | 15.7 ”
Life expectancy: 15 – 18 years
Fur: woolly, curly, fine ruffled
Colour: black, white, brown, apricot, grey, red, harlequin
Character: intelligent, friendly, lively, attentive, playful, devoted, eager to learn

The dog breed

The Poodle is one of the oldest dog breeds and was first recorded in paintings in the 16th century. It is assumed that Poodles were already companions of people in Persia and ancient Rome more than 2000 years ago. In the past, they were used as retrieving dogs for hunting ducks in the water. This is where the traditional lion-like clipping comes from, in which the coat is cut off everywhere except the head, kidneys and forequarters. This enabled the Poodle to move better in the water, important organs were protected and the wet coat did not become too heavy. This method of clipping the Poodle has prevailed to this day and is mainly used at dog shows. 

Over time, Poodles evolved into society dogs of the aristocracy due to their elegant and presentable appearance. Poodles have also been very popular as show dogs for showmen and in circus rings since the 17th century due to their lively character and ability to learn quickly. 

For a long time, there was only one size of Poodle and so the breed was also bred in other sizes in response to its increasing popularity. In 1936, the Miniature Poodle was officially recognised as a separate breed for the first time. 

Today, the popular curly-haired dogs are also crossed with other breeds – resulting in Golden Doodles (Golden Retrievers and Poodles), Maltipoos (Maltese and Poodles) or Labradoodles (Labradors and Poodles), …

Activities with the Miniature Poodle

Whether fashion dog, “granny dog”, guide dog for the blind or a horse riding companion. There are many prejudices, but also areas of application for the Poodle. However, the many ways in which a Poodle can be used only show how flexible and adaptable these intelligent animals are. Poodles are also popular in dog sports. Their great agility and speed ensure that Poodles are suitable for various sporting activities. They adapt well to their owners – they master longer walks or trips without any problems, but Poodles also have no complaints about a cosy weekend on the couch. These clever four-legged friends want to be challenged and put their brains to the test – Poodles learn circus tricks or other commands at record speed, and intelligence toys are quickly figured out. The Poodle’s willingness to learn makes it a popular first pet, especially in smaller sizes.
Unfortunately, small poodles have the disadvantage that they are prone to knee problems. Displacements of the kneecap are not untypical in small dog breeds. A TARIGS dog carrier backpack is ideal for protecting your four-legged friend. This way, your Poodle can always be with you – even if it’s not able to walk so well.

The curly splendour of the Poodle

Poodles have the great advantage that they do not shed and are therefore suitable for allergy sufferers. However, this also means that they need to be trimmed regularly. This can be done by a dog groomer or by the owner themselves (after some initial instruction). Daily grooming should not be forgotten either. The drooping ears with their fast-growing fur are susceptible to bacteria if they are not cleaned regularly. The fur between the paws should also be trimmed from time to time to prevent dirt or other foreign objects from settling there.

The right dog backpack

The medium size of the MountainRock Backpack and PeakStone Backpack is generally suitable for Miniature Poodles. However, it sometimes happens that a Miniature Poodle is smaller or larger than average. In such cases, you are welcome to fill out the “The right size” form so that we can give you advice.

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