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A vetgroomer on another dog site just tried to warn me away from mini poodles, suggesting instead that I get a toy on the larger end of the spectrum. He says that the true miniatures have some serious health issues and there are less of them.

Is either of his claims true?

I hope not...
 

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All breeds of dogs I believe can have serious health issues if
you really think about it, not just mini poodles. I'm sure
standards and toys CAN HAVE just as many health issues,
but I'm not too familiar with these two poodle breeds at all,
so I dunno truthfully.

I myself own two miniatures and I know some other members
on here as well owns minis and we love em'! :)
 

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I spoke with a woman at the university here in Davis who studies dog genetics. When I told her I had a poodle, she said, "Is it a standard?" She told me that standards have more genetic problems (on average) than minis or toys. When I said to her that that didn't make sense to me, since the minis and toys were bred from the standards, she said that traits can be correlated in strange ways, and, apparently, some of the genetic problems in poodles were more correlated with larger size. (She also told me that people who tried to cir***vent these problems with labradoodles, etc., were just breeding one dog with genetic problems against another dog with genetic problems. Ugh).

But since there can be genetic problems in any breed, or any size of any breed, due to the inbreeding that has occurred over the centuries, your best bet is to find a breeder who does genetic testing on the sire and dam before mating them.

Speaking personally: I have a miniature who was a rescue (of a sort). I know his lineage, but I don't know the genetic history of the lineage. And I don't want to know. I figure that none of us knows how much time we have here, and I'm just going to enjoy him for as long as he is with us.

added: I think it's hilarious that I can't say "cir***vent"! Let's try "get around" :)
 

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rmillstein, why can't you say cir***vent? haha

I'm going to ask this guy where he got his info. In my research, the standards were susceptible to a couple more diseases than the minis and toys were, so I don't understand where he got his information.

The differences in which poodle is more at risk for a health problem should have more to do with size anyway, because they all are the same breed of dog. It seems to me that the mini should have less problems/disorders, not more, because he's in the middle of the spectrum re size.
 

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Dont listen to them, minis have the least problems out of all sized poodles. Yes there is a couple of bad things you dont want them getting, but a good breeder will make sure they dont use anything with bad lines.

As others have said, most breeds do have problems so just make sure you buy off someone that genetically tests their dogs.
 
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