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Hi :)
Righto, so I know now that the only place I should purchase a poodle puppy from is a registered KC breeder, or a rescue etc etc. I didn't, but he did come from a loving, clean family home where he was raised in that first period of his life with children and other animals. Lesson has been learned, andI have my eye on a breeder for next time.

Here's the thing. I know Duncan's parents are poodles, I've met them both. I know he is poodle, his parents are! but I don't know if he has any glaringly obvious faults? Eg is he too long in the back? I do know now, he wasn't bred to a standard as such. I know the most obvious thing would be to stick him next to another mini poodle and play spot the difference, but they just aren't around where I live! Plenty of toy's, no minis, no standards. I measured his height the other day and that does fall within the breed standard.

We've got our first obedience and agility classes starting in April. Hopefully we'll come across a mini there! Or any poodle...we'll probably be in a class of doodles :wacko:

I've done my best to include a range of photos, ask if you would like different angles. Any help appreciated :)
 

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The Parents

As a Pup

After his first professional grooming

This kind of shows off his back length
 

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Sorry Cbrand! Yoy were very quick to reply :) I'm still getting the hang of making the pictures show up:doh:
 

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As long as you love him and he loves you, that's the most important thing. If you really desire to know what's RIGHT with your dog, compare him to the breed standard outlined in the AKC guidebook. 50 well meaning friends might tell you other things that are not all correct. But don't worry about the outside...conncentrate on his inside now!
 

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I agree partial2poodles, I'm not too concerned if he had any 'faults', as he's nutured and a pet/agility pup only. It's more of an interest thing. I've worked through the NZKC standard and the only thing I've picked up is he may be a little long in the back, but again, it's hard to tell when you haven't got two side by side!
 

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I think Teddy is slightly long in the back too. He's the offspring of a toy and a mini. Like you, I didn't get Teddy to be anything more than a companion, so I don't really care if he ends up looking like a curly haired dachshund (although, that would be kinda freaky, now that I picture it). :D

It's funny how much variance there can be in mini poodles, size-wise. Teddy is closer in size to the toy we met last night at the pet store than he is to the mini who lives downstairs. They were outside playing today, so I got a good look at them together. That dog is twice the size of Teddy. He's got a good 2-3 inches on him in height and he weighs almost twice as much. And he's not fat.
 

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I think he is super sweet and I like his color too. Lucky dog will be having so much fun in those classes!
 

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He is a cutie that is for sure.
Sizes very so much I mean Mandy is a standard at 30lb and 20 inches but so is Casey at 55 lbs and ? inches and so is the ones that are hundred lbs
mandy is a little one and casey is medium LOL
 

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haha, it's funny you don't see any minis, as there are a couple of big time (ie high producers) mini poodle breeders around chch! lol!

To be able to 'judge' him, you'd need to get a photo of him standing straight, side on, like the show pics you see of 'stacked' poodles, and then we'd be able to see if he has a long back or whatever. But in the end, who cares really!!! lol. He does look like a fairly big boy for a mini, but it's hard to tell really.
 

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I don't know if what his faults might be but he is a cutie and has an amazing spring in those legs! Enjoy your classes.
 

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I think Teddy is slightly long in the back too. He's the offspring of a toy and a mini. Like you, I didn't get Teddy to be anything more than a companion, so I don't really care if he ends up looking like a curly haired dachshund (although, that would be kinda freaky, now that I picture it). :D
I groom a curly haired Doxie! She's a Dachsund/Poodle cross, but her structure is all doxie and her coat is mostly poodle. Actually, she's very cute.
I also groom a miniature poodle with VERY long back. There's nothing glaringly wrong with any other aspect of his conformation, he just has about 4 extra inches of back length. It is very freaky looking.
 

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I know 100% for sure that my guy is a mini, and from the pictures, I'd say he's roughly the same size as yours.
 

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He looks absolutely lovely to me! My mini boy came from reputable breeder and has a sibling starting her show career, but he was the largest in his litter by far, destined to be a pet. He is one tall boy, 17", and one long boy, 18". I've met his mother, father and grandmother and he's bigger than all of them! He too is spring-loaded when it comes to jumping! Maybe your boy will grow more square, as in grow in height some to equal his length? I dunno, I'm waiting to see if that happens with Chagall. Whether or not it does, he's perfection in silver to me, as your boy surely is to you in chocolate. Enjoy him!
 

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FD I know of Katiesha up North Canty way, but who else is there?
there is also Taffs, and I'm not sure what other kennel names there are but I'm pretty sure there are a couple of others who aren't under the Taffs name but they all associate with each other so it's hard to be sure! lol!
 
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