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Mini Poodle Temperament

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I'm drawn to the mini poodle because of its size, low/ no shed status and intelligence compared to some other smaller breeds. I have met lots of minis at agility matches who have fantastic temperaments and are just what I'm looking for. Calm and friendly outside the ring, excited and happy inside the ring.

Having said that, when my mom and I recently visited a breeder with a number of poodles in outside pens they were running around and leaping like jack rabbits and basically just looked like everything the uneducated person might think the poodle to be (hysterical). To be fair, the breeder had just got back from a 2 day show and these guys probably had some energy to burn, but as I watched them leap higher than my waist I got nervous about my decision and started questioning whether the mini was right for me. This is a breeder who also told me that they don't temperament test, as their minis are all the same, so I left there feeling like they most likely didn't have the dog for me.

I have since got over my nerves and am back on the track to getting a mini poodle (obviously, as I'm here!) but I wanted to hear what your mini poodles are like. Please tell me those dogs were the exception, and I just happened to see them at a bad time! Also, is it common for mini poodle breeders not to temperament test or did I just happen to talk to one who didn't?
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Have you considered a Toy Poodle? I had never had a dog smaller than a Lab until this past December when I made the (well thought-out) leap of faith and got a Toy Poodle, and couldn't be happier.

Sammy's only 7.5 lbs at 9 months, and I've never had such a calm puppy. He's unbelievable.

I was seriously considering a Mini before getting Sammy, but decided I really wanted a dog I could scoop up with one hand .... I even used one of my 15-pound free weights (the lower end of mini weight), and decided I wanted a lighter dog (I told you it was well thought-out :). His small size makes it very easy to pop him into the sink for a bath, to quickly pick him up if he's tired on a long hike (over 2 hours), or if an aggressive dog comes along.

He reacts with a bark more readily than my Labs, but he's also learning to keep that to a minimum with gentle encouragement.

The non-shedding characteristic of Poodles is fantastic. I didn't realize how much I was going to enjoy it. Even with Labs, who have extremely short fur, little fur clouds would appear in corners and stairs, or giving her a pat, I'd end up with bits of fluffy fur on my hands....not with a non-shedder, though. Really, it's fantastic....I clip his fur myself, and both he and I find it to be a very enjoyable activity.

In this house, Sammy's been declared the Perfect Pet, and we couldn't be happier. Love ya, Sammy!
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