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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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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...
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I think minis are great dogs. We have a few that come into our clinic that are from nice lines (ie, not BYB poodles). I Love them! They are active and need exercise/training like any dog, but i am assuming that coming from PWDs you are no stranger to training or exercise. ;) I would Not buy from any breeder that tells you all her puppies are the same temperament! That just means she hasnt put in the time with them to notice the differences. Small breeds are no different from large breeds in that there are differences in temperament in all the puppies. A breeder that has all the puppies spoken for is fine, but i expect the breeder to tell me which puppy would fit what time looking for. If you wanted that silver male, but the black one would match me better then i want a breeder to tell me.

I love toy poodles, but minis and standards are my favorite. Where are you located? Good luck in whatever you choose!
 
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