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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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Boy!!! a dog that is 11 inches at the shoulder and weighs 6 LBS. That sounds odd to me!

My shih-tzu Sam is 10 1/2 inches at the shoulder and weighs a little under 16 lbs. And he is certainly NOT overweight. I know a shih-tzu is a different dog but it still seems like a poodle should weigh more than that!
 

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I am so glad you have asked this question! I had a mini as a child, (as pictured) and she was a wonderful pet. I was young, so I have asked my parents about her. They said they don't remember her having any "issues." I was 5 when we got her, and my brother was 2. She learned to do several tricks including jumping through hoops.

Anyways, now I have a daughter that is 5 and a son that is 2. My daughter has allergies, so we need an allergy/kid friendly pet. A mini seems like the best size for us. My husband is not crazy about the looks of poodles! And, I know he imagines them as being yappy dogs! I just told him today that we need to go spend some time around poodles to see if their temperament seems right for us. So, I can't really help you, but I am enjoying reading these answers!!!
 

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I don't know where people get the idea that small poodles are yappy. Both of the ones I've had have been very quiet dogs. People have even asked me if Teddy ever barks because they've never heard him. So I have to make him bark to demonstrate that he can. LOL
 

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I don't know where people get the idea that small poodles are yappy. Both of the ones I've had have been very quiet dogs. People have even asked me if Teddy ever barks because they've never heard him. So I have to make him bark to demonstrate that he can. LOL
I ADORED my mini! My husband has never really been around poodles, he needs to know how wonderful they are! He's a softie, and an animal lover...I think once he is around them, he will like them. We had a long-haired dachshund. When I told him that I wanted the doxie, he said, "Why do you want that kind of dog?" He agreed to let me have it. They bonded RIGHT AWAY, and he really loved her!

Little poodles do get a bad rap for some reason!
 
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