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I have 2 standards, and as of a week ago today, added a Miniature to our family. It is my understanding that although they may be smaller in size, they don't necessarily take up less space as far as activity (being very active) and they have big personalities. Correct? I'd love to hear more! I don't know anyone with a Miniature, so this seems to be a good place to get some feedback.

Also, would appreciate hearing what you have your dog involved in, such as therapy, obedience, or what ever!

This is our new addition, Kairos. It is Greek, for appointed time or season.
He has come into our lives at a time when we were ready to love another after the dark grief of losing our heart dog, a Red Standard in Feb.
I think this guy is going to keep me VERY busy!
 

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Wow, he is so gorgeous! Where did you get him? I owned a brown mini as a child. I am looking to get a mini for our family some time this year.
 

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OMG!!! He is ADORABLE!!! I don't have a miniature either but hopefully you'll get the advice and information you're looking for here! Big hugs to Kairos! He's darling!

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I have a friend that has a brown (cafe au lait) mini puppy that is adorable. She is a little handful but in a good way. She is very friendly and outgoing and she loves to strut her stuff.
Your puppy is very cute and I love pic #3
Congratulations on your new addition!
 

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Your pup is adorable! What colour are his eyes? They're very striking.

My experience with a mini so far has been very positive! He's 4 and a half months and still growing, but so far his activity needs are very manageable. We walk about an hour to an hour and a half per day (including play time in the park with other dogs). He probably doesn't need quite that much, but 40 minutes of it is walking to and from work. Then at home he plays with toys and does some retrieving before crashing.

As for training, well Darcy was one of the stars of our puppy preschool. I couldn't attend his graduation but the instructor asked my mom if we were planning to do anything with him, as he was so bright and she thought he'd be good for dog sports. So I think we have a bright future in the agility and obedience we have planned for him. :) I think minis are very well suited for dog sports, and personally I love their compact size. I'll be interested to hear how things go with you compared to your experience with Standards!
 

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Beau is our first dog, so I am hardly qualified to make generalizations. What I can say is our mini is exactly the right size for us. He's sweet, mischievous, super smart, and plenty active, though not maniacally so. When we met him for the first time, his mother and a littermate were jumping up and down and barking non stop. Beau was quiet and reserved by comparison. He's still pretty quiet and maybe a little too sensitive - I sometimes call him "Nervous Nelly," especially on walks. Seems to me our fluffy friends are individuals (or should I say "characters"), each with their own unique personality.

Kairos is beautiful, and I love the name. Does he have blue eyes, or is that just a photographic artifact?
 

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What a beautiful pup - and I love the name. I have always reckoned there is very little difference between big dogs and small dogs, except for the amount of food they need! A small pup may be more easily intimidated, so care needs to be taken during socialisation that they are not overwhelmed by big, bouncy adolescents. They can also be at risk from some sight hounds, that have been raced or hunted. Exercise needs are the same as larger dogs, although the need to limit walking etc for the first few months is probably less crucial than in a large breed dog. The big advantage is that they can be carried if they get tired!
 

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Skye, go to Pet adoption: Want a dog or cat? Adopt a pet on Petfinder and hopefully you will be able to locate "Checkers", a 1 yr brown miniature poodle held at the Beaver County Humane Society. He looks precious. No more males for me.
Poor Checkers! It says he is very frightened right now. I have 2 little ones, so I would have to pass. I'm also looking for a female. Even though we aren't ready just yet, I still look all the time!:) Thanks for thinking of me!
 

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What a lovely little guy .... love the photos!

Re the third photo .... when mine was that age, my partner (his first dog ever) was really worried about our guy ... "there is something wrong with his hips; how can he stand vertical like that???"

They are great dogs. I've found mine to be the easiest dog to train I've ever had, although I have to be careful to make everything a game.

And they have great joie de vivre. We ask ours every day when we get home: "how's your joie today?" The answer is always "I have lllloooooaaaaaddddds ... let me just leap in the air like an insane kangaroo and show you ...."
 

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Skye, good luck finding your new 4 legged family member, the way things fell into place for me, I really do feel he was meant for us at this time.
Kairos is a Silver beige. I didn't pick him for his color, I thought I would pick one out for color one day, but it ended up it wasn't that important to me. I wanted a larger mini, and he was the largest in his litter, to big for showing, so he was mine!
I'm asked about his eye color, they are indeed interesting and pretty, a kind of hazel green with a touch of blue. Maybe others with more silver beige experience can chime in, but I think they may lighten a bit with age as his coat lightens?
fjm, Yes, I do see how socialization is a big deal, he is a big dog in a puppy body and I want to lay the rules down now and not have regrets that I didn't catch potential issues early.
I've heard words to describe minis as, bouncy, mischievous ,handful, outgoing, energizer bunny, etc! Whew, going to be busy!
As well as the positives to be aware of, are there issues I need to be watchful for in general about minis?
I had two male standards, and have one female. Now, one male and female, and I love both as individuals, but males are my favorites. So lovey, while my female is more like a cat, and gives and takes attention when she feels like it. Are Miniatures the same? I have a friend who was shocked I wanted a a male mini, she thinks they are way less desirable personality wise, and with potty training and marking. She is a dear friend, but I don't think she knows much about dogs. What have others heard about this?
Thanks for all your nice comments on Kai, it feels so good to have a fun busy guy that makes me smile. He is laying at my feet right now as I type.
 

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oooh, your puppy is darling! Congratulations and may I say, such a wise move to wait and let your grief ease before taking on another dog. :D

This is my first mini so here's my take.

I had toy poodles as a child, and I thought a mini would be not much different, just bigger. This pup has a TON of energy. I'd say easily he can take 2-4 hours of exercise a day, as much as I can give him. So he usually gets 60-90 mins of walks daily and then dog park zoomy time 3-4 times a week for an hour+. Plus of course endless games of fetch etc.

As others here have noted, I found Fozzie very sensitive to the tone of my voice and correction. he needed a lot LESS than what I was doing most of the time. And at times he needed MORE (the cat box). On leash he just needs a gentle tug to correct in heel.

The hind legs thing, damn the dog must be human, he walks around half the time on his hind legs. looking at the kitchen counters, taking stuff off the dining room table, rising up on leash when he sees someone or wants to meet a dog. I sometimes wonder if standard owners have this with their even bigger dogs and then the dog is everywhere! :D Needless to say "Dance" was one of the easiest commands to learn. We also call him "Circus Poodle" as a nick name. when he's retrieving he jumps over everything, it's amazing. When we see him jump and bounce at the dog park we are think we might consider agility work for him as well.

I love my dear boy and his energy has really brought me new joy and spice into life. He starts therapy dog training today. Last week we were out for a walk and this lady in a wheelchair was with her family waiting for something, and she reached out to fozzie and he was just so sweet, so wagging his tail and being happy to be petted. I am looking forward to this next phase.

Congratulations on your beautiful new pup...may you have many years of happiness, wags, and love together!
 

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As others here have noted, I found Fozzie very sensitive to the tone of my voice and correction. he needed a lot LESS than what I was doing most of the time. And at times he needed MORE (the cat box). On leash he just needs a gentle tug to correct in heel.

The hind legs thing, damn the dog must be human, he walks around half the time on his hind legs. looking at the kitchen counters, taking stuff off the dining room table, rising up on leash when he sees someone or wants to meet a dog. I sometimes wonder if standard owners have this with their even bigger dogs and then the dog is everywhere! :D Needless to say "Dance" was one of the easiest commands to learn. We also call him "Circus Poodle" as a nick name. when he's retrieving he jumps over everything, it's amazing. When we see him jump and bounce at the dog park we are think we might consider agility work for him as well.

I agree to everything posted above! Your puppy is absolutely adorable! Love the color and the eyes.

My Mini, Cozi, is our first mini, but I was very wary of the warnings against "bad minis" when we were looking for her....I love the personality of the standards and was not looking for a dog with TOO much energy...

That being said, we got her and as a puppy, she was cute as can be, but such a handful. The good: she listened so well, and like the above poster said, she was VERY attentive to tone of voice and very quick to learn. She also did not bark at all (huge plus in an apartment building!!!)
The bad: VERY mouthy, tested me a LOT (but then gave up quickly), was very high energy...very jumpy

She is now just over a year and has grown up so quickly! I would say around 8 months we saw a big change. All of a sudden, she realized that she could just sit with us to watch tv or keep me company in the kitchen instead of running around. i realized that she doesn't really have high energy, she just didn't quite know what was expected of her. She is fine with one walk a day and is happy doing whatever I am doing. LOVES to retreive and will gladly jump on top of anything when running, instead of going around it.

IMHO, with minis, it just takes a little bit longer to get out of the puppy stage, and really mature. I can not say a single bad thing about my girl's personality now, but i do still joke about what a rascal pup she was :)

Have fun, your boy is BEAUTIFUL!
 

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FozziesMom, and artsycourtneysue, both of your comments rang a bell as you spoke about the tone of your voice, and being sound sensitive. YES! I noticed this in my Kai right away, so am glad you mentioned this.
My little guy is busy, and fun, but also has some dominant tendency's so I really have to be on the ball with him.
Have had Kairos for a week and a half now, and I loved it that by the 2nd day of having him he was part of the pack. He was content to lay with Luke and Ellie, and I was also so proud of my standards who accepted him with now issues at all! Yay!
Thank you for all who have shared their experiences, I am sucking in every piece of advise and stories you have to share.
 

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FozziesMom, and artsycourtneysue, both of your comments rang a bell as you spoke about the tone of your voice, and being sound sensitive. YES! I noticed this in my Kai right away, so am glad you mentioned this.
My little guy is busy, and fun, but also has some dominant tendency's so I really have to be on the ball with him.
Have had Kairos for a week and a half now, and I loved it that by the 2nd day of having him he was part of the pack. He was content to lay with Luke and Ellie, and I was also so proud of my standards who accepted him with now issues at all! Yay!
Thank you for all who have shared their experiences, I am sucking in every piece of advise and stories you have to share.
I don't know if that dominant tendency (or super-confidence maybe?) is a trait of minis in general or not.

My groomer commented yesterday that it is lucky our male miniature didn't end up with someone who wasn't fanatical about training .... he has very bolshy tendencies. I think in the absence of firm direction, there is danger he would have ended up badly behaved and snappy. Not that it ever takes more than (at most) a firm word and some redirection, but he does test the waters pretty frequently. And scary smart. Smart is good when it works with you, but a killer when they learn something you don't want them to!
 

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Cute Silver Beige! Where did he come from?

RE eyes.....There is an article in the recent Poodle Variety about Cafes and Silver Beiges. The author said that in her experience both colors tend to have lighter eyes and pigment than their Brown counter parts. I thought it was interesting because I have heard folks fault a well known Silver Beige for be "light eyed". Perhaps that is actually the normal eye color for that dilution.
 

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OMG! Kairos is ADORABLE :) I love his color and eyes.

Monti is our first mini. He is very active, he loves especially agility. Very fast and fast learner. Most of the times impatiently waiting for his turn :rolffleyes:.
 

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Cute Silver Beige! Where did he come from?

RE eyes.....There is an article in the recent Poodle Variety about Cafes and Silver Beiges. The author said that in her experience both colors tend to have lighter eyes and pigment than their Brown counter parts. I thought it was interesting because I have heard folks fault a well known Silver Beige for be "light eyed". Perhaps that is actually the normal eye color for that dilution.
Well, actually, my new boy Kairos is actually from the author! He is even is that Poodle Variety issue, obviously the silver beige. I have to say that not just buying a poodle from Anne Seppo was a excellent experience, but she was so welcoming and full of honest info for me.
You see, when I finally started seeing the sunshine again after a long period of grief losing my Red Standard, Koi, I knew I was ready to add another. But, a Miniature kept coming to mind even though I really didn't know anything about them. But then I remembered reading an article in the Duluth News paper about a Kennel in Duluth that had a mini go to Westminster. I looked her up and called to ask about the breed and she was wonderful to talk to. Long story short, would you believe Amity Valley Kennel was 20 minutes down the road from my cabin!!! I got to spend lots of time with Frankie, Kai's dad, and many others. I went back 3-4 times just to hang out and get the feel for these guys. The dogs were so great, I knew this was for me. I wasn't looking for a silver beige, I was looking for a large puppy, and out of this litter the silver beige was going to be too large to show. Bad for them, they (Anne and show partner) really really wanted him, but good for me!
If I hadn't come across Anne Seppo, I would still be without a puppy, and sad because I wanted to be able to sit and spend time on the floor with a litter, and see the parents.
Sorry about that, wasn't exactly a long story short was it.
Kai's eyes are kind of a hazel green, with a hint of blue depending on the light. I'm thinkig they will continue to lighten as his coat changes.
 

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I'm glad that you have found your pup. I totally understand when you are saying about how you started to see the sunshine after a long period of grief losing your other dog. After I lost my mini schnauzer, I waited and waited and after almost 6 years, I finally had the courage to get my silver mini.

Good luck with your new family member. I'm sure Kairos is so happy to be there with you.

p.s. I am considering adding a silver toy to our family and Amity is one of the kennels that I am looking at. I would really appreciate if you could share with me more info about the health tests they do as well as the health warranty they provide. PM me if you think that's more appropriate. Thanks a lot.
 

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I'm glad that you have found your pup. I totally understand when you are saying about how you started to see the sunshine after a long period of grief losing your other dog. After I lost my mini schnauzer, I waited and waited and after almost 6 years, I finally had the courage to get my silver mini.

Good luck with your new family member. I'm sure Kairos is so happy to be there with you.

p.s. I am considering adding a silver toy to our family and Amity is one of the kennels that I am looking at. I would really appreciate if you could share with me more info about the health tests they do as well as the health warranty they provide. PM me if you think that's more appropriate. Thanks a lot.
I will get back to you this evening or tomorrow if things are busy when I get home. Just spent time with Anne (Kai's breeder) this afternoon, she is a wonderful, knowledgeable lady. Am traveling back home right now from our cabin, so will be easier for me to type at home. (no, not texting while driving) needed a potty break for Kai so at a rest stop.
Was anyone else at the Duluth dog show?
 
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