- Other names:
- Mini Poodle
The Miniature Poodle are Poodles that have been bred down to a smaller size. They are smaller than the Standard Poodle, but not as small as the Toy Poodle. Though these dogs have been formally separated into these three categories, they are all considered to be of the same breed and subject to the same standards according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). According to legend, the Miniature Poodle was originally bred to assist in truffle hunting over 600 years ago, then quickly gained popularity as a lap dog amongst the European upper-class. With their instantly recognizable appearance, exceptional intelligence, and friendly attitude, these dogs have remained among the most popular breeds since those times.