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Klein Poodle

Nicole Cosgrove

Height: 15 – 20 inches
Weight: 20 – 30 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Colors: White, black, silver, brown, fawn
Suitable for: Energetic families looking for a loyal dog with big personality
Temperament: Intelligent, goofy, vocal, stubborn, loyal, affectionate

You might have heard this poodle breed called many different names including the French Poodle, Moyen Poodle, Chien Canne, and Klein Poodle. These dogs may not be recognized by the American Kennel Club, but they are a German purebred with a lot to offer. This dog is small to medium in size and becoming increasingly popular in the United States. They are loyal, intelligent, and extremely goofy animals that make the perfect companion for families and individuals. While they can be a bit stubborn, the proper training can make them one of the best dogs that you’ve ever owned.


Klein Poodle Puppies – Before You Buy…


While the Klein Poodle does have a lot of energy, it won’t be so much that it becomes overbearing. As long as you lead a fairly healthy lifestyle, these dogs are happy to keep up. Because of how intelligent they are, they are one of the easiest dog breeds you can train. This also means that they can be a bit stubborn when they want to.

Klein Poodles are primarily healthy, but there are a few wellness concerns that you’ll have to track as they age. Speaking of age, these dogs could be handing around your side for up to 15 years, so make sure you’re dedicated to them the same way that they’ll be dedicated to you. Unlike some other dogs, you won’t have to worry about them being friendly to other dogs or strangers. These are generally very happy and welcoming dogs when you socialize them a bit.

What’s the Price of Klein Poodle Puppies?

Don’t expect your Klein Poodle puppy to be cheap. The starting price for these purebred dogs is around $2,000 when you buy them from a certified dog breeder. The price only increases from there if you want to purchase a show dog. Many times, you’ll have to be put on a waitlist for show dogs, and you can expect to pay $3,000 to $4,000 for one.

If you’re trying to save some money, your best bet is to look around at local shelters or contact a shelter that is specific to poodles. Adoption fees have an extensive range that changes depending on where you live. Some adoptions fees are as low as $50, and others are around $500. Even though you’re doing a good thing and bringing home a dog that is desperate for love and affection, purebred dogs are also rare to find in shelters. You might end up with a mixed breed. Whatever you do, avoid puppy mills, backyard breeders, or big puppy stores.

Initial Costs of Owning Klein Poodle Puppies

The upfront price of the dog isn’t the only cost you need to be concerned about. Keep in mind that you have to buy products like food bowls, a crate, leash, carrier, and collar. That doesn’t include vet checkup fees, vaccines, and the price to spay or neuter, microchip, and deworm them. Feeding them is an additional cost on top of that. Owning a new puppy, regardless of the breed, is a big responsibility that does cost a good chunk of money.  divider-dog

3 Little-Known Facts About Klein Poodle

1. Klein means small or mini in German.

The Klein Poodle name refers to the size of the poodle. Klein means small in German. Also called Moyen Poodles, this is the French word for medium. This poodle breed ranges from small to medium sizes, and you won’t have to worry about bringing a large dog into your home if they were bred properly.

2. There are disputes about their origin.

There have been quite a few disagreements about whether the Klein Poodle is German or French in origin. The AKC doesn’t currently recognize this breed, but they do say that they are German in origin but developed in France. Before they were settled in Europe, some people even thought that they came from central parts of Asia.

3. They are water-loving dogs.

Everything about a poodle is designed for the water. The right curls of the dog’s coat helped the dog swim better and kept them from getting wet and cold. They were once used as waterfowl retrievers, though their purpose evolved over time. However, they are still valued for their intelligence and hard work ethics.


Temperament & Intelligence of the Klein Poodle

After spending a few days around a Klein Poodle, the first thing you’ll notice is how smart they truly are. Poodles pick up on training easily, but that also means that they can easily learn bad habits. If you own one of these dogs, then you must be adamant about your training and teaching them right from wrong. Spoiled dogs are a pain to be around and hard to live with.

With that said, their intelligence isn’t the only good quality about them. They are polite to strangers and happy to welcome new friends into their lives. Many people describe these dogs as goofy and playful. They perform for the attention and don’t ever seem to get enough of it.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Klein Poodle is eager to please its owners, and they’ll do just about anything to get on your good size. If training goes well, there is no reason that they can’t make wonderful family dogs and guard dogs. The more you introduce them to new places, people, noises, and situations, the better they are around others, including small children.


Things to Know When Owning a Klein Poodle:

Daydreaming about living with a Klein Poodle and actually owning one are two very different things. What should you expect from them, and what are you going to have to provide? Let’s take a closer look.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Although small, the Klein Poodle still has a lot of energy it likes to burn off. If you’re unsure about a safe food brand for this breed, ask your vet for some suggestions in different price ranges. Most of these dogs do well off high-quality kibble. Always follow the guidelines on the packaging for how much you should be feeding them. Usually, a cup and a half of kibble is enough to satisfy them.

Exercise 🐕

Even though they are smaller, this dog still requires a moderate amount of exercise. Even if you just spend 30 minutes to 1 hour playing with them every day, they are going to benefit from a little bit of exercise on a regular basis. This helps to keep obesity under control as well, which could lead to more serious health issues if not kept it check.

Training 🎾

Klein Poodles are extremely easy to train. Because they want to please you so bad, they are going to do whatever it takes to make you happy. Make sure you keep their sessions short but frequent. Only reward and encourage them instead of disciplining them when they don’t catch on to something.

Grooming ✂️

The most considerable demand from the poodle breed is constant grooming. Their coats are unique and require a lot of brushing, combing, and clipping to keep them from matting. They rarely shed, which is a perk for many people, but that doesn’t mean you can forget to take care of their coats. Give them a bath once every other week or take them to the groomer whenever possible. Clip the dogs’ nails whenever they get too long and brush their teeth a couple of times per week to ensure they have good dental hygiene.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Minor Conditions
  • Legg Perthes Disease
  • Allergies
  • Patellar luxation
  • Eye problems
  • Skin problems
  • Hip dysplasia
Serious Conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloat
  • Addisons and Cushings

divider-dogFinal Thoughts

It’s understandable why you’d be drawn to the Klein Poodle for a pet. These dogs have a whole lot of personality and seem to make many people in the world very happy pet owners. They are going to love you to a fault, and we wouldn’t doubt it if they became one of the best dog breeds you’ve ever owned. Even if you’re on the fence about bringing one home, it helps to do your research to determine if each of you would be a good fit for one another.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.