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The Klein Poodle is a German purebred also called a Moyen Poodle, Barbone, Klein Pudle, French Poodle, Chien Canne, and Caniche. It is a small to medium sized dog with a life span of 12 to 15 years. There are 3 recognized sizes of Poodle but there is this one too, the 4th Poodle. The only difference is the size, the Klein falls between the Miniature Poodle and the Standard Poodle. While it is not recognized by the AKC it is a very popular dog in the US and like all Poodles in intelligent, playful and goofy, and energetic. As well as being a good companion it is good at retrieving, performing, competitive obedience, being a watchdog, and agility.
|Klein Poodle at a Glance|
|Other names||Moyen Poodle, Barbone, Klein Pudle, French Poodle, Chien Canne, Caniche|
|Average size||Small to medium|
|Average weight||20 to 30 pounds|
|Average height||15 to 20 inches|
|Life span||12 to 15 years|
|Coat type||Thick, single, curly|
|Color||Black, white, brown, silver, fawn|
|Popularity||Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC but a very popular dog none the less|
|Intelligence||High – smart dog|
|Tolerance to heat||Good but nothing too hot|
|Tolerance to cold||Moderate to good|
|Shedding||Low – barely any hair will be shed|
|Drooling||Moderate – not really prone to drooling or slobbering|
|Obesity||Moderate to average – measure its food and make sure it is well exercised|
|Grooming/brushing||High – needs a lot of grooming and care, owners need to have time for that|
|Barking||Frequent – train to stop on command|
|Exercise needs||Quite active – its smaller size means it is possible for regular people to see to its needs though|
|Trainability||Very easy to train|
|Friendliness||Excellent – very social and happy breed|
|Good first dog||Very good|
|Good family pet||Excellent with socialization|
|Good with children||Excellent with socialization|
|Good with other dogs||Excellent with socialization|
|Good with other pets||Very good with socialization|
|Good with strangers||Very good with socialization but a little wary at first|
|Good apartment dog||Very good due to size but needs daily exercise outside and the barking could be an issue|
|Handles alone time well||Low – hates being left alone especially for long periods of time|
|Health issues||Somewhat healthy but there are a number of health issues that can be an issue. They include Addisons, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism and patellar luxation|
|Medical expenses||$460 a year for basic health care and pet insurance|
|Food expenses||$140 a year for a good quality dry dog food and dog treats|
|Miscellaneous expenses||$540 a year for toys, basic training, miscellaneous items and license|
|Average annual expenses||$1140 a year as a starting figure|
|Cost to purchase||$2,000|
|Rescue organizations||Carolina Poodle Rescue, Picket Fence Poodle Rescue, Poodles in Need, Georgia Poodle Rescue, check local rescues and shelters|
|Biting Statistics||None reported for Klein or Moyen Poodle but under just Poodle there have been – Attacks doing bodily harm: 4 Child victims: 2 Maimings: 1 Deaths: 0|
The Klein Poodle’s Beginnings
The Poodle does not have very clear origins and there are some disputes about whether it is German and French in origin, though the AKC does say German in origin but developed in France. Before they settled in Europe in the 1300s though some suggest it came from Central Asia. There are also depictions of a similar dog on tombs dating back to the first century BC. Whatever is true, we know the Germans called it the Pudelhund (dog that splashes in water) and used it as a waterfowl retriever. That Poodle clip look the dog is so famous for was actually designed to for practical purposes, it helped the dog swim better but protected certain areas with hair from the cold.
When it came to France it was further developed and different sizes evolved. Toy sized Poddles became favored companions, miniature Poodles went truffle hunting, some were kept by Circuses to perform tricks and entertain. But a 4th size also evolved, one that that was smaller than the standard but larger than the miniature and that became known in Germany and the rest of Europe as the Klein Poodle, but in France was called the Moyen Poodle. Klein means small or mini and Moyen means medium. All Poodles were valued for being hard working, intelligent, attractive and easy to train.
New Lease on Life
Today this is a very popular breed kept as a companion and family pet. It is great for people who do want the full sized standard but want something larger than a miniature. It is fairly new in the US but breeders are catching on to its popularity and prices are quite high. As they are not recognized by the AKC they cannot perform or compete in their events. It is recognized by the UKC though and they do very well in several events. Interestingly in the US they are classed where recognized as Non Sporting but the UKC puts them in the Gun Dog Group.
The Dog You See Today
The Klein Poodle is a small to medium sized dog weighing 20 to 30 pounds and standing 15 to 20 inches tall. As mentioned it falls between the Miniature and the Standard Poodle in size. It is squared in shape being the same length as height and it has a topline that is level. Its tail is set high and in some places is docked where that is still allowed, though many places especially in Europe no longer allow it. Dewclaws can be removed and its feet are small and oval shaped with arched nails. Its neck is a little arched and medium length.
It has supple skin but it should not be loose and it has a single coat. The coat is curly, thick and dense and it can come in any color such as browns, white, grey, silver, apricot and cream, some breeders are also creating parti-colored dogs. This poodle has a rounded skull and a chiseled head that is in proportion to the rest of it. The muzzle is straight and long. Its eyes are oval shaped and dark being brown or black in color and are set fairly well apart. It has long flat ears that hang down close to its cheeks that are set around eye level.
The Inner Klein Poodle
Poodles are very intelligent dogs, in fact they are in the top 5 most intelligent dog breeds. While this means training can be easy it also means it can learn bad habits really quickly, it can learn how to get its own way and it can become naughty if not guided well. It needs you to be a good leader and set some rules that it needs to stick to. Spoiled dogs are hard to live with, can be snappy and destructive, and are also more vocal. That being said when raised well this dog is very loyal, loving and affectionate, it needs lots of attention and will not be happy being left alone for long periods.
It can be a good watchdog, it is alert and will bark to let you know if there is an intruder but it is not a guard dog. It is wary but polite with strangers and is happy to accept them as new friends once it gets used to them. It is a sensitive dog, it will read your moods and it does not like being in environments that are hostile. Most of the time it is calm but it is also playful and likes to perform for attention. It is not an outside dog, it needs to be a part of its family. It is lively and it can start to bark a lot so consider training it to stop on command.
Living with a Klein Poodle
What will training look like?
The KP is intelligent, eager to learn and please and loves hanging out with you so training should go very well. It can certainly go far beyond just basic obedience training, and that is a good way to ensure it gets enough mental stimulation. Keep sessions interesting, short but frequent and positive. Reward and encourage it, treats are a great motivator, avoid punishing, physical correction or scolding. Be firm and consistent, do not let it develop small dog syndrome where it thinks it is the boss. You are the pack leader, this way you avoid behavior problems and your dog is the best it can be. Early socialization is another must, make sure it is introduced to different people, places, situations, noises, animals and so on so it learns how to deal with them.
How active is the Klein Poodle?
As mentioned mental stimulation is a must for an intelligent dog like the Klein poodle. It also needs enough physical exercise or it can become high strung and difficult to live with. It can adjust to apartment living if it gets out enough but the barking may be an issue. A yard would be a nice bonus place to have where it can explore and play but it is not a requirement if its needs are met in other ways. Give this dog a couple of moderate walks a day and also spend some time playing with it. It should also have a few times a week where it gets to go off leash somewhere safe and have a good run. It loves the water, it does well in canine sporting events and loves to retrieve.
Caring for the Klein Poodle
Be prepared for a lot of needs in terms of looking after your dogs health and appearance, it does have a lot of grooming needs. Its coat will need stripping professionally every couple of months, especially if kept as a show dog. It may need clipping otherwise on a regular basis to keep the coat short, there are various styles you can ask for. It does not shed hardly at all, this is why it needs regular stripping or clipping. This means though that it tends to be a better option for people with allergies. However if allergies are a top concern make sure you take the person who is allergic to visit the dog before you buy just to be sure. It needs daily brushing if the coat is long, tear stains can be a problem and will need daily cleaning, and it should be given a bath as needed taking care to only use a dog shampoo.
Check its ears for infection signs like odor, redness, sensitivity and give those a wipe clean. Do not insert anything into the ear though, just clean what is easy to reach. Hair growing in the ear canal will need to be plucked. The Klein’s nails need to be clipped if they get too long. Since there is an area that cannot be cut as it has nerves and blood vessels dog nail cutting should be done carefully. Brush its teeth two or three times a week to look after its dental hygiene.
When feeding your dog use a good to high quality dog food as they have better nutritional value. How much they eat depends on their health, metabolism, size, age and activity levels. On average though they are likely to need 1 to 1 ¾ cups of food a day and that should be split into a minimum of two meals. Always make sure it has access to water that is kept as fresh as possible.
How is the Klein Poodle with children and other animals?
All Poodle types are great with children and the Klein is no exception. It is loving and affectionate towards them, loves to play with them and perhaps get up to some mischief together too. It does not get jealous of children or of other pets or dogs so it is also a good breed to have in a home that has other animals too. Watch it around birds though, keep them separate ideally, it does have a history of bird retrieval! Make sure children are taught how to play and touch in a kind a safe manner.
What Might Go Wrong?
The Klein Poodle has a life span of 12 to 15 years but Poodles are prone to quite a number of health issues and it is important you are aware of the possibilities. These include eye problems, allergies, skin problems, diabetes, epilepsy, patellar luxation, heart problems, cancer, Legg Perthes disease, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, bloat, Addisons and Cushings.
Looking at data from reports that look at dog attacks on people doing bodily harm, going back 35 years, the Klein Poodle is not mentioned directly. However there is a reference to just Poodle that was involved in 4 incidents. 2 of those attacks were against children and 1 attack was listed as a maiming. This means the victim was left with permanent scarring, loss of limb or disfigurement. One of those attacks there was a Pit Bull who instigated the attacks and two Poodles joined in. The Klein Poodle is very unlikely to attack people but any dog can become aggressive given the right circumstances. It is important to select a dog that will suit your living arrangements, is given enough stimulation mentally and physically, is fed, trained, socialized, loved and given enough attention.
Your Pup’s Price Tag
A Klein Poodle puppy will cost a rather large sum that starts at around $2000 from a decent breeder for pet quality dogs. If you want a show dog or want to get on a waiting list for a top breeder you can expect that some to go up to $3000 or even $4000. Another option is to look at local shelters or rescues or contact Poodle specific rescues. The adoption fee is a lot less, $50 to $400 and you are bringing home a dog in desperate need of love but purebreds are less common so you might open your mind to the possibility of having a mix. Avoid places like puppy mills, pet stores or backyard breeders.
Before you bring it home there are some things it will need. Initial items will cost about $210 for things like bowls, collar and leash, crate and carrier. Once you bring your puppy or dog home, there are medical needs to take care of. Spaying or neutering, blood tests, micro chip, a physical exam, puppy shots and deworming will cost about $270.
After that there are the ongoing expenses throughout the year. Your Klein will cost about Poodles average about $460 a year in ongoing veterinary costs. That covers basics like shots, check ups and tick and flea prevention as well as doggy insurance. Then feeding it will cost another $140 a year for a good quality dry dog food and dog treats. Also there will be other costs, miscellaneous items, training, license, grooming and toys for example which are estimated to come to about $540 a year. This gives an annual starting figure of $1140.
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Klein Poodles are very expensive to buy, they are a popular companion pet and being classed as ‘hypoallergenic’ pushes up the prices too. It is a great dog though, loving, funny, great company, and a joy to have around. Make sure it learns good habits not bad, and that you are the clear boss. A lot of owners are prone to over spoiling their dogs when they are smaller and cute, and that can lead to problems with behavior. With good leadership and care this is a great family dog.
Popular Poodle Mixes
Affenpinscher and Poodle Mix
|Height||10 to 20 inches|
|Weight||10 to 25 pounds|
|Life span||12 – 16 years|
|Touchiness||Can be grumpy!|
Like to be busy
Airedale Terrier and Poodle Mix
|Height||22 to 26 inches|
|Weight||40 to 60 pounds|
|Life span||10 to 15 years|
Poodle German Shepherd Mix
|Weight||50 to 80 pounds|
|Height||22 to 28 inches|
|Life span||12 to 14 years|
Eager to please
Labrador and Poodle Mix
|Weight||45 to 75 pounds|
|Height||21 to 24 inches|
|Life span||12 to 14 years|
|Touchiness||Can be sensitive|
|Barking||Rare to occasional|
Eager to please
Good Family Pet
Golden Retriever, Labrador retriever and Poodle Mix
|Size||Medium to large|
|Weight||30 – 70 pounds|
|Height||Medium to large|
|Life span||12 – 15 years|
|Barking||Low to moderate|
Good Family Pet
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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.
- The Klein Poodle’s Beginnings
- New Lease on Life
- The Dog You See Today
- The Inner Klein Poodle
- Living with a Klein Poodle
- Caring for the Klein Poodle
- How is the Klein Poodle with children and other animals?
- What Might Go Wrong?
- Your Pup’s Price Tag
- Popular Poodle Mixes