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How Big Do Miniature Poodles Get?

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Miniature Poodles are the smaller version of standard Poodles. They are small in size, athletic, friendly and easygoing dogs. The growth of miniature Poodles is quite smooth and faster than standard poodles but slower than the toy poodles. There are some factors (like spaying) that can influence a mini poodle’s growth. Keep reading to know how big miniature poodles can get and when will they stop growing.

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At What Age is a Miniature Poodle Fully Grown?

Mini Poodles discontinue growing taller when they are about 6 to 12 months (24 to 48 weeks) old of age. At this age, these Poodles achieve around 99% percent of their expected adult height and 90% of their adult weight. At age of 18 months (or 72 weeks), miniature poodles should have reached their final height as well as weight and be considered to be fully grown.

How Big is a Full-Grown Miniature Poodle?

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Miniature poodles are taller than toy poodles and smaller than standard poodles. According to the American Kennel Club’s standards, “any fully grown poodle with a height between 10 to 15 inches is considered as a Miniature Poodle whereas shorter than 10 inches as a toy and taller than 15 inches as Standard”.

What is a Miniature Poodle’s Weight?

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The weight of fully grown miniature poodles may vary between 10 and 20 pounds (around 4.5 to 9 kg). According to the American Kennel Club standards, most mini poodles weigh between 10 and 15 pounds while a few of them can weigh up to 20 pounds.

Growth Stages of Miniature Poodles

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Miniature poodles have a solid development cycle which is an important part of their great growth. This cycle consists of the five growth stages of the miniature poodle which are discussed below.

Neonatal Stage

This stage starts immediately after the birth to 2 or 3 weeks of a puppy. This is because they are small and weigh about 6 ounces. This makes them quite dependent on their mother especially for two or three. It is important to look after the pup properly because any kind of negligence can make poodles bling and deaf, especially if they try to open their eyes and eats instantly.

Leaning of other major activities like walking, eating and sleeping must be started slowly at this period. During this stage, it’s better for the owners to closely monitor the basic needs of miniature poodle puppies. Also, allow their poodles to adapt to their environments or surroundings and provide help to the poodles if needed.


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You should start socializing your pup at the age of 1-2 months. Miniature poodles become quite independent and can grow quite well without their mothers. At this time, the owners should introduce their miniature poodles to humans as well as to the other animals. This will help them to develop some social skills. It’s important for all mini poodles to first get properly vaccinated and then socialize with other animals so that they cannot get any serious medical issues.

It is quite common that these poodles may get nervous or scared at this stage. This nervousness is quite natural and can be avoidable if the owners ease down the possible fear factors such as showy noises, great amounts of people or animals, etc. Other prominent growth includes the arrival of baby teeth, transition to eating solid foods, and the start of house-training of your mini poodle.


This stage of the miniature poodle has poodles of three months to seven months old. At that time, miniature poodles will experience their adolescence and get mature rapidly. During this stage, these poodles develop different motor skills. It is considered to be the best time to familiarize mini poodle puppies with obedience training. This is why this stage is also known as the “Juvenile Period”.

Sexual Maturity

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When the miniature poodles are 8 to 9 months old, they are considered to be sexually mature. At this phase, these poodles have completed a great number of developments like motor functions and have a full set of adult teeth. They also have a transition towards the food of adult dogs. At this stage, these dogs start to be sexually active so it is good for them to be spayed or neutered.


This stage shows a fully grown miniature poodle. The time of adulthood of miniature poodles is 14 months old or up. At this age, it is considered that 90 to 99 percent growth of mini poodles is done. But the growth of adult dogs will continue, especially when it comes to their mental and physical development. Some of them may behave like a puppy even after the age of 15 or 16 months old.

Who Should Get a Miniature Poodle?

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These smaller versions of the poodle are the best choice for families who have kids and other pets. This is because they are loving, athletic, and easy-going dogs. The pleasing attitude of these poodles can also be the reason for their great bond with kids and other family pets. It is also best for families because they are easy to train and have low-allergen. But at the same time, they require a lot of care and grooming. So the people who have a lot of time and resources to offer to their pups should get these loyal companions.

The energy level of these little poodles are very high which means they love to have space to run and burn some extra energy. So the owners who have a big fenced-in yard should get these pups. People with an apartment can also get these pups due to their small size. But such owners should look after their daily exercise and walk needs. Miniature Poodles are costly and should be getting by those who are willing to spend on their poodle’s needs.

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