Good Exercises For Your Miniature PoodleExercising Your Miniature Poodle

The Miniature Poodle was bred down from the larger Standard Poodle. The biggest difference between these breeds is that the Standard was bred to be a hunting (sporting) dog and the Miniature was bred as a companion or toy dog. (The Miniature is not the same as a Toy Poodle, which is an even smaller breed.)  The Miniature (and Toy) were popular with royalty in England and France in the 1600’s and 1700s. They were also popular circus performing dogs in the 1800s. In many ways, this breed is really close to the Standard Poodle.

Breed Type

Companion or Toy

Physical Characteristics

  • Square-ish shaped body
  • About a foot tall, more or less
  • Long hanging ears
  • Tail carries high


  • Highly intelligent and very trainable
  • Joyful, comical, likes to perform tricks for an audience
  • Affectionate and loves attention from people
  • Not trustworthy with children or strangers unless socialized
  • Tends to be friendly with other dogs
  • Moderate energy level

Best Exercises

It is crucial to keep this clever dog’s mind occupied with regular and challenging exercise. Otherwise, she or he can become sensitive and nervous.

  • Moderate (30+ minutes) to long walks (60 minutes)
  • Running or jogging
  • Swimming or water games (loves water)
  • Trick Training
  • Obedience training
  • Dog sport training:
    • agility
    • tracking
    • herding
    • rally
    • competitive obedience
    • Challenging games: hide and seek, obstacle courses
    • Chasing games: fetch, flirt pole, tag
    • Dog parks (if well socialized)

Suggested Exercise Plan

At a minimum, an hour and a half divided between a vigorous walk (s) AND a 30 play time or training sessions, every day.

Things To Note

The Miniature Poodle needs a consistent, firm hand. This breed is also prone to hip dysplasia and luxating patella.