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What is a Moyen Poodle?

Saturday, April 22, 2017 3:19 PM

Moyen Poodles, also called klein poodles, are a medium size poodle between miniature and standard poodles.  Europe recognizes this fourth size poodle; it is currently not recognized as a distinct size with AKC or UKC in America.  My puppies are registered as standard poodles with American Kennel Club.  Most moyen poodles mature 15-20 inches at the shoulders and 20-30 pounds.  Some inter-variety moyen poodle breedings have puppies that mature over 30 pounds.  They have a very pleasent temperament that is highly intelligent and trainable.  

Klein poodles are excellent family dogs, including families with young children.  They are small enough to cuddle on your lap and large enough to enjoy outdoor adventures.  Moyen poodles are a hardy breed that enjoys hiking, running, water, and other outdoor activities.  They also love to lounge around the house and be an intimate part of their family.  Their smaller size makes them an excellent choice for apartment and recreational vehicle living.  They are wonderful travel companions that don’t take up a lot of room in the car.  

Their intelligence and size make them excellent service dog candidates for people that do not require assistance from a larger breed dog.  They are also excellent therapy dogs for schools, hospitals, and assisted living homes.  

Some moyen poodles in America have been imported from Europe.  Others have been bred through inter-variety breeding (miniature poodle bred with standard poodle).  Health tested inter-variety bred and imported moyen poodles are helping to widen the healthy gene pool of poodles in America.  A larger healthy gene pool results in fewer auto-immune diseases, which are very prevalent in many American Standard Poodle bloodlines.