When Do Miniature Poodles Stop Growing?
- Small dogs vs. large dog breeds can often be a controversial topic.
- If you’re like me, you might find that you prefer one type over another, or you may simply just love both.
- One of the best things about the Poodle breed is that they come in a range of different sizes and types: the Standard, Miniature, and Toy.
- I could go on all day writing about these breeds, but today I’m specifically focusing on the Miniature Poodle, the ideal breed for small dog lovers.
What Is The Size Of A Miniature Poodle?
- According to the American Kennel Club, the Miniature Poodle is a breed that can grow between 9-15inches / 23-38cm in height and weigh between 15-17lbs / 7-8kg. In comparison to other Poodle breeds, it’s believed that the Miniature Poodle grows the quickest.
- If you plan on owning a Miniature Poodle, you should be aware of its growth patterns as a puppy and an adult. Doing this will help you look after and support their physical and mental developments, allowing them to live a healthy and long-lasting life.
Is A Miniature Poodle A Small Or Medium-Sized Dog?
When it comes to owning a Miniature Poodle, don’t be deceived by the name. They’re actually classed as a medium sized dogs. While they’re not large like the Standard Poodle, they still hold a lot of qualities the Standard Poodle does and has as just much energy.
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What Can Influence The Growth Of A Miniature Poodle?
As a dog owner, there are certain factors you can look out for which may influence the growth of a Miniature Poodle which are:
Spaying or neutering
Sometimes the time period, i.e., the age you decide to spay or neuter a Miniature Poodle, might influence their growth. In particular, if you choose to do this while they’re young, they will grow taller than if they got this operation when they’re an adult.
On the contrary, if you choose to spay or neuter a Miniature Poodle between 12-24 months or later, they could be heavier. This is mainly because the adult hormones they have can cause their chest to broaden, and as a result, they can develop more muscles.
If you’re planning on owning a Miniature Poodle, then don’t be deceived by its size. This breed has a lot of energy and needs to be taken out regularly for daily exercise. If it’s not taken out for long walks, runs, playtime, or anything else for at least 30 minutes a day, their growth could be stunted.
A Miniature Poodle will need to be fed a balanced diet full of protein and food that’s suitable for its lifestyle. Try to avoid filler food and speak to a vet to get recommendations of the best type of food for it to eat.
There are some health conditions like parasites that can stunt a Miniature Poodle’s growth. However, this can be easily rectified if you take them to a vet and get the appropriate medication.
When Do Miniature Poodles Stop Growing?
Miniature Poodles stop growing taller at about 28 weeks (7 months) to 48 weeks (12 months) of age. At this age, miniature poodles will have achieved 99% of their projected adult height, and more than 90% of their adult weight. At 72 weeks (18 months), your miniature poodle should have achieved its final adult height and weight. This is when your miniature poodle stops growing.
Stages Of Growth Of The Miniature Poodle
Even though there is not much difference between height and weight for the different sexes of Miniature Poodles, there is a vast difference in growth rates. Once they’re born, you will find a Miniature Poodle will shoot up in height quite quickly. After a few months, they start to slow down and fill out, gaining weight and muscle mass.
To help you understand the stages of the Miniature Poodle, please find below a growth chart.
|Age in Weeks||Weight||Percentage of Adult weight|
|8 weeks||2lb-3lbs / 1-1.4kg||20%|
|16 weeks||4lb-6lb / 1.8-2.7kg||40%|
|24 weeks||6lb-9lb / 2.7-4kg||60%|
|32 weeks||7lb-10lb / 3.18-4.5kg||72%|
|40 weeks||8lb-12lb / 3.6-5.5kg||82%|
|48 weeks||9lb-13lb / 4.1kg-6kg||90%|
|56 weeks||9lb-14lb / 4.1kg-6.4kg||95%|
|64 weeks||10lb-15lb / 4.5kg-7kg||98%|
|72 weeks||10lbs-15lbs / 4.5kg-7kg+||100%|
On average, by week 16, i.e., when a Miniature Poodle is 4 months old, they should have grown around 70% in height. However, in regards to their weight, they will only have reached 40% of their adult weight at this period.
They tend to grow more quickly than they do filling out their weight. Note that if you own a Miniature Poodle, it’s also possible for their height and weight to fall outside these measurements. These are only an estimate and not every Poodle falls into these categories.
But, to know that they’re growing at a good rate and a healthy one, you must measure a Miniature Poodle regularly. To do this, you will want to measure its height by the shoulders to get the most accurate measurement. To get an accurate weight measurement, you might want to use a digital scale and place them on it.
How Much Should A Miniature Poodle Eat A Day?
A Miniature Poodle should be fed healthy meals that are free from filler food and grains. On average, if a Miniature Poodle weighs between 15-17lbs / 6-8kg, they should be fed 1 cup of food a day. You should split this cup into 2-3 meals a day to fulfill their hunger requirements. To know the type of food to feed them, you should speak to your vet, who will look at their health issues, allergies, parent’s history, and they will advise the right brand and quantity to feed them.
A Breakdown Of A Miniature Poodle Puppy’s Growth
If you’re planning on owning a Miniature Poodle from puppyhood, then you should have an idea of its typical growth stages. In total, there are five growth stages of a Miniature Poodle puppy which are: neonatal stage, socialization period, adolescence, sexual maturity, and adulthood. To help you understand them, let’s break them down:
The Neonatal Stage (Birth to 3 Weeks Old)
The neonatal stage constitutes the period immediately after a puppy is born. Miniature Poodles are especially small when they’re born, weighing only about 6 ounces. For about two or three weeks, puppies are nearly entirely dependent on their mother. Their ears and eyes are still slowly beginning to open, leaving them blind and deaf. Puppies will slowly begin to learn how to walk, but for the most part, they will be sleeping and eating. During this stage, close supervision must be given to any Miniature Poodle puppies. Owners should allow the poodle to adapt to their surroundings while still being prepared to intervene and give help if needed.
The Socialization Period (1 Month to 2 Months Old)
This is a period of about two months. Miniatures Poodles gain a certain amount of independence from their mothers at this time. This is the time in which Miniature Poodles can be introduced to humans and other animals in order to begin building their social skills. Miniature Poodles. All Mini Poodles should be properly vaccinated before being introduced to other animals.
During this period, Miniature Poodles may become naturally frazzled or nervous. This is natural; owners should help their dogs ease into possible fear factors (loud noises, large amounts of people or animals, etc.)
Other notable developments during this period include:
- The emergence of baby teeth
- The weaning off of nursing and the transition to eating solid foods
- The start of house-training
Juvenile Period and Adolescence (3 Months to 7 Months Old)
When a Miniature Poodle is between three to seven months old they undergo their adolescence. Mini Poodles rapidly mature and grow during this period, developing many of their fine motor skills. This is the prime period to introduce puppies to obedience training.
Sexual Maturity (8 Months to 9 Months Old)
Miniature Poodles are considered to be sexually mature by the time they are 8 or 9 months old. Mini Poodles will have completed the large bulk of development by this phase. Your dog should have well-developed motor functions and a full set of adult teeth. Dogs should also already be transitioning to food catering towards adult dogs. And of course, this is also when dogs begin to be sexually active. As such, this is a good time for Mini Poodles to be spayed or neutered.
Adulthood (14 Months Old and Up)
Miniature Poodles are considered to be full-fledged adults by the time they are fourteen months old. Adult dogs will still continue to grow but will have completed the majority of their mental and physical development. Some Miniature Poodles may continue to exhibit puppy-like behavior for up to a year following their adulthood.
For those interested in seeing these development phases play out visually, here’s an amazing time-lapse video showing the growth of a Mini Poodle over fifteen months.
Growth Related Health Conditions
As the Miniature Poodle is a medium breed, sometimes they can experience some health conditions that affect their growth. They are:
- Patellar luxation: This is where their knee cap can become dislocated and comes out of their femoral groove when they flex their knee. Patellar luxation can cause a Miniature Poodle a lot of pain and is often managed with pain medication or surgery.
- Legg Perthes disease: An orthopedic disease that causes the femoral head in their hip joint to disintegrate. This disease can cause limping, pain, stiffness, and limited movement. It’s usually treated by surgery.
If you’re planning on owning a Miniature Poodle or own one, you must keep track of its height, weight, and age. The best thing to do is to measure them by their shoulder for height and use a digital scale to record weight. Doing this will allow you to see if your Miniature Poodle is within the recommended weight.
Moreover, if you notice any differences, you can always take them to a veterinarian to see if there’s any reason for a delay in growth or any underlying health problems.
Do you have a Miniature Poodle? Let us know how often you weigh and measure their height in the comments below.