Miniature poodles are typically intelligent, sensitive and loving pets that do well with other pets and small children. However, they do commonly suffer from some genetic and environmental health problems. They are also susceptible to some emotional problems. Consider all of these factors before welcoming a miniature poodle into your home as a new family member.
According to The Poodle Club of America, miniature poodles are susceptible to a wide variety of inherited medical problems including: hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, optic nerve hypoplasia, Addison's disease, Cushings, hip dysplasia and epilepsy. Researchers are currently working to identify the individual genes responsible for these disorders to eradicate them from the poodle population and to develop effective gene therapies.
Some miniature poodles are born with a condition called chondrodysplasia, which stunts the growth of their legs. Poodles with chondrodysplasia are more susceptible to diseases of the vertebrae, and lack the agility and grace of their healthy counterparts, according to the website Your Purebred Puppy.
Miniature poodles are often hypersensitive, startling easily from loud sounds or quick movements. This makes them excellent watch dogs, but it can result in the development of hyper-excitability and emotionality. In households with a lot of fighting, hypersensitive poodles do not thrive, according to the Dog Breed Info Center.
Perhaps due to their intelligence, miniature poodles form strong bonds and become highly dependent on the attention and care of their owners, according to Your Purebred Puppy. Without this attention, they can become anxious and ill.
According to the Dog Breed Info Center, miniature poodles tend to be active and they need adequate exercise. Without adequate exercise, they can become despondent and depressed or anxious. Depression and anxiety can result in a number of undesirable behaviors including spraying, anorexia, incontinence, and destructive chewing or scratching.