Poodles are a well-known dog breed and also one of the most popular. Many dog lovers choose poodles because of their intelligent and affectionate natures, while their hypoallergenic coats are what appeals to others. Poodles come in various colors and sizes, and one option is the Moyen Poodle. If this is a breed that interests you, then it is important to find out as much about them as possible. Here is everything you need to know about Moyen Poodles.
What Is a Moyen Poodle?
According to Noir Poodles, a Moyen Poodle is a medium Poodle that is between a miniature and standard size Poodle. They are also known as Medium Poodles of Klein Poodles. The registries of the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) around the world officially recognize this fourth size of Poodle. However, the American Kennel Club (AKC) currently does not recognize the Moyen Poodle as an official breed size. Similarly, the kennel clubs of Canada and the UK do not recognize the Moyen Poodle. Despite not recognizing the Moyen Poodle as a distinct Poodle sub-breed, the AKC still allows those with this breed to register their dog because they consider all poodles as the same breed. Therefore, Moyen Poodle puppies are eligible for registration and can participate in events and competitions.
The Moyen Poodle shares the same history as all other sizes of Poodle. Poodles are water dogs that were first bred in Germany more than 400 years ago, although they are now associated more with France, where Poodles are the most popular dog breed. Originally, the Standard Poodle was used in Germany as a retriever to retrieve wildfowl from the water for game hunters. In France, Poodles were often trained as circus performers as their intelligence meant they learned new tricks quickly. Now, Poodles are most commonly kept as companion dogs. Some Moyen Poodles in the United States have been imported from Europe. However, others have been bred using inter-variety breeding, which means a miniature poodle is bred with a standard poodle. Currently, there is a program of health testing of both inter-variety bred and imported Moyen Poodles in the United States. The purpose of this is to widen the gene pool of Poodles in the country. If there is a larger gene pool of healthy dogs, then there are fewer autoimmune disorders, which is a prevalent health issue in Standard Poodle bloodlines in the United States.
The body of a Moyen Poodle has a square appearance as its length is roughly the same as the height of the Poodle at the withers. Both the front and rear legs are in proportion with the size of the dog, says Dog Breed Info. The Poodle’s tail is set and carried in high. In some countries, the tail is docked to half its length as standard practice. However, docking is illegal in the UK. A Moyen Poodles skull is moderately rounded, but the face is long with a pointed nose. They have long, flat ears that hang close to the head. Their eyes are set quite far apart, and they are usually brown or black. In terms of size, most Moyen Poodles grow to between 15 and 19 inches at the shoulder, although some grow a little taller. The ideal weight range for this breed is between 15 and 25 pounds. In comparison, Standard Poodle measures between 24 and 27 inches and weighs between 50 and 70 pounds. A Miniature Poodle stands between 10 and 15 inches and weighs between 10 and 15 pounds. It is essential to make sure you keep your Moyen Poodle within a healthy weight range for their height, age, and gender. You can do this by providing your dog with a healthy and balanced diet and making sure their exercise needs are met. If you do not help your Moyen Poodle to maintain a healthy weight, they have an increased risk of many health conditions that are linked to obesity. Some of these include joint problems, cardiovascular conditions, and diabetes.
A Moyen Poodle’s Coat
One reason that Poodles are such a popular dog breed is their coat. Its appearance is short and either curly or corded, but the low rate of shedding and minimal dander is what make them so appealing. Although no dog breed is truly hypoallergenic, the Poodle is one of the best options for those who suffer from allergies. The lack of shedding is also great for people who are house proud and do not want dog hair throughout their home. Likewise, they are an excellent choice for people who do not have time to spend cleaning dog hair from around their homes. A Moyen Poodle’s coat is corded or curly, and there are many colors available. Some of the most common solid colors available are black, white, cream, gray, silver, blue, brown, chocolate, café-au-lait, red, and apricot. There are some breeders breeding particolored Poodles, although these are not in written show standards.
Poodles do not need combing too often, as their coats do not shed or become tangled. However, this does not mean that Poodles do not have grooming needs. They need regular bathing to keep their coat and skin healthy and in good condition. Moyen Poodles also need regular clipping as they do not shed. Many dog owners take their dogs to a professional to have them groomed and clipped. However, owners that are confident with the clippers can do this job themselves. There are three common, easy-care clips, and these are pet clip, puppy clip, and lamb clip. Those who show their dogs may prefer some of the more complicated clips. Two of these are the English saddle clip and the Continental clip. In both these clips, the body is shaved, and bracelets of the coat are left around the ankles, with pom-pons on the tails and hips.
The Personality Traits of Moyen Poodles
Learning about the personality traits of a dog breed should give you a good idea of whether the breed is a good choice for you or not. There are certain personality traits associated with each breed, although each dog is an individual and may have a different personality. Some of the personality traits associated with Moyen Poodles are loyalty, affection, and intelligence. They are also fun, energetic, and playful dogs. Therefore, the Moyen Poodle has many appealing features of its personality that will suit many people. Of course, all dog breeds have some negative aspects of their temperament. In the case of Moyen Poodles, their worst personality trait is that they can become highly strung. They usually become highly strung if they are not getting enough attention or do not feel included, so it is important that they feel part of the family. Another issue with Moyen Poodles is that they may develop Small Dog Syndrome. According to Oakhurst Vet, this is a term that is used to describe small dogs that misbehave because their owners have allowed them to get away with things and not trained them properly. The result is a small dog that thinks it is the head of the household and that they can do what they want.
Training a Moyen Poodle
Poodles are amongst the most intelligent dog breeds, so they are relatively easy to train. They pick up new commands and tricks easily, and positive reinforcement can make the training process a good experience for both the dog and its owner. As with most breeds, it is best to start the training process early and to include socialization as soon as possible. Doing so will allow your Moyen Poodle to adapt to different situations and to accustom themselves to meeting strangers and other dogs. A lack of training will negatively impact your Moyen Poodle’s temperament and behavior. They can become highly strung and believe they are the head of the pack. The outcome is a dog that is potentially shy or nervous, and that will bark excessively.
To maintain good health, Moyen Poodles needed a walk daily. Not only are regular walks essential for your dog’s health, but they can also reduce the risk of your Poodle displaying some behavior problems. When walking your dog, you should always keep them to heel by your side or let them walk behind. If you allow your Moyen Poodle to lead the way, their natural instinct tells them they are the leader of the pack and puts them higher up the hierarchy than you. In addition to regular walks, you should also make sure your Moyen Poodle has plenty of opportunities to enjoy mentally stimulating activities. Try to include ball games and agility exercises in your dog’s regular exercise routine. Furthermore, Poodles love the water, so they will play or swim in the water whenever they get the chance.
Ideal Living Conditions
Not all dog breeds are suitable for all types of households. Therefore, it is vital to find out as much as you can about the needs of the breed before deciding if it is the right option for you. It is especially important if you have children or other pets living in your house. The Moyen Poodle is an excellent choice for families, even those with younger children. They are not known for having an aggressive streak, so they do not pose a risk to children. The Moyen Poodle is small enough to play nicely with children without unintentionally knocking them over or injuring them. On the other hand, they are large enough to withstand the rough and tumble of children playing with them, says Best Poodle. Similarly, they are a good option for households that already have other pets. Poodles generally get on well with other dogs, and most don’t mind living with cats or other small animals. However, it is essential to supervise initial interactions between a new Poodle and existing animals to make sure they get along well. Some dogs are better suited to living in a home with a large garden, while others are suitable for apartment living. A Moyen Poodle can happily live in both environments. If they live in a large home with a big garden, they will enjoy playing outdoors before curling up with their family. However, they are small enough to live comfortably in an apartment if you make sure you take them for a walk each day. The only environment in which a Moyen Poodle cannot live is outside in a kennel, and there are two reasons. First, Poodles cannot withstand colder temperatures, so they need to live indoors. Second, they need to be around their family, so they will not cope well with being separated.
Health Conditions Associated with the Breed
Most Moyen Poodles live for between 12 and 15 years, and the average lifespan for this breed is 12.5 years. As with all breeds, it is possible that your Moyen Poodle may suffer from various illnesses and health conditions throughout their life. Some of the health conditions that are typically associated with this breed are hip or elbow dysplasia, runny eyes, epilepsy, heart disease, diabetes, ear infections, skin conditions, and allergies. A rarer health condition linked to Poodles is Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). An interesting condition that applies only to brown Moyen Poodles is premature graying.
Working Roles for Moyen Poodles
The Moyen Poodle has many personality traits and physical characteristics that make them ideal for various working roles. Their intelligence means they are fantastic service dogs to assist in a wide range of situations, and they have been used by the military since the 17th century. Due to their loyal and affectionate nature, they can also make excellent therapy dogs in setting such as schools, hospitals, and residential care homes.