The Poodle, variously cited to have originated in France or Germany, is a popular breed not just for shows but as a beloved family pet. Well known for their curly, fluffy, coat and distinctive shapes, these dogs are traditionally bred in three sizes. There is another, less-well-known breed of Poodle, however: the Moyen Poodle.

Moyen poodles are usually bred by mating two Moyen poodles together. Moyen poodles can also be bred by mating a standard poodle with a miniature poodle. The American Kennel Club does not officially recognize the Moyen poodle as a size. Rather, a Moyen poodle is registered as either a miniature or standard depending on his height.

Moyens are a medium-sized Poodle; between a miniature and standard. They can grow from 15 pounds up to 35 pounds, on the larger side. Moyens are recognized internationally, but not by most Kennel Club associations, and therefore don’t meet competition standards in many places. They’re an intelligent and hearty breed that make them excellent service dogs and companions. 

What Is A Moyen Poodle?

Moyens go by a few names internationally. They’re sometimes called a Klein Poodle, or Klein Moyen Poodles in Europe. Other names include the Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, or French Poodles. They are also sometimes simply referred to as Medium Poodles, as in the FCI standards.

What Does Moyen Mean?

“Moyen” is a French word meaning “medium,” indicating the size of the dog. It can also translate to “means,” as in, this dog was a means of hunting waterfowl or performing other services.

A Brief History Of Moyen Poodles

The origin of Poodles in general is debated.

It’s agreed that they were originally bred in Western Europe, although the exact country is debated. The most popular origin story is for Germany, as the name “Poodle” originates from the German word for “puddle.” They were named for their bred profession, which was as a waterfowl retrieving dog.

Moyens were apparently bred specifically to be a more suitable companion dog than their Standard Poodle cousins. Their smaller size made them easier to cuddle and handle indoors.

Are Moyen Poodles Widely Recognized? 

The Moyen is recognized by FCI registries worldwide, but isn’t recognized by the American, Canadian, or United Kingdom Kennel Clubs. Kennel Clubs tend to only recognize three Poodle sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy.

This means that their eligibility for competition varies depending on the organization running it. It also means that it can be harder to find a reliable breeder.

How Moyen Poodles Compare To Other Poodles

Moyens’ mid-range size does mean that they do not qualify for many purebred competitions, as they are too small to compete with standards and too large to compete with miniatures. They do, however, make excellent grooming competition dogs.

Here is how the Moyen Poodle size and weight, as well as their lifespan and coloring, stack up when compared to other Poodle sizes, courtesy of the FCI standards and the AKC. In the Moyen Poodle size chart below, we’ll compare a Moyen Poodle vs Standard Poodle, as well as Miniatures, Toys, and (thus far also unrecognized) Teacups.

Are Moyen Poodles Hypoallergenic?

Like other poodle varieties, Moyen poodles shed hair and dander minimally. The curly coat traps in the hair and the dander that trigger allergies in sensitive people. Moyen poodles are suitable for people with allergies.

Do Moyen Poodles Shed?

Because they have a hair coat, Poodles in general do not shed in the same way that dogs with regular fur coats do. They are more likely to have longer, easier-to-matt hair, hence the need for regular brushing and trimming.

Are Moyen Poodles Hypoallergenic?

Because they do not shed regularly, and they produce less dander than many other breeds, Moyen Poodles are considered to be a good choice for owners with allergies.

That being said, there is no dog breed that is completely hypoallergenic, and this should be considered before investing in a Moyen when one suffers from more serious pet allergies.

Are Moyen Poodles Good Hunting Dogs? 

Although Moyens are considerably smaller than Standard Poodles, Labradors, and other popular water retrievers, with proper training, it is possible that a Moyen Poodle could excel as a hunting dog. 

Care must be taken, however, to ensure the safety of the dog as he may have a harder time navigating various conditions in the fields and rough water as opposed to larger breeds.

Are Moyen Poodles Good Apartment Dogs?

As long as Moyens are given adequate outdoor exercise each day, they can be ideal apartment dogs.

However, extra care must be given when socializing these dogs to ensure that they are comfortable with various situations, a wide variety of people and pets, and the noises associated with apartment life. 

How Much Does A Moyen Poodle Cost? 

Most Moyen Poodles are priced between $2,000 and $3,000, though you may find cheaper options as well as more expensive puppies, depending on the breeder, the puppies’ bloodlines, and the overall quality of the dogs.

Beware of extremely low prices as this may be a sign that the “breeder” is actually a puppy mill.

At What Age Is A Poodle Fully Grown?

Poodles are considered fully grown adults at two years old and tend to show emotional signs of maturity, like a calmer nature, around 18 months.

At a year old, most Poodles will have reached their final height or very close to it. However, most Poodles will require a full two years to fill out their chest and reach their final weight

How Big Should A 6-Month-Old Poodle Be?

A six-month-old male Poodle will weigh around 41 to 48 pounds, while a six-month-old female Poodle will weigh about 28 to 34 pounds. Both male and female Poodles at this age stand at around 18 to 22 inches tall, which for some Poodles is already their full adult height.

How Much Bigger Will My Poodle Get?

There are a few ways to assess how much bigger your Poodle will get. The first is age. If your Poodle is less than a year old, they still have significant growth left! If your Poodle is between one and two years old, they are likely still filling out a bit, but are probably at their adult height.

Next, you can take a look at your Poodle’s paws. Do they still look oversized next to their legs and body? If this is the case, they are probably still filling out as this is a classic puppy feature!

Lastly, you can reach out to your Poodle’s breeder. Your breeder can provide you with a more precise estimate of your Poodle puppy’s final weight and height based on your puppy’s parents and past litters. A Poodle puppy will rarely grow larger than their bigger parent, so this will also give you an idea of their maximum size.

What Is The Size Of A Full-Grown Poodle?

According to the American Kennel Club Official Poodle Standards, an adult male Poodle is 60 to 70 pounds while an adult female Poodle weighs between 40 and 50 pounds. By these standards, full-grown Poodles will be over 15 inches tall when measuring from the ground to the highest point of their shoulders while standing. Most Standard Poodles will stand between 18 and 24 inches tall.

Health Problems

A long-lived breed, Poodles are, nevertheless, subject to many genetic diseases. Cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy may cause blindness. Allergies and skin conditions are common—possibly due to unskilled use of clippers or allergies to shampoo and/or color reinforcer. Runny eyes and ear infections are also common. They are also prone to PRA, diabetes, epilepsy and heart disease. Brown Poodles tend to become prematurely gray. Also IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia).

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