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About the Moyen Size Poodle

The Moyen Poodle is basically a small standard poodle. The size falls in-between the Miniature and the Standard size Poodle. Not an official AKC size variation, however the moyen is very popular outside the USA.

The word “Moyen” is the French word for the fourth size of Poodles in France, but the remainder of Europe refers to them as Kleins. Its size falls in-between the Miniature and Standard Poodles, but it is not obtained by crossing the two sizes, it is an actual fourth Poodle size in Europe and is not a new size. Klein means small or mini in German.

Both Moyen and Klein are common names for this in-between Poodle size. They’re just a bit smaller than the original-sized Standard Poodle.

Our Moyen Poodle are in the 17-20 inch size range and weigh about 20-35 pounds.

Our Small Standard Poodles are in the 20-23 inch size range and weigh 35-45 lbs.

Both are GREAT sizes if you love the Standard Poodle temperament but don’t want a really large standard Poodle or a mini poodle.

Read More about the Moyen/Klein size Poodle!

Moyen Poodles Coats, Structure and Temperaments

All Poodles have a curly and fluffy coat, which is non-shedding, and quite well tolerated by most people with allergies. Poodles are not as likely to trigger allergies in people because they shed less dander which is what causes dog allergies.

The poodle is a very active, intelligent and elegant dog, squarely built, and well proportioned. To insure the desirable squarely built appearance, the length of body measured from the breastbone to the point of the rump approximates the height from the highest point of the shoulders to the ground.

The eyes should be very dark, oval in shape, and having an alert and intelligent expression. The ears should hang close to the head, set at, or slightly below eye level. The coat should be of naturally harsh texture, dense throughout.

White moyen poodle puppy - Small Standard Poodle - Medium size Poodle

The Poodle has ranked #2 on the The Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds List and poodles are also one of the easiest breeds to train.  They love to be around people, and generally don’t like to be left alone.  Some standard Poodles are good guard dogs, and some are even trained as hunters and circus dogs!  Overall, Poodles are a sensitive, pleasant and happy breed. We believe Poodles are the BEST breed!

Moyen Poodle History

Historically, the poodle was a water dog, a circus dog, and the pampered pet of royal households in France. The standard poodle was known as early as the 15th Century and was shown in the paintings of German artist Albrecht Durer and the Spanish artist Goya.

But the poodle is not all he appears to be. He is native to Germany, not France, and he got his start in the swamps as a water dog trained to retrieve fallen birds for hunters. His name is a corruption of the German pudeln, which means “to splash in water.”

Overview:  The Moyen Poodle is an intelligent, joyful, companion dog. The Moyen Poodle has a large amount of energy and has a very playful attitude. Poodles love to be around its owner. This dog gets along with other dog breeds and likes other animals.  

Strangers make this canine nervous at first, but once it gets over being nervous it is friendly towards people it doesn’t know. The Moyen Poodle is easy to train as it loves to learn and catches on quickly.

This breed can make an excellent watchdog, but doesn’t do well as a guard dog. Grooming takes true determination on the owner’s part with this dog. The Moyen Poodle is somewhat resistant to cold weather and has good resistance towards hot environments.

Poodles are not meant to spend long periods of time alone. Poodles want to be in the home with their families. These are true companion dogs.

SPEAKThe Moyen Size:

The Moyen Poodle falls in-between the Miniature and Standard Poodle size. Not an official AKC size variation, however has become popular outside the USA.

  • Height: 16-20 inches (38-50 cm.)
  • Weight: 20-35 pounds (9-13 kg.)

Does “Moyen” mean medium size Poodle?

Moyen is simply the size in-between the Mini Poodles and the Standard size Poodles so yes, calling them a “medium size” poodle would also be a correct term.
Moyen actually means “medium” in French and Klein means small or mini in German.

The Poodle Temperament:

The Moyen Poodle is considered to be a very smart and easy to train dog.  Moyen Poodles are playful, energetic, and eager to please as well as alert, focused and very loyal to their owners.  Some poodles may act nervous around strangers which is why it is so important to commit extra time to socializing your poodle starting very young. Between 8 and 12 weeks is the most important socialization time.

For more information on socialization please read: The 12 Rules of Socialization!

The Poodles Orgin:

EGGS - postcard, ca 1950, probably German
EGGS – postcard, ca 1950, probably German

There are several water dogs that were known to have rough coats that appear in the Poodle’s ancestry. It is believed that the first Poodle was the Barbet and the Barbet was a curly haired breed found throughout France, Russia, Hungary, and several other places. It’s the type that came from Germany that gained the most popularity.

Even the name Poodle comes from German word Pfudel, meaning puddle, or to splash. This was referencing the water talents of the Poodle. In France it is known as Caniche, or Chien Canard. Both of these names refer to their duck hunting abilities.

The hair on the Poodle is usually cut away to imitate a swim suit while the puffs on the legs and tail are believed to represent the days it was used in the circus as well as keeping the joints warm while swimming in cold water.

The Poodle also became extremely popular with the ladies of fashion in France as a great and beautiful companion.

The French aristocracy found this breed so favorable they made it the national dog of France.

Poodles entered dog shows in the late 19th century. Some of the earlier Poodles used in the show ring actually had their coats corded (similiar to dreadlocks).  However, this fashion didn’t last long and was eventually replaced with the fancy “bouffant” styles we see on Poodle’s today.

Other Names used for Moyen Poodles:

The Moyen Poodle is also known as: Klein Poodle, Kleinpudels, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, French Poodle, Pudle and a “medium” size Poodle.

Poodle Groups:

Even though the Poodle breed of various sizes was formally recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887. The Moyen size Poodle is only recognized in the European breed clubs and it still has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

There’s no medium or moyen size in the AKC show ring or allowed to be registered as a Moyen by the AKC.

Moyen Poodles can still be registered and shown they just need to be registered as either a Mini or a Standard size.

By American Kennel Club standards any Poodle taller then 15 inches tall is considered a Standard size Poodle but if you’ve ever seen a 15 inch tall Poodle… I don’t think anyone would logically say “That’s a standard size dog” because a 15 in tall Poodle is extremely small and would be closer to what I’d consider a Medium/Moyen size Poodle.

The AKC says any Poodle below 15 inches is a Mini Poodle and 10 inches and below is a Toy Poodle.

Most moyen poodles mature at 15-20 inches tall at the shoulders and are 20-35 pounds.

Poodle Physical Characteristics:

The Moyen Poodle coat is either curly wool or corded. If it is curly, it is more rough in texture but still soft and thick. If it’s corded, it’s in tight cords of various lengths.

Poodle Colors:

The colors of the coat can be many different solid colors including blue, silver-beige, black, brown, red, white, cream, apricot, cafe-au-lait and also many different patterns including phantom, parti, mismark, sable, brindle and tuxedo. Each color listed can be in different shades. 

Caring for your Poodle:

The Moyen Poodle is extremely smart therefore it requires a large amount of human interaction and mental stimulation and daily exercise. It is recommended to do a 5-10 min obedience session followed by playing or taking the dog for a good walk every day. The poodle is meant to be mainly an indoor dog however they still love the outdoors!!

Pay attention to:

Grooming the Poodle’s Coat:  Poodles have a high maintenance coat and require professional grooming every 6-8 wks – frequency depends on how long you plan to keep their coat. Poodle coats can easily mat if not cared for properly.

It is extremely important for Poodle owners to brush their dogs regularly at home and educate themselves on how to care for this unique coat type.

Eyes: You will need to trim the fur around your poodles eyes to avoid irritation and eye infections. Lighter colored Poodles can also get reddish tear stains around their eyes if the fur is not properly trimmed. This can also be caused by some environmental allergies.

Ears: The hair inside the ears of a poodle should be also be trimmed or plucked to avoid moisture getting trapped and causing ear infections. Check inside your poodle’s ears for any signs of redness or swelling. Watch for brown waxy debris or bad odour, which could be signs of an ear infection or yeast.

Mouth: Your poodle’s teeth should be pearly white and clean of tartar. Make a habit of brushing your poodle’s teeth with a canine toothpaste and brush as part of your twice weekly grooming routine. Regular gentle brushing reduces tartar build up and promotes healthy teeth and gums. Be sure to know what your poodles normal gum color is – very pale gums could be a sign of health problems and should be reported to your vet asap.

Body and Weight: Run your hands over the full length of your poodle’s body and feel for any unusual lumps or areas of the body that are tender to touch.

Keep a mental note of weight gain or loss which can be felt according to how hard you need to press to feel the ribs. You should be able to see your Poodle’s waist when looking at them from above. If you can’t see an indention where their waist should be then your Poodle is probably overweight.

Overweight Poodles can develop serious joint problems like hip dysplasia. This is a serious and painful disease you can help them avoid by keeping them in peak physical condition with a proper diet and exercise.

More about the Poodle Coat:

Whether you own a Moyen, Standard, Miniature, or a Toy Poodle..  there is one aspect of this breed that is present across all sizes: the unique coat.

In most other breeds, the hair follicle contains both a long primary hair and multiple fine secondary hairs. A poodle’s coat is composed of 80% secondary hairs. This gives the coat the appearance of “puppy hair.” Another distinct characteristic of the poodle’s hair is the shape of the individual strands. They take on a “curly” appearance because they contain high concentrations of sulfur-containing amino acids.

To provide the specialized care to keep this coat looking its best, routine grooming and good nutrition are essential. Regular coat clipping helps promote the health of the skin. Many breeders clip the hair at least once each month. We recommend brushing your poodle every day if it has long hair and weekly if it has short hair.

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