Miniature Poodle Growth Chart & Weight Calculator

Do you have a Miniature pup and wonder how tall he or she will grow? Our growth calculator and charts will predict your dog’s adult weight. Simply put in your pup’s weight and age into our calculator and we will estimate the adult size!

Miniature Poodle Weight Calculator & Growth Chart

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How big will my Miniature Poodle get?

The American Kennel Club gives the following size range for adult Miniature Poodles:

  • 10-15 inches at the shoulder
  • 10-15 pounds heavy

Miniature Poodles are the medium-sized of the three Poodles types. There are also Standard Poodles at around 20-24 inches and Toy Poodles who are less than 10 inches tall. 

While the original Standard Poodle is a hard working water retriever, its smaller cousins are first and foremost companion animals.

They were purposefully bred down in size to become dogs that are easy to keep in apartments and big cities. Miniature and Toy Poodles became popular in the early 20th century and have been beloved pets ever since.

Is a Miniature Poodle a small or medium sized dog?

The Miniature Poodle is a small dog. Some individual dogs of the breed might get as tall as 15 inches and reach up to their owner’s knee. They are very delicate and light-boned little dogs.

It is important to consider a Miniature Poodle’s small size when planning to get a puppy of this breed.


  • Your Miniature Poodle should not be left outside unsupervised. Small dogs have many predators such as raptors or coyotes.
  • Your Miniature Poodle should be kept together with other small dogs. If you own large dogs, they must not be left unsupervised with your Miniature Poodle or they could hurt him (albeit unintentionally.
  • Kids must not pick up and carry your Mini Poodle around. He could get seriously injured if dropped. 
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How big do crosses get?

If you own a Mini Poodle cross, his adult size will be determined by the size of both parents.

Weight and height is largely genetic. However: It is not always passed on directly from one generation to the other. This means that crossing a Mini Poodle with e.g. a Golden Retriever can result in a tall Miniature Goldendoodle. If this dog is then crossed back to a Miniature Poodle, the size of the F1B Miniature Goldendoodle generation might be a lot smaller.

Size and weight can jump one or several generations and pop up randomly later on. It could be that one especially small Mini Poodle produces regular-sized children and grandchildren and very small great-grandchildren.

Factors influencing Mini Poodle Growth

Your Mini Poodle’s size is unrelated to his coat color. Whether you have a black, apricot, white or parti-colored dog will not affect his final size.

The time of spaying or neutering your Miniature Poodle can make a small difference when it comes to adult weight and height.

  • Spaying or neutering early lets dogs grow slightly larger. This is because their growth plates close a bit later than they usually would.
  • Delaying a spay or neuter until after 12-24 months lets Miniature Poodles be a bit heavier. The hormones produced by after maturity cause the dog’s chest to broaden and additionals muscles to develop.

These changes should not make up for more than 1.5 inches in height or a maximum of 3 pounds in weight.

If your Miniature Poodle is suffering from intestinal parasites, his growth may be stunted. Luckily, as soon as this is taken care off by a vet the dogs typically recover quickly and catch up on their growth.

Which size Poodle should you get?

If you are trying to decide which Poodle will be the best fit for you, here are some factors to consider:

  • If you are looking for an athletic dog that you can take on hiking and backpacking trips, a Standard Poodle may be your best fit.
  • If you want to have a companion animal that stays small, a Miniature or Toy Poodle is best.
  • If you live in an apartment or do not have a yard, a Miniature or Toy Poodle fits the bill.
  • If you want to take your Poodle duck hunting, you need a Standard Poodle!
  • If you do not enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors exercising, pick a Toy Poodle.
  • If you do not enjoy spending a lot of time brushing a large Poodle, choose a Toy Poodle.
  • If you want to try out a dog sport such as agility, any size of Poodle will be great!

You should always consider your current dogs’ size before adding another dog to your household. If you already have small dogs, a Miniature Poodle will have the right size to fit in well.

Also pay attention to your health and physical ability. If your health has not been the best or are not able to move well, then you should not get a large breed dog. They might be much more likely to pull you over during leash walking or when they jump on you.

For many retired couples looking for a companion dog, a Miniature Poodle has the perfect size!