Fun facts about miniature poodles

Miniature poodles are a popular breed of dog known for their intelligence, trainability, and affectionate personality. They love to be the centre of attention, so families with older children, seniors, and adults who live on their own may appreciate this toy dog in their homes.


Mini poodles were initially bred to be performers and were popular acts at the circus.

A natural extrovert, they love to chat - so there may be no need to worry if they bark at the postman, they’re probably just saying ‘hello.’ 

As social creatures, they’re happiest running around and interacting with other dogs and humans.

What does John Lewis Pet Insurance include?

Pet insurance could give you peace of mind if your miniature poodle were to become unwell. John Lewis Pet Insurance offers six different Vet Fee cover levels, ranging from £2,000 - £12,000 per year.


Our Pet Insurance includes:


Annual Online Health Checks

Provided by vetfone™, one of the UK’s most trusted pet advice services, who can help you to spot any potential health issues. This is a service to complement your normal annual physical check up with your vet.


Lifetime Cover 

If your pet develops a long-term, chronic illness, there’s no limit to the length of treatment as long as there’s no break in your cover.

Learn about our Lifetime Cover

24/7 vetfone™ helpline

Around the clock access to fully trained veterinary nurses to get the advice and reassurance you need, when you need it.


Dental treatment

Our comprehensive cover provides routine treatments and emergency care, ranging from tooth decay and gum disease to post-illness teeth removal.*


Treatment foods

If prescribed by your vet, we could pay up to £300 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.


Complementary therapies

Whether carried out by your vet or by a specialist under your vet’s direction, we could pay up to £1,500 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.


Behavioural treatment

If your vet suggests some behaviour training, we could pay up to £300 per policy year. Cover forms part of vet fees.

*For dental care up to your chosen Vet Fee limit. If your pet has a dental check every 12 months: once it has had its first check and your vet has done any necessary work, should your pet suffer from tooth decay or gum disease before the next 12-month check, or if tooth decay or gum disease are seen at the time of the next check, we pay. If your pet doesn’t have a check every 12 months, or if the work required is not done, we will only pay; 

1) For teeth or gums if they are damaged in an accident,

2) If an underlying illness causes tooth decay or gum disease, or

3) To remove teeth as treatment of an illness which is not gum disease or tooth decay.

Average treatment costs

Like all dogs, miniature poodles are susceptible to certain health concerns. With pet insurance, you can feel more at ease knowing that if something were to happen to your mini poodle, it may be covered. 


We’ve put together a list of common claims made for miniature poodles at John Lewis Pet Insurance from January 2021 - February 2023:

Condition Average cost with
John Lewis Pet Insurance
Poisoning £451.43
Lump £764.39
Gastric condition £779.94
Vomiting £485.57
Gastro-enteritis £679.63
Ear condition £527.06
Urinary condition £425.03
Skin allergy £1,047.13
Epilepsy / fitting / seizure £1,669.63
Wound £433.56

95% of all Pet Insurance claims through John Lewis Pet Insurance were paid within 5 days between May 2023 and October 2023.


On average, mini poodles can live up to 13-15 years if they live a relatively healthy lifestyle. A good diet, plenty of exercise and regular check-ups may help prevent illnesses and give them a better chance of a long and happy life.

Generally, mini poodles are considered to be a healthy breed. According to the Kennel Club, miniature poodles are listed as ‘Category 1 Breeds’. This means there are no points of concern or need for special attention for their health.

While mini poodles don’t have many major health concerns, it’s still important to monitor your dog’s physical health. Be sure to keep an eye on any symptoms or unusual behaviour, especially as they get older.

Mini poodles are known to be an intelligent breed who can be trained. However, as with all breeds, you’ll likely have better results if you train your pooch while they’re still young. Training older mini poodles may require hiring an expert dog trainer or an owner with previous experience.

This article is for promotion or information purposes only. You must not rely on it for advice.

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