What Is the Life Span of a Miniature Poodle?

By Cindy Quarters

Poodles come in sizes: toy, miniature, and standard varieties. Toy poodles are those that are 10 inches at the shoulder or shorter, miniatures are over 10 inches but under 15 inches at the shoulder, and standard poodles stand 15 inches or more at the shoulder. Poodles are active, intelligent dogs that make excellent companions for people of all ages, but their constantly growing coats require a great deal of care to keep them in good condition.

Miniature Poodle’s Life Span

In general, a well-cared-for miniature poodle lives longer than an equally well-cared-for standard poodle. Life span for healthy standards average 12 to 15 years. Life spans for miniatures and toys are about 14 to 17 years, and some have lived to 20 years and beyond.

Lengthening Longevity

Proper diet, regular grooming and plenty of exercise can help poodles to realize their full potential and live long, healthy lives. Regular veterinary care helps as well, such as keeping up to date on shots and using heartworm preventive. As with any breed, things can go wrong with poodles that may cause them to have shorter life spans than average, but some live much longer than average.