A “Moyen Poodle,” also known as a “Klein Poodle” or “Medium Poodle,” is a size variety of the Poodle breed. The word “moyen” is a French term that translates to “medium,” reflecting the size category of this type of Poodle. Moyen Poodles are smaller than Standard Poodles but larger than Miniature Poodles. While not officially recognized by major kennel clubs like the American Kennel Club (AKC) or the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), the term “Moyen Poodle” is used informally to describe Poodles that fall within a specific size range.
The size classification of a Moyen Poodle typically falls between that of a Miniature Poodle and a Standard Poodle. Their size can vary, but they generally stand about 15 to 20 inches (38 to 51 cm) tall at the shoulder and weigh around 20 to 35 pounds (9 to 16 kg).
Moyen Poodles share many of the same characteristics as their smaller and larger counterparts:
- Coat: They have the iconic Poodle coat that is dense, curly, and hypoallergenic. Poodles do not shed much and are often considered more suitable for individuals with allergies.
- Intelligence: Poodles are known for their high level of intelligence and problem-solving abilities. They excel in various canine activities, including obedience, agility, and even service work.
- Temperament: Moyen Poodles typically exhibit the same adaptable, friendly, and people-oriented nature that is characteristic of the breed. They are often well-suited for families and can get along well with children and other pets.
- Training: Due to their intelligence and eagerness to please, Moyen Poodles are highly trainable. Positive reinforcement methods and mental stimulation are key components of their training.
- Exercise: Like all Poodles, Moyen Poodles have moderate exercise needs. Regular walks, playtime, and mental challenges keep them happy and healthy.
It’s important to note that while the term “Moyen Poodle” is recognized and used in some circles, it is not an officially recognized size variety by all kennel clubs. If you’re considering adopting a Moyen Poodle, be sure to research breeders who prioritize the health and well-being of their dogs, regardless of size.