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Everything You Need To Know About Moyen Poodle Breed

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Last Updated - May 30, 2023

Moyen Poodle, also known as Klein Poodle, French Poodle, Chien Canne, or Canniche, is a medium size Poodle. They are between Standard Poodles and Miniature Poodles. This breed has been popular across Europe for a long time, and it's for good reasons too.

The classic curly coat and fluffy Moyen Poodle are irresistibly cute. Smart, cuddly and hardy, Moyen Poodles has all the lovable qualities of a Poodle that make the breed so popular. They make great family dogs and are used as service or therapy dogs, and they are also great small apartment living and even recreational vehicle living breeds.

So, is the Moyen Poodle for you? 

Breed Characteristics


Apartment Living

How easily a dog deals with living in an apartment. Despite the dog's size, you should also consider energy level, calmness, and friendliness.

Being Alone

Some breeds bond very closely with their family and are more prone to panic and separation anxiety when left alone. When left alone, they can become very destructive, bark, whine, chew and cause mayhem. These breeds do best in a home with a family member around during the day, can go to work with their owner, or recommend attending doggy day care if the owner is not home during the day.

Sensitivity Level

Low sensitivity dogs are easygoing, tolerant, and resilient. They can handle a noisy and chaotic household, a loud or assertive owner, and tolerate an inconsistent or variable routine.

Tolerate Cold Climate

Short coat and little to no coat breeds are vulnerable to cold climates. These breeds will have a low cold tolerance and need to live inside in a cool climate and should have a jacket or sweater on for chilly walks.

Tolerate Warm Climate

Breeds with a thick and double coat are vulnerable to overheating. Breeds with a short nose and flat face are also vulnerable as they can't pant as well to cool themselves off. If these breeds of dog live in a warm and humid environment, you will need to be extra cautious about taking them outdoor in the heat.


Cat Friendly

Friendliness towards cats and humans is very different. Some breeds are gentle and accept cats readily as part of the family. Some breeds will chase, fight, or rough play with a cat and cause severe injury. However, no matter the breed, proper socialization, and training can improve the situation.

Dog Friendly

Friendliness towards other dogs. Some dogs may try to dominate other dogs and attack and fight, while others would rather play. However, no matter the breed, proper socialization, and training can improve the situation.

Family Friendly

How affectionate a breed is likely to be with family members or other people he knows well. Some breeds are independent, some breeds can be aloof with everyone but their owner, while others treat everyone they know like it's their best friend.
Breed, however, isn't the only factor affecting affection levels. Proper socialization and training can improve the situation.

Kid Friendly

Kid-friendly dogs should be gentle with children, be more tolerant of screaming and running children as well as other children's behavior.

Openness To Strangers

How welcoming a breed is likely to be towards strangers. Some dogs will greet a stranger with wagging tails, while others are shy, reserved, cautious, or aggressive. However, no matter the breed, proper socialization, and training can improve the situation. 

Health And Grooming

Coat Grooming Frequency

Amount of bathing, brushing, trimming, and professional grooming needs. Consider how much time, patience, and budget you have for this type of care when looking at the grooming effort needed. All breeds require regular nail trimming.

Drooling Level

Drool-prone dogs may drape ropes of slobber on your arm or wet spots on your clothes when they come over to say hello. If you've got a laid-back attitude toward slobber, fine. But if you are a neat freak, dogs that are drool prone may not be the right choice for you.

General Health

Due to poor breeding practices, some breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems. However, this doesn't mean that every dog of that breed will develop those diseases, and it just means that they're at an increased risk.
If you're adopting or rescuing a puppy, it's a good idea to find out which genetic illnesses are common to the breed you're interested in. You may also want to ask if your shelter or rescue has information about the physical health of your potential pup's parents and other relatives.
If you are purchasing from a breeder, be sure to do your research. Purchase from a reputable breeder and ask for the parent's health records to understand what potential health issue your pup may have.

Shedding Level

Amount and frequency of dog hair shedding.

If you are getting a dog, you'll need to deal with some level of dog hair on your clothes and in your house. However, shedding does vary greatly among the breeds. Some dogs shed year-round, some "blow" seasonally, some do both, and some shed hardly at all. 


Easy To Train

Easy-to-train dogs are more adept at forming an association between a prompt, an action, and a reward (such as treats, appraise, or toys). Other dogs need more time, patience, and repetition during training.


Dogs bred for jobs requiring decision-making, intelligence, and concentration, need to exercise their brains. Such as, dogs bred to run all day need to exercise their bodies. If they don't get the mental stimulation they need, they can become destructive and exhibit behaviors such as digging and chewing. Obedience training and interactive dog toys are good ways to give a dog a brain workout, as are dog sports and careers, such as agility and search and rescue.

Potential To Mouthiness

Common in most breeds during the puppy stage. Mouthiness means a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite (a soft, fairly painless bite that doesn't puncture the skin). Mouthy dogs are more likely to use their mouths to hold or "herd" their human family members, and they need the training to learn that it's fine to gnaw on chew toys but not on people. Mouthy breeds tend to really enjoy squeaky toys, as well as a good chew on a toy that's been stuffed with kibble and treats.

Prey Drive

Dogs who were bred to hunt have an inborn desire to chase--and sometimes kill. Anything whizzing by, such as cats, squirrels, or rabbits, can trigger that instinct. Dogs who like to chase need to be leashed or kept in a fenced area when outdoors, and you'll need a high, secure fence in your yard. These breeds generally aren't a good fit for homes with smaller pets that can look like prey, such as cats, hamsters, or small animals. Breeds that were originally used for bird hunting, on the other hand, generally won't chase. But you'll probably have difficulty getting their attention when birds fly by.

Bark Or Howl Tendencies

Some breeds are more vocal than others. When choosing a breed, think about how often the dog vocalizes with barks or howls. While some breeds will bark at every passing bird, some may use other sounds to express themselves.

Physical And Mental Needs

Energy Level

The amount of physical and mental stimulation a breed needs. High-energy breeds are ready to go and eager for their next adventure. Low-energy breeds are like couch potatoes - they're happy to lay around and sleep.

Exercise Needs

Some breeds do fine with a slow evening stroll around the block. Others need daily, vigorous exercise, especially those originally bred for physically demanding jobs, like herding or hunting.

Mental Stimulation

How much mental stimulation a breed needs to stay happy and healthy. Purpose-bred dogs can have jobs that require decision-making, problem-solving, concentration, or other qualities. Without the brain exercise they need, they can be destructive and have unwanted behavior issues.


A dog's inclination to be protective of his family members, home, yard, or even car.

Watchdog Ability

A breed's tendency to alert you that strangers are around. These breeds are more likely to react to any potential threat, whether it's the mailman or a squirrel outside the window.

Origin of Moyen Poodles

The origin of the Moyen Poodle is not known exactly. They would have begun to be seen around the same time that poodles became popular pets for French royalty, but the exact date is unknown. Poodles have a long history, beginning in Germany somewhere in the 14th century as hunting retrievers and water dogs. Moyen Poodles are often called Klein Poodles in Germany.

The word "poodle" comes from the German word "puddeln," which is the German word that means "splashing in the water." By the end of the 15th century, the breed had come to France, where they became the favored pets of royalty. Their popularity only grew from there, and they have since spread worldwide to become one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

"Moyen" comes from the French word for medium, and that is what a Moyen Poodle is, a medium-sized poodle, something between a Standard size poodle and a miniature poodle.

Moyen Poodles are purebred poodles that come from breeding a miniature and Standard Poodle or by breeding two Moyen Poodles. A breeder should never breed a standard Poodle with Miniature Poodle to get Moyen Poodle puppies, as they will develop structural problems.

The Moyen Poodle size is not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs, including the AKC (American Kennel Club), the KC (Kennel Club), the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), or the UKC (United Kennel Club). However, they are recognized as purebred poodles and can be registered. They can compete in performance sports like agility or tracking but cannot compete for showing since they do not meet the size requirements of the three recognized poodle sizes. 


Height: 15-20"

Weight: 20-35 lbs


Height: 15-20"

Weight: 15-35 lbs

Life Span: 12-15

Breed Group: Non-sport


Moyen Poodle weight for an adult is between 15 and 35 pounds and reaches heights between 15 and 20 inches, making them a medium size dog breed.


Moyen poodles have all the same personality traits as Standard Poodles. They are smart, lovable, friendly, active, loyal, and fun-loving. These winning personalities are part of what makes them such beloved and versatile pets. They are obedient, well-mannered, and social, margin them easy to bring along into your daily life.


Moyen Poodles have a single-layer coat of dense, curly hair. This hair can come in a number of colors, including black, white, grey, silver, blue, brown, cream, apricot, and red. They are of medium height and carry themselves very much like full-sized Poodle. They have long faces, floppy ears, and dark eyes. 


The Moyen Poodle temperament mixed with the medium poodle size makes Moyen Poodles a great pet choice for almost anyone. They are cuddly, friendly, and lovable but energetic enough to keep you busy without being high maintenance. They make great family dogs or dogs for seniors. They excel in service and as therapy dogs, and their hypoallergenic coat means they can be a good choice for dog lovers who may have a dog allergy. 

Moyen poodle sitting down

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Diet/Nutritional Needs

Moyen Poodles have normal dietary needs and need quality dog food fed in measured portions twice a day. The amount of food will depend largely on your dog's age, size, activity level, and general health. Your vet can help you determine the best type of food and quantity for your Poodle. Treats and table scraps should be kept to a minimum to prevent obesity.

Activity/Exercise Needs

The Moyen poodle's exercise needs are moderate. They will need daily activities of some sort but love variety and will enjoy keeping up with their people.

Moyen enjoys walks, hiking, jogging, water sports, dog sports like tracking or agility, trick training, and more. Moyen Poodles will thrive in homes with a big backyard and will love dog parks if they are properly trained and socialized.

As an intelligent breed, Moyen Poodles will also need mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Games like fetch and hide and seek work great, and puzzle toys can keep them entertained for hours.

Grooming Needs

You may wonder are Moyen Poodles Moyen poodles hypoallergenic? Like all poodles, they have a very low shed coat, making them hypoallergenic and pretty easy to groom. They are a great dog breed for people with pet allergies.

Moyen Poodle should still be brushed several times a week, especially if they have longer coats, but this is just to prevent tangling and mats. They can be groomed and clipped in much shorter hairstyles which can cut down on the amount of time you have to brush them, but they will have to be clipped more often to keep them looking smart.

Nails should be kept trimmed short, and you should periodically examine their ears to check for debris, irritation, or infection.


Due to their size, these dogs can fit almost any lifestyle easily. They make great apartment dogs, though they can be moderate barkers which could annoy neighbors. They are adaptable in all kinds of climates, though care should be taken in colder seasons if you keep your Poodle's coat clipped short.

Like most dogs, Moyen Poodle does not do well when left for long periods on their own and can become destructive or anxious. Try not to leave your dog for long amounts of time, and supply puzzle toys to keep their minds occupied while you are away.

Moyen Poodles are great with kids and can be taught to get along well with other dog breeds and pets. Some will say they are the most obedient and smartest dogs with playful enthusiasm and adventurous spirit, making them a great addition to any family.

Trainability of Moyen Poodle Puppies

Because they are smart and love to please their owners, a Moyen puppy is quite easy to train. They can sometimes be a bit prone to stubbornness and are quite sensitive, so positive reinforcement is a must.

They can be trained throughout their lives as they can excel in sports like agility, tracking, retrieval, and obedience. They are easily distracted, so you must be patient and keep training sessions short while your Moyen poodle is a puppy. Training Moyen Poodles and socialization should start early with your Moyen Poodle puppy to ensure that it adjusts quickly and learns how to behave in public and social settings. 

Life Expectancy

A relatively healthy Moyen poodle will have a life expectancy of 12-15 years. 


Depending on the breeder, Moyen Poodles cost, on average, $2000. If you are considering using a breeder, do your research and go with reputable breeders. A breeder should never breed a Toy Poodle with a Standard Poodle to produce a medium-sized Moyen Poodle, as the offering may have serious structural problems.

If possible, check out the shelter or rescue groups first.

Moyen poodle lying on a bed

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Potential Health Issues

Picking the right breeders can be the difference between a healthy Moyen Poodle or a poodle who will be riddled with hereditary conditions. The healthiest Moyen Poodles come from European poodles. This is because this medium size has a much longer history in Europe, where they have been intentionally breeding Moyen Poodles for the best possible health and temperament. 

Hip Dysplasia

This is a heredity condition that results in the malformation of a poodle's joints that can begin as early as puppyhood. 

Eye Disorders

A few of the most common eye disorders seen in Moyen Poodles include—


This is caused by insufficient fluid drainage in the eye, which can progress very quickly. It can often lead to the optical nerve and retinal damage and the dog losing its vision.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

This is a degenerative disease that affects photoreceptor cells. With this disease, the cell will deteriorate over time and lead to blindness.

Tear Staining

Tear stains can be a result of excessive tear production. Tear stains are common, but some dogs produce too many tears or have the inability for tears to drain properly.

Optic Nerve Hypoplasia

This condition affects the optic nerves and leads to a variable degree of vision reduction or blindness.


This is when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, which is caused by the changes in water balance in the lens or protein within the lens. When the lens becomes cloudy, the light can't reach the retina and cause blindness in the dog.

Von Willebrand's Disease

This bleeding disease affects the blood's ability to clot properly. The condition can be managed, but it is a lifelong condition.

Luxating Patella

A luxated patella is where the knee cap dislocates out of its normal position and becomes misaligned. Conservative medicine to surgery is available, depending on the grade of the disease.


This is a condition where gas builds up in the stomach, causing it to twist out of shape and keep any food from entering or leaving the stomach. To prevent this, give your dog small portion meals, a slow feeder, or an automatic feeder to feed small meals throughout the day.

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About the Author

Doctor of veterinary medicine with extensive experience in animal welfare with a strong interest in feline medicine and plans to pursue ABVP-Feline specialty board certification. A key member of many local veterinary associations and avid reader of animal related science journals and studies.

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