Moyen Poodle (The Definitive Guide)

You want to know more about the Moyen Poodle, but there aren't many places on the internet with information about them!

Look no further! This article will answer your questions.

Would you like to learn what makes a Poodle defined as a Moyen? Want to know what differentiates them from their neighbors, the Miniature and Standard Poodle?

In this article you're going to learn:

•What is a Moyen Poodle
•The meaning of the word Moyen and Poodle
•The Moyen Poodle origin and other names
•Their size, height, lifespan, and weight
•How to train them effectively
•The different types of clips
•How to deal with potty training accidents

And a lot more! Keep reading!

Standard or Moyen Poodle

What is a Moyen Poodle?

Moyen means medium.
The Moyen Poodle is the 4th size of the Poodle breed and is not as small as the Miniature Poodle, and is not as tall as the Standard Poodle.

In the US and in the UK, Poodles are categorized into 3 sizes:
•The toy Poodle (under 10 inches)
•The miniature Poodle (10-15 inches)
•The standard Poodle (over 15 inches).

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Kennel Club UK doesn't recognize the Moyen as a distinct size, but the International Poodle Standard (FCI) recognizes a size in between the Miniature and the Standard poodle. That's the Moyen poodle.

The Moyen Poodle has French origin, but they're called by the rest of Europe as Kleins.

Moyen Poodle vs Standard Poodle

There is a huge gap between the Miniature and Standard Poodle when it comes to size. And the Klein/ Moyen Poodle fills in that gap.

If you put one Moyen and one Standard Poodle one next to the other, the only main difference you'll find is their size.


Standard poodles are generally 25-30 inches tall.
The Moyen, however, grows up to be about 15-20 inches at the shoulder.


When it comes to behavior, the Moyen Poodle is just like any other Poodle:
Highly intelligent and family friendly.


Both the Standard as the Moyen Poodle have water resistant, curly coats and come in many colors such as apricot, white, black, grey, etc.


The skull of the Moyen is moderately rounded and has a definite stop.
They have an intelligent and alert expression and ears folded over close to the head, slightly below the level of the eye.

Here are other similarities between the Moyen and Standard Poodle:
•They can come in both patterns or solid colors.
•Both have long muzzles, floppy, flat ears covered in wavy hair.
•They generally have oval black or brown eyes widely set apart.
•They tend to be aloof with strangers but get along fine with children and other pets.

Take a look at the information below to get an overall idea of the two types of Poodle:

Standard Poodle

Dog breed group: Companion dog
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Height: Over 15 inches
Weight: 60 to 70 pounds (male) 40-50 pounds (female)
Colors: Brown, white, black, apricot, silver

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

Moyen Poodle

Dog breed group: Companion dog
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Height: 14 to 18 inches (35 to 45 cm)
Weight: 20-30 pounds (9-13 kg.)
Colors: Brown, white, black, apricot, silver

Moyen Poodle

Moyen Poodle

Moyen Poodle Temperament

If you have a Moyen Poodle you are in big advantage, my friend!
They are one of the most obedient and intelligent dogs.

Their easy temperament makes them the perfect pet for adoption, but this intelligence sometimes translates into stubbornness.

That's why teaching him good manners through training is so important.

Like any other Poodle, the Moyen Poodle will need an outlet to burn off his energy despite his high class mystique.

Take him for long walks, play Freebie, take him hiking and he'll thank you.

They are really good with children and other dogs.
Their reserved behavior around strangers can be solved with early socialization.

What is considered a Moyen Poodle?

In order to be considered a Moyen Poodle, your dog must meet the following requirements
- They must have a weight of between 18 and 32 pounds.
- They must be 15 to 20 inches tall on the shoulders.

Red Moyen Poodle

What's in The Name?

Moyen Poodles love water and it's in their name.
"Poodle" means puddle jumper in German.

Bird Dogs

When people think about bird dogs they usually think of Labrador Retrievers, Vizla, Golden Retrievers or English Springer Spaniels, but, Poodles are also great dogs to take birding.

Funny Dog

This breed loves to please and to show owners they know what is being asked of them.
Their comical character has even made Poodles once be used as circus dogs.

Favorite Hobbies

Their favorite activities are retrieving, swimming, agility training, and learning fun tricks.

Moyen Poodle Appearance

Basically, the only difference between the Moyen and the Miniature and Standard Poodle is their size, which makes them look similar in appearance.

The Moyen Poodle usually has their skin pigmented the color of their coat. They have a distinguished, rectilinear head in proportion to the body and may have a corded or curly hair coat , the curly being a harsh natural texture.

Moyen Poodle Training

Poodles are easy to train due to their high intelligence.

When training your Moyen Poodle, stay away from harsh methods that use prong collars, choke chains and the use of force.
This will only traumatize your furry friend and will destroy the relationship you've worked so hard to build.

Instead, use positive reinforcement methods such as clicker training or any rewards-based training methods that have been scientifically proven to work.

Training your pooch will prevent behavioral issues and you enable you to have pleasurable moments with your dog.

What Should You Train?

These types of training are essential for your Moyen Poodle:
•Obedience training
•Crate training


Start potty training your Moyen puppy from DAY ONE.

You WILL have to deal with accidents so make sure to have the essential material to clean up afterward.

If you don't have, here is a simple but effective recipe to spray on the spot your dog urinated.

You will need:
1 cup of water
1 cup of vinegar
1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda

How to use:
Mix them into a spray bottle.

Soak up as much of the urine as possible with paper towel.

Spray it on the spot and leave it there for a while. Come back and soak up the substance with a paper towel and vacuum to remove any residue.

How it works:
The water and vinegar remove the urine while the baking soda neutralizes and deodorizes the spot.

Obedience training

Obedience training is teaching your dog basic manners to behave around the house, around others and when on walks.

Common commands are sit, down, stay, come (the most important one), leave it, drop it and walking on a loose leash.

You can also teach your dog a few fun tricks o impress others such as high five, play dead or spin.

Crate training

Crate training is very important for your dog to feel secure wherever he goes.

A crate acts as a dog's natural den and when introduced and conditioned properly your dog will love his crate and it will be a great tool when traveling.


Socialization is crucial for any dog and especially for the Moyen Poodle, if you don't want to have a shy dog around strangers.

Make sure to associate cars, people, skaters, buses, other dogs and new environments with positive things.

Every time your dog encounters a dog or someone new, give him his favorite treat.

Of course socializing your dog involves more than that, but that's a good way for him to start associating the outside world as a happy and safe place.

Leash Training

One of the main challenges Poodle owners face is getting their dogs to walk nicely on leash. This is hard for Poodles, but not impossible.

You can even train him not to pull on the leash without treats and without going for harsh methods.

Every time your dog pulls, stop abruptly and be a tree. He will likely pull harder, wait patiently until the leash gets loose again, take a couple of steps back and move forward.

Do this every time he tenses the leash. Soon he will learn that to keep walking he'll have to keep the leash loose.

Important Training Tips

Always end on a good note.
Even if you have to lower the difficulty level for your dog to succeed.

This will make him feel confident.Don't train when you're in a negative mood.
Are you angry, stressed or anxious?

Put away the clicker and treats and start training again when you're in a better mood.

Dogs notice our emotions and when in a negative state of mind we are more likely to focus on the dog's mistakes and get mad at them.

Train him in short bursts.
Especially at the beginning stages of training or with a puppy, it's important to keep training sessions short, just 5 to 10 repetitions and that's enough.

Come back again after lunch and work on a certain behavior for more 2 to 5 minutes.
This is good for both you and the dog, because you will have the time to train him even during your lunch break or during a commercial.

So remember: Small and frequent sessions.Always make training fun.
Use toys in between training sessions and give your dog lots of praise, be patient with him and never yell, scold or punish him.

Instead, ignore inappropriate behavior.
These tips will make your training sessions be a success and your Moyen will always look forward to it.

Moyen Poodle Puppy

Moyen Poodle Puppy

Moyen Poodle Health

The Moyen Poodle doesn't have a particular health problem specific only to his breed. However it is good to aware of common health concerns of the Poodle in general.

They are generally healthy but may include: Distichiasis, glaucoma, cataract, entropion, lacrimal duct atresia and other major concerns such as trichiasis, epilepsy and patellar luxation. (source)

If you are a getting a Moyen puppy, make sure to this from a reputable breeder who has all the health records of their parents.

Many Poodles are notorious to getting cataracts and they appear as early a 3 years old. Cataracts may lead to blindness and many Poodles are blind at the time of their death.

They are also known to suffer from many allergies, but this is probably due to all the chemicals people use to hold their color and the frequent baths they take.

Moyen Poodle Grooming

Clip your Poodle every 5 to 8 weeks and bathe them regularly.

Make sure he is comfortable with having the different parts of his body being handled and check his ears for mites and wax.

Make sure to pull out the hair inside their ear canal.

The coat needs to be clipped because they typically don't shed.

There are several types of clips for Poodles.
These are the most popular ones:
•Puppy clip
•Pet clip
•Lamb clip
•English saddle
•Continental clips

Continental Clip

The Continental clip is used for shows and it's where the rear half of the body is shaved, pom-poms are left on the tails and bracelets around the ankles.

Puppy Clip

The American Kennel Club allows for puppies under a year old to present with the show-style Puppy clip with a pom-pom at the end of the tail being one of the requirements.

There are other less popular poodle clips such as the Modified Continental clip, Kennel clip, Town or Country clip and the Miami of Bikini clip.

Moyen Poodle Hair cut


Moyen Poodles shed little to no hair and are ideal for people with allergy issues.

Moyen means medium and these Poodles are in between the Miniature and Standard Poodle in size.

They are great friends with children and other pets, and are the perfect choice for families looking to adopt a dog.

There are many activities you can do with your Moyen and many clip styles.

Their highly intelligent brains make them one of the most intelligent and obedient dogs.

What do you like the most about the Moyen Poodle?
Their cute look, their playfulness and friendliness?

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