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Moyen Poodle: What makes them different?

Moyen Poodle: What makes them different?
Moyen Poodle

Moyen Poodle. It sounds kind of French, doesn’t it? That’s because it is French! Moyen means medium in French.

So, the Moyen is a medium-sized poodle! We have the standard poodle, the mini poodle. And the size between those two is a Moyen.

In this article, we’re going to learn more about this poodle. We’re going to learn about their nature, needs, and how to take care of them.

Moyen Poodle

To better explain the difference between Poodles let’s take a look at their size.

First, the Moyen Poodle is between 15 and 20 inches tall. They weigh between 20 and 30 pounds.

Secondly, a standard poodle is between 24 and 27 inches tall and 50 to 70 pounds heavy.

Thirdly, a miniature poodle is between 10 to 15 inches tall, and 10 and 20 pounds heavy.

As you can see, there is a difference between them. Below is a picture that shows the size difference between poodles better.

Size difference between poodles

Now we know that there is a significant size difference between poodles. But are there any other differences? Do they have the same nature? The same needs?

How they look

How does a Moyen look like? Do these poodles look the same as the standard sized? Yes, they do! All poodles look almost the same. The only difference is in their size.

The Kleinpoodle has a straight muzzle and dark eyes. Their ears fold over close to their head.

While the American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize them as a breed, they are one. A Moyen poodle is a purebred poodle.

How could they not be? They are a result of breeding a standard poodle with a mini poodle!

According to many people these dogs are the perfect size. They have all the great characteristics of a poodle, but in the right size. Not too small, not too large.

They are big enough to play around. But they are small enough for a flat.


The Moyen has a curly coat. They have the same colors every other poodle has. They can be one color or more colors. For example a mix of three colors.

A Moyen Poodle’s coat colors can include:

  • Black
  • White
  • Brown
  • Grey
  • Red
  • Silver
  • Cream
  • Apricot
  • Silver Beige

Moyens are hypoallergenic dogs. This means they won’t cause an allergic reaction.

Because of this, their curls don’t let any hair fall out. So, this is why it’s important to brush them regularly. You don’t want their coat to mat.


If you’re not already in love with the Moyen, after reading this you will be! Let’s take a look at their nature. How they are.

The medium poodle is playful and has a lot of energy. So they will love runs, hikes, and long walks.

They are very smart. They actually rank second on the list of the most intelligent dogs. This means they are trainable dogs.

Moyen poodles are also very obedient. So, they will do as you say. They want to please you.

They love being the center of attention and act like clowns. One thing is sure, there won’t be a dull moment with them.

One bad trait they have is that they are very stubborn. So they need a firm leader. Someone who will let them know who the boss is.

But, that doesn’t mean they don’t like cuddles! These poodles love to be loved! One of their favorite activities is cuddling!


Moyen poodles have a lifespan of 12 and 15 years and are healthy dogs. But, like any other breed they can experience some health issues.

Firstly, minor issues:

  • entropion,
  • distichiasis,
  • cataract,
  • glaucoma,
  • lacrimal duct atresia

Secondly, major health issues:

  • progressive retinal atrophy,
  • trichiasis,
  • epilepsy,
  • Legg Perthes disease,
  • patellar luxation

This is why it’s important to buy your poodle from a good breeder. Find someone you can trust. Also, find someone who will have all the needed health documentation. It’s good to have information on the parents too.

So, know who you’re buying from. There are so many people who only want the money. Who don’t care about the dogs.


Lastly, we need to talk about their cost. Moyen poodles are very expensive. Poodles in general are expensive. But Moyens are on a whole new level.

I am not kidding.

If you buy your poodle from a good breeder get ready to pay around $2000! And that’s the minimum. The price can go up to $3,500!

Of course, there are additional expenses too. For example, vet visits, grooming, and high-quality food.

I don’t want to scare you. But it costs a lot to own a dog!

They won’t only cost you money. They will cost you time too! Just like any other breed, poodles require a lot of attention. For example, you’ll have to go on walks and play with them. Even when you have no time.


To conclude, the Moyen poodle is a great dog. A dog to wish for! There are many reasons why they are so amazing.

Firstly, their size. Many people believe that they have the perfect size. They are great for playing around, but won’t hurt you like the large poodle. They also aren’t fragile like the mini poodle.

Secondly, they have all the best characteristics. They are smart, loving, kind, and playful. Everything you could wish for in a dog. They are also very smart and willing to learn.

But do remember, they might get a bit stubborn.

Thirdly, they are healthy! The most important thing is that your dog is healthy!

Lastly, I just want to say. You definitely won’t regret getting a Moyen poodle!