Moyen poodle breeders breed for size, temperament, coat and color. The Moyen poodle’s desirable size is typically between a miniature poodle and a standard poodle with an approximate height of 16 to 20 inches and a weight of 20 to 35 pounds.
Moyen poodles, also known as Klein poodles, are extremely smart and easily trained. Temperament and personality are both important goals of breeding. Moyens are playful, loyal, alert and focused. Some can be overly sensitive or nervous around strangers.
Reputable breeders devote time to socialization at a very young age, usually between eight and 12 weeks.
During this period, puppies learn to accept and enjoy the company of people and other dogs, first within the confines of their home until immunizations are complete and then in the outside world. Moyens are also good watchdogs for their size and can alert without being aggressive.
The Moyen poodle coat is typically thick and soft. It is also curly or corded and rough in texture. Moyen poodles do not shed. Coat color can range from blue, silver and gray to brown, apricot or cream.
Moyens are long-lived dogs, with an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. They thrive on attention and exercise and require daily walks and play sessions. Like all poodles, they enjoy the water and are good retrievers.