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What is a Moyen Poodle?

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When it comes to adopting a rescue dog, having the correct information is key. After all, adding a Moyen Poodle into your life is a big decision! It takes time and knowledge to find that perfect pup.  

That is why DogTipper has compiled a resource guide with everything you need to know about Moyen Poodles, right here on one page.  

Ready to see if a Moyen Poodle is right for you?

What is a Moyen Poodle?

What is a Moyen Size Poodle?

Unlike many dog breeds – which come in only one size – the American Kennel Club recognizes three distinct Poodle sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. But the Moyen Poodle is of a fourth, medium-sized variety.

In fact, the French word “moyen” actually translates to “medium” in English. In Europe, this size category is more commonly known. In fact, several kennel clubs in Europe do recognize the Moyen Poodle as a separate size. This distinction highlights the differing perspectives on Poodle sizes between Europe and the United States.

When it comes to sizing, the primary difference between Standard Poodles and other Poodle sizes is their physical dimensions. While the Moyen Poodle is slightly smaller than the Standard Poodle, the distinction between the two can be subjective. In the United States, Moyen Poodles may be considered smaller Standard Poodles, while in Europe, the Moyen size is recognized separately. Therefore, it is possible to find larger Standard Poodles in the United States, while dogs marketed as Moyen Poodles are generally smaller.

While the Moyen Poodle is gaining popularity in the United States, it is important to note that it is not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club. This means that, unlike the Standard Poodle, the Moyen Poodle does not have official recognition from the American Kennel Club as one of the three recognized sizes.

They generally weigh between 20 – 25 lbs and will stand approximately 15 – 20 inches tall.

A litter of Moyen Poodle puppies can be a result of breeding a male and female Moyen Poodle, or by breeding a standard Poodle with a miniature Poodle.

This makes them a medium-sized canine companion!

Personality and Temperament

Did you know?

According to a list titled 2020 Most Popular Dog Breeds Rankings, Poodles ranked #6. They are an extremely popular breed. And no wonder why!

Moyen Poodles embody all the best traits of Poodles. They are loyal dogs that do very well in families, often bonding closely with both adults and children alike.

Their energetic nature makes the Moyen Poodle a great choice for those with active lifestyles. They are playful, smart, and will happily trot alongside you during a hike or splash in the water at the beach.

In addition, Moyen Poodles are watchful dogs. Though rarely aggressive, the Moyen Poodle (like all dogs) requires proper socialization to avoid becoming nervous or timid around strangers. This is especially true for rescues.

Overall, the Moyen Poodle’s temperament makes it a fabulous family pet.

Trainability of the Moyen Poodle

Moyen Poodles are highly intelligent dogs.

Next, you may be curious about the trainability of a Moyen Poodle.

Good news!

Moyen Poodles are highly intelligent dogs. Statistically speaking, out of 138 dog breeds Poodles were found to be the second smartest, as cited by The Smart Canine. Their IQ makes them excel at obedience. Moyen Poodles can participate in agility, tracking, retrieval, and even dog dance competitions!

These dogs thrive when given the chance to use their brains. However, they can be emotionally sensitive. Therefore, it’s best to always use praise and positive reinforcement during training sessions.  

Common Questions

Do Moyen Poodle puppies shed?

Moyen Poodles shed very little. They are available in a wide range of colors which include: black, white, apricot, cream, brown, blue, and more.

One characteristic is the same across all varieties however, and that is their tendency to be low shedders. Moyen Poodles have dense curly coats. This earns them a spot as a hypoallergenic dog breed. Have allergies? A Moyen Poodle may be perfect for you.

Do Moyen Poodles bark a lot?

Poodles sometimes get a bad reputation as “barkers.” Remember, they are smart dogs. So, whenever they feel excited, bored, or want to alert their owner, they may release a loud “woof!”  

But according to Know Your Doodles, Moyen Poodles are only moderate barkers.


On average, a healthy Moyen Poodle will live between 12 – 15 years.

Famous Moyen Poodles

All throughout history, humans have loved dogs. Of course, this includes Poodles!

Elvis Presley famously owned a Poodle named Champagne who he lived with while in Germany.

Walt Disney’s family also adored their pet Poodle, Lady.

Violette de Ayala – founder of femcity and bestselling author – shares her home with a darling Moyen Poodle named Georgie.

Similarly, Anne Devereux-Mills – founder of Parlay House – has a sweet black and white Moyen Poodle who goes by the name of Mick Jagger. He’s even featured on her Instagram page!

Which is best: Moyen or Standard Poodle?

Choosing between a Moyen and a Standard Poodle depends on various factors, including availability in your area and your size preference. If you can find a Moyen locally and you prefer a smaller-sized dog, it might be worth waiting for one. On the other hand, if obtaining a puppy quickly and finding the right characteristics are more important to you than size, you might opt for a Standard Poodle.

While there might be some differences in size, it’s important to note that overall, Moyen and Standard Poodles share many similarities. Therefore, you shouldn’t feel pressured to make the “perfect” choice. If you have already determined that a Poodle is the right breed for your lifestyle, deciding between a Moyen and a Standard Poodle should not be a difficult decision. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and considering what factors are most important to you in selecting your new companion.

Rescue Information

You can find the dog of your dreams at a Poodle-specific dog rescue (which are located throughout the United States), or check any rescue group in your area.    

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