Dog Breeds That Look Like Miniature Poodles

Written by suzanna hulmes | 13/05/2017
Dog Breeds That Look Like Miniature Poodles
The Portuguese water dog looks similar to a poodle. (Apple Tree House/Lifesize/Getty Images)

The miniature poodle is a small, graceful dog with either curled or chorded hair that sheds very little, making the breed ideal for allergy sufferers. This dog can be seen sporting a number of hair styles, such as the summer clip, puppy clip and continental clip. Because this breed's hair grows continuously it requires a lot of grooming. If you are looking for a breed with a similar appearance to the miniature poodle, there are a number of dogs that you might like. Before bringing a new dog into your home, always do your research to make sure that the breed is suitable for your family and lifestyle.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a friendly, confident dog that loves human companionship. Like the miniature poodle it is small and is also hypoallergenic. The Bichon is white and can also be seen sporting similar hair styles to the miniature poodle, such as the puppy clip, which gives the dog a rounded appearance. This breed is also similar to the miniature poodle in temperament, because it is active and trainable and can be taught to perform tricks. It also needs to be given firm leadership to prevent it from becoming snappy.


The Bolognese is another small, white breed of dog that has a similar appearance to a miniature poodle. Although it has a slightly squarer build than the poodle, this dog has fluffy hair that is long all over except for the muzzle. Like the miniature poodle, this dog requires a daily walk, although the Bolognese is fairly inactive in the home. It is also trainable, although it needs to be socialised at a young age to prevent it from becoming shy.

Chinese Crested Powder Puff

The Chinese crested powder puff is a small dog with a delicate appearance. This breed has a hairless version and a powder puff version. With its long, double coat, it is the powder puff that looks similar to the miniature poodle. The powder puff has a slender face, like that of the poodle, although its hair is different from the poodle. The Chinese crested powder puff's coat does shed and its hair falls downward, whereas the poodle's coat is curly and more perm-like. The Chinese crested powder puff is an intelligent, loyal breed that does not require as much exercise as the poodle, although it does require a short walk every day.

Portugese Water Dog

The Portuguese water dog is larger than the miniature poodle, although its curly coat is similar in appearance. This medium-sized breed can be found in a variety of different colours, including brown, black and grey. Like the miniature poodle, this breed is intelligent, trainable, friendly and enjoys swimming. The Portuguese water dog is also a good choice for allergy sufferers, and its coat requires less grooming than the poodle because its hair grows at a slower rate.

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