Poodles have no problem getting along with the kids, the cat, or even the guinea pig. Lively and affectionate, they make wonderful companion dogs. They enjoy a busy life and love to be included in all family activities. Miniatures can adapt to life in more confined quarters as long as they get adequate exercise. They can be good guard dogs, announcing visitors but never acting aggressively. Poodles are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, probably one of the reasons they are so easy to train.
The Miniature Poodle was developed from the Standard Poodle by breeders who wanted a smaller version that was easier to care for and cheaper to feed. This size of Poodle was known to exist at least 500 years ago. They became popular because they were easy to train, extremely intelligent and eager to please.