Toy Poodle Dogs
Toy Poodles are clever and lively household companions, adaptable to their environments and are fairly easy to train—it’s no surprise that they were once very popular circus dogs. Overall, they are eager to please and a lot of fun to be around. However, keep in mind that the smaller the poodle, the more likely they are to develop a twitchy and nervous temper.
Toy Poodle Pictures
- 4 - 8 pounds
- about 10 inches
Ideal Human Companions
- Families with older children
- Apartment dwellers
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- Well-groomed, curly coat
- Elegant and regal
- Devoted pal
- Slightly nervous energy
What They Are Like to Live With
Poodles are generally active and agile. They are happiest with daily walks and lots of outdoor play. Without enough attention and activity, they can get bored, agitated, restless and (sometimes) destructive. These are distinguished, elegant dogs with a stellar range of skills, including agility and obedience.
Poodles do not like to be left alone for hours on end. They love being around people and are able to form bonds with each member of the family, as opposed to bonding with just one person. Poodles are ideal family dogs, being both patient and playful with children—Toy Poodles be slightly less patient with young children. They also make superb watchdogs, barking zealously when strangers approach the home.
Things You Should Know
Poodles may look dainty and demur, but in truth, these are high-stamina dogs with a stellar range of skills, including agility, obedience, hunting and herding. Your pretty Poodle could be a sporty competitor in addition to a beautiful show dog.
As a Toy Poodle owner, you must be ready to groom: They need to be clipped and bathed regularly. On the plus side, they don’t shed.
Toy Poodles can live as long as 15 years. Common issues can include hip dysplasia, allergies, skin conditions, ear infections and cataracts.
Toy Poodle History
Though Poodles have lived in Europe for centuries, no one knows for sure where they originated. Some claim Germany, but the consensus seems to be France, where they are considered a beloved national breed. Descended from the now-obsolete French Water Dog, the Poodle (most likely named from the German word Pudel, or “plays in water”) was used to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. Poodles were prized for their intelligence and good manners, eventually being used in circuses and dog shows and, of course, as companions. The Standard Poodle is believed to be the oldest of the three Poodle versions. Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles were most likely bred from the larger Standard Poodles, but all three are judged in the same categories.
The Look of a Toy Poodle
The Toy Poodle has a small but graceful frame with a rounded skull, a medium-length head and muzzle, dark oval eyes and wide, close-hanging ears. They have docked tails (usually) and compact, webbed feet. The coat is sometimes curly and wiry, sometimes soft and wavy, and can be any solid color. Grooming styles include the “pet clip” (short all over), the “Continental clip” (the hindquarters shaved, half of the tail and the upper half of the legs) “English saddle clip” (same as the “Continental Clip” except the hindquarters are not shaved). Most show dogs are presented with the “Continental Clip.”
Talk About Toy Poodles
A quick study
We love our little black/gray Toy Poodle, who weighs 11 pound. His name is Jim Bear. He is a rescue, but he is also a puppy mill dog, originally purchased from a terrible pet store in Hollywood. His health is good now, as long as he is on pain medications for his spinal problem of 3 compressed discs. He also required 10 teeth be pulled out, but he never ate dry food anyway. We cook chicken rice and the works for him and he is worth it. Our little guy now has ramps for his safety and is the happiest little guy you ever want to meet!
Poodles are known as one of the smartest breeds around, and this little guy sure did not get any defects in that area. He is brilliant! He's the easiest little guy to teach anything to: He sits, stays, comes, dances, rolls over, lays down, and more all on command. He also plays with a ball like a cat, rolling it around like a soccer player.
He earned his Good Citizenship Certificate already, and he understands a very large vocabulary. We adopted him at age 13 months old. He will be 5 in November this year. He brings so many smiles and more laughter in our lives each and every day since he arrived. He goes to the movies in his carry bag with us, he goes shopping in his bag, he goes to the mall in his stroller and to the dog park weekly. He is a great camper, in our RV that is. He gets along well with all dogs, cats, and people. His is our angel boy.
Poodles deserve as much of your time as you can give. If you work, maybe two poodles to have company with each other would be best. Poodles are people dogs, and really need the love of their masters. He is with us most of the time, we rarely leave home without him.
Poodles are hypoallergenic, they do not shed, and their coat is actually hair, not fur. They must be groomed every 5 or 6 weeks, ears and glands included. Poodles are not dogs, they are little people in curly coats. He would do anything we ask of him, except swim in our pool -- but that is okay, because he has his own wading pool!
~Lily M., owner of a Toy Poodle