Thinking about purchasing an Toy Poodle? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Toy Poodle breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Toy Poodle owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Toy Poodle and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Toy Poodle Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Toy Poodle and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Toy Poodle Profile
Identical to the Standard and Miniature Poodle except in height, they are a descendant of the Miniature Poodle. The Toy Poodle is a dainty, sensitive little dog who make perfect pets for a less active person who has time to pamper these natural little clowns and be amused by their quaint antics. Well proportioned and squarely built, the Toy Poodle was bred down from the Miniature Poodle. They are an intelligent breed with a delicate disposition and are very easy to train, the easiest of all the Poodles. Toy Poodles are delightful, good natured, and lively dogs. The Poodle makes an excellent family pet who will adapt to any situation and will try anything an owner wants. Toy Poodles are an efficient choice for the owner who wants an obedient dog. They are affectionate with their family, a little wary with strangers, but still accepting of them. They love to be around family and friends, and should not be left alone for long periods of time. Toy Poodles are more sensitive than the Standard Poodle, but still get along well with other animals and children. They come in any solid color, and have very curly, thick fur. Poodles have natural drop ears and a puff of fur on top of the head. Not only do they have an infectious personality, but their hypoallergenic coat is non-shedding. Toy Poodles are bright, perky little dogs who are easy to train and eager to please.
Other Names: Caniche
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 10 inches
Colors: They come
in all solid colors, while clear colors are generally preferred.
Poodles are loyal, sociable, happy and good tempered. Toy Poodles are lively,
quick to mimic and learn. They are highly intelligent and very obedient. Toy
Poodles love to be around humans and are not good for kenneling. They are good
with other pets and children, but wary with strangers, although they do warm
up to them. They are friendly and affectionate, and are slightly more sensitive
than their Standard siblings. Toys have a spring in their step and are well-mannered
dogs. They are peppy and easier to train than their counterparts. Responsive,
alert, sensitive and eager to please describes this breed. They may bark a lot,
but they are devoted to their family.
Watch-dog: Very High. These
dogs are highly alert and will let you know if something unusual is happening.
Care and Exercise: The Toy Poodles'
coat grows rapidly and should be shampooed and brushed every week. Frequent
trips to the canine beauty parlor should be part of their routine. Careful attention
should be paid to the ears and teeth. Toy Poodles can be exercised indoors or
in a fenced yard, but they will also enjoy a walk on a leash.
Activity: Very High.
Toy Poodle Health Issues: Subject to dislocated knees, epilepsy, diabetes, Addison's disease, Cushing's disease, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes disease, von Willebrand's disease, genetic eye diseases, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and bloat.
Life Span: 14 - 17 years,
if healthy. This breed is known to have a long life span.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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