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Sandra April 22, 2021

Toy Poodle Profile

Toy poodles are small, cute, highly intelligent, affectionate, and energetic dog breeds. The toy poodle is the ideal companion dog. Their hypoallergenic coat makes them ideal for those with allergies and their petite size means they do well in a variety of home types. Aside from their incredible temperaments and high trainability, they are also relatively healthy and long-lived dogs.

Common name: Toy Poodle

Other names: In French, Caniche. In German, Pudel. The word poodle is derived from German, and it means splash or puddle.

Scientific name: Canis lupus

Adult size: 9-10 Inches

Weight: 6-9 lbs  

Lifespan: 14-18 Years

Personality: Athletic, loyal, intelligent, affectionate, active, energetic, friendly. Is usually polite with strangers and sociable with other animals. Please note: the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits. Temperament and behaviour are also shaped by raising and training. Since they are small they are also delicate and can be injured more easily. 

Coat Colours:  Apricot, White, Black, Cream, Sable, Grey, Black and white, Brown, Silver, Blue, and Red.

Coat Type: Dense, Curly & hypoallergenic. Poodles do not shed. 

Origin: Though commonly referred to as “French Poodles”, the poodle originated in Germany as a water retrieving dog and later found its way to France. Eventually, the poodle became available in three different size varieties, toy, miniature and standard. Despite their different sizes, all poodles are athletic, outgoing and highly intelligent.

Diet: Toy poodles like all dogs are carnivores. They love to eat meat whether it is a high-grade commercial food diet, home cooked or raw. Smaller dogs like the Toy Poodle can be more susceptible to gum diseases and dental issues. Chewing on hard kibbles can help reduce tartar and plaque buildup as well as offering teeth cleaning toys and treats or regularly using a toothbrush. Regardless of which type of dog food you choose, be sure to avoid ones with additives, fillers, corn, soy, wheat or gluten, and stick with dog foods that include real meat protein. Toy Poodles will also do best with food that is specified for their age and activity level, that is rich in fatty acids, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals. Smaller dogs have a higher metabolism, so make sure you get dog food that is specified for small breed dogs to accommodate their unique dietary needs. Resist the temptation to give your dog leftovers or sharing your meals with them to avoid foods or ingredients that can lead to obesity, health issues or risks. 

Discuss your toy poodle’s nutritional needs with your vet.

Grooming: Toy Poodles require more grooming than some other breeds due to their curly coats. Their curls require regular grooming to keep them from developing mats, tangles and skin issues. Pay special attention to your toy poodle’s ears, tail, and under his arms and legs. These areas are notorious for developing mats and tangles that can lead to painful skin issues. Routine trims or haircuts are necessary but they also need to be brushed a few times a week and bathed once every two or three weeks. When bathing your toy poodle, be sure to use a shampoo that is specifically designed for dogs that will not strip their skin and coat the natural oils they produce. Toy poodles are also notorious for ear infections, their ears need to clean regularly as well. Cleaning a poodle's ears includes removing hair growth that builds up and cleaning them thoroughly. 

Exercise: The Toy Poodle is a very active and athletic dog who will need plenty of exercises each day to stay happy and healthy. Their exercise needs can be met both indoors and outdoors. They love to fetch and long walks. Like all dogs, Toy Poodles can become destructive if their physical and mental stimulation needs are not met.

Training: Toy Poodles can be prone to behavioural issues and need to be trained and socialized from a young age. Destructive behaviours include barking and marking amongst others that are caused by anxiety and stress.

Barking: Poodles can cause some noise because they do bark a lot. They are very observant and will bark when they hear or see something unusual. Every new sight and sound you can be sure will cause them to sound the alarm. 

Potential Health Issues

Poodles can be prone to some genetic health issues that owners should be aware of. 

  • Addison’s Disease
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Epilepsy, Legg-Calve-Perthes
  • Patellar Luxation, Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Chronic Active Hepatitis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Dental Disease
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • And Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
Toy Poodles are also sensitive dogs who thrive in a peaceful, harmonious home. They are very sensitive to stress, loud noises and are prone to different types of anxiety. Toy poodles are the smallest of the poodle varieties but their petite size is what makes them extra cute and compact!