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Toy Poodle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Toy Poodle so you can get to know the breed more.

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Toy Poodle
OriginGermany France
Other Names
What other names does the Toy Poodle have? The dog breed also known as...
Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Teacup Poodle, French Poodle, Pudle, Teddy Poodle
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Toy Poodle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Toy Poodle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Toy Poodle breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Price
How much does the Toy Poodle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Toy Poodle price:
1000-1500
If you choose to purchase the Toy Poodle, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Toy Poodle for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Toy Poodle gets to a happy place.
Availability
Rare

Toy Poodle History

The Poodle is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. The dogs were initially developed for hunting waterfowl. According to most experts, the Poodle is originating from Germany, but there are others who state that it developed into its own distinct breed in France. The Poodle is a result of several crosses between European water hunting breeds, including Spanish, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, German, and Russian dogs. Others think that the Poodle’s ancestry also involves the North African Barbet, which was imported to the Iberian Peninsula. Whatever the true origin might be, it is safe to say that this is a very old breed, with an extensive history. Illustrations portray Poodle-like dogs adorn Roman and Egyptian artifacts and tombs dating from the 1st century BC.

Even though, some experts state that the Toy and the Miniature Poodle types emerged shortly after the Standard, many believe that it was not until the 1400s, that breeders started to produce smaller versions of the breed. First of all, they created the Miniature, then the Toy followed, with the intention of delighting the European elite and the Parisian bourgeoisie. The breed’s elegance contributed to their reputation among the nobility, but the breed possesses an extraordinary intellectual capability, which came to the attention of hunters. The dogs’ easy trainability made them a natural entertainer, Miniature Poodles were taken into the circus and were shown all around Europe. Their excellent intellect and their good noses added up also in the world of truffle hunters, making the breed even more attractive.

Regarding the Poodle’s evolution internationally, firstly the Standard was bred down to the Miniature size still in its native land. Yet, later, as the breed got more well-recognized, it got exported to America, where the Toy version was bred in the early 20th century, as a city-dwelling companion. The breeders always bred the smaller specimen of each variety with each other, in order to receive the desired size, thus no other breed was involved, resulting from a perfectly homogenous DNA base for the breed. This practice came in hand, because, the well-bred specimen of each variety are exact replicas of each other, thus the breeding to the same standard of the Toy Poodle was a relatively easy process. Moreover, the Toy Poodle possesses more abilities than their bigger cousins. They are known for their superior intelligence and their exceptional swimming capabilities. Through the generations, the Toy Poodles’ coats adapted to the water. Any variety of the Poodle is famous for its grooms. In the early periods, hunters shaved the neck, legs, and tail of the dogs, however leaving out the chest, leg joints, and hips well coated. The rounded tufts on the chest, leg joints, and hips were called pompons. Initially, this was not a practice of fashion, but a well-considered more of protecting the joints and vital organs of the Poodles in the cold weather.

The Toy Poodle, with their extreme intelligence, achieved great popularity in France, where they were known as “trick dogs”. The breed was a favored guest in palaces and castles during the reign of Queen Anne and Louis XVI. The Toy Poodles mainly served as companions to the wealthy classes. In the Renaissance era, they often carried their Toy Poodles in their shirt’s large sleeves, which led the breed to be called “sleeve dogs” at that time. King Louis XVI was besotted with the Toy Poodle breed so much, he made the breed that National Dog of France. Nowadays, the Toy variety is the most popular among the three sizes available. The breed is recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club)

Toy Poodle General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Toy Poodle size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Toy Poodle weigh? Toy Poodle weight:
Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Toy Poodle? Toy Poodle average weight:
Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Toy Poodle? Toy Poodle height:
Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Toy Poodle average height:
Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm)

Toy Poodle Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Toy Poodle have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseCurlyThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Toy Poodle's coat?
ApricotBlackBrownGraySilverWhiteFawnBlue CreamRedBeige
Grooming
How to groom the Toy Poodle and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Toy Poodle requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Toy Poodle is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Toy Poodle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Caniche? Toy Poodle shedding level:
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Toy Poodle dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Toy Poodle need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Toy Poodle every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Toy Poodle Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Toy Poodle have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveFaithfulIntelligentAlertInstinctualTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Toy Poodle? Are they intelligent?
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 95% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Toy Poodle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Toy Poodles are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Toy Poodle sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Toy Poodles don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Caniche need? Toy Poodle social needs:
Toy Poodles are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Toy Poodle dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Barbone bark?
Average to high: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Toy Poodle good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Toy Poodles will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Toy Poodle dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Toy Poodles are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Toy Poodle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Caniche? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Toy Poodle? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Toy Poodle has a hard bite?
Between 100 and 200 PSI
The weakest: Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Toy Poodle do?
Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Toy Poodles need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Toy Poodle to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Toy Poodle roam?
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Toy Poodle have high prey drive?
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Toy Poodle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Toy Poodle fajta. Jó, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, így nem jelenthet gondot Toy Poodle tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Toy Poodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Toy Poodle dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Toy Poodle Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Toy Poodle temperament with other people:
Toy Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Toy Poodle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Toy Poodle temperament with children:
Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Toy Poodle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Toy Poodle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Toy Poodle dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Toy Poodle can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Toy Poodle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Toy Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Toy Poodle is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Toy Poodle be an emotional support animal?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Toy Poodle breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Toy Poodle is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Office Friendly
Are Toy Poodles good office dogs? Do Toy Poodles make good office friendly dogs? Can Toy Poodles be office dogs?
No
Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Toy Poodle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Toy Poodle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Caniche temperament with senior people? Are Toy Poodle dogs good for elderly owners?
Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a boat dog?
Not really
Toy Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Toy Poodle dogs get along with other pets? Are Toy Poodle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Toy Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Toy Poodle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Toy Poodle Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Toy Poodle dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Toy Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Toy Poodle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Toy Poodle breed? Most common health risks of Toy Poodle:
Autoimmune Hemolytic AnemiaCanine Diabetes MellitusEar InfectionsEpilepsyHeart MurmursProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Skin AllergiesSlipped Stifle
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Toy Poodle breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Toy Poodle see the vet?
Average
The Toy Poodle should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Toy Poodle dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Toy Poodle be? What is the age limit of the Toy Poodle? How many years can the oldest Toy Poodle live?
14-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Toy Poodle breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Toy Poodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Toy Poodle have? What is the activity level of the Toy Poodle?
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Toy Poodle dogs require per day?
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Toy Poodle need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Toy Poodle risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Toy Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Toy Poodle's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Toy Poodle drool?
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Toy Poodle could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Toy Poodle. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Toy Poodle Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Toy Poodle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Toy Poodle have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-4 puppies

Toy Poodle Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Toy Poodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Toy Poodle fajta.
  • Shedding Level: Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Toy Poodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Toy Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Toy Poodle Comments, Reviews & Questions

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    Sep 26, 2021, 3:40:35 PM:

    Our toy poodle is the best decision we ever made. She is loving, active, a great companion and we adore her!

  • Caitlin Langeberg

    Jan 1, 2020, 3:04:42 AM:

    I think poodles are the best breed I have came by!