Toy Poodle

Lifespan: 12 - 14 years

Height: 10 - 10 inches

Weight: 4 - 8 pounds

Toy Poodle Traits
  • Jogging Partner

    Trait Rating: 2 of 5
  • Lap Dog

    Trait Rating: 5 of 5
  • Good with Children

    Trait Rating: 4 of 5
  • Warm Weather

    Trait Rating: 3 of 5
  • Cold Weather

    Trait Rating: 2 of 5
  • Grooming Requirements

    Trait Rating: 5 of 5
  • Shedding

    Trait Rating: 1 of 5
  • Barking

    Trait Rating: 4 of 5
  • Ease of Training

    Trait Rating: 5 of 5


  • Although the standard poodle is the original version of the poodle, it wasn't long before smaller versions appeared as well.
  • The first good evidence of toy poodles in Europe dates from about 1700, although it almost certainly predates that time.
  • The toy poodle was originally used as a lap dog, circus performer, and gypsy trick dog.
  • The French aristocracy became enamored with the poodle and adopted it as its own. It eventually became the national dog of France.
  • The French upper class enjoyed styling and even dying its hair in a variety of fashions.
  • The first evidence of toy poodles in America dates from 1846.
  • The AKC recognized the poodle in 1887. Only later did they split the breed into three varieties according to size.
  • After a period in the 1920s during which they almost vanished from the American scene, poodles staged a comeback in the 1930s.
  • Poodles were the most popular breed in America from 1960 to 1982, the longest continuous run of any breed.

Toy Poodle Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a biddable and affectionate companion.
  • Playful and very good with children, although very young or unruly children may hurt it with rough play.
  • Friendly to strangers, other dogs and other pets.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food, games or praise.
  • Eager to please, bright and responsive, poodles are among the easiest of dogs to train.
  • Loves to learn tricks.
  • Excels at obedience and agility competitions, as well as therapy dog work.
  • Some may bark a lot, but can be easily trained not to.

Toy Poodle Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a well-mannered and alert housedog.
  • A daily walk around the block, coupled with several play sessions, will meet its exercise needs.
  • Enjoys retrieving small objects.
  • Does well in dog parks as long as large dogs are segregated.
  • Games and tricks provide needed mental exercise.
  • Its thick coat provides some protection against cold weather, but its small body size makes it vulnerable to chilling.

Toy Poodle Grooming

  • Coat is curly, harsh and dense.
  • Brushing and combing every other day is necessary to prevent matting.
  • Most people have their dogs professionally clipped every six weeks.
  • Most people opt for a pet clip where the hair is fairly short all over.
  • Shedding is below average.
  • The eyes should be checked regularly for hair or lashes that may irritate their surface.
  • No breed is actually non-allergenic, but poodles may cause allergies in fewer people compared to other breeds.
  • Hair growing inside the ears may need to be plucked out or clipped.

Suggested Toy Poodle Nutritional Needs

  • Poodles tend to stay in good weight or to be a little overweight. The thick coat can sometimes obscure weight problems, so be sure to use your hands to feel.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Small snacks can cause weight problems in tiny dogs.
  • Toy poodle puppies should be fed often to prevent hypoglycemia, a serious condition to which very small puppies are prone. Frequent small meals of high protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates may help guard against this condition.

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