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Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is an elegant-looking tiny dog with a slender muzzle and long neck. The coat is profuse and curly and is often styled. The Poodle is a clever, loyal companion with an amazing history considering these gorgeous dogs are one of the oldest breeds.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • Great with other pets
  • Great family dog

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Height: Under 28cm
Colours: Blue, grey, silver, brown, apricot and cream
Size: Small
Kennel Club Groups: Utility

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 5/5
Tolerates being alone: 1/5
Likes other pets: 4/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 1/5
Poodle Toy is playing and jumping in the garden in a warm summer day

Personality

The Poodle is a lively, sociable and affectionate dog who is both intelligent and amusing, and makes a wonderful and fun companion. They love to be included in all family pursuits and can be good watch dogs, announcing visitors without being aggressive. They bond closely to their owners and so do not like to be left home alone.

The girl is kissing her pet - Poodle Toy

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Germany

The original Poodle is the Standard Poodle, a water retrieving dog, So, this is a breed who was always very much a worker. The smaller Poodles (the Toy and the Miniature) were created as smaller versions of the original Poodle for owners who didn’t want such a large dog but were enchanted by their personalities and enthusiasm for all kinds of work. The major influencers in this desire for a smaller Poodle were circuses - who were using this highly intelligent, easy to train, friendly and even comical dog in their shows with great success but found the Standard Poodles just a bit too big.

Up until 1907, the Toy Poodle and the Miniature Poodle was both called the Toy Poodle, but as even smaller versions of the breed became popular due to selective breeding, these smaller dogs (under 28cms) became known as Toys while Miniature was used to describe dogs over 28cms but under 38cms.

did you know?

Did You Know?

Poodles - especially the ones you see in the show ring - seem to have all kinds of crazy hairdos but these often flamboyant-looking styles all started off with a purpose. Poodles were originally water-retrieving dogs but their coats could easily get water-logged and pull them down. The answer was to clip off all their hair but leave some around their vital organs to keep them warm, and around any vulnerable joints to protect from injury.

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