Toy Poodle is the smallest of the Poodle dog breeds. It is generally accepted that all Poodles (toy poodles, miniature poodles, and standard poodles) are the same breed of dog. The standard variety is the oldest. But Toy Poodles are not new; Louis XVI of France had toys, and many paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries show tiny dogs that look much like today’s Toy Poodles.
Toy Poodles stand 10 inches tall or less at the shoulder and weigh 5 to 7 pounds. There is no official size other than this; Kennel clubs do not recognise teacup toys or tiny toys. The head is moderately rounded, with a long muzzle. The eyes are dark and oval, and the ears are dropped. The tail is docked. The coat is curly and dense. Coat colour should be one solid colour and may be apricot, silver, cream, black, blue, or one of many other colours.
Grooming the Toy Poodle is a complicated process. Show dogs must be groomed in a specific cut that requires some knowledge, so potential owners who wish to show their dogs should discuss this with a breeder prior to buying a puppy. Pet owners often take their dogs to a professional groomer on a monthly basis; potential owners should be aware of the cost. Between grooming sessions, the dog should be brushed every other day to prevent matting.
The Toy Poodle is an active dog but is small enough that her exercise needs are easily met. She will enjoy daily walks but can also play in the house. They are bright and intelligent but are easily spoiled and, when spoiled, can be very demanding. Fun training, including housetraining, should begin early so the dog grows up understanding household rules. This dog breed also needs early socialisation, as they can be wary of strangers.
Toy Poodles are great companions for people who spend time at home. Most Toy Poodle breeders will not sell Toy Poodles to families with young children, as the Toy Poodles can be fragile. Health concerns include Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease, eye defects, luxated patellas, and epilepsy.