What’s one of the world’s most intelligent dogs but one of the smallest? The Toy Poodle. I’m pretty confident that this beautiful little canine was not the first dog that sprung to your mind when answering that question. But, the truth is that’s probably the same for many people as Toy Poodles are a seriously underrated breed.
In addition to being cute to look at, they’re also a breed suited to various homes, from apartment dwellers to large mansions. Not forgetting their friendly, affectionate, love animals and humans. While some excellent characteristics are not always highlighted, there’s even more about the Toy Poodle that deserves to be recognized; keep on reading to learn them!
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To understand the Toy Poodle, we have to look at its more senior sibling, the Standard Poodle. Regarding the Standard Poodle, they were initially bred in Germany to be hunting dogs and retrieve birds. Their dense, curly coat was practical for the Standard Poodle as it allowed them to become streamlined in the water, making them fast swimmers.
Following this, the Poodle’s popularity spread through to France, and soon enough, many people wanted a Standard Poodle. It actually became the national dog of France as so many people loved this breed!
Also, in France in the 19th century, many circus performers wanted a breed to perform tricks. Therefore it’s believed that the Toy Poodle was bred in the 20th century to perform and entertain many people. It’s also thought this dog was bred to be a companion dog for those who wanted a smaller breed. Basically, in its time, the Toy Poodle was a breed equivalent to what a Frenchie or a Pug is now!
If you live in a tiny home or an apartment, then you’ll be in luck with this canine. A Toy Poodles dimension is small, growing up to 10 inches / 26cm once they’ve become an adult.
At around 6-9 months, Toy Poodle will reach their full-grown height. Following this, they will start to fill out and gain more weight. Finally, after an entire year, they will stop growing altogether.
A Toy Poodle’s weight can fluctuate based on various factors such as age, exercise, and diet. On average, though, you can expect a Toy Poodle to weigh 4-10lbs / 1.8-3kg once fully grown. To give you a better idea of their weight, here is a typical timeline of what to expect:
|Age||Male weight range||Female Weight range|
|3 months||2.1-4.5lbs / 1-2kg||1.9-4.3lbs / 0.86-2kg|
|4 months||2.7-5.9lbs / 1.2-2.7kg||2.4-5.4lbs / 1.09-2.5kg|
|6 months||3.5-7.9lbs / 1.6-3.6kg||3-7lbs / 1.4-3.2kg|
|8 months||4.0-9.3lbs / 1.8-4.3kg||3.4-8.0lbs / 1.5-3.6kg|
|12 months||4.5-10.7lbs / 2-5kg||4.0-9.0lbs / 1.9-4kg|
|2 years||5.2-11.6lbs / 2.4-6kg||4.8-10.0lbs / 2.2-5kg|
On average, a toy Poodle can live a healthy life of 16 years; however, their life can span from 14-18 years. They tend to have a longer lifespan than the other Poodle breeds; it’s often believed they have a longer lifespan as they’re smaller and have fewer health problems.
Toy Poodles are genuinely a low-maintenance breed to own as they shed very little. Due to them having a single coat and one that’s not prone to heavy seasonal shedding, they’re seen as close to hypoallergenic as a breed could get.
If you suffer from allergies, a Toy Poodle is a safe dog to own.
This is because they shed infrequently and in small amounts preventing any dust or dander from triggering your sinuses.
However, to reduce the chances of shedding still, you might wish to have their coat cut shorter to limit their fur from matting and make it easier for grooming. You can either choose to do this yourself or take them to a professional groomer every six weeks.
High amounts of energy are typical for Toy Poodles, especially when they’re a puppy! However, the hyperactive nature is somewhat playful and pleasing, instead of mischievous like a Pit Bull. Not only this, but Toy Poodles are one of the world’s most intelligent dogs that means their energetic nature can be handled easily through appropriate training conducted from a young age.
There’s no such thing as a dog being entirely healthy; due to the environment they live in and a range of biological problems, they can experience episodes of unhealthiness in their lifetime. With Toy Poodles, though, they generally don’t have many health issues. On the contrary, though, they can be prone to some health conditions like the following:
Small dog breeds like the Toy Poodle can have a luxating patella. This is a bone situated above their kneecap and in this condition, their kneecap becomes dislocated or put out of the place. Physical therapy and exercise are usually the common treatments for this.
Sometimes a Toy Poodle can have musculoskeletal problems like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and arthritis. Most of these joint conditions are often inherited and caused by the joints developing improperly.
Alongside these two main conditions, a Toy Poodle can also be prone to cataracts, Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease, bladder stones, and more. Therefore if you plan on owning a Toy Poodle, it’s essential to take them to a vet a couple of times a year for a routine check-up and keep them in good health.
If Toy Poodles are socialized properly from an early age, then they can be a good family dog to own. However, if they’re not familiar with children, they could be territorial towards them. In addition to this, they’re very sensitive dogs that can be disturbed by the slightest noise, making them ready to bark. Moreover, they can get upset easily, so they’re not the best dog to own if you’ve got young children who play rough.
Are they clingy?
Toy Poodles are definitely one dog breed that falls into the “velcro dog” category. If you’re not familiar with this term, it means they love to stick or cling to you. If you leave them for long on their own, they will easily develop separation anxiety and go into self-destruct mode out of boredom. This breed loves to have constant affection and be the center of attention.
On average, a Toy Poodle should have 1/3 cup of dog food a day if their weight is 3lbs. If they weigh 6 lbs, they should have 1/2 cup of dog food per day. Up until 3 months old, a Toy Poodle should be eating 4 meals a day, and after that, till 6 months, they should have 3 a day, then following this only 2 per day.
If you plan on owning a Toy Poodle, some foods are dangerous, so you should avoid feeding them the following:
- Products with xylitol in
- Macadamia nuts
- Raw yeast dough
- Fatty foods
These are just a few foods and ingredients that are poisonous for Toy Poodles. To know more about their diet and the best dog food to give them, you should speak to a veterinarian who can advise the right formulated food according to their lifestyle.
As Toy Poodles are the smallest Poodle breed, they have the smallest litter with only 3 puppies at maximum. It’s also not uncommon for them to have a singleton litter, meaning they only have a litter with one puppy at a time. Similarly, if you plan on owning a Toy Poodle and want to breed it, you shouldn’t breed them more than 4-5 times in their lifetime. After 5 times, the litter may hurt them and increase the risk of post-birth injuries and a unhealthy litter.
The price of Toy Poodles can vary based on your location, breeders’ reputation, and their availability in your area. But, they’re not a budget breed though; they’re pretty expensive to buy, costing on average $1,200-$2,000. Therefore, if you plan on owning one, make sure you have enough money to pay for it and its maintenance, such as vet bills, food, toys, etc.
- Did you know a woman once cloned her Toy Poodle? Amy spent $50,000 cloning her old Toy Poodle, who passed away. The somatic cells used for cloning allowed her to produce three identical Poodles to her former one Buhner.
- Toy Poodles love to perform tricks! It’s not uncommon for them to jump through hoops, shake hands, rollover, and more.
Overall, while the Toy Poodle might be the smallest Poodle breed, they tend to be the one that lives the longest with lesser health problems. Even though they can look cute and low maintenance with their grooming, they’re not the best dog to have around children.
This is because they have a highly sensitive nature and can be upset easily if played roughly. Moreover, they can be quite a clingy breed that does not do too well on its own. Given their characteristics, would you own a Toy Poodle? Let us know in the comments down below.