The intelligent Toy Poodle has a life expectancy of 14 to 18 years.
The exact origins of the Toy Poodle are unknown, although it is known that the Standard Poodle originated from Germany and was extensively used as a water retriever and working dog. Generally, it is believed the Toy Poodle was bred down from the Standard Poodle, although no one can be certain.
By the 18th century, the Toy Poodle was established in England where it was commonly used as a circus and dancing dog. In France, where the Poodle breed is highly favored, the Toy Poodle was often used for hunting and digging truffles.
The Toy Poodle weighs 6 to 9 pounds and measures 10 inches or less.
The Toy Poodle has a thick, curly and wiry coat that does not shed. The Toy Poodle’s coat requires regular grooming. If the Toy Poodle is being shown, they will need to be professionally trimmed and bathed every three to six weeks. Show Toy Poodles are trimmed into a puppy cut, English Saddle or continental clip. If the Toy Poodle is not being shown, they can go six to eight weeks between trips to the groomer and can be styled in any manner.
Like all dogs, the Toy Poodle needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis. The Toy Poodle is also prone to tear stains and needs their face wiped daily.
The Toy Poodle is clever and confident.
The Toy Poodle is a devoted companion with a lively and outgoing demeanor. The Toy Poodle adores their family, although they are best suited to homes with older children due to their small size and sensitivity. Toy Poodles crave attention and like to have fun, but can be overwhelmed by lots of noise and chaos.
The Toy Poodle makes a surprisingly effective watch dog. They are alert and attentive. Toy Poodles will bark and stand their ground with strangers. Toy Poodles tend to think of themselves as big dogs. Although they are initially wary of new people, Toy Poodles do warm up to them quickly.
The Toy Poodle is highly intelligent and easily trainable. The Toy Poodle responds well to training as long as they are treated with respect and kindness. Toy Poodles pick up tricks and commands quickly. With proper training, they can go on to do quite well in advanced obedience and agility.
The Toy Poodle is energetic, but well suited to apartment living thanks to their small size. The Toy Poodle needs a daily walk and regular time to run and play. They are smart and like to engage in activities that work their bodies and minds like games of fetch. Toy Poodles need consistent exercise or they can become high strung.