Toy Poodle

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    History & Overview

    The Toy Poodle is a member of the AKC Toy Group. This smallest Poodle has become a very popular pet and able competitor in the show ring, and no disgrace to its larger Poodle kin in achieving obedience titles. Toy Poodles, in the opinion of one breed expert, are somewhat like cats: “They can take you or leave you.” Small, the Toy Poodle, may be, but it still shares much of the versatility of the Standard and the Miniature.

    Both the Standard and the Miniature varieties are much older than the Toy Poodle of today. Even though poodles under 10 inches have been known for centuries, the Toy Poodle we have now is really a creation of recent decades. American poodle breeders, working with some excellent Miniatures, gradually produced a Toy Poodle of much better quality than the odd-looking assortment of so-called toys of earlier days. Achieving a small size without sacrificing the unique attributes of the true Poodle, a group of dedicated breeders literally made the Toy Poodle a small image of the stately Standard and the popular Miniature.


    Toy Poodles are ideal city dogs for small-quarters living and are also very suitable for those who travel a lot. They are small enough to be carried on the lap or under the arm. They require less food, exercise, housing, and preparation, and they become devoted companions. Everything about them is dainty, petite and showy.

    Toy Poodles & Children

    If you have children in your family, don’t buy a Toy Poodle. A Toy Poodle is fun and loves to play, but it just isn’t built strong enough to stand roughhousing with kids. Sooner or later it will either get hurt, turn shy or begin to defend himself and turn nippy. Miniature Poodles mix better with kids. Bruce Fogle, a noted canine behaviorist, warns that Toy poodles may not be the easiest breed to house train, ranking them far below the Miniature and the Standard Poodles and below the all-breed average.

    Known Health Issues

    All three varieties of Poodle suffer some of the drawbacks that often come with being popular over a long span of time. A Toy Poodle must be purchased from a knowledgeable breeder to increase the odds of getting a quality, healthy pet. Health problems seen in this breed include:

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