Toy poodle, the little dog loved by aristocrats

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By Kenny G

Explore the charming world of Toy Poodles with our in-depth article. From their adorable appearance to their playful and intelligent nature, learn all about the characteristics, grooming needs, training tips, and health considerations for these delightful and compact canine companions. Your go-to resource for everything you need to know about Toy Poodles

The poodle is a popular dog and often chosen as a pet. But there is also a particular variety of poodle that has become especially popular over the years, the toy poodle. Lively, affectionate, and even elegant, it is the smallest of poodles in size. Hence the reason for its curious name, which means “toy poodle.” He is very intelligent and suitable for apartment life even in families where children are present.
Let’s get to know him better to understand how it is necessary to take care of him.

Origin of the toy poodle

The toy poodle has been around for at least 500 years. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was the favorite breed of the aristocratic classes. Nobles, in fact, as a companion dog, desired to have smaller dogs than the standard average.

The Poodle Standard, from which both the Dwarf and Toy breeds descended, was a water retrieving dog. Indeed, it is not causal that the name “Poodle,” in the English language is “Poodle,” which in turn is derived from the German “pudel,” which literally means “splashing in the water.”

Physical characteristics of the toy poodle

The special appearance of the toy poodle makes it very identifiable. Because of its fluffy coat and elegant air, it has always been a popular dog in aristocratic circles, so much so that it has become a symbol of class.

With at at most 28 cm in stature, measured at the withers, what distinguishes the toy poodle more than anything else is its fur. Curly and with a silky soft texture, it must be groomed regularly to remain beautifully clean and tidy at all times.

This type of dog has no undercoat.

Great variety as far as coat color is concerned. Very common is the brown toy poodle. Also accepted are the following other colors: white, cream, gray, black, silver, fawn red, and apricot.

Height and weight

This is a small-sized dog. The height at withers is between 23 and 28 cm, while the average weight is 3-4 kg.

Character of the toy poodle

Lively, sociable and affectionate, the toy poodle is a very loyal 4-legged companion. Simply adorable, he is also endowed with a very keen intelligence, so much so that he is easy to train.

Because of its small size and balanced temperament, it is perfect for apartment life. Despite its small size, it can also be a good guard dog, as it warns of the presence of strangers and visitors.

Vivid and full of energy, it loves to run and play, both with its owner and with other dogs. Ideal in families with children, with whom he loves to play, but never too impetuously:

He is not aggressive at all and, given his origins, he loves water very much. Tends to bark a lot. Element to consider if you live in an apartment building.

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It’s not hard to see why many people find this little dog irresistible again.

Health and diseases of the toy poodle

The Toy Poodle can suffer from luxating kneecaps, hip dysplasia and hereditary eye disorders. It is therefore a good idea to have him checked regularly by your veterinarian of choice.

How to take care of the toy poodle

As mentioned above, this is a very lively breed. Therefore, it is necessary to provide him with an active lifestyle, consisting of long walks, and also outdoor games and runs. Great idea to enroll him in various kinds of dog activities to stimulate him both in body and mind.

As far as nutrition is concerned, toy poodles have a pretty fast metabolism, meaning that they consume energy at a high rate. Added to this is the fact that, like all small dogs, it has a very small stomach. Therefore, it should eat little and frequently. There are commercially available foods formulated specifically for small dogs that, in addition to providing specific nutrients, are also suitably sized to promote chewing and ensure proper ingestion.

Explore the charming world of Toy Poodle
Explore the charming world of Toy Poodles with our in-depth article. From their adorable appearance to their playful and intelligent nature, learn all about the characteristics, grooming needs, training tips, and health considerations for these delightful and compact canine companions. Your go-to resource for everything you need to know about Toy Poodles

How often should the toy poodle go out

In general, the dog needs to get its physiological needs done at least every 6 to 8 hours. Therefore, schedule 3 daily outings as a minimum.

Differences between dwarf and toy poodles

The major difference between these 2 types of poodles lies in size. The toy poodle, with a height at withers of 28 cm maximum, is smaller than the dwarf, which, on the other hand, measures 29 to 35 cm.

How much hair the toy poodle loses

The toy poodle does not shed hair. This peculiarity of his, makes him suitable for anyone, even for people who suffer from allergies to animal hair.

Despite this, however, its unique coat, it needs a lot of care: constant and regular brushing at home and a professional session at a good groomer every month and a half or so.

How long an average toy poodle lives

This little dog has an average life span of 12 to 15 years.

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Brown is the most common shade, but other colors also exist: white, cream, gray, black, silver, fawn red, and apricot.

What is the price of a toy poodle

In general, Toy Poodles cost a little more than other varieties of Poodles. This is basically due to their small size and also their popularity as companion dogs. The price ranges from a few hundred euros to a few thousand (it can go up to 2,000 euros). It all depends on a number of factors, such as, the bloodline, the breeder’s reputation and pedigree.

It is good to remember that in addition to the initial expense of buying this pooch, expenses for its upkeep should also be considered. Such as regular grooming to care for its very special and unmistakable coat.

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