Toy Poodle - All About The World's Cutest, Curliest Dog Breed (2023)

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The Toy Poodle dog breed is the smallest version of the Poodle dog. These curious puppies are intelligent, active, social, friendly and might just be the perfect apartment pet, lap dog or daily companion. They have curly fur in lots of colors, with droopy ears and dark eyes. Although not a guarding breed, they will bark like a watch dog when visitors arrive. Toy Poodles need regular exercise, training and grooming to stay happy and healthy.


  • How big do Toy Poodles get?
  • Toy Poodle lifespan
  • How much is a Toy Poodle?
  • Finding Toy Poodle breeders

PROS: Intelligent, long-lived and easy to train. CONS: High maintenance, vulnerable to injury

What Were Poodles Bred For?

The first thing you need to know about the Toy Poodle breed is… it isn’t a breed!

In the USA, the UK and Australia, the debonair Poodle comes in three sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy. In the UK these are separate breeds each with their own register. But in the USA, the different Poodle sizes are all categories of the same breed – the Poodle – rather than distinct breeds in their own right. To find the history of the Toy sized poodle, we need to look at the breed as a whole.

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Toy Poodle Origins

Poodles are often thought of as a quintessentially French dog, but they actually originate from Germany. There they were originally bred as retrievers for fetching ducks and other waterfowl from the water.

Poodles are derived from Barbets – water dogs which are still around today. Barbets are pretty big, so unsurprisingly the Standard Poodle was the first size of Poodle to be recognized in it’s own right. A modern American Toy sized Poodle is actually an historic German dog in a little Poodle body!

Scaling down

Miniature and Toy Poodles were created by gradually scaling down the big Poodle dog. This was first done for specific hunting tasks. But changed to breed them for companionship. These very small Poodles aren’t a recent development, in fact they’re widely documented as far back as the 18th Century!

Fun Fact!

Poodles are loved by everyone throughout history. In fact they’ve even been a popular pet for celebrities and royalty! Elvis was one of these well known Poodle lovers. He adored Poodles so much he often gave them as gifts to his loved ones. He gave one called Little Bit to an early girlfriend, gave one named Duke to his mother, and gave his wife Priscilla Presley a Toy Poodle called Honey!

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Toy Poodle Size

Poodles in the toy category grow to a maximum of 10 inches at the shoulder. After that a dog would be categorized as a Miniature or Standard Poodle depending on how much bigger they grew. Miniature Poodles can measure up to 15 inches. That puts our curly toy breed on the same scale as other toy dog favorites, Pugs and Shih Tzus.

In the show ring, where two of these tiny toy poodles are equal in all other respects, the smaller dog will take the rosette. So what is the magic tipping point when a Miniature Poodle becomes a Toy? It’s that 10 inch height!

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Toy Poodle Weight

Generally, a healthy Toy Poodle fully grown will weigh between 4 and 6 pounds. This, again, is less than a Miniature Poodle, who should weigh in between 10 and 15 pounds.

The toy poodle adult is a very small dog. And their puppies are very tiny indeed. This tiny size makes this small Poodle dog breed vulnerable to injury at any time but especially when they are puppies, and this is something to consider when deciding between a puppy and a rescue dog.

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When Do They Stop Growing?

Like many other smaller dogs, this small poodle breed reaches maturity sooner than their larger cousins, and your Toy Poodle dog will be fully grown by their first birthday. So it’s important to make the most of those few months with your cute fluffy puppy, as they will soon be all grown up!

How long do Toy Poodles live?

This is a breed with a relatively good life expectancy. A small sample of owners in the UK who were willing to complete a survey for the Kennel Club including details of how their pets had died (20 dogs in total), found that the average lifespan of those Poodles in the toy group had been 14 years and eight months. And it is not that unusual to hear of a 17 or 18 year old Toy Poodle.

Fourteen is a respectable age for any dog. It also reflects the general rule that small dogs tend to live longer than large dogs (the average age for Standard Poodles in the same survey was 12 years). And pleasingly, the leading cause of death when the time came was simple old age.

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A Distinctive Appearance

Generally your little Poodle should appear squarely built and well proportioned. They have dark, oval eyes and their ears hang close to their heads. Poodles have long, straight muzzles, and of course a very distinctive coat. Let’s take a look at their coat in more detail.

Toy Poodle Tail

In the USA the toy poodle tail is usually docked, which means that the tip of the tail has been cut off. This is a procedure that is carried out when puppies are just 2 or 3 days old.

Tail docking is illegal in much of Europe and in England and Wales is only permitted for working dogs such as terriers, retrievers, and spaniels. Generally toy dogs and companion dogs are no longer docked there. Toy Poodle tail length after docking is about half to two thirds the original length of the natural tail

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Does A Toy Poodle Shed Hair?

Poodle coats don’t shed, in the sense of leaving hair all over your carpets and furniture. But their coats do keep growing throughout a dog’s lifetime. Left to their own devices, they will eventually “cord” – the canine equivalent of dreadlocks. That means some form of grooming is a must.

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Coat Care

Your dog’s coat will need brushing every day to keep on top of tangles and sweep away dirt and debris before it can accumulate. It will also need trimming every six to eight weeks. For most Poodle parents, this is as straightforward as an all-over haircut, known as a pet clip or a puppy clip.

Grooming A Toy Poodle

If you’re planning to enter your pride and joy into dog shows (or even if you just fancy the aesthetic of pom-poms at the ankles), then you’ll need to find a dog groomer with specific experience of looking after Poodles. They will initiate you into the fascinating and (dare I say it?) bewildering world of continental clips, English saddle clips and bikini clips.

They’ll be able to advise you on the different types of ‘cut’. The Toy Poodle puppy cut for example, is a short ‘all-over’ cut that gives your puppy and easy to manage coat of 1-2 inches in length. A teddy bear Toy Poodle is one that has been given a teddy bear Poodle cut which leaves more hair on the face and paws, giving a puppyish look.

Groomers can also help you identify which you’re allowed to choose from according to your chosen breed registry, and then choose which would be best for your dog. And if all this makes you think the that a corded coat might be the way to go, bear in mind they are the highest maintenance coat of all to keep clean.

But, before you despair, remind yourself that the time spent grooming your Poodle would otherwise be spent hoovering up dog hairs and lint-rolling the furniture if you’d chosen a different breed of dog that sheds!

Are They Hypoallergenic?

When it comes to fur, color isn’t the only factor you may be considering. One defining feature that all poodles have in common is those glorious curls! And an important feature of tight curls in any dog is that when the dog sheds, as all dogs do, the shed hair remains trapped in the curls rather than ending up on your clothes and furniture.

Because shedding is reduced in Poodles some people with allergies are able to tolerate being around them when they are not able to tolerate dogs with coats that shed freely.

However, it’s important to remember that no dog is truly hypoallergenic and if you suffer from allergies it’s important you spend some time with these dogs to make sure that their fur does not trigger respiratory problems.

Coat Colors

There are a staggering ten Poodle colors. Some of them incredibly vibrant – a full grown red poodle, for example is a very striking sight! Other shades are more muted and subtle. There really is a color to suit every taste. You can also get tan Poodles, a pale version of the brown Poodle puppy.

  • apricot
  • black
  • blue
  • brown
  • cream
  • gray
  • red
  • silver
  • silver beige
  • and white!

In addition, they list an astonishing eighteen acceptable two-tone coat combinations in their breed standard. Including the toy parti poodle, with their striking black and white patches. And if that’s not enough already, whilst looking for a Toy Poodle puppy you’ll probably encounter even more colors, which aren’t recognized by the breed registries, but look just as sharp. So no matter what color Poodle you picture having, with a little patience and perseverance you’ve got a good chance of finding them.

What you won’t find is a lot of difference between the colors. The silver Poodle temperament is likely to be much the same as the black Poodle’s personality!

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Toy Poodle Temperament

These tiny dog really do bear the brunt of two unfair stereotypes. That Poodles are fussy and high maintenance, and that small dogs are, well, even more fussy and high maintenance. In fact, a properly-raised small Poodle should have a similar disposition to a Standard Poodle, and the Standard Poodle was bred to work happily and productively alongside humans.

Toy Poodles personality should be active, proud and very smart, and gay-spirited and good-tempered. If they’ve been given a good amount of exercise, they should also be happy to be a bit of a lap dog at home. A Toy sized Poodle should be like a best friend who thinks all your ideas are excellent and wants to join in without fuss.

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Separation Anxiety

This small Poodle breed are popular companion dogs because they reciprocate our love of company. But the flip side of this is that they don’t take kindly to being left out.

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They are likely to become stressed and bored if they’re left alone in an empty house for long periods. If you work full time, you’ll need to factor in the cost of a pet sitter or regular dog walker.

Training and Exercising your Toy Poodle

Many people think small dogs don’t have many requirements when it comes to training and exercise. However, they’re mistaken! Even smaller dogs need consistent training and regular exercise!

Historically Standard and even Miniature Poodles were prized for their quick intelligence and trainability as hunting companions. The smallest Poodles don’t share their older cousins’ working roots to the same extent, but they do share their intelligence. With patience and practice, channeling those smarts into a well-trained and well-behaved dog should be an achievable and rewarding way to bond with your new dog.

Don’t let their small size fool you – these dogs are smart, energetic, and love to join in with days out. You’ll need to provide plenty of opportunities for exercise. An hour a day is the absolute minimum. You’ll also need to keep them engaged with plenty of training and fun games at home.

Toy Poodle Puppy Socialization

Like all toy dogs, your little Poodle mustn’t be allowed to skip socializing or obedience training just because they’re small enough to scoop out of trouble. Lots of socialization as a puppy will be vital to instill them with the confidence they need around people as adults.

If your tiny friend will be visiting or visited by children, arranging a fun and rewarding introduction while they’re still a puppy will set them up for a happy relationship in the future. Even if you don’t have many children in your life, it’s still a good idea to get your puppy to be comfortable around kids, under supervision of course. The last thing you want is a little dog that is scared of children and snappy as a consequence.

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Do They Make Good Family Pets?

Toy Poodles are intelligent breeds that suit families who can spend a lot of time with them. They don’t do well being left alone. And really benefit from time spend bonding whilst training or playing. They suit families who have the time to exercise them regularly. They don’t have too many severe health problems, which means they’re a relatively good choice for most families!

Are Toy Poodles Good with Children?

Standard and Miniature Poodles are a popular breed choice for families with children because they’re typically confident and relaxed around humans, and relatively easy to train. Among Poodle owners, Toy Poodles are generally reported to be more nervous than their bigger cousins, which means kids will have to be older before they can be left unsupervised with a Toy Poodle.

You’ll also need to consider how likely it is that your tiny pup could accidentally get hurt. Most children will easily outweigh a Toy Poodle by their second birthday, but toddlers (through not fault of their own) are still clumsy, and if they fall onto your dog, the dog is likely to end up injured.

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Toy Poodle Health and Care

There are many factors that come under the puppy health and care bracket. Especially when you think of caring for that unique fur!

Through genetic good fortune and the wisdom and prudence of Toy Poodle breeders, there are lots of healthy puppies being born. However, like any breed, there are some health problems which they tend to be vulnerable to:

  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Patella Luxation
  • von Willebrand’s disease
  • Thyroid problems

As with any breed, you should check your Poodles ears for excess wax regularly. Also make sure to keep his nails trimmed. You’ll want to find a high quality dog food to ensure he grows into a happy and healthy adult!

Rescuing a Toy Poodle

If you’re eager to welcome a tiny Poodle into your home, you can also consider looking for Toy Poodles for adoption. Although you might not be able to find a puppy, choosing to go to a rescue is a great way to give a dog a second chance.

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Toy Poodles end up in shelters or foster homes for all kind of reasons. Some may have been given up for behavioral issues which an experienced dog owner is best-placed to rectify. But others were much loved pets who have fallen on hard times, for example because their owner has died or become too ill to look after them. Could you be the right person to give them a second shot at a happy home?

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Finding Breeders

A responsible breeder will be happy to answer all these questions when you approach them, and arrange for you to meet both parents before you take home your puppy.

Your prospective puppy should be with mum when you go to meet them, and it should be obvious she is a beloved family pet. She should know her name, and their should be obvious affection between her and the breeder (she has recently given birth after all!).

Poodles of all sizes are commonly mistaken for being hypoallergenic because they don’t shed. This means they’re a favorite of puppy farms. It’s important to avoid puppy farms and pet stores, as these puppies and the dogs they’re bred from are not treated well. Always take every precaution possible to make sure you buy your puppy from a responsible breeder.

Worried that a pedigree Toy Poodle breeder is the wrong place to find a family pet? Don’t be! In reality only one or two puppies from a litter will be show standard, but the rest will still be happy, healthy, well-treated “pet puppies”.

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Toy Poodle Price

Bringing a litter of healthy puppies into the world is not a cheap business. A Poodle puppy can cost anything from several hundred dollars to well over a thousand dollars.

Part of the cost might reflect that they are an unusual or sought-after color, or their parents have performed well in the show ring. But the steep Toy Poodle cost is far from profiteering.

Their parents needed to be health tested before the mating took place, the mum needed veterinary care throughout her pregnancy, the puppies needed feeding, worming and flea-treating… it all adds up.

When considering how much a toy Poodle is going to cost you, it’s also worth remember that the price you pay for your puppy is only a very small part of the overall lifetime cost of raising and caring for your dog. Your biggest outgoing by far, is likely to be health insurance.

Cheaper Toy Poodles

If a Poodle puppy price sounds too good to be true, their welfare is likely to have been compromised at some point to make that possible. So it’s important not to buy a pet shop toy poodle, or a puppy from a puppy mill which is how pet stores are supplied with puppies. Also bear in mind that even though a puppy seems expensive, the upfront cost is just a tiny fraction of how much you’ll have to pay to keep them over their lifetime.

Miniature Toy Poodles

Before we go, we should probably just mention the mini toy poodle, sometimes know as the teacup toy poodle.

When small dogs are so cute, it can be a small step to assume that even smaller is better. However, extreme miniaturization often comes with serious health issues.

So do take care when aiming for mini puppies. Teacup Poodle breeders are likely to be compromising the welfare of their dogs in order to achieve those smaller sizes. You can read more on this topic here: Teacup Toy Poodles but if you are undecided between mini vs Toy Poodle, it’s best to go for the toy puppy, every time.

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What is everything about Toy Poodles? ›

Toy Poodles are extremely intelligent and are easily trained. They are agile and graceful as well as smart, and they enjoy and excel in a variety of canine sports, including agility, obedience, and tracking. They are excellent water-retrievers and also compete in dock diving and retriever hunt tests.

What type of dog is 🐩? ›

The Poodle, called the Pudel in German and the Caniche in French, is a breed of water dog.
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What is the personality of a female Toy Poodle? ›

"[They are] very gentle and very quiet, if that is what you require. … They have a funny personality and they are very affectionate." Toy poodle puppies fit right in with any household. But, like with all breeds, make sure small kiddos know how to properly interact with pets before bringing these small babies home.

Are Toy Poodles good pets? ›

Toy Poodles aren't just adorable; they make wonderful family pets. They're exceptionally intelligent and eager to please, making them easy to train. They have lower exercise needs than many other dog breeds, but still benefit from a daily walk and play session.

What are Poodles weaknesses? ›

They can be emotionally sensitive

Poodles can be hypersensitive to loud noises and startle easily. If there is a lot of yelling or chaos in the home it can be upsetting to a poodle. They may show stress responses like gastrointestinal issues or even develop neurotic behaviors.

Do toy poodles get jealous? ›

Poodles are amazing canines, capable of high intelligence, strong loyalty and having a range of emotions. Just like people, Poodles can feel sad, depressed, excited, happy, bored, overwhelmed...even jealous.

What is the cutest dog name? ›

100 most popular puppy names
  • 50 popular girl puppy names: Luna. Bella. Daisy. Lucy. Bailey. Coco. Lola. Nala. Sadie. Stella. Penny. Molly. Maggie. Rosie. Zoey. Ruby. Lily. Nova. Ellie. Chloe. Pepper. ...
  • 50 popular boy puppy names: Charlie. Max. Milo. Cooper. Rocky. Buddy. Bear. Teddy. Harley. Duke. Zeus. Blue. Jack. Loki. Leo. Oliver. Tucker. Koda. Toby. Bentley.
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Is it wolf is a dog? ›

For years, wolves and dogs were considered separate species: canis familiaris and canis lupus. However, more recently, scientists generally agree they are both a sub-species of canis lupus. Unlike dogs and foxes, wolves and dogs can reproduce, creating the controversial wolf-dog.

How do you know if your Toy Poodle likes you? ›

Your dog might jump on you, lick your face, and they'll definitely wag their tail. Being excited and happy to see you is one way you can be assured they love and miss you. They seek physical contact. This can come in the form of a quick nuzzle, a cuddle, or the famous lean.

Do Poodles have a favorite person? ›

This is not that uncommon and this sort of behavior usually manifests if that one person is the main caregiver. This breed can make quick attachments and then cling to the person who they first established a relationship with.

How long can a toy poodle hold pee? ›

A young dog can hold their pee for up to 10-12 hours if needed, but that doesn't mean that they should. The average adult dog should be allowed to relieve itself at least 3-5 times per day. That's at least once every 8 hours.

Do Toy Poodles smell bad? ›

Besides not shedding, Poodles are well-known as clean dogs who lack the "doggy" smell of many other breeds. While a non-shedding and good-smelling Poodle is nice to your nose, their need for regular professional grooming every 4 to 6 weeks can become costly.

What is a negative of a toy poodle? ›

Toy Poodle Cons:

Require regular extensive grooming to keep their coat from matting. Small and delicate dogs, so they may not be suitable for families with small children who might accidentally hurt them. Can be prone to health issues like epilepsy, patellar luxation, and von Willebrand disease.

Will a Poodle protect you? ›

They have amazing agility, and excel in obedience and show qualities, having taken top honors in conformation dog shows. Poodles also excel as assistance dogs due to their calm nature. Poodles have a very sweet nature and are gentle while also being capable and excellent at personal and family protection.

Do Poodles have anger issues? ›

Do poodles have anger issues? Apparently, this is not a constant behavioral issue, however, developed anxiety can lead to more aggressive behaviors. For example, separation anxiety can cause fear and aggression, like most dogs and other pets.

How aggressive is a Poodle? ›

Poodles are not typically aggressive animals, but they can develop anxiety that may lead to aggressive behaviors. When these dogs get anxious, they may also get fearful, which can cause them to look at everyone as an enemy. They can also suffer from separation anxiety if they are apart from their owners for too long.

Where should a Poodle sleep? ›

every poodle has their own ”bedroom that they share with no one else in the house. Bedtime for my puppies always starts with a crate. Once my puppy is old enough to sleep comfortably through the night and knows how to alert to go outside to potty, we tend to graduate to allowing poodles on the bed to sleep.

Why do poodles stare at you? ›

Just as humans stare into the eyes of someone they adore, dogs will stare at their owners to express affection. In fact, mutual staring between humans and dogs releases oxytocin, known as the love hormone. This chemical plays an important role in bonding and boosts feelings of love and trust.

Why do dogs lick you? ›

Licking is a natural and instinctive behaviour to dogs. For them it's a way of grooming, bonding, and expressing themselves. Your dog may lick you to say they love you, to get your attention, to help soothe themselves if they're stressed, to show empathy or because you taste good to them!

What is a pretty name for a girl dog? ›

20 Most Popular Female Dog Names
  • Bella.
  • Lucy.
  • Daisy.
  • Molly.
  • Maggie.
  • Lola.
  • Sophie.
  • Chloe.

What are 4 letter dog names? ›

Pick the best 4 letter dog names like Dash, Bear, Abby, Hugo, Jazz, Luna, Nero, Lucy, Finn, Lexi, Hope, Cleo, Chic, Gigi and many more...

What is the #1 cutest dog? ›

Cute dog #1: Labrador retriever

The Labrador retriever is a super friendly and easy-going breed and an ideal family dog, which is probably why it topped the American Kennel Club's list of (AKC) most popular dog breeds for the last five years.

Which is the 1 cutest dog in the world? ›

The data shows that it's the Dalmatian, made famous from the Disney film 101 Dalmatians, that is officially the cutest dog breed in the world.
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#Breed% Adherence to the Golden Ratio
2Irish Water Spaniel66.26%
3Wire Fox Terrier65.53%
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What was the first dog on earth? ›

The archaeological record and genetic analysis show the remains of the Bonn-Oberkassel dog buried beside humans 14,200 years ago to be the first undisputed dog, with disputed remains occurring 36,000 years ago.

Is A Fox A dog? ›

Foxes are part of the dog family, Canidae, which also includes domestic dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals, dingoes and other canines. “The nomenclature 'canines' is a common reference to animals that are members of the family Canidae,” Bridgett M.

Is A Fox A Cat or a dog? ›

Biological Characteristics. The biological answer to whether foxes are cats or dogs is simple: they belong to the Canidae family, which means they are dogs.

What do Poodles love most? ›

Regardless of size, Poodles are highly active dogs.

Taking a cue from their history as duck hunters, Poodle owners should give their dogs lots of exercise. They're excellent retrievers and enjoy a good game of fetch, as well as jogging and long walks. As superb water dogs, swimming is another great option.

What is a Poodles favorite food? ›

For meats and proteins this includes chicken, turkey, duck, lamb, rabbit, beef, and many types of fish including whitefish, haddock, salmon, and cod. You'll also want your Poodle to have some vegetables and fruits which provide vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

What makes a Poodle happy? ›

To keep a poodle happy, make sure you give them enough physical and mental exercise. Their working heritage and high energy levels give them the capacity for any kind of activity or training you can imagine.

Does a dog trust you if they sleep on you? ›

Cuddles & Sleepy Snuggles 💤

Dogs choose to sleep where they feel most comfortable and at ease, so if your dog enjoys sleeping in your bed, or likes to snuggle up to you for a nap, they feel trust in you that they will be safe to do so.

Do Poodles know when your sad? ›

Dogs' ability to communicate with humans is unlike any other species in the animal kingdom. They can sense our emotions, read our facial expressions, and even follow our pointing gestures.

Why do Poodles paw at you? ›

By putting his paw on you whilst you are petting him, he is expanding contact and reciprocating affection back to you. While this act can be interpreted as an expression of love, your dog pawing at you can also be credited to numerous other feelings. He wants to play, he wants food, he's anxious, or may be in pain.

How do you tell if a dog likes you? ›

How can you tell if your dog loves you?
  • Your dog is happy to see you. ...
  • Your dog gives you presents. ...
  • Your dog puts you second only to food. ...
  • Your dog likes to sleep with you. ...
  • Your dog looks at you with loving eyes. ...
  • Your dog does not care about your appearance. ...
  • Your dog follows you everywhere.

Why does my dog follow me to the bathroom? ›

“The main reason dogs follow us to the bathroom is because they like to be where we are,” Dr. Coppola explains. “Dogs are obligate social animals, which means socialization is a genuinely natural behavior for them. This is part of what makes them such fantastically loyal companions.”

Why does my toy poodle follow me everywhere? ›

If your dog follows you everywhere then it's a sign that they trust and love you and that you make them feel safe. Following you very closely can be a sign that they're bored, they want something, they're feeling scared or are just being nosy.

Can I leave my Toy Poodle alone for 8 hours? ›

It is always recommended to have friends, family or a pet sitter watch your Poodle if you will be gone longer than the average work day (8-9 hours). While a Poodle can survive alone overnight, if given enough water and food, this can be very stressful for the dog.

Is it OK to leave a dog alone for 8 hours? ›

Adult dogs (older than 18 months) can be left alone at home for between 4 and 8 hours. Adult dogs are more than likely used to being alone at home and will probably lie down and sleep until you return.

Can I leave my dog alone for 3 days? ›

Leaving Your Dog for Three Days

Preparing to leave your pup during a three-day trip won't be too different from leaving for a day or two. You'll find it easiest to recruit someone to stop in a couple times a day to check on food, water, offer plenty of love and provide potty breaks.

Should you bathe a Toy Poodle? ›

Poodles need to have a bath once every 3 weeks and there is a good reason why. When you give your Poodle a bath, both skin and coat have a 'reset'.

Is Toy Poodle the smartest dog? ›

In fact, Coren ranks the poodle second among the smartest dog breeds, right after the border collie.

Do toy poodles get hot? ›

Heat stress happens first – A dog's body will start to become overwhelmed in dealing with hot weather. The Poodle's normal body temperature of 101 to 102.5 degrees F will raise to 103 Fahrenheit.

Can you leave a Toy Poodle home alone? ›

This sweet little ball of fur is affectionate and will bond strongly with you. Unfortunately, the toy poodle can become overly dependent on your presence and develop severe separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. Sometimes, this results in negative behaviors like having accidents in the house.

Do toy poodles get sick a lot? ›

Toy Poodles are susceptible to bacterial and viral infections—the same ones that all dogs can get—such as parvo, rabies, and distemper. Many of these infections are preventable through vaccination, which we will recommend based on the diseases we see in our area, herage, and other factors.

What is the personality of a Toy Poodle? ›

Toy Poodle personality and temperament

Toy Poodles are very joyful, playful, alert, loyal and highly intelligent little dogs. Their friendly, smiling eyes and their smarts and willingness to learn make a lot of people fall in love with this cute little breed.

What are the pros and cons of a Toy Poodle? ›

3 Pros and Cons of Owning Toy Poodles
Very athletic Toy poodles that have legs long enough so that their height is equal to their length are very athletic.Need Constant Stimulation Toy poodles must be mentally stimulated, or they can become destructive.
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What are toy poodles good for? ›

The Poodle is a lively, sociable and affectionate dog who is both intelligent and amusing, and makes a wonderful and fun companion. They love to be included in all family pursuits and can be good watch dogs, announcing visitors without being aggressive.

Are toy poodles hard to take care of? ›

Though poodles have gained a reputation of being fancy and high-maintenance, they really are no harder to care for than the average dog. In particular, toy poodles are considered the easiest of the bunch, due to their small size—acts like grooming and exercise will take no time at all thanks to their petite frame.

How big will a Toy Poodle get? ›

Appearance. Unlike the Standard and Miniature Poodle, the Toy Poodle size and weight are much smaller. Toy Poodles cap out at 10 inches in height, and they typically weigh between 6-10 pounds. A Toy Poodle's coat can be curly or wavy, and feel wiry or soft.

How long can a Toy Poodle hold pee? ›

A young dog can hold their pee for up to 10-12 hours if needed, but that doesn't mean that they should. The average adult dog should be allowed to relieve itself at least 3-5 times per day. That's at least once every 8 hours.

Can a Toy Poodle be left alone? ›

This sweet little ball of fur is affectionate and will bond strongly with you. Unfortunately, the toy poodle can become overly dependent on your presence and develop severe separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. Sometimes, this results in negative behaviors like having accidents in the house.

Where should my Toy Poodle sleep? ›

every poodle has their own ”bedroom that they share with no one else in the house. Bedtime for my puppies always starts with a crate. Once my puppy is old enough to sleep comfortably through the night and knows how to alert to go outside to potty, we tend to graduate to allowing poodles on the bed to sleep.

What are poodles favorite toys? ›

For this, both Kongs and Doughnuts are the two best options, with Kongs being the best for toy Poodles (images are below). Kongs are great because they come in a wide range of sizes that will be appropriate for toys, minis, and standards.

What do Toy Poodles love to eat? ›

You will want to have a mix of protein, healthy grains, vegetables and fruits.
  • Proteins can include beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, veal, and fish (cod, flounder, salmon, whitefish).
  • Vegetables can include sugar snap peas, green beans, lima beans, spinach, peas, zucchini, carrots, sweet potato, and regular potato.

What can Toy Poodles not eat? ›

10 Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat
  • Chocolate. Chocolate contains a very toxic substance called methylxanthines, which are stimulants that can stop a dog's metabolic process. ...
  • Avocados. ...
  • Onions and Garlic. ...
  • Grapes and Raisins. ...
  • Milk and other Dairy Products. ...
  • Macadamia Nuts. ...
  • Sugary foods and drinks. ...
  • Caffeine.

How smart are Toy Poodles? ›

Mini and Toy Poodles are incredibly smart, playful dogs that are perfect for people who want a "big dog" personality in a small (and adorable) package. They make great apartment dogs and get along well with dogs, other pets, and kids. Poodles love people and form tight bonds with their families.

How many walks does a toy poodle need? ›

The miniature and toy poodles are very playful dogs that need to be exercised daily. They are should go for a walk at least 2 times per day for 30 minutes. They also enjoy longer walks that could be one hour long. If you like sports, this breed could be for you.

Which is bigger teacup or toy poodle? ›

For example, toy poodles measure 9 to 11 inches tall, miniature poodles measure 11 to 15 inches tall, and tea cup poodles measure 5 to 8 inches tall, given that they are the smallest poodle variety in existence.


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