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Toy Poodle: Breed Characteristics,
Care & Exercise Needs
Group: AKC Toy;
KCGB Utility Group
Also known as: Caniche,
Barbone, Chien Canne
About Toy Poodle
Country of Origin, History of the breed
Although the country of origin
of the Poodle could be France, Germany, Denmark
or the ancient Piedmont, it is now “officially”
recognized as the dog of the French. It is
probable that the Poodle came from a now nearly
extinct French water dog called the Barbet.
The name ‘Poodle’ comes from the
German word ‘Pudel’ which means
‘one who plays in water.’
The Poodle was originally
a sporting/gun dog who was used as a retriever
in water. The Poodle’s heavy coat was
clipped to allow him ease in swimming.
The breed’s high intelligence
was shown by the French by making the Poodle a circus
performer. His high degree of trainability and love
of performing has made him very popular with the
French who call him the ‘Caniche.’
Hunters used the Standard Poodle
across Western Europe to retrieve waterfowl.
Later the Standard Poodle was bred
down in size to create a new class of poodles, the
Toy Poodles. In France, the poodle is also known
as Caniche or the duck dog. Toy poodles became the
favorites of the French royalty. However, of late,
this dog has been widely used as a Show Dog.
The Toy is very good at obedience
and agility as well as retrieving, watchdog duties,
and performing tricks.
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A General Appearance of
The Poodle is an elegant-looking
dog. He is fairly square in build, but well-proportioned.
He is very dignified and often appears aloof or
prissy. He should be about as tall as his back is
The dog has an elongated head,
a round skull with a long muzzle. The dog has oval,
dark eyes. Toy poodles can also be found with dark
amber eyes but the ones with dark eyes are better.
It has long wide, hanging ears. Behind the withers
there is a slight depression however the topline
is level. The dog small, oval, compact feet. It
has sharp teeth, docked tail and rounded croup.
The coat should be an even and
solid color at the skin. Various colors are black,
blue, silver, brown, café-au-laits, apricot,
white and cream. Any of these colors can have shadings
including darker feathering of the ears and tipping
of the ruff. Brown (chocolate) and café-au-lait
Poodles have liver-colored noses, eye-rims and lips,
dark toenails and dark amber eyes. All other colors
have black noses and very dark eye-rims and lips
with self-colored or dark toenails and dark amber
There are two possible coat types:
The Poodle coat is curly with
a natural harshness that keeps it from matting but
still gives a soft feel to the fingers. It is very
dense over the entire body.
The other possible Poodle coat
is corded, hanging in tight even cords of varying
length. The cords are longer on the mane.
Height: 10 inches
or less. The Toy Poodle can be no more than 10”.
Weight: 6 –
Temperament of the Dog
They -are generally well behaved
with other pets and dogs.
They are excellent playmates for older children.
They might develop behavioral problems if constantly
Very intelligent, quick to learn
and willing to please, the Toy Poodle makes a great
pet for families as well as the single adult that
wants a loving companion. Toy Poodles are very lively
and highly responsive.
Toys are cheerful, very sensitive,
and extremely smart. They love to learn tricks and
understand more words in human speech than most
breeds. They want to be included in all family activities.
They will demand their attention, but they get it
partially by their antics. They are also easy travelers.
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs
and love to announce anyone who comes. They may
become barkers if not trained early. They snap if
teased or surprised.
The more high-strung lines produce
dogs that are afraid to meet new people or go into
new situations, so stay away from those. A well
socialized and obedience trained Toy Poodle can
be a great companion dog or family dog for anyone.
With Poodles of all sizes, shedding
is nonexistent and they make great pets for those
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
Toy Poodles are great for apartment
or small home living if they have some walks and
opportunities for play as they are energetic and
playful. They tend to get along with all types of
The Poodle needs to live in the
house. Toys may like a comfy bed or sleeping with
Are they suited to homes
If the appropriate dog is chosen,
he will be great with children, especially older
children. Be sure to meet both parents and spend
time with them to know their temperaments.
How to take care of the Poodle
Toy Poodles should be handled with extra
care. They should be fed small proportions
of high quality food 4 times a day. They
should be crate trained properly so that
they do not come out of their crates until
they are asked to. They should never be
allowed to saunter around unsupervised because
small size makes them accident-prone.
Owners should be cautious not to
over exercise them or to allow their pups to play
for long hours at a stretch. They require considerable
amount of rest during the day. De-worming and vaccinating
schedules should be strictly adhered to.
Moreover, they should never be allowed to romp around
for more than an hour at a stretch as their sugar
levels might fall. To prevent which, puppies should
be fed high quality food at regular intervals with
Nutri cals to retain apt energy levels during the
day. They love human company and often develop stress
related disorders if kept alone for too long.
Litter Size: 3-8 puppies
Life Span: 12 – 15 yrs
They are fast learners and hence
training them is not much of a trouble. However,
they should be taught certain skills from an early
Obedience training should begin
when they attain a certain age. Certain commands
like, ‘come’, ’go’, ‘stay’,
‘heel’ etc should be imparted. Moreover,
they should be made familiar with words like ‘no’
Poodles should be crate-trained
so that they can be taught to remain in their crates
until they are taken out. They are sensitive to
harsh treatment, so owners should take note of that.
Poodles should be praised amply
when they have successfully completed the task assigned
to them. They are to be rewarded with tidbits every
now and then. Poodles should be potty trained from
a young age. Socializing poodles is not a major
problem since they are a friendly breed.
How Active is the Breed?
This breed is very active indoors
and can get much of its exercise by playing. It
is a good breed for an apartment or home with only
a small yard. A couple of short, walks a day will
take care of their needs
Taking them out on short walks
at a particular time every day will keep them in
a good mood. They love playing with water.
Pups have a fragile bone structure
and they should never be over exercised.
How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at
every stage of its Life?
Puppies will play for 3- 4 hours
a day in several short periods. Adults will remain
very active. Without a couple of walks a day, the
Poodle is likely to display behavior problems. They
do enjoy a romp in a safely fenced area. Some enjoy
playing in the water.
Meticulous grooming of the breed
should be carried out.
With Poodles of all sizes, shedding
is nonexistent and they make great pets for those
with allergies. Know the breeder and see the lineage
of the pet you are thinking of choosing. Many problems
can be eliminated here.
Expect occasional running of the
eyes as they are sensitive and react to dust and
pollens. Teeth need professional attention yearly
to maintain good oral health. Ears must be cleared
of hair on the inside routinely to avoid infections.
Expect to have your Poodle professionally
groomed every six weeks for most of its life. The
cost of this over a lifetime of the pet should be
carefully considered before choosing this breed.
They are prone to ear infections
and hence cleaning should be done on a regular basis.
Their teeth need scaling and since they have long
curly hair, it is essential that they are trimmed
to prevent skin diseases. The breed sheds very little
and is good for people who are prone to allergies.
Styles range from the simplest
puppy cut to intricate sculptured patterns. Brushing
can be done at home between grooming sessions, but
any unique cut should be left in the hands of a
Allergies and skin diseases are common.
Toys are prone to many diseases:
cataracts and other eye problems such as PRA, runny
eyes, allergies and skin problems, slipped stifle,
epilepsy, digestive disorders, heart disease, IMHA
(Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia), and ear infections.
Breeding the Dog and any Cautions
Speak with your breeder about an appropriate mating
for your dog.
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