- AKC recognized in 1870
- Lifespan: 12-14 years
- Size: Small
- Energy: High
- Recommended Crate Size: 24” dog crate*
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The Toy Poodle was bred from the larger breed which we know as the Standard Poodle. This toy-sized poodle became popular among royal people in 18th century. Poodles originally served as military dogs, guardian dogs, guide dogs, and also circus performers.
The Toy Poodle first became a show dog in late 19th century. This dog breed enjoys playing in mud and water. Therefore, regular grooming is required to keep them in good condition. The Toy Poodle has a single coat layer. This dog is also hypoallergenic which makes it suitable for people with allergies. They also do great as therapy dogs, guard dogs, and seeing-eye dogs.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Poodle in 1870. These high energy dogs are also known as the French Poodle, Teacup Poodle, Chien Canne, and Teddy Poodle. This breed has a great sense of humor. They are not a favorite because of their humor appreciation only, but for their hardwork and intelligence. The Toy Poodle is highly energetic and considered easy to train. They can get along well with kids, cats, other animals, and even strangers. This dog is very alert and can be a great watchdog.
The Toy Poodle is the descendant of the working Retriever. They have the look and build of an athletic background. The Toy Poodle is approximately 10 inches in height. This dog breed has a square body proportion with proud carriage and an elegant overall appearance. The coat is curly, dense, and sometimes harsh. They come in various colors such as gray, white, black, apricot, cream, and silver. The Toy Poodle has a small body with refined build. The head is a triangular shape with a long muzzle and wide dropped ears.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to toy-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
Grooming for Poodles is needed on a regular basis. They have a fine curly coat which should be trimmed regularly around every six to eight weeks. This is because the coat will get matted easily and form into cords. This breed also requires regular brushing and bathing at home or by a professional groomer. It is also important to regularly check the ears and brush its teeth. That small mouth can cause serious problem if it is not cleaned properly.
Toy Poodles are active dogs which requires daily walks. Playing can also help them with their exercise needs, but they still need a daily walk to fulfill energy burn requirements. They will also enjoy a good run in securely fenced area if owners have sufficient space.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 24” dog crates for most adult Toy Poodles.
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