Routine Care: Toy Poodles are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions. They are highly intelligent and can be taught to perform a variety of tricks to keep them mentally stimulated.
Grooming: Daily brushing and regular grooming is needed every 6-8 weeks to keep her coat beautiful.
Dental: Toy Poodles often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry - your veterinarian can show you how!
Toy Poodles are a joyful and clever companion that love being the center of attention. All they need is a lap and loving pet parent!
Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
Hypoallergenic coat sheds very little
Easily motivated and trainable
Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic
An excellent companion, family, or working dog
Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions
May have a tendency to bark excessively
Standoffish toward strangers
Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly
Needs frequent attention from her family
Whether you are considering adding a new Toy Poodle to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Toy Poodle will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Toy Poodle you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues a Toy Poodle could encounter:
Bone and Joint Problems
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia
Toy Poodles were bred down in size from Standard Poodles, to be companion dogs. They are commonly used for therapy work, obedience, and agility. They thrive on close human companionship and are considered to rank among the most intelligent canine breeds. Although Poodles need grooming every 6-8 weeks, they tend not to shed making them an excellent choice for people with allergies. Toy Poodles have an average life span of 15-17 years.
Consult a veterinarian if your Toy Poodle shows signs of the following:
Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest
Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath
Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough
Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat
Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss
General reluctance to run or play
Increasing hip pain at less than a year old
Gums that are a color other than bright pink
Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
Squinting, water eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
Cloudiness to eye lens
Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting