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Toy Poodle

ToyPoodle

An excellent companion, family, or working dog

Alert, Peppy, Playful

Toy Poodles are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Toy Poodles, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Toy Poodle and some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:up to 10" Weight:6-9 lb Lifespan:12-15 years or more

Size
1

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
5

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
5

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

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!

Positive Traits:

  • 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

Negative Traits:

  • 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:

Heart Disease

Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's)

Diabetes

Bone and Joint Problems

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Knee Problems

Hip Necrosis

Back Problems

Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia

Bleeding Disorders

Epilepsy

Eye Problems

Glaucoma

Cataracts

Distichiasis

Kidney Disorder

Skin Conditions

Toe Cancer

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

  • Care

    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!

  • Characteristics

    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!

    Positive Traits:

    • 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

    Negative Traits:

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

    • Standoffish toward strangers

    • Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly

    • Needs frequent attention from her family

  • Health Concerns

    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:

    Heart Disease

    Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's)

    Diabetes

    Bone and Joint Problems

    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

    Knee Problems

    Hip Necrosis

    Back Problems

    Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia

    Bleeding Disorders

    Epilepsy

    Eye Problems

    Glaucoma

    Cataracts

    Distichiasis

    Kidney Disorder

    Skin Conditions

    Toe Cancer

  • History

    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.

  • Watch Out For

    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

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