Breed Introduction: Toy Poodles

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Toy Poodle Breed Introduction

Toy Poodle is the most popular breed. Toy Poodle is the smallest and popular poodle dog breed! These charming little dogs are proven to be the most popular companions in the world. Toy Poodles rarely shed their fur and are one of the most intelligent! These charming little dogs will definitely find their way into most people in the world.

Toy Poodles are highly intelligent and learn new things extremely quickly, which includes how to please their owners and families, further enhacing their endearing personalities. They have an amazing sense of smell and at one time were trained as “truffle dogs” which saw them search, find and then dig up these expensive delicacies and being so careful by nature, they never damaged the truffles they found. Today, the Toy Poodle has gone from strength to strength on the popularity chart although they are expensive to buy and known to suffer from quite a few health issues.

Poodle Origin

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The Poodle, also known as the Caniche and the Pudle, is a breed of dog that comes in three sizes. The Standard Poodles and Miniature Poodles are included in the Non Sporting Group, and the Toy Poodles are included in the Toy Group. This is one of the most popular house pet breeds known, and poodles are famous for their companionable temperaments and extremely high degree of intelligence. In 1887, The Poodle was recognized by the AKC and in 1984 AKC approved. The Standard Poodles stands on average 15 inches high at the shoulders and weighs between 45 and 70 pounds. The Miniature Poodles stands on average 10 ti 15 inches high at the shoulders and weighs between 15 and 17 pounds. The Toy Poodle must be 10 inches or under at shoulders, and they weigh on average between 6 and 9 pounds. Poodles should be brushed on a daily basis, and they need regular grooming as well.

In the late 19th century, Toy Poodles became show dogs. Some of these early show dogs had corded coats, meaning the coat was allowed to entangle in thin, long tresses. This trend lost popularity. Even though the popularity of Toy Poodles in the United States diminished in the late 1920s, it has since made a successful comeback and is once again quite popular.

Characteristics

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Grooming

Toy Poodles can be quite as tricky to groom. The difference is that fur will grow to a certain point and then shed out, but hair on the other hand keeps growing longer and longer and when it does fall out, it becomes intertwined with the surrounding hair, which is why Poodles do not seem to shed. They do shed a little bit, but it usually is not enough to bother someone, and this is why they are one of the only hypoallergenic breeds.

Health 

A long-lived breed, Poodles are, nevertheless, subject to many genetic diseases. Some are prone to IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia), slipped stifle, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disorders, PRA, runny eyes, ear infections and digestive tract problems. Eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy can cause blindness. Skin conditions, possibly due to unskilled use of clippers. Brown Poodles tend to become prematurely gray. Allergies are common, sometimes due to shampoo and/or color reinforcer.

Temperament and personality

The Toy Poodle Dog Breed has a temperament and personality that is outgoing, friendly and high in energy. They make excellent family dogs and enjoy people of all ages. They are extremely smart and learn new tricks very easily.

Physical Characteristics

As it descends from the working retriever stock, the Poodle’s body is a reflection of its athletic background. Many breed standards list the Toy Poodle as 10 inches (or under) at the highest point of the dog’s shoulders. This square-proportioned dog also has an elegant appearance and a proud carriage. It moves with effortless, springy, and light strides; its coat is dense, curly, and sometimes harsh. The Toy Poodle’s conventional clips (or hairstyles) originally served to insulate and protect the dog’s chest and joints.

Care

The Toy Poodle is not meant for outdoor living, but it enjoys moving to and from the yard. Its coat requires it to be brushed on alternate days. When hair sheds, it does not fall off easily, but gets tangled, thus causing matting. Clipping is recommended four times annually, while the feet and face require monthly clipping. Most Poodles need professional groomers, but owners of the dogs can also learn the grooming procedure. Poodles require plenty of physical and mental exercise as well as lots of interaction with humans.

Living Conditions

Toy poodles are good for city life, as well as country living. Given enough exercise, they are not active indoors. They will lie right next to you and are more sedate when indoors, although they love to play outdoors and are a highly intelligent breed, so they do like lots of thoughtful activities to stimulate their mentality.

Exercise

These are active little dogs that need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe, open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.

Updated: September 21, 2017.

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