Description: Toy Poodles are sensitive and remarkably intelligent. Highly responsive, they are said to be one of the most trainable breeds. Pleasant, happy, perky and lively, they like to be with people. Demanding and delightful, yet very amusing and clever, they are reserved with strangers and need to be socialized as a puppy. Toy Poodles are very good watchdogs for their size. Any effort the owner puts into training and socializing will be well rewarded. The offspring of some bloodlines may be high-strung and timid. Such dogs may snap if they are teased or surprised. Toy Poodles do best with older, considerate children and are generally good with other pets and dogs. Unless trained, this breed tends to bark a lot
Other Names: Caniche
Height: 10 inches or smaller
Weight: 4 - 7 lbs.
Colors: All solid colors; clear colors are generally preferred
Coat: Profuse and dense; harsh texture
Temperament: Loyal, sociable, happy, good tempered
With Children: Yes, if children are older.
With Pets: Yes, he is social and playful.
Special Skills: Family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: Very Low
Care and Exercise: The coat grows rapidly and should be shampooed and brushed every week. Frequent trips to the canine beauty parlor should be part of his routine. Careful attention should be paid to the ear and teeth. Exercise indoors or a fenced yard, but he will also enjoy a walk on a leash.
Training: Quick to learn he need a gentle but consistent approach to training.
Learning Rate: Very High, Obedience - Very High, Problem Solving - Very High
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: Apartment living is adequate if enough exercise is given.
Health Issues: Subject to dislocated knees, epilepsy, diabetes and genetic eye diseases.
Life Span: 12 - 14 Years
Litter Size: 2 - 5
Country of Origin: France
History: The Toy Poodle is the smallest version of the Poodle. Originally used in Germany and France as a retriever of waterfowl, he was later favored by circus performers for his comic appearance and the ease to train him. He is still one of the most popular breeds today.
First Registered by the AKC: 1887
AKC Group: Toy Group