There is no difference between a Toy Poodle and other Poodle breeds; the size is the only thing that differentiates them. Poodles are in three sizes, Toy, Miniature, and Standard; Toy Poodles are the smallest of the lot. Moreover, it is important to know this small breed before acquiring them.
Toy Poodles are great family dogs; they are friendly, intelligent, confident, and easy to train. They are well-tempered, agile, and smart dogs. Toy Poodles cost about $1200 to $3000; this price depends on many reasons, including the look of the Poodle, medical care, the breeder, and the location.
Toy Poodles are great for country life and city life; they can be inactive dogs indoors and outgoing, playful dogs outdoors. You need to understand the temperament of the dog.
Poodles are sometimes considered French dogs. However, they originated from Germany and not France. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Poodles were bred to collect farmers’ waterfowls. The name poodle originated from the German name “pudel,” which means “splashing into the water.”
The Poodle was a popular dog for the French aristocracy. Hence it was adopted as the national dog of France. In France, Poodles are called “Caniche.” A French name that means “duck dog.” The Poodle was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a registered breed in 1887.
According to AKC ranking, Poodles are currently the 7th most popular dog breed out of 202 breeds. Toy Poodles are the smallest size of all Poodles. Their males, when fully grown, have a height of about 7 to 10 inches while weighing between 5 to 7 pounds. Female Toy Poodles have an average height of 6 to 9 inches, with a weight of about 3 to 5 pounds.
Miniature Poodles have a height of about 10 to 11 inches, with a weight of about 12 to 20 pounds. The Standard Poodles have the biggest size. They have a height of about over 15 inches while weighing between 45 to 70 pounds. Poodles have a long neck with a straight back.
All Poodles, including the Toy Poodles, share the same squared, well-proportioned body. Toy Poodles have a long straight muzzle with a leggy appearance. Poodles have a dark-colored oval eye, always looking alert. Poodles coats come in different colors: brown, black, blue, white, cream, apricot, red, and silver.
Some Poodles have a bi-colored coat combining brown and white, white and silver, red and apricot. The bi-colored coats are rare. For people who have allergies, Poodles tend to be great dogs. Toy Poodles have a very minimal shedding level. So, they could be considered as being hypoallergenic.
However, for proper maintenance, their coats should be brushed daily. Brushing stops dirt and debris from accumulating on their coats. Also, Toy Poodles should be bathed every 2 to 3 weeks. Grooming would be required within every 4 to 6 weeks. Grooming could be done by owners who know how to handle clippers or professional groomers.
Either way of grooming, the important thing is to ensure it is done regularly. Else, when left for a long term, their coats become messy and cause skin infections. Toy Poodles are a great family dog. Poodles have great personalities and are incredibly smart. Poodles perform well in obedience competitions.
When trained properly, they could learn how to engage in some forms of games. They do well in families with children and other pets. However, considering their very small size, Toy Poodles are best advised not to be left with kids below 10. They could easily fall off from kids, leading to severe injuries.
Toy Poodles love attention and would always want to be around people. They are not meant to be left alone for too long, as this could cause them to become aggressive or do certain things you would not like. For families who will not be much available to play with the Poodle, a dog sitter is best advised while away.
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How Much Is A Toy Poodle Cost?
The cost of a Toy Poodle varies, depending on where they are purchased from. The average price Toy Poodles are sold is between $1200 t0 3000. Unlike the Standard and Miniature Poodle, Toy Poodles only give birth to an average of 3 puppies. So, breeders often charge more on their sales since that is the only way to get high returns for breeding them.
The older Toy Poodles puppies get, the more expensive they are. Breeders factor in all costs incurred to raise the dog. Money spent on food, grooming, vaccination, house training, and other costs incurred in ensuring the dog is healthy causes the price of older Toy Poodles to be on the high side. When getting a Toy Poodle, proper research is advised to ensure the breeder is a reputable one.
Other factors that could also determine the cost of a Toy Poodle are AKC registration, the lineage of the parents bred, the breeder’s location, their colors, and the health testing. For instance, parents that have won a trophy in a dog show or competitions in the past are usually more expensive. Usually, they do not fall in the average price that others are sold.
What Is Bad About A Toy Poodle?
One of the bad traits of Toy Poodles is that they are prone to various health issues; this trait is why not everyone wants to own a Toy Poodle despite their other great features and characteristics. Toy Poodles are prone to developing eye diseases, including glaucoma, tear duct disorders, retina dysplasia, eyelash abnormalities, cornea ulcers, and progressive retinal atrophy.
They are also prone to orthopedic diseases like loose knee joints and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Neurological diseases like epilepsy and white shaker dog syndrome can also occur in Toy Poodles. Other health issues Toy Poodles are prone to include; skin problems, digestive diseases, ear problems, respiratory and heart problems, blood-clotting diseases, dental disease, collapsing trachea, and hypoglycemia.
Another bad trait about Toy Poodles is their constant desire for attention; they are not built to be left alone for a long time. They can develop separation anxiety, resulting in them displaying some aggressive and unwanted behaviors. They want to interact with someone every time.
Also, Toy Poodles and little children are not a perfect match. A home with little children should not have a Toy Poodle because the dogs are fragile, and a little child can injure the dog during play. It is also easy for the Toy Poodle to bite the little child out of fear or anxiety.
One of the most detested traits of Toy Poodles is their loud barks. This dog breed is very observant, and at the slightest sight of anything unusual, they will raise the alarm with their high-pitched barks. This can be irritating, especially when the dog barks at night.
Are Toy Poodles High Maintenance?
Toy Poodles are high-maintenance dogs; one of the most time-consuming activities to engage with your Toy Poodle is taking care of its coat. Since Toy Poodles do not shed hair, their coat is always growing. You need to groom the coat; otherwise, the hair begins to cord and has a dread appearance.
Combing tangled Toy Poodle coat hair is impossible; the only option would be to cut the hair off. In trying not to make your dog have a shabby coat, you will spend much time and resources keeping the coat clean and nice. Trimming is required every one to two months. It is even more expensive if your Toy Poodle is for show.
Toy Poodles are great dogs, but they are not well suited for every home. If you have little children or hope to have little children around, it is best not to get a Toy Poodle. Also, if you will be unavailable to provide a dog with attention regularly, you should not get a Toy Poodle.
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Shawn Manaher is a serial entrepreneur but when he isn’t working, he loves dogs. He’s owned different pets over the years, and always gives a part of his heart to each pet.