Toy Poodle Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Toy Poodle so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany flagGermany France flagFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Toy Poodle have?
BarbonePudleTeacup PoodleTeddy Poodle
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Toy Poodle Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Toy Poodle puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Toy Poodle in the United States? How much money is a Toy Poodle?

Where to buy a Toy Poodle with a good pedigree?

$1000-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Toy Poodle, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Toy Poodle for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Toy Poodle gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Toy Poodle? How many Toy Poodle are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Toy Poodle Size

Size
Is a Toy Poodle small, medium or large dog?

How big do Toy Poodle get?

What is the average size of a Toy Poodle?

Small
Weight
How much does the Toy Poodle weigh? How much should a Toy Poodle weight? What is the normal weight of a Toy Poodle? How much does a full-grown Toy Poodle weight?
Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Toy Poodle?
Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Toy Poodle? Toy Poodle height:
Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Toy Poodle?
Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm)

Toy Poodle Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Toy Poodle have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseCurlyThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Toy Poodle's coat?
ApricotBlackBrownGraySilverWhiteFawnBlue CreamRedBeige
Grooming
How to groom the Toy Poodle and how often? How often should I take my Toy Poodle to the groomer?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Toy Poodle requires grooming on a daily basis.

Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule.

Taking good care of your Toy Poodle is time-consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Toy Poodle dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Barbone? Do Toy Poodle dogs shed a lot?
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Toy Poodle dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Toy Poodle need a bath? How often should you give a Toy Poodle a bath? Can I bathe my Toy Poodle every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Toy Poodle Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Toy Poodle have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveFaithfulIntelligentAlertInstinctualTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Toy Poodle? Is the Toy Poodle breed dumb or smart?
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 95% of the time or better.

The Toy Poodle is one of the best breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Toy Poodle dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Toy Poodle?
Toy Poodles are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Toy Poodle sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Toy Poodles don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Toy Poodle a good family dog?
High: Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Barbone need? Toy Poodle social needs:
Toy Poodles are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Toy Poodle dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Barbone bark?
Average to High: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Toy Poodle good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Toy Poodles will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Toy Poodle dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Toy Poodles are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Toy Poodle bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Barbone? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Toy Poodle? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Toy Poodle has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Toy Poodle? How much bite force does a Toy Poodle have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Toy Poodle bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Toy Poodle do?
Toy Poodles have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Toy Poodles need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Toy Poodle to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Toy Poodle roam?
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Toy Poodle have high prey drive?
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Toy Poodle good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Toy Poodle in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Toy Poodle breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Toy Poodle be left alone? How long can you leave a Toy Poodle alone?
Toy Poodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Toy Poodle Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Toy Poodle temperament with other people:
Toy Poodles are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Toy Poodle dogs get along with other pets? Are Toy Poodle dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Toy Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Toy Poodle dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Toy Poodle temperament with children:
Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Toy Poodle dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Toy Poodle breed live with a cat?
Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Toy Poodle good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Toy Poodle dogs get along with other dogs?
Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Toy Poodle can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Toy Poodle breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Toy Poodle breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Toy Poodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Toy Poodles good office dogs? Do Toy Poodles make good office friendly dogs? Can Toy Poodles be office dogs?
No
Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Toy Poodle dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Barbone temperament with senior people? Are Toy Poodle dogs good for elderly owners?
Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Toy Poodle Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Toy Poodle dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Toy Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Toy Poodle breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Toy Poodle breed? Most common health risks of Toy Poodle:
Autoimmune Hemolytic AnemiaCanine Diabetes MellitusEar InfectionsEpilepsyHeart MurmursProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Skin AllergiesSlipped Stifle
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Toy Poodle breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Toy Poodle see the vet?
Average
The Toy Poodle should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Toy Poodle dogs live? How old can a Toy Poodle be? What is the age limit of the Toy Poodle? How many years can the oldest Toy Poodle live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Toy Poodle?

How long is the lifespan of a Toy Poodle?

14-16 years
The average lifespan of Toy Poodle: 15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Toy Poodle breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Toy Poodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Toy Poodle have? What is the activity level of the Toy Poodle?
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Toy Poodle need? How much exercise do Toy Poodle dogs require per day?

Do Toy Poodle dogs need a lot of exercises?

Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Toy Poodle breed need?
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Toy Poodle need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Toy Poodle breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Toy Poodle? How much food should I feed my Toy Poodle?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Toy Poodle risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Toy Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Toy Poodle's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Toy Poodle drool?
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Toy Poodle could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Toy Poodle.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Toy Poodle As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Toy Poodle is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Toy Poodle be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Toy Poodle breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Toy Poodle is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Toy Poodle is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a boat dog?

Not really

Toy Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Toy Poodle be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Toy Poodle is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Toy Poodle dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Toy Poodle Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Toy Poodle pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Toy Poodle breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Toy Poodle: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Toy Poodle have in a litter? How many puppies can the Toy Poodle breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Toy Poodle have? How many puppies can a Toy Poodle give birth to?
2-4 puppies

Toy Poodle Recognition

AKC Group
Is Toy Poodle recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Toy Poodle recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Toy Poodle breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.

Toy Poodle Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Toy Poodles do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Toy Poodle breed.
  • Shedding Level: Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Toy Poodle is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Toy Poodles have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Toy Poodles are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Toy Poodle's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Toy Poodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Toy Poodle History

The Poodle is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. The dogs were initially developed for hunting waterfowl. According to most experts, the Poodle is originating from Germany, but there are others who state that it developed into its own distinct breed in France. The Poodle is a result of several crosses between European water hunting breeds, including Spanish, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, German, and Russian dogs. Others think that the Poodle’s ancestry also involves the North African Barbet, which was imported to the Iberian Peninsula. Whatever the true origin might be, it is safe to say that this is a very old breed, with an extensive history. Illustrations portray Poodle-like dogs adorn Roman and Egyptian artifacts and tombs dating from the 1st century BC.

Even though, some experts state that the Toy and the Miniature Poodle types emerged shortly after the Standard, many believe that it was not until the 1400s, that breeders started to produce smaller versions of the breed. First of all, they created the Miniature, then the Toy followed, with the intention of delighting the European elite and the Parisian bourgeoisie. The breed’s elegance contributed to their reputation among the nobility, but the breed possesses an extraordinary intellectual capability, which came to the attention of hunters. The dogs’ easy trainability made them a natural entertainer, Miniature Poodles were taken into the circus and were shown all around Europe. Their excellent intellect and their good noses added up also in the world of truffle hunters, making the breed even more attractive.

Regarding the Poodle’s evolution internationally, firstly the Standard was bred down to the Miniature size still in its native land. Yet, later, as the breed got more well-recognized, it got exported to America, where the Toy version was bred in the early 20th century, as a city-dwelling companion. The breeders always bred the smaller specimen of each variety with each other, in order to receive the desired size, thus no other breed was involved, resulting from a perfectly homogenous DNA base for the breed. This practice came in hand, because, the well-bred specimen of each variety are exact replicas of each other, thus the breeding to the same standard of the Toy Poodle was a relatively easy process. Moreover, the Toy Poodle possesses more abilities than their bigger cousins. They are known for their superior intelligence and their exceptional swimming capabilities. Through the generations, the Toy Poodles’ coats adapted to the water. Any variety of the Poodle is famous for its grooms. In the early periods, hunters shaved the neck, legs, and tail of the dogs, however leaving out the chest, leg joints, and hips well coated. The rounded tufts on the chest, leg joints, and hips were called pompons. Initially, this was not a practice of fashion, but a well-considered more of protecting the joints and vital organs of the Poodles in the cold weather.

The Toy Poodle, with their extreme intelligence, achieved great popularity in France, where they were known as “trick dogs”. The breed was a favored guest in palaces and castles during the reign of Queen Anne and Louis XVI. The Toy Poodles mainly served as companions to the wealthy classes. In the Renaissance era, they often carried their Toy Poodles in their shirt’s large sleeves, which led the breed to be called “sleeve dogs” at that time. King Louis XVI was besotted with the Toy Poodle breed so much, he made the breed that National Dog of France. Nowadays, the Toy variety is the most popular among the three sizes available. The breed is recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club)

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Toy Poodle Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Toy poodle

    Sep 26, 2021, 3:40:35 PM:

    Our toy poodle is the best decision we ever made. She is loving, active, a great companion and we adore her!

  • Caitlin Langeberg

    Jan 1, 2020, 3:04:42 AM:

    I think poodles are the best breed I have came by!