(aka: Caniche, Tea Cup Poodle)
Toy Poodle Description
When groomed to show dog standards the body is meant to give off a square appearance. It has approximately the same length as the height at the withers. The skull is moderately rounded with a slight but definite stop. It has a long, straight muzzle. The dark, oval shaped eyes are set somewhat far apart and are black or brown. The ears hang close to the head and are long and flat. Both the front and back legs are in proportion with the size of the dog. The topline is level. The tail is set and carried high. It is sometimes docked to half it's length or less to make the dog look more balanced. Dewclaws may be removed. The oval shaped feet are rather small and the toes are arched. The coat is either curly or corded. It comes in all solid colors including black, blue, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white, brown, or cafe-au-lait. While it does not make the written show standard, some breeders are breeding parti-colored poodles. See grooming for different types of poodle clips.
Poodles may look dainty and demur, but in truth, these are high-stamina dogs with a stellar range of skills, including agility, obedience, hunting and herding. Your pretty Poodle could be a sporty competitor in addition to a beautiful show dog.
As a Toy Poodle owner, you must be ready to groom: They need to be clipped and bathed regularly. On the plus side, they don’t shed.
Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles were most likely bred from the larger Standard Poodles. Though Poodles have lived in Europe for centuries, no one knows for sure where they originated. Some claim Germany, but the consensus seems to be France, where they are considered a beloved national breed. Descended from the now-obsolete French Water Dog, the Poodle (most likely named from the German word Pudel, or “plays in water”) was used to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. Poodles were prized for their intelligence and good manners, eventually being used in circuses and dog shows and, of course, as companions. The Standard Poodle is believed to be the oldest of the three Poodle versions.
Poodles are highly intelligent, and they’re one of the easiest dog breeds to train. Be gentle so as not to break their little spirits. They are fun and eager to please. Think of all the toy poodles you've seen over the years under the big top. These dogs are probably one of the smartest, most delightful, fun to train dogs around.
Toy Poodles can live as long as 15 years. Common issues can include hip dysplasia, allergies, skin conditions, ear infections and cataracts.