Toy Poodle: Dog Breed Profile

Toy Poodle dog profile

The Toy Poodle is a small dog that is part of the Poodle family, alongside the Large Poodle (formerly known as the Royal Poodle ), the Medium Poodle, and the Miniature Poodle.

History of The Toy Poodle

There are four sizes of poodles, standard, medium, miniature, and toys, but they are all the same poodle breed.
The poodle is a typical dog in France, but historically it originated in Russia or northern Central Asia, crossed Europe and spread while being crossed with dogs in the region, and eventually entered France from Germany.

Early poodles were pure working dogs, pulling carts and engaging in duck hunting as water hunting dogs. Working as hunting dogs in Germany, they initially entered France as hunting dogs, but it is speculated that there was already a variety of sizes by this time.

A miniature poodle with a unique cut or a small dog that seems to be a toy poodle appears in the prints of the 15th-century German painter Albrecht Durer as an indication of when the toy poodle existed.

By the beginning of the 17th century, small toy poodles became popular among the French upper class as pet dogs. It appeared in the paintings of the painter Goya in the 18th century and is recorded as a popular dog among the upper classes of England.

The origins of the toy poodle are believed to date back to the reign of Louis XV. Until this time, poodles were all of a reasonable size, even taller.

They were mainly used for hunting because of their quality in chasing prey and their ability to track an injured animal to bring it back to its master. Poodles were particularly popular in hunting waterfowl around marshes. The poodle is also an excellent swimmer.

Louis XV is known to have developed a passion for this breed and in particular for its gentleness and loyalty. It is therefore to Louis XV that we owe the appearance of a smaller breed of poodles like that of the toy poodle or the miniature poodle.

Toy Poodle Physical Characteristics

  • Cut: Male and female toy poodles measure between 9.3 and 10.9 inches at the withers.
  • Weight: Male and female toy poodles weigh between 4.4 and 8.8 lbs.
  • Body: The Toye Poodle is a dog with a well-proportioned body.
  • Tail: Set high enough, its tail is an extension of the line of the kidney.
  • Head: Straight, the head must, according to the official standard of the breed, be well-chiseled and be neither too heavy nor too thin. The stop is lightly marked without being erased.
  • Ears: They are quite long, drooping, and flat.
  • Eyes: They are slightly oblique, almond-shaped, and black or dark brown in color (and sometimes dark amber in brown subjects).
  • Fur: The coat can be curly or corded. In both cases, the coat is abundant, fine in texture, and woolly.
  • Dress Color: The Toy Poodle’s coat is always one-color: black, white, brown, gray, or fawn (light, dark, or apricot).

Toy Poodle Character

The Toy Poodle, like the 3 other Poodle varieties, is an adorable, affectionate, and very playful dog: It likes to clown and amuse those around It.

Sometimes shy towards strangers (more than the other three varieties), It reserves all Its love for Its family It adores! It appreciates very little to be separated from it and needs rather present teachers.


Rare: Toy Poodles, when well balanced, do not have a reputation for being particularly barking dogs.

Cohabitation with children

Possible: It can easily integrate a family with children but be careful: the latter must respect this dog and never consider It as a soft toy.

Be aware that even small dogs can cause biting accidents if pushed to the limit and not respected.

Cohabitation with other animals

Possible: Its past as a hunter is far behind it, the Toy Poodle can cohabit with other pets without a problem, especially if it is used to it from an early age.

Moreover, for congenital encounters, it is necessary both to avoid constantly considering the Toy Poodle as a fragile porcelain “object”, and at the same time to ensure that dogs of larger size are not too abrupt with It.

Education of the Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is very easy to train as long as we respect its sensitivity and its spending needs (which often take a back seat). It’s a small dog who loves to learn and to please Its master.

To maintain the psychological balance of this dog, it is advisable to teach It new things as regularly as possible.

It must feel loved and pampered by its master to meet its need for affection.

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Living conditions of the Toy Poodle

Need for physical expenditure

Despite appearances, the Toy Poodle is a dog, small certainly, but sporty. It does not of course have the same needs as its larger congeners, but has a rather similar boundless energy.

Possible activities

It loves walks, obey-rhythm sessions, in which It excels, tracking, caving as well as agility (with courses suitable for small breeds).

Apartment living

The Toy Poodle can adapt to many lifestyles and environments. It appreciates indoor comfort and is not made for living outdoors all year round.

It can, of course, live in an apartment but Its small size does not mean that It does not need regular walks, if possible in large spaces so that he externalizes all Its energy.


Like all very small dogs, the Toy Poodle can be particularly sensitive to extreme temperatures. Make sure you put a coat on for walks in cold weather.

Feeding The Toy Poodle

Ask your veterinarian for advice on determining your Toy Poodle’s healthy weight and how much to feed It each day.

The Toy Poodle can easily receive dry food in the form of kibble or wet food, in the form of industrial food of good quality, or of household ration. In the latter case, be sure to balance it well with the help of your veterinarian to ensure that your little dog is getting all the macronutrients and micronutrients It needs.

Daily amount of kibble

between 44 and 48 g of croquettes per day

Typical household ration

The daily ration of a Toy Poodle, healthy, active, whole (unsterilized) and of an optimal weight of 6 pounds should consist of approximately:

  • 80g of meat at 10% fat,
  • 100g of very cooked green beans,
  • 3g rapeseed oil,
  • 45g of very cooked rice,
  • 2 tablets of supplement in minerals and vitamins with 0.3g of calcium.

Care and maintenance of the Toy Poodle

Poodles shed little hair (and are also considered hypoallergenic dogs). They should however be groomed regularly.

Poodles are often thought to be easy to care for because their hair does not come off, but the coat has unique fine curls and is easily entangled, without brushing, dust and dirt can often get inside the curly hair.

Brush at least 2-3 times a week, preferably daily. In seasons other than the cold season, if you cut it short, it will be less likely to get entangled, so it will be easier to maintain.

The poodle’s unique cut that leaves the chest and limbs round is called a continental cut, but in recent years, Toy Poodle’s teddy bear cut, which is designed like a stuffed animal, has become popular.

Toy Poodle Budget

Buying price

Between 1200 and 2500 Dollars

Minimum monthly budget

Between 15 and 25 Dollars

Generally, the price of a puppy varies depending on factors such as whether it is close to the breed standard, pedigree, face, coat color, body size, and age.

The Health Of The Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle can suffer from ear infections (due to its long and drooping ears), epilepsy, a dislocation of the kneecap or even progressive retinal atrophy. Some people are also affected by Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.

Genetic screening tests available

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Neonatal encephalopathy
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Type 1 von Willebrand disease

Life expectancy

The Toy Poodle’s life expectancy is on average 13 years.