The Standard Poodle was originally a hunting dog, known as gun dog or retriever. In Canada and the U.S., it was used for fowl hunting. The Standard Poodle we know nowadays has maintained some of the best characteristics, such as agility and intelligence, and an ability to listen to and follow commands. They slowly stopped being used in hunting and they became exclusively companion dogs, signs of wealth and status, as well as circus dogs.
The Toy Poodle and Miniature Poodle are both drawn from the Standard Poodle, but while their ancestor Poodle was an excellent swimmer, these smaller breeds are not made for the water. They were, however, used in truffle hunting thanks to their smaller, more delicate frames that did not damage the truffles as much.
Today, the UK and France, especially, still retain the Toy Poodle as a “luxury” companion, as it is mostly kept as a pet by ladies coming from the upperclass. While the exaggerated primping, dyeing and fluffing originated in Victorian and Georgian times, poodles today are still being made up to signal status and wealth.
Mischievous, but incredibly intelligent, affectionate and very loyal, the Toy Poodle is a very good companion for a wide range of people. It makes an excellent family dog, due to how well it gets along with children and other pets (including dogs), but it is also an ideal companion for ladies, thanks to its distinguished and elegant appearance. It easily responds to commands and is easy to train, which is why it makes such a successful show dog and competition winner. Just because it looks regal, this doesn’t mean it doesn’t like to play, so a Toy Poodle is a good choice for a household with other animals.
- Activity level: 5/5 (an active pet who is always playful)
- Intelligence level: 5/5 (known to be an extremely intelligent breed who is easy to train)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (an inquisitive spirit who has a mischievous streak)
- Friendliness: 5/5 (very friendly with both humans and animals; gets along with anyone)
- Vocal: 2/5 (a calm dog, not likely to howl or bark often)
The Toy Poodle is easily recognized because of its size, but most of all, because of its unique and curly coat. Poodles are groomed and adorned more than any other breed, because of the potential its fur offers for elegant, cute, or outrageous designs. However, the dog is extremely delicate, beautiful and distinguished when left with its natural shape.
- Fur: The coat on a poodle is very distinctive, because of its mass of curls, usually white, but there are also black, brown and grey poodles. The fur is typically shaped through attentive trimming and shaving.
- Eyes: Oval eyes that are dark in color, but which look very intelligent and alert.
- Body structure: A well-proportioned body, squarely built. The Toy Poodle appears very delicate and sensitive.
- Facial features: It has a rounded skull with a straight and long muzzle, and its ears are folded over.
- Weight: A Toy Poodle usually weighs around 6 to 9 pounds.
Poodles may be susceptible to certain genetic diseases. Epilepsy, runny eyes, slipped stifle, IMHA, digestive tract problems, diabetes, ear infections, heart problems, PRA, are among the diseases this breed may face.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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