Poodle (Toy)

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The basics:
The Poodle is believed to have originated in Central Europe or Russia. Officially, France is recognized as the nation where the breed reached its present form, where it was used as a water dog, a circus dog, and companion dog to members of royalty. Poodles comes in three recognized size varieties: the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle. The “teacup” Poodle exists only for marketing purposes.

The Standard Poodle was known to be a pet as early as the fifteenth century and was shown in the paintings of German artist Albrecht Durer and the Spanish artist Goya. During the 1800s, the breed was used in the development of several breeds that include the Curly-coated Retriever, Pudelpointer, Irish Water Spaniel, and American Water Spaniel. In fact, the name “poodle” has origins from the German word “pudel,” which is short for “Pudelhund,” which translates to "splashing dog". This echoes the breeds' use as a water dog! In France, however, the poodles are known as "Caniche" which translates into "duck dog," again reflecting the association of the breed with water.

Until the 1930s, few Poodles existed in the United States. A steep rise in their popularity was seen after a white Standard Poodle won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York in 1935. For approximately next 20 years, it was the number one dog registered by the American Kennel Club. Even today, they still feature among the top ten most popular breeds.

Appearance / health:
Poodles are elegant dogs with a square build with proportionally long legs and a notable springy gait. The oval eyes are very dark, and set far enough apart with an alert intelligent expression. Ears are long, wide, thickly feathered and hang close to the head. The head is long with alert, dark-colored, almond-shaped eyes. The skull is a bit rounded, and the teeth should have a scissors bite.The chest is deep, moderately wide with well-sprung ribs. The feet are small, oval and webbed, with arched toes. Show dogs usually have the dewclaws removed, and the tail docked to produce a "balanced dog."

Poodles do not appear to shed as dead hair is caught between the outer curly hairs. If the dog is not regularly groomed, the coat can become a tangled mess. Brushing the coat with a hard-bristled brush three or four times a week is necessary to prevent tangles and matting.

The coat needs extra attention between the age of 9 to 16 months as it becomes curlier and coarser. Trimming the coat is necessary. The coat is very versatile and can be shaped into a variety of clip styles.

The ears should be checked regularly for mites and the ear hair should be pulled out if necessary. The teeth also need regular scaling (cleaning).

Toy Poodles do not require as much exercise as other hunting or working breeds, but being agile and athletic, they enjoy walks, play sessions, and trips outside.

Some Toy Poodles (and all poodles in general) are prone to ear infections, runny eyes, digestive tract and heart disorders, skin conditions, patellar dislocation, progressive retinal atrophy, and IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia).

Behavior / temperament:
Poodles thrive in human company and do not like to be left alone for long durations. They also make good watchdogs, but unlike some working breeds, they do not usually become one-person dogs when they are part of a family. Their high intelligence has made them popular as performers in circuses across the globe for centuries. They can become bored easily, and can get quite creative about finding mischief. They enjoy car rides and do not get carsick.

The Toy Poodle is a cheerful, clever, highly intelligent, sensitive and easily trainable companion dog. The breed is great at learning tricks, which has made it a favorite in the circus ring. They are considered to be one of the most intelligent dog breeds.

They do become easily emotionally attached to their owners. The Poodle will feel slighted if it is left out of family activities and will noticeably pout. Many owners feel this dog understands speech in an uncanny way. They have an excellent temperament and are neither aggressive nor fearful. They are eager to please and go out of their way to make people around them happy. Some bloodlines are high-strung and timid, but generally, they have an excellent temperament and are neither aggressive nor fearful. They are eager to please and would go out of their way to make people around them happy. They are alert and active and are considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds. They need lot of physical exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom.

Poodles are rated to be one of the most intelligent breeds, and can be easily trained. Basic obedience training is necessary to make them behave properly both at home and in public. Firm and consistent training with positive reinforcement yields best results with them. Harsh disciplinary measures may lead to negative behavioral changes and needs to be avoided.

Unless trained appropriately, this breed tends to bark a lot.


long lives, best friends, great smart dog, super affectionate, great temperaments, PERFECT companion dog


little napoleon dogs, separation anxiety, sharp bark, yappy spoilt dogs, barking


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