Poodle, Toy Resource

Poodle, Toy

The Toy Poodle was developed from the larger (European gun dog) poodle. Popular with royalty, the lively Toy Poodle today is well-liked by any owner wanting an intelligent but compact companion dog. A small and sensitive dog, the Toy Poodle unexpectedly is also an athletic breed, often performing well in agility. Quick to sound the alarm if newcomers approach, the Toy Poodle is a capable watchdog. A smart breed, the Toy Poodle can be taught to minimize indiscriminate barking (negating any “yappy dog” stereotypes). Typically gentle with children, the Toy Poodle needs gentleness in return; his structure is not meant for rough play or accidental falls. Generally accepting of dogs and cats, the Toy Poodle can also thrive in a small home, as long as he’s exercised and walked regularly. Highly intelligent and easy to train, the Toy Poodle needs mental stimulation along with human interaction. Bred for circus performances, the poodle has a history of perfecting tricks; a basic “down” or “sit” is simple for this keen breed. 

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Small Dog Breed
All solid colors are acceptable.

Dense, harsh and frizzy.


Regular grooming. Brush daily.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
AKC Group:
Toy Group
10 inches or under at the shoulder
Proportionate to height
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