Toy Poodle – All Facts About The Cutest & Intelligent Dog Breed

Toy Poodle
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Do you know that the Poodle dog (includes the Toy Poodle variety) is considered as the second most intelligent dog on earth? The breed has gained worldwide popularity and it is the national breed in France.

In fact, the toy poodle dog is also famous for its swimming skills. Initially, the dog was used as a water retriever mainly for duck hunting. Toy Poodle is so affectionate to its owner and his/her family. Come, let us analyze about this cute little dog.

Toy Poodle Facts

Coat Colors

Usually, the toy poodle dogs are seen in colors like Gray, White, Brown, Black, Red, Cream, Blue, Fawn, Apricot and Silver.

Toy Poodle Appearance

The Toy Poodle dog has a woolly undercoat and a thick top coat. In addition, the dog has a well-proportioned body with dense hair growth.

The Toy Poodle dogs have a rounded head, dark oval-shaped eyes, long straight muzzle, hanging ears and a docked tail. The tail is docked Toy Poodles always walk with a springy gait style with exuberance and pride.

Toy Poodle Size / Lifespan

The average height of a Toy Poodle male and a female dog is 10 inches or below. The average weight of this dog breed is between 6 to 9 pounds.

The lifespan of a Toy Poodle dog is between 14 to 18 years. However, the stated longevity is reachable subject to the following conditions:

  • Good diet
  • Healthy surroundings
  • Proper exercising including walks
  • Periodic vaccination and
  • Regular checkups to the vet

Toy Poodle Temperament

  • Adaptable – The dog is adaptable to any kind of house, apartment or individual
  • Intelligent – The toy poodle is a very shrewd dog that can understand what its owner expects and also quick to act in line with the situation.
  • Affectionate – The sense of bonding with the family members (owner) that the toy poodle possesses is unquestionable. This is another remarkable quality inherited from its parents
  • Cautious – It will be always vigilant to instantly signal to its owner if it notes something suspicious happening or while a stranger approaches the house
  • Sensitive – The dog is very sensitive by nature and it will not accept any harsh or unwanted behaviour from either the owner or outsiders
  • Lively – Dynamic attitude is an inherent quality of the dog. It does not like to remain dull or left alone for a long time
  • Friendly – The poodle is basically a soft dog and always displays a friendly behaviour
  • Sociable – Naturally outgoing and can easily socialize with other beings (be it humans or other dogs)
  • Entertaining – The toy poodle is a good entertainer for the family and an attention seek
  • Independent – It is independent by nature and does not very easily bow to the commands of others
  • Honest – Displays utmost honesty to its owner and the family

Barking Habit

Minimum to mediocre

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Toy Poodle Training

In general, the Toy Poodle dog is trainable despite the fact that in the initial stages, the trainer will face difficulty in training it. Treats will be a good motivator for training.

Basically, the toy poodle is an obedient dog that responds well to positive and rewards-based training.

Since the dog is highly sensitive it will respond badly to poor training methods. Therefore, it should never be forgotten by dog owners that training gives the space for developing the bondage between them and their dog.

Toy Poodle Foods

Firstly, poodle dogs, irrespective of age or size must be given nutritious foods which is a proper mix of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins.

Foods that a Toy Poodle eats

  • Commercial Dry Dog Food
  • Brown Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • Turkey
  • Eggs
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Rice Pudding
  • Leafy green vegetables like spinach

Foods to Avoid

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeinated drinks like coffee
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Avocados
  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Cooked Bones
  • Almond

Toy Poodle Interesting Facts

  • Without doubt, the Toy Poodle dogs have been in existence for a minimum period of over 500 years
  • In fact, the place of origin of this dog still remains to be a mystery/ The views held by a section of the masses globally is that the dog comes from Germany whilst another section of masses state it’s from France.
  • Not to mention, Toy Poodle dogs are also show dogs that have given a solo performance in a circus
  • The nickname of these dogs is “sleeves” because they were carried by the people during renaissance period on their sleeves.
  • Historical records show that toy Poodles were in the court of King Louis XVI
  • In brief, toy poodle is considered as the seventh popular dog breed on a global basis in terms of intelligence

Why would the world end if dogs disappeared?

  • Indeed, dogs are smart and quick enough in understanding the human needs although humans might not be
  • They show enormous balance
  • Dogs remain good entertainers to their owners despite remaining silent
  • A dog will be good to the owner/whoever if they gently pat it on its back
  • They can inspire human being in some way or the other
  • Dogs indirectly teach us to remain patient and handle things with a steady head
  • Dogs remain to be good lovers of music just like humans
  • Their babies are similarly cute just like our babies
  • They also know how to walk in somebody else’s shoes



Toy Poodle Names

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Toy Poodle Health Problems

1. Hip Dysplasia


  • Reducing its daily activities
  • Feeling extreme toughness to stand up from a laid down position on the ground
  • Avoidance of daily habits like running, jumping and climbing stairs
  • Limited range of body movement
  • Bunny hop walk
  • Keeping the legs too close to each other while standing
  • Lameness in the rear leg
  • The grating sound of the joints while moving
  • Heavy loss of mass in the thigh muscles
  • Looseness in the hip joints
  • Bulginess of shoulder muscles due to excessive stress placed on the front leg to compensate for the handicapped back leg


  • Diet-related problems
  • Lack of exercise or excess exercises causing more strain in the joints
  • Genetic Factors responsible for hip joint looseness or malformation of the hip joint
  • Obesity
  • Pelvic muscle mass


Various treatment methods are involved in the treatment of hip dysplasia. Specifically, it ranges from the recommendation of a healthy diet, anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy, supplements and surgical intervention.

Dogs having mild to moderate hip dysplasia are usually given medication and other recommendations in terms of diet, exercises and some health supplements.

Mostly, total hip replacement (THR) surgery is undertaken by veterinary surgeons for dogs suffering from severe hip dysplasia. Total hip replacement involves the implant of an artificial hip for the dog after removing its original affected hip.

2. Epilepsy


  • Behavioural changes
  • Excess drooling
  • The shakiness of the head
  • Paddling of the legs
  • Crying out due to pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Urinary/bowel incontinence
  • Temporary vision loss


  • Hereditary reason
  • Brain damage due to a head injury
  • Brain Tumor
  • Environmental Toxins
  • Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Liver disorder
  • Kidney Failure
  • Anaemia
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Fevers
  • Infections


In particular, the normally recommended medications by a veterinarian for epilepsy are Phenobarbital and Potassium bromide. Moreover, the dosage of these medicines will be adjusted by the veterinarian based on the response shown by the dog.

Simultaneously, while the stated drugs are consumed by the dog on a daily basis, the veterinarian will involve in examining the dog’s liver functions regularly as a precautionary measure.

3. Addison’s disease


  • Anxiety
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Laziness
  • Involuntary movement of the body
  • Low body temperature
  • Weight Loss
  • Hair Loss
  • Dehydration
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent Urination
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Painful abdomen
  • Excessive pigmentation of the skin
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low pulse rate
  • Uneven rate of heartbeat


  • Autoimmune disorder
  • A metastatic tumour
  • Damage to the adrenal gland
  • Haemorrhage
  • Infarction
  • Unknown reasons are also mentionable


Importantly, Addison’s disease is not curable. However, veterinarians prescribe life-time medication for dogs with this disease. The medications comprise of Prednisone drug (steroid) (to be taken daily) and an injectable mineralocorticoid (monthly basis).

The purpose of these medicines is Dog owners must take their affected dog for frequent checkups to the vet so that the latter checks for the extent of correction in its hormonal imbalance.

4. Progressive Retinal Atrophy



  • The dilated response of pupils to light
  • Slow response during critical situations
  • Formation of a greenish filmy layer on the surface of the eye
  • Hesitancy to travel in the night time
  • Avoidance of the habit of going up or down the stairs
  • Blindness


  • Progressive cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Uveitis
  • Optical nerve disease
  • Retinal degeneration


 No treatment available for progressive retinal atrophy since it is an inherited disorder. Some changes in the environmental settings at the house will enable the dog to cope up with the disease until its lifetime.

Thus, complete blindness is the ultimate inevitable stage for this disease.

5. Thyroid Gland Problems


  • High Appetite
  • Depression
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Frequent Urination
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Enlarged Thyroid gland
  • The erratic rate of heartbeat
  • Breathing problems


  • Excess thyroxine production caused because of severe thyroid cancer
  • Excessive indulgence in correcting the low thyroid levels
  • Raw food diets that can carry a high amount of thyroid hormone. For example, foods such as gullets and head meat


Based on the causal factor, the needful treatment is undertaken by a veterinarian for the treatment of hyperthyroidism,

  • If the dosage of drugs taken for hypothyroidism is higher, then needful changes can be done in the dosage levels
  • Likewise, dietary changes can cure hyperthyroidism, which is caused by the intake of a diet with a high level of hormones
  • Severe thyroid cancer causes hyperthyroidism. Treatment for thyroid, in this case, will be dependent on the size of the thyroid and if it has metastasized.
    If found, the veterinary surgeon could decide on the best course, either to remove the thyroid gland completely or partially remove a tumour.
  • As a result, the vet could attempt radiation therapy or chemotherapy to fight cancer.

In this case, early treatment of the disease will help in preserving the good health of the kidneys or else it will lead to complications.

6. Gastric dilatation volvulus


  • Behavioural changes
  • Excessive drooling
  • Enhanced breathing rate
  • Unable to fully vomit or just vomit a bit
  • Abdomen enlargement
  • Paleness of the gums
  • Fall unconscious


  • Excessive drinking of water after a meal or severe exercise
  • Age-related


  • Gastric decompression
  • Fluids
  • Gastropexy (surgery)
  • Uneven rate of heartbeat
  • Blood clotting problem

7. Hypoglycemia



  • Low energy levels in the body
  • Slow response
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Increased Urination
  • Increased Thirst
  • Avoidance of exercise
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Trembling
  • Stiffness
  • Partial Paralysis of the hind legs
  • Seizures
  • Collapse


  • The multiplicity of pancreatic cells
  • Gastrointestinal or liver cancer
  • Liver inflammation
  • Severe or tough exercises given to the dog
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Low amount of glucose intake due to bad nutrition
  • Insulin overdose
  • Toxicity caused by infusion of artificial sweeteners


The dog owner can do home treatment for the affected dog like rubbing glucose or corn syrup on its gums. Taking the dog to a vet, who will infuse IV fluids that contain concentrated dextrose. Blood glucose levels will be checked after the first treatment.

Based on the underlying cause of the disease, the vet will treat hypoglycemic dogs. If the dog gets hypoglycemia due to heavy fasting or exercise then the dog will be treated after some time.

In other words, the vet will keep the affected dog in the hospital for a long number of hours and then he will send it home with some precautionary measures

8. Dental Problems


  • Loose Teeth
  • Poor Appetite (Refuse to take dry food)
  • Drooling
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Lumps on the gums
  • Discoloured teeth and gums
  • Blood or pus discharged from the mouth
  • Bad breath


  • Tartar
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal diseases


Regular cleaning of the dog’s teeth is recommended and done by the vet. However, in extreme cases of dental problems, surgery will be done to remove a certain section of the teeth.

9. Patellar Luxation


The normally noted symptom is that the dog while walking or running will hold its hind legs in the air for a while and cry out in pain. After some time, the dog will move around as usual.


  • Genetic problems causing a deformed knee
  • Injury to the knee joint


 Based on the grade or level of patellar luxation, necessary treatment will be given by the veterinarian to an affected dog.

 Grade 1 – Medications will be recommended to lessen the amount of pain, inflammation, encourage the production of joint fluid and enable the cartilage to heal gradually.
The only recommendation by a vet to the dog owner is to ensure that the dog’s knee condition does not worsen.

 Grade 2 – The similar nature of treatment that is applied for Grade 1 should be followed. However, there is a probability that the vet might call for surgical intervention.

Grade 3 and 4 – Surgical intervention is necessary to make sure that the patella does not move out from the groove (normal position).

10. Alabama Rot Disease


  • Formation of Lesions on the skin
  • Sores on the mouth or tongue, legs and around the body
  • Regular licking of the foot
  • Lack of feeling of hunger
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Kidney disorder


The real cause of Alabama disease in dogs still remains to be mysterious despite some unproven claims.


To clarify, vets strongly state that only when a dog is brought for treatment during the early stage of the disease, there is a possibility of recovery. Nevertheless, the treatment will be undertaken by a vet for the problems of lesion formation and kidney disorder.

11. Giardia


  • Diarrhoea
  • Blood in Stools
  • Gastric trouble
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Depressed Face
  • Dullness and complete disinterest in doing regular activities
  • Weight Loss
  • Pain in the abdomen


Microscopic cysts, which are the offspring of parasites spread giardia infection amongst dogs

The cysts settle down in the faecal matter of the infected animals. Since dogs have the natural habit of sniffing and once they come into contact with these faeces, they will acquire Giardia infection.

Finally, cool and moist areas offer an adequate amount of space and time for the parasites to live for a long time. These parasites show stiff environmental resistance.


 Fenbendazole and Metronidazole are the drugs given for a course of 3-10 days to treat dogs affected with Giardia. The recommendations by a vet include

  • Dogs with giardiasis are bathed frequently to remove the giardia cysts from their fur
  • Completely wash off the bowls, beds, toys and other things which the dog comes into contact with to avoid the spread of giardia infection.
    Recurrence of infection is also avoidable through this measure.
  • Hospitalize the dog if it is brought on dehydration. IV (intravenous fluids) fluids will be given for rehydration and replace the electrolytes.

12. Tick Bite



  • Frequent itching and irritation of the skin
  • The inflammatory feeling in the skin
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Fever (High or Medium level)
  • Swelling of the joints


The bites caused by parasites such as various insects like ticks which roam around in bushy, woody and grassy areas.


Usually, tick bites are treated by:

  • The area of the body struck by tick bite will be washed with soap and water
  • Alcohol, which acts as a disinfectant will be rubbed on the tick-bitten area
  • Application of antibiotic ointments on the affected area of the body

Lastly, if there is still no effect, it is best advised to instantly carry the affected dog to the vet’s clinic for getting the best treatment towards a cure.

13. Lyme Disease



  • Depressed face
  • No Appetite
  • Laziness
  • Arthritis
  • Fever
  • Bulgy lymph nodes


Disorder of the Immune System


Normally, the medications given by a vet for dogs affected with Lyme disease are:

  • A course of oral Doxycycline drugs (antibiotics) is given for at least 4 weeks
  • Dietary therapy, Omega-3 fatty acids and pain relievers like Aspirin
  • ACE inhibitors and hypertension medications
  • Vaccination and antibiotics to prevent the dog from an attack of Borrelia Burgdorferi, a dreadful bacteria

Toy Poodle Price

In all honesty, the purchase price of a well-bred Toy Poodle dog in the USA market will be in the range of $1000 to $1500. The determinants of the price of a Toy Poodle dog can be the overall health of the dog, its age, lineage, nature of the breeder and his/her experience.

Nevertheless, a Toy Poodle dog will even be gettable at lower rates from a moderate breeder. The price of a premium Toy Poodle dog will cost from a price level of $3000 to $8000 or even upwards.

In the United Kingdom, the cost of purchasing a well-bred Toy Poodle puppy can be in the price range of £400 to £1800. However, premium quality dogs will be charged exorbitantly which might go beyond the specified prices.

Toy Poodle Breeders

Toy Poodle Breeders in the USA

  • Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles
    Address: Arroyo Grande, California
    Tel.: 805-748-2095
  • Farthing Poodles
    Address: 36313 84th Ave E, Eatonville, WA 98328
    Tel.: 360-832-3747
  • Empire Puppies
    Address: 164-13 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11358
    Tel.: 718-321-1977
    E-mail: empirepuppies@yahoo.

Toy Poodle Breeders in the UK

  • Sherry gold Poodles
    Address:  Bulford, Salisbury
    Tel.: +44 1980 632990
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  • ITZAPROMISE – Poodles
    Address: 12 St Luke’s Rd, Newton Abbot TQ12 4NE
    Tel.: +44 1626 368962
    Mob.: 07966 300996
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