This is a noble looking dog with a slender muzzle and long neck. The coat is profuse and curly and is often styled. They move with a graceful and prancing gait.
||They come in a variety of colours. Blues, grays, silvers, browns, café-au-laits, apricots and creams can be varying shades within the coat, for example, darker feathering on the ears and tipping on the ruff. The colour will fade on all coats (apart from the whites) on reaching the age of 4 to 5.
||If healthy, this is a long lived breed, lasting between 14 and 17 years.
||The Toy Poodle stands 25 to 28cms and should not weigh more than 4.5 kg.
All poodles are prone to eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. The toys and miniatures are prone to patellar subluxation. Epilepsy is another disease that plagues all the poodle varieties.Common ailments: Bones (Developmental) - Patellar luxation, Brain (Acquired) - Hypoglycaemia, Eye - Corneal wound/trauma, Ear - Otitis externa (canker), Eye - Blocked tear duct (tear staining, tear overflow), Eye - Cataract - Hereditary, Eye - Conjunctivitis - Foreign body, Eye - Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), General diagnosis - Fracture, Missing teeth, sensitivity to rabies vaccine, Mouth - Dental calculus, Mouth - Dental tartar, Mouth - Malocclusion (Overshot or undershot jaw), Reproductive (Male) - Retained testicles or cryptorchidism (one or both), Skin - Allergy - Atopy, Skin - Sebaceous adenitis, Skin - Seborrhoea
||The Toy Poodle belongs to the utility group (although a toy breed and shown in the toy group in the USA). They are used as companions and seen in the show-ring.