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Poodle Toy

Poodle Toy

Other Names: Carniche
Country of Origin: France/Germany
Dog Group: Utility

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This size of poodle was known to exist at least 500 years ago. During the 17th and 18th centuries the poodle became a favourite with the nobility. They wanted dogs smaller than the Miniature variety and so the Toy Poodle was developed. Today the Toy Poodle is exclusively a companion and show dog.

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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.

Size Toy
Colour 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.
Coat Length Medium Long
Age Expectancy If healthy, this is a long lived breed, lasting between 14 and 17 years.
Weight/Height Range 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
Breed Classification 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.
Hypoallergenic True

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Very small dogs should be fed twice a day to prevent hypoglycemia. Biscuit is good for helping keep their teeth a bit cleaner and healthier.

Food Cost Up to $5
Other Expenses It must be remembered that there will be additional costs for professional grooming which is needed every six weeks.

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Getting along with the kids, the cat and the guinea pig is no problem for the poodle. Lively and affectionate, they make wonderful companion dogs, the Toy will adapt to life in more confined quarters as long as they get adequate exercise. They can be good guard dogs, announcing visitors but never being aggressive. Poodles are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, probably one of the reasons they are so easy to train. Many pet owners, using gentle and consistent training methods,have seen their poodles excel in obedience trials, flyball and agility. Children should be trained to handle these small, delicate dogs carefully though.

Intelligence The Poodle is an extremely intelligent and eager to please dog, thus he is inordinately easy to train. As a result, the Poodle has a history of performance, appearing in circus and street acts for hundreds of years. Poodles are unusually sensitive to vocal intonation, probably one of the reasons they are so easy to train. Many pet owners, using gentle and consistent training methods, have seen their poodles excel in obedience trials, flyball and agility.
Energy Medium
Suitability for Children Low
Tendency to Bark High
Overall Exercise Requirement This is a fairly active breed that likes to get out on walks and particularly enjoys games. It is a good idea to enroll a poodle in some sort of activity so that the mind is stimulated along with the body. Poodles can do well in obedience, agility and most dog sports.
Suitability as a Guard Dog Medium
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Other Animal Compatibility High

Groomingback to top back to top

Poodles do not shed and are often tolerated by allergic people. Their coats do take a great deal of care though, generally requiring professional grooming, as well as regular combing and brushing at home. The poodle should be taken to a groomer about every six weeks for a clip of your choice. The poodle’s ears need frequent cleaning or they will become infected and, especially in the smaller poodles, daily teeth brushing is recommended or tartar will build up rapidly and lead to gingivitis.

Grooming Requirements More than once a week
Trimming Required Occassional
Amount of hair shed None
Avg. 3.8 / Ratings: 33

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