The poodle is a popular dog breed that is easy to recognise in dog shows because of its fancy pom-pom cut. The poodle is categorised by three different sizes: standard poodles, miniature poodles, and toy poodles. If you are thinking of opening doors for a smaller dog breed, you may want to consider getting a toy poodle. In fact, it is the smallest variety in the group. It grows around 10 inches tall or less and can weigh about 6 to 9 pounds.
The toy poodle sheds minimally, making it a part of the hypoallergenic breeds. This means that this breed is a viable option for dog lovers who suffer from allergic reactions to pet dander. There is more to this diminutive pooch than its looks. In this piece, we will discuss whether a toy poodle makes for a great addition to the family or not.
Toy poodles are small and portable
Having a tiny canine can be advantageous for families that are regular travellers. They are easy to transport and only requires a small pet carrier when taking it to a shopping mall or a local restaurant.
Toy poodles are highly intelligent and highly trainable
One of the smartest, but not as smart as the border collie, toy poodles are alert and quick to learn new things. They are capable of learning over hundreds of words and commands and can do a few tricks. Such intelligence makes them good competitors in canine sports or any working roles.
Toy poodles are remarkably alert
Due to their high intelligence, it is unsurprising that they have developed its alertness to good use. Having these tiny dogs means that they can quickly respond to approaching strangers or anyone perceived as a threat to their territory. That being said, they are likely to bark excessively whenever they see or hear something strange. As such, it is best to establish early training with your tiny poodle.
So, do they make excellent guard dogs? A toy poodle may be quick to alert the whole house as soon as it senses danger but its diminutive size is unlikely to deter or frighten burglars. Consider picking a larger dog breed if you wish for an actual guard dog.
Toy poodles can be raised as trick dogs
There is indeed a great potential for clever dog breeds to be trained as trick dogs, most especially those that are willing to please their owners. In general, poodles are greatly motivated when rewarded with food, toys, or praise. As such, most trainers find them very easy to train.
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Toy poodles can be styled in various cute hairstyles
Toy poodles don’t shed hair as much as other breeds but they still need frequent grooming to prevent knotted or matted hair. Grooming so helps in reducing the weight of their coat.
Shave in short length certain areas such as the muzzle, rump, and all four legs. The tail will be also shaved except for its tip and base. The remaining fur will be trimmed to give a distinctive ‘pom’ effect.
The English saddle clip is similar to the continental clip but with a slight difference only in their hind legs. The fur found on their legs will not only be trimmed but separated into three distinct poms.
Whilst the former two are recognised styles in dog shows, the lamb clip style is not used for shows but rather a practical style for poodles. The face, feet, and the base of the tail will be shaved short, and the rest of the fur will be trimmed. The unshaven hair can be styled with fluffs, which gives it a lamb-like appearance.
This is the most practical hair choice, especially in summer. The fur will be trimmed shorter in any desired length, enough to maintain a clean appearance. It is best to shave areas on the face, feet, and base of the tail.
As the name suggests, puppy clip hairstyle is ideal for dogs under 12 months of age. This is one of the approved styles from the American Kennel Club hairstyle. The face, feet, and the base of the tail should be shaved short. The rest of the coat should be trimmed into shape, complementing a well-balanced look of the poodle.
Toy poodles and children
Are toy poodles the best pets for families with children? A toy poodle is not recommended to be left alone with a child. If you already have both a young child and a toy poodle, make sure to teach your child how to play and handle the tiny dog gently to prevent it from getting hurt.
You may also like to check out the article on dog breeds best for children.