The Toy Poodle is a small dog with an athletic build. It appears elegant and stands proud at 10 inches tall or under, and weighs around 6 - 9 pounds. Toy Poodles that stand above 10 inches are disqualified from competing in shows under the Toy Category. Appearance-wise, it has a triangular head, and its muzzle is long. It also has wide-set ears that drop and hang close to the head. The Toy Poodle has a thick single-layered coat (no undercoat) that is curly and wiry, which can be worn in different styles of clips (hairstyles). Conventional clips serve to insulate this dog breed’s chest and joint.
Since the Toy Poodle is a popular participant in dog shows, dog owners need to maintain its regal look. It needs to be bathed every 1 to 2 weeks and taken to professional groomers for a proper clipping every 6-8 weeks. This toy dog is tricky to groom. Instead of furs, like most breeds have, the Toy Poodle has hair that grows longer that may become tangled when it falls off. The upside, however, is this makes them hypoallergenic dogs. They come in a wide set of colours including white, black, blue, cream, apricot, silver, or grey.
Much of the attention is spent to make sure the Toy Poodle’s hair is kept clean and in excellent condition. But it is also essential for dog owners to make sure the ears are checked regularly for wax build-up and infection. Nails must also be trimmed monthly.