The beautiful Toy Poodle dog breed is small and athletic with a squarely built body. Appearance-wise, he has a triangular head and a long muzzle. He also has wide-set ears that drop and hang close to the head.
Toy Poodle dogs have a thick, single-layered coat (no undercoat) that is curly and wiry. The breed comes in a wide set of colours, including:
The coat of the Toy Poodle dog can be worn in different styles of clips (hairstyles). The continental clip, which is easily recognised by the puffy chest and pom poms on the legs, serve to insulate his chest and joints.
Since the Toy Poodle breed is a popular participant in dog shows or show rings, pet owners need to maintain their regal look. His curly coat should be brushed daily as it is prone to matting and tangles.
The Toy Poodle dog also needs to be taken to a professional groomer for a proper clip every 6–8 weeks. This toy dog is tricky to groom. Instead of fur like most dog breeds have, this toy dog breed has hair that grows long, which is prone to get tangled.
Much attention is needed to ensure that the Toy Poodle breed’s hair is kept clean and in excellent condition.
But it is also essential for Toy Poodles’ owners to make sure that their ears are checked regularly for wax build-up and infection. Nail trimming should also be done monthly, whilst toothbrushing needs to be a daily routine.
How big does a Toy Poodle get?
Both full-grown male and female Toy Poodles stand around 20–25 centimetres (8–10 inches) tall. They weigh around 1–3 kilos (4-8 pounds). A Toy Poodle beyond 10 inches tall is disqualified from competing in shows under the Toy Category.
Beware of smaller dogs of the breed called Teacup Poodles that may be marketed as Toy Poodles. They are often prone to diseases, which will cost you expensive vet bills.
Do Toy Poodles stay small?
Yes, Toy Poodles will stay small even as they reach adulthood. They were bred to be that way. These miniature dogs are ideal companions for apartment dwellers and small family homes because of their size and adaptability.
Do Toy Poodles smell?
No, Toy Poodles are not smelly dogs, thus frequent bathing is not necessary. Bathing them too often can dry out and damage their coat and skin. Hence, he should be only bathed every 1–2 weeks.
Are Toy Poodles hypoallergenic?
Like other variations of the Poodle breed, Toy Poodle dogs are considered hypoallergenic. Their light-shedding coat is less likely to trigger allergies. Thus, they are a good choice for dog lovers suffering from allergies.