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Toy Poodle Breed Summary

Proud, Elegant, Sophisticated, Intelligent and Happy

Of all the Poodles, the toy breed is the smallest. However, they have the biggest hearts, which is why they are such a popular breed here in the UK! They are also a very intelligent breed and are easy to train making them great family pets.

As Poodles are all low shedders, it means that they are also all hypoallergenic. In turn, it allows 'hoomans' suffering from allergies to opportunity to own a doggy without any sneezy outcomes!

Fun Fact: Long ago, these doggies were used to find and dig up expensive truffles due to their very keen noses!

Kennel Club Group Utility
Lifespan 14 - 15 years
Height (at the withers) 24 - 28 cm at the withers
Weight 3 - 6 kg
Coat Single Coat Consisting of Short, Close Lying, Thick, Dense and Curly Hair
Colour Apricot, Black, Blue, Brown, Cream, Red, Silver, White
Eye colour Dark
Common health issues Diabetes Mellitus, Distichiasis, Hyperadrenocorticism, In-growing eye lashes, Epilepsy, Legge Perthes disease, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Von Willebrands Disease (vWD), Ear problems, Skin tumours, Cataracts, Cushing’s disease, Bladder stones
Other Names Caniche, Barbone

This breed is extremely clever, after all, they were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters! They are also incredibly proud and very elegant to look at, making them a firm family favourite. Additionally these doggies are a favourite in the show ring and can be seen to win ‘best in show’ as well as being real performers in agility and obedience contests. Because of this, it’s no surprise that they are very easy to train. They’re positively paw-fect! Despite their appearance this breed is far from snobby, they love their ‘hoomans’ to bits and will often get lonely if left for long periods of time. As long as you can offer these guys loads of attention, you’re sure to have a happy and loving pet.

The Toy Poodle is a more recent version of the Poodle, which is an extremely historical dog. Similar versions can even be seen in ancient Egyptian illustrations, dating right back to the first centuries of B.C.! The exact creation of this breed is a mystery to all but most historians believe they originated in Germany. It was in the 14th century that breeders began to develop the ‘toy’ version of the poodle breed. Gypsies and travelling performers used this breed as they were able to learn a large variety of skills. They also began to fashion them in costumes and sculpted their coats into decorative shapes. Wealthy patrons saw what the gypsies were doing and started to style their own poodles accordingly. It wasn’t until after WW2 that these pooches became popular, but by the 50’s, they were the most common breed in the country!