While Toy poodles are often thought of as belonging to the French, they actually come from Germany. Originally bred for retrieving waterfowls, today Poodles are known for their intelligence and good disposition.
The Poodle is the national dog of France. The French, however, refer to it as the Caniche, or “duck dog”. It is not actually a breed-specific to France. The Poodle originated in Germany as a duck hunter where it was known as the “pudelin” because of its tendency to splash around in the water.
In the 1940s, hunters wanted their toy poodle dogs to be able to move easily and freely in the water, but they also wished to protect vital areas of the anatomy from the cold.
In the early 20th century, America bred a dog for city-dwelling companions. It was called the Toy and it came in three different varieties: Pekingese, Pomeranian, and Chihuahua. The Toy was named for its small size and each variety looked exactly like the other and was bred to the same standard.
The first dogs used in the creation of this breed were curly-coated retrievers, German spitzes, and French water dogs. This pedigree has been interbred for hundreds of years to produce different sizes and coat patterns.
Poodles are derived from the French water dog, the Barbet. Barbets are still around today, so it’s safe to say that there were originally Poodles of all sizes. The Standard Poodle was the first size of Poodle to be recognized.
A Toy Poodle should have a sturdy build and be well proportioned. It has dark, oval eyes, and its ears hang close to its head, have long, straight muzzles, and of course a very distinctive coat. Toy Poodles are smaller than Miniature Poodles. They will weigh between 4 and 6 pounds.
The Miniature is bigger, weighing between 10 and 15 pounds. And Toy Poodles are poodles less than 10 inches at the shoulders. Poodles come in three sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. The Toy variety is the smallest Poodle breed and has a body slightly longer than it is tall.
Its legs are long enough that its height is approximately equal to its length. These Toy Poodles are both elegant and athletic, moving with a light, springy gait. There are nine Poodle colors, including black, blue, brown, cream, gray, red, silver, silver, and white. The breed standard allows for twenty-four acceptable coat patterns.
Toy Poodles should not be allowed to skip socialization or obedience training because they are small enough to be left out of trouble. Socialization at an early age will be vital to give them the right training they need around people.
The poodle is a highly intelligent and loyal dog. They perform well in obedience and agility. Poodles are friendly with people as well as other dogs, but they will become suspicious of strangers if they have not been socialized at an early age.
Training and Caring
Poodles require a lot of activity and exercise because they love to run and swim. Poodles are very intelligent dogs, so training is best done with patience and treats. They can be trained to retrieve objects, but they also enjoy running and walking for exercise. Grooming this breed requires daily brushing with a soft bristle brush or firm bristle brush for longer hair. You can also use a pin brush or grooming rake. The Poodle’s coat is relatively nonshedding, so it makes the breed a good choice for people with allergies.
The poodle has an excellent memory and was originally bred to be a retriever for hunters. Not only did its curly coat help it swim in icy water, but also its long legs enabled it to retrieve game without getting wet.
Toy Poodles have a long lifespan, can live up to 15 years, and are resilient dogs. Some health problems occur in Toy Poodles, including hip dysplasia, eye disorders, epilepsy, and immune-mediated disorders. Luxating patellas are also common.