Poodle (Toy) Breed Profile

Toy Poodle dog breed profile

KC Group Utility

Size Small

Height Under 28cm

Good with children? Yes

Good guard dogs? Would bark

Moulting level Low

Grooming Heavy

Exercise requirement Moderate

Jogging partner Short runs

Editors Pick Yes

Poodle (Toy) Breed Profile

Initially bred as a gundog, the Poodle has now found itself as the dog of choice for those seeking to inject a little glamour into their life. A Poodle is usually recognisable by the elegant cut of their coat, making them something of an aristocrat amongst dogs. They are graceful in movement and highly intelligent dogs.
History of the Toy Poodle

In the mid 20th century there was a need for a luxury ‘town dog’ — even smaller than the Miniature Poodle — and so the breed was shrunk even further to create the Toy Poodle. These still have all the original characteristics of their larger cousins, although these tiny Poodles seem to have a protective streak, and many are known to defend their mistresses’ honour — whether they want it defending or not!

These smaller Poodles have often been employed as working dogs, too, and many Hearing Dogs for Deaf People dogs are Miniature or Toy Poodles, or Poodle-crosses.

Poodle (Toy) character

The Poodle is exceptionally obedient and keen to learn, their intelligence means they pick up even difficult tasks with relative ease. They are wonderful with children and love being involved with the family, although they don't enjoy too much rough and tumble.

Poodle (Toy) size

According to the Breed Standard, a Toy Poodle should measure under 28cm.

Poodle (Toy) health

A generally healthy breed although some lines are susceptible to epilepsy and cataracts.

Poodle (Toy) care

Beyond regular grooming and paying close attention to the areas around the eyes and ears little special care is required for this breed.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.