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The Toy Poodle Dog Breed

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The Toy Poodle dog breed has been known throughout Western Europe for about 400 years and where it actually originates from is still not known. But today France has now been officially recognized as the country where it originated from. The name Poodle probably derives from the German word “Pudel” which means “one who plays in water” and the Toy Poodle became a royal favourite in the 18th Century. The Toy Poodle was in fact bred down from the larger standard poodle. Today the Poodle is often a companion or show dog and can learn almost anything.

Breed Specifics
The Toy Poodle is part of the AKC Toy group.
Height: Up to 10 inches
Weight: 6-9 pounds
Longevity: 12-15 years or sometimes longer

Description
The Toy Poodle dog breed is certainly one of the more elegant lively small dog breeds around and has a curly coat. The ears on this dog are long, flat and wide which lay close the head, whilst the head of the Toy Poodle is long with dark almond shaped eyes that constantly have an alert expression to them. A well bred Toy Poodle should have a square silhouette and their overall body length should be the same as the height at the dogs withers. The top line on the dog should be level with a slight depression between the withers and its feet are small and oval as well as being webbed and the toes should be arched. The tail on a Toy Poodle is docked in order to produce a balanced look to the animal and will often be groomed in three basic styles which we will look at in the grooming part of this article. When walking the Toy Poodle should have a delightful spring gait when it is moving.
Color: Solid Colors

Temperament
The Toy Poodle although a sensitive dog is remarkably intelligent and is believed to be one of the most trainable breeds of dog around. They often have pleasant, happy, perky and lively disposition and like to be with people. However in some cases because of the bloodlines the dog may become highly strung and timid. It is important to take training seriously with this dog as they tend to bark a lot and need to be socialized from an early age.

Health Issues
Some Toy Poodle’s may suffer from ear infections, runny eyes, digestive tract or hear disorders as well as skin conditions. Then some may suffer from slipped stifle or PRA and IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia).

Lifestyle
Toy Poodles are a breed which finds both city and country living easy to cope with and although they do like to go for walks they are not demanding as far as exercise goes.

Grooming
A Toy Poodle should be bathed regularly and their coat clipped every 6 weeks. It is important that the ears be checked and cleaned frequently. The teeth on the Toy Poodle dog breed needs to be regularly descaled and they shed little or no hair. The coat of a Toy Poodle may be groomed into three styles “the Pet Clip” which is clipped relatively short all over the dog’s body. The “English Saddle” and the “Continental” Clips which is when the rear half of the dogs body is shaved and bracelets are left around the ankles and pom-poms are on the tails and hips.


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