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Poodle (Toy)


Low Shedding

Kid Friendly



Easy to Train

Breed Snapshot

  • Weight: 1.8-2.7 kgs
  • Height: 25cm - 30 cm
  • Breed size: Small
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Dog Breed Group: Toy
  • Shed Level: Low


Toy Poodles are the smallest of the three varieties of Poodles and come in various solid colours like black, blue, silver. They have a long, narrow muzzle with dark, almond-shaped eyes and floppy ears that hang close to their head. A great feature of Toy Poodles is their hypoallergenic coats, which makes them an excellent choice for those with allergies.


They are highly intelligent and trainable, making them excellent family pets due to their affectionate and loyal nature. Typically, Toy Poodles get along well with kids, but they're a little small, so they might not work for very young kids. These dogs like human companionship and can become very attached to their owners. Their alertness makes them good watchdogs, as they bark at strangers or unusual sounds. Just don't expect them to be able to do much more than bark at potential intruders; they're not exactly an intimidating guard dog!

Living Environment

The Toy Poodle breed is small and adaptable, making it ideal for apartments or small houses. Social dogs like Toy Poodles do best in households where there is usually someone around most of the time.

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Toy Poodles are active dogs that require daily exercise and mental stimulation, including short walks and indoor playtime. They are also highly trainable and excel in various dog sports such as agility, obedience, and tracking.


Toy Poodles have a thick, curly coat that requires regular grooming to maintain its hypoallergenic properties and prevent matting. Daily brushing is recommended as well as a trip to the professional grooming every 4 to 6 weeks. Their coat is often trimmed in a specific style, such as the "Teddy Bear Cut". Like with most dogs, is also necessary to trim the coat and nails, clean the ears and eyes, and brush the teeth. To avoid skin irritation, use a mild, hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner designed for dogs when bathing this breed.

Health Problems

Toy Poodles can be prone to several health issues that are common among the breed. These include:

  • Dental problems: Toy Poodles have small mouths and are prone to tooth decay, gum disease, and tartar buildup.
  • Ear infections: Their floppy ears can trap moisture and debris, leading to infections.
  • Allergies and skin conditions: Toy Poodles may be prone to skin allergies, which can cause itching, rashes, and hair loss.
  • Joint problems: They may also be prone to joint problems such as hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.
  • Eye problems: Toy Poodles may be susceptible to eye conditions such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.
  • Respiratory issues: Due to their small size and short snouts, Toy Poodles may have difficulty breathing and are at risk for collapsed trachea and other respiratory problems.

Did you know...

'Poodle' comes from the German word 'pudel', which means 'one who plays in the water'?