At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 5 - 7 lbs.

Height: 10" or less

Life Span: 10 - 14 years

Toy Poodle

Also know as: Barbone, Caniche

Group: Toy

Origin: England

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: The Poodle has been around since the Middle Ages. It originated in Germany, where it was used as a water retriever and sometimes, a circus clown. The word Poodle is derived from "pfudel", the German word for "puddle." The Toy and Miniature Poodles were developed in England during the 1700s. The Miniature Poodle was bred from the Standard Poodle and, like its larger ancestor, was first used in France as a water fowl retriever and a truffle hunter.

Temperament / Behavior
Poodles are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. This breed enjoys working, and is highly responsive, playful and affectionate. In most cases, the Poodle is easily trained. Although Poodles tend to bark at strangers, the breed is not aggressive. Toy and Miniature Poodles are more reserved around strangers and less tolerant of children. In addition, they can be more prone to biting. For the best temperament, socialize your Poodle early; it is a social breed that needs plenty of interaction.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Poodles are prone to several health problems, so it is important to obtain yours from a reputable breeder. Common breed-related health problems include: Atopy; eye problems; deafness; patellar luxation; heart and blood disorders; epilepsy; Cushing's syndrome

Special Needs
Exercise: The Poodle is an active dog that will need plenty of exercise. These dogs will need a secured yard in which to play and / or several walks per day. Toy and Miniature Poodles will need less exercise than the Standard Poodle.

Grooming: Poodles do not shed. However, they still need to be brushed several times per week. The coat will need to be clipped and shaped every 4 - 6 weeks.


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