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Toy Poodle

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Perhaps the most recognized of all breeds, the Toy Poodle is the most recognized of the Poodles.  Our society's currrent fascination with little dogs is rooted back in an era when the French developed this smart, sassy, fun breed and used exotic grooming techniques on the shores of the Seine to elevate the dog to a fashionable status it still enjoys.  Nevertheless, the attitude is misleading and this breed requires protection because it is small and fragile but not coddling which can leave it simply a neurotic mess.  If you truly want your child to enjoy living with a Poodle, be fair to the dog and the child and consider the Standard.

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General Information
Group(s): Toy Height: 10 inches and under
Weight: proportionate to size Longevity: often the late teens
Colors: any solid color including white, silver, red, apricot, chocolate, black Coat type: profusely curly over the entire body necessitating regular brushing and trimmming otherwise severe matting can impare health
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Active, square (body length equal to heigh) with upright neck and tail set adding to jaunty attitude. Sparkling eyes and drop ears speak of delighted temperament. All covered with a coat of heavy curls that can be groomed a variety of ways.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: fairly high
General Nature: happy, confident and pleasant when not indulged or mishandled
  with Children: good but because they are fragile must be supervised closely to avoid mishandling by small children
  with other pets: generally good if raised with them and not threatened by them
  with dogs: generally very good, again, must feel safe
Socialization requirements: higher than many would suspect, if spoiled can become aggressive to other people, if fearful can become aggressive as a defense
Ideal home characteristics: one that appreciates this is a dog of intelligence and will in a small package and doesn't try to baby it to death
Temperament Notes: clever, intelligent, confident, quick, affectionate
Training requirement: moderate, as a companion dog the more communication the better, but this dog is happy with the job of making you happy
Trainer notes:
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Probably around the 1600-1700s but water dogs definitely predate though no longer in existence as they were then
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: Companion
History: Originating from the German Pudel, the French developed the Poodle which was miniaturized into the Toy Poodle of today.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: partipoodles are the result of irresponsible breeding of color genetics, breeders producing partipoodles are NOT following the standard of the breed, poor heads (can result in excessive tearing), bad mouths (dental issues may result), poor structure,
Health Notes: Canine Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, vonWillebrand's Disease (hemophilia), Addison's, Legg-Perthe, Thyroid issues, Sebaceous Adenitis,
Health Testing: blood test (thyroid, addison's), OFA or PennHip, vWD test, CERF, annual report from pathologist (SA), orthopedic report annually (Legg Perthe)
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Toy Poodle?
  • Why do you have Toy Poodles (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Toy Poodle?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Toy Poodle?
  • How would you describe the ideal Toy Poodle home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Toy Poodle?
  • Web Sites: Poodle Rescue Contacts.  Be sure to search on Poodle Rescue and your state to find more local groups

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: Standard of the Poodle

    Breeder Ethics: Code of Ethics for the Poodle Club of America

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