Considered to be one of the smartest and intelligent (if not the most intelligent) dog breeds today, the Toy Poodle is an absolute loving and affectionate member of the Toy Group. They are easy to train, make excellent watchdogs, and are sensitive to their owner’s needs. Lively and responsive, the Toy Poodle makes the perfect house pet for anyone looking for a devoted dog that is always eager to please.
A Brief History of The Toy Poodle
The history of the Toy Poodle shares the exact same history as that of the Standard Poodle and Miniature Poodle – members of the Non-Sporting Group. The area of origins of the breed, although thought to be France, is actually Central Europe and Germany, dating back to the 1500s.
The Barbet dog is said to be the earliest versions of the Poodle. Also in the bloodline are various rough-coated dogs. The Barbet had made its way to Russia, France, Hungary, and several other countries. But it was the German version of the dog that had the greatest influence on the breed as we know the Poodle to be today.
Excellent water dogs, they were named after the word “pfudel” which is German for splashing. The French recognized their hunting abilities and referred to the dogs as “caniche”, which is in reference to the Poodle’s duck-hunting skills. They were also used as service dogs in the military for such jobs as guarding, pulling wagons, guide dogs, and herding.
Once the Poodle became popular it was named the official dog of France and was quite fashionable with women. Smaller versions of the breed were successfully created and, although by 1920 had declined in numbers, they made a comeback and today the Toy Poodle is one of the most popular house pets in our homes.
Upkeep Requirements for The Toy Poodle
This is one breed that is not meant to be sitting at home while the family goes off and leaves the house all day. These dogs need constant love and attention from their human owners. Lots of interaction is a must for the Toy Poodle to thrive happily.
Toy Poodles also need to have plenty of exercise. They have high energy levels so several brisk walks on the leash each day plus a few laps around the yard during playtime games is ideal. This is not a breed that is meant to live outdoors. Although it enjoys having access to a safe, fenced-in yard to play during the day, Toy Poodles should sleep indoors with the family at night.
Grooming requirements for the Toy Poodle demand more work than your typical dog. In fact, their coat should be thoroughly brushed every day if possible. When these dogs shed, the hair does not fall out. Instead it gets caught up in the existing curls and may cause matting if left uncared for. Professional clipping should be done about three to four times per year. The dog’s face and feet should be clipped more often, about once per month.
Toy Poodle Health Concerns
The average lifespan for the Toy Poodle is between twelve and fourteen years. Major health concerns that run common in the breed are patellar luxation, PRA, epilepsy, and Legg-Perthes. Minor health issues include lacrimal duct atresia, cataracts, entropion, and trichiasis. Rarely seen in the breed is urolithiasis and intervertebral disk degeneration. Veterinarians suggest that Toy Poodle dogs get tested for potential knee, hip, and eye problems.
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