The World Of Toy Poodles
We've seen the fluffy poodles, the partially shaved ones, the small and the large poodles. There is no question of the variety of looks a poodle can carry when groomed as well as the size of one. Toy poodles are a smaller version of the poodle, even smaller than the miniature poodle. Never let the size of this dog fool you, for most of the time these little guys think they are a whole lot bigger than what they truly are.
These little poof balls can look different depending on the way it is groomed. Their eyes are brown or black and are oval shaped, somewhat setting far apart. Their ears hang close to the head and are long, straight and flat looking. The tail of this dog is usually set and carried high.
The coat of his dog can be either curly or corded. They come in many colors as well. These colors include black, blue, silver, apricot, gray, red, white, brown or one they call cafe-au-lait. Some breeders breed multicolored poodles however these ones are not allowed in the show.
Temperament Of Toy Poodles
These dogs like any other sized poodle are very intelligent. They respond very well to their owner and because of this they are said to be one of the most trainable breeds. However there are always the odd balls for I have my own personal case of having one of those special odd balls.
They are a sweet breed, usually cheerful and lively. Most often of times they like to be around people. If you socialize them well they will do great around people of all ages. These small guys make good watch dogs as well for their tiny stature.
They need to get the proper exercise, if they do not toy poodles can get high strung and even timid over anything. You must show this dog who the "pack leader" is because if you don't they may end up snapping at you if they are teased or surprised. They also may develop small dog syndrome, so it is best to keep an eye on that. Small dog syndrome may cause the dog to have behavior issues like snapping, growling, guarding, demanding, untrustworthy around children and even sometimes adults. They may grow sensitive, nervous, have obsessive barking and in a way may try to tell the human what it is the dog wants them to do.
However if it is trained well and behaves well this dog can be great around children. It is still recommended that this dog be around older children.
Height And Weight
A toy poodle's weight should be around six to nine pounds, they are not that heavy of a dog. Their height should also be short, up to ten inches and no taller.
Health Problems To Be Aware Of
Poodles are considered to be a long lived breed but they still encounter some health problems that are usually genetic diseases. Some can get Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia, slipped stifle, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disorders, runny eyes, ear infections and even digestive tract issues. Cataracts and progressive atrophy are some eye problems they may get that can lead to blindness. Skin conditions can happen with this breed but that may be because of using clippers on them with out knowing what you are doing.
These dogs can even have allergies, they are actually very common with them. It may be to shampoo even.
As you might already know this dog requires a great amoung of grooming. It will have to have their fur attended to but not only that. They will also need a bath every six to eight weeks. Also keep on eye on their ears, remove any hair that could be growing in the canal and wax. Check for infections sometimes too. Like with most dogs take care of their teeth as well.
The world of toy poodles. They can grow to be stubborn they can have behavoir issues if untrained but they can also be wonderful dogs who no matter what you can't help but fall in love with. They give you a look with their dark eyes, sometimes they can be a pro to the "puppy dog look". Yes, I think that the world of toy poodles is much like any other dog's life. They just want to be loved and will do anything to have that love.
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