Toy Poodle

Toy Group

Brown and gray Toy Poodles sitting against white background

Height at Shoulders

<10 in

Weight

4-6 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-18 yrs

History

The Toy Poodle was bred down from the Standard Poodle in the United States during the early 19th century. The Standard Poodle originated over 400 years ago in Germany, bred to be a duck retriever, with a thick coat to protect it against cold water, great swimming skills, and extreme intelligence. The name Poodle comes from the German word "pudelin", meaning to splash in water. The traditional and still-popular coat grooming style that you see many Poodles sport used to serve a purpose: it kept extra fur off so that the Poodle wouldn't be weighed down or get snagged on anything while swimming, but the tufts, or "pompons" protected vital organs against the cold.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Toy Poodles will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

☆☆

☆☆

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level


Prey Drive

★☆☆


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Quick learners who are eager to please and easy to train 

Have weepy eyes that can stain their coat

Highly intelligent and can become destructive if bored

Considered to be a good breed for allergy sufferers

Very loving and family-oriented- they don't like to be left alone for long