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Toy Poodle


Toy Poodles are some of the smartest little dogs you’ll ever meet. They pack the intellect of the larger Standard and Miniature Poodle into their little bodies, as well as the athleticism and gentle nature.

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The Ultimate Guide to Toy Poodles

Key Characteristics Of Toy Poodles
How Can I Take Good Care Of A Toy Poodle Puppy?
Most Asked Toy Poodle Questions
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The Toy Poodle is an intelligent, long-lived dog that is easy to train and eager to please. Despite sometimes being called the French Poodle, these dogs actually originated in Germany.

Toy Poodle Origins

The Poodle was originally meant to be a water retriever. Poodles as a breed originated in Germany – their name itself is derived from the word ‘pudelin’, meaning ‘to splash’.

Canine experts believe that the breed is a descendent of the Barbet, a breed which is still around today (albeit rare).

During the reign of King Louis XVI in France, The Toy Poodle was created to be a companion animal, a scaled-down version of the Standard Poodle.

The Toy Poodle continues to be one of the most popular toy breeds in the world today, and excels at a number of dog sports and is often featured in dog shows.

Key Characteristics of Toy Poodles

Are Toy Poodles family-friendly?Yes, Toy Poodles make wonderful family pets, and are deeply loyal and affectionate toward their human family members.
Daily exercise needs?In terms of exercise, the Toy Poodle is not very active. They require regular exercise, but only at a low intensity level.
Common health issues & considerationsWhile generally healthy, the Toy Poodle may be prone to:
● Luxating patella
● Collapsed trachea
● Dental problems
Lifespan14 to 18 years
Nature / TemperamentIntelligent, Energetic, Outgoing, Fun, Alert
5 to 10 pounds

Under 22 cm
Suitable EnvironmentThe Toy Poodle is a great choice for apartment owners due to their small size. They love playing with their humans and other dogs, but this is possible even indoors.

While they are well-suited to apartment living, they can adapt well to any size of home. Toy Poodles do love the outdoors, and are just as adept at swimming as their larger counterparts.
GroomingToy Poodles require frequent grooming to maintain their curly coats. Regular brushing and grooming will be high on any owner’s list of responsibilities.

Other considerations:

● Toy Poodles may be wary of strangers, but will not be aggressive and will generally stay polite.
● Most Toy Poodles are smart enough to learn their owner’s patterns and anticipate what is going to happen next.
● Toy Poodles may be sensitive dogs who will flinch at sudden loud noises or movements.

How can I take care of my Toy Poodle?


Toy Poodle puppies should always be fed high-quality dog food. They need a small-breed specific dog food so they get the right nutrients in the right amounts. Clean water should be made available at all times.

Most Toy Poodle puppies will require meals 3 to 4 times a day, depending on how much they eat for each meal. You may consult with your vet about your dog’s diet and nutrition, if necessary.


It’s a good idea to groom your Toy Poodle puppy regularly at a young age so they learn how to sit still during grooming. Most Toy Poodles puppies and adults will need brushing around two to three times a week.

Recommended grooming tips:

● A Toy Poodle should be brushed before a bath. Their curly coats may be prone to tangles and mats.
● Toy Poodles require regular professional grooming sessions every 6 to 8 weeks.
● Brush your Toy Poodle’s teeth regularly with a vet-approved toothpaste.


Despite their size and role as companion dogs, Toy Poodles tend to be lively and have a decent amount of energy. Around 30 to 40 minutes of exercise each day is a sufficient amount for most Toy Poodles. Toy Poodle puppies can start exercising outdoors as soon as they are cleared to do so by their veterinarian.


Toy Poodle puppies are very trainable and require the mental and physical stimulation that regular training gives them.

Untrained Toy Poodles may end up becoming poorly behaved, sadly a common occurrence with many toy breeds. Obedience training is the first priority for Toy Poodle puppies. Most Toy Poodle puppies can start their basic training shortly after being taken home from the breeder.

Some owners enrol their Toy Poodle puppies in training classes. If you do, ensure that the training methods are based on positive reinforcement.

Looking to register as a Toy Cavoodle dog breeder? Download the RPBA guide on responsible breeding.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Toy Poodle Questions

Can Toy Poodle puppies live outdoors?

No, Toy Poodle puppies need to be near their owners or family members. Most Toy Poodles will bond deeply with their owners and may be prone to separation anxiety and loneliness when left alone for long periods.

How hard is it to housetrain Toy Poodle puppies?

Toy poodle puppies are quite easy to housetrain as they dislike making a mess near where they sleep or eat. The key is to start toilet training your Toy Poodle puppy early, so they learn as soon as possible.

What is the cost of Toy Poodles for sale in Australia?

If you are searching for Toy Poodles for sale, we recommend that you adopt from ethical, responsible Toy Poodle breeders. Toy Poodle puppies from good breeders tend to be healthier and happier dogs. The average cost of Toy Poodles for sale will be between AUD $2000 and $6000. It is a wide range since some Toy Poodles for sale are intended to be raised for competition.

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