Poodle - Toy Puppies for Sale
Looking for Toy Poodle puppies for sale? This dog has been popular as far back as the 16th century when it was bred down from a Standard Poodle, probably in France, to become a companion for wealthy aristocrats. Lords and ladies treasured the snuggly pups’ ability to keep them warm in drafty manors and chilly castles. In fact, they earned the nickname “sleeve dog” because women carried them about inside the full sleeves favored in attire of the 1600’s and 1700’s.
This smallest member of the Poodle family has also been called a Teacup, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, French Poodle, Pudle, or even Teddy Poodle. No matter what you call these intelligent pooches, they have been popular in the U.S. and Europe for hundreds of years. In fact, the American Kennel Club ranks Poodles as the seventh most popular out of 193 recognized breeds.
These spunky pets are lively, easy to train, and friendly around other dogs and people. The AKC initially recognized them in 1887 and placed in the Toy Group.
- Country of Origin: France
- Weight: 6 - 10 lbs
- Height: 5 - 10 inches
- Color: The American Kennel Club includes a long list of colors in the breed’s standards. These pups should be an even and solid color and may be blue, gray, silver, brown, café au lait, apricot, and cream. Darker and varying shading within the same color is acceptable.
If you want to buy a Toy Poodle puppy, it’s smart to do a little research first. These puppies are sociable, even-tempered, and intelligent. These small dogs love a cuddle with their owners, which makes them excellent lap dogs. While they usually like older children and families, their small size makes them physically vulnerable. Because of their size, they are not good fits for families with toddlers.
Use gentle and positive training methods, and you’ll find these pups happily learn a long line of new commands, tasks, and tricks. In fact, they are so smart that they can become bored. Toy Poodles need activity and mental stimulation to keep them happy, calm, and centered. Many pups suffer from separation anxiety if they are left alone too often.
While these dogs will bark sharply when they sense new people at the door or in the home, they are not aggressive. However, they may be shy of new visitors.
If you’re considering adopting a Toy Poodle puppy, make sure you understand this breed’s special health considerations. The average life span is 14-16 years. One of the more common health issues with this small breed is Luxating Patella. Meticulous daily dental care is essential to prevent infections of the teeth and gums.
Other health concerns can be:
- Tracheal Collapse
- PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy)
- Ear Infections
- Addison’s Disease
This dog is small and delicate, so even minor falls or impacts may result in serious injuries. Talk to you vet about the best ways to protect your Toy Poodle’s skeletal health. With every breed, stay current with vaccines and schedule routine vet checkups.
Coat & Coat Care
The small pups have dense hair with tight curls. While this coat usually makes the dog a good choice for allergy sufferers, the tradeoff is in the additional grooming needs.
Brushing several times a week is recommended to prevent tangling or matting. Clipping every 6-8 weeks will also help maintain their coats. Many owners trim the pup’s coat short to minimize grooming, while others like to shave the coat into elaborate patterns that require even more maintenance.
This breed is prone to ear infections, so once a week use a clean, damp cloth to wipe out ears.
These dogs tend to get staining around tear ducts. Gently wiping out and cleaning this area with a clean, damp cloth will minimize staining and decrease the chance of eye infections.
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