Toy Poodle dog - Tiniest of the Poodles

Tea cup Poodle, a popular name for the smallest ones!

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Breed History:

The history of this dog is basically the same as the Miniature and Standard. They are descendants of continental water dogs known in Europe, particularly in Germany and Russia, dating back to the 1500s. Similar dogs also existed and played their part, as in France, known as the "Caniche" or "chien canard" a reflection of its duck hunting ability. Germany is credited with naming the breed, "Pfudel" akin to puddle or splash, and they graded sizes into "kleine" meaning small, "mittlere" for medium, and "grosse" denoting large. It was popular with the French aristocracy, becoming the national dog of France. Even today, one hears the name French Poodle. The traditional trim had practical reasons, leaving the hair long to protect the heart and chest from cold water, clipping the legs decreased drag while swimming. Following the success of the Miniature Poodle dog, and separate classification by the Kennel Club (UK) in 1910, downsizing the breed picked up momentum. Through the efforts of 20th century breeders in Britain and North America this smallest Poodle really came into its own, being recognized by the AKC in 1943. Note, there is no variety known as the Teacup Poodle. It's just a name which has grown popular and has been capitalized on by some breeders. Since there is no minimum limit on the size of the breed, some are claiming their puppies are Teacup Poodles which could be confusing. The name is also spelled Tea cup Poodle. It might be more appropriate to call a very small specimen, a Tiny Toy Poodle.
Height:  10 in. (25.4 cm) or under, at withers.
Weight:  4-8 lbs. (1.8-3.6 kg).
Energy:   Quite high.
Affection:  Very affectionate.
Playfulness:  Very playful.
Watchdog:  Excellent.
Protection:  No. Too small.
Friendliness towards other dogs:  Somewhat.
Friendliness towards strangers:  Quite friendly.
Bonding:  Tends to bond to one person.
Trainability:  Very High.
Grooming:  Quite Intensive.
Other Names:  Caniche; French Poodle.
Life Expectancy:  12 - 14 years.

Poodle Appearance:

Poodle puppies come in many colors, preferably solid colors, such as whites, blacks, reds, blues, grays, silvers, browns, cafe-au-laits, apricots and creams. The coat of a parti-colored, or Parti Poodle, is not, according to the breed standard, an even solid color at the skin. It is of two or more colors. This is considered a major fault! Poodles come in three sizes, and many colors, but are considered one breed. The Toy variety is the tiniest. It is friendly, active, intelligent, and clownish, squarely built, well proportioned, moving soundly and proudly. Properly trimmed, he has an air of distinction. He makes a superb companion enjoying the pampered life. He is an excellent watchdog when needed, but not given to senseless barking. A Toy Poodle puppy is highly trainable. As for grooming, its low dander, almost non-shedding coat, needs frequent brushing to prevent matting. He makes a good choice for asthma sufferers. The various clips are a matter of taste for the average owner, but if exhibited at dog shows, the clipping rules are explicit, and must be strictly adhered to, as per the Breed Standard. Most family dogs are given the traditional puppy clip. It's a practical trim, and very good looking.

Poodle Information:

Although the Poodle requires some daily grooming, brushing to keep the coat from matting, it actually sheds very little. It is considered a hypoallergenic dog breed. If you suffer from allergies, like asthma, this might be the perfect breed for you. Check it out by visiting a breeder for a self test, a breeder who only has Poodles on the premises, so as to get non-corrupted test results. Do you want more information on this Variety of Poodle? It's a small dog breed, perfect for many families or senior folks. For Toy Poodle breeders, who have Toy Poodle puppies for sale, see the breeders section. If there are no Toy Poodle breeders nearby, see the Canadian Poodle breed club. See also the Canadian Poodle rescue. The American Poodle breed club or Poodle rescue contacts might have other breeder information.


The Toy Poodle is one of the cleverest, and easiest dogs to train. He is alert, lively, responsive to commands, and most eager to please. Some may bark a lot. Some may be reserved with strangers. Some are not good with small children. Shyness or sharpness is considered a major fault.

Poodle Health Issues:

The major health problems are: PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), Patellar luxation (knee joint slips apart), Legg-Perthes (blood supply damage to the head of the femur), Epilepsy (a chronic condition characterized by recurrent seizures). Minor concerns are Trichiasis (eyelash abnormalities), Entropion (the eyelid rolls inward - eyelashes scratch and cause pain), Lachrimal duct atresia (tear duct problems), Cataracts (same as in humans). Occasional problems are Urolithiasis (bladder stones - can't urinate - get immediate vet attention!), Intervertebral disk degeneration (back degenerative problems).