Poodle Information

Toy Poodle History

The Toy Poodle has been known throughout Europe for over 400 years. The breed was first developed in France it has been believed. But there are many different ideas on the breed origin. Some people believe that the Toy Poodle was developed in Germany, or Denmark. The Toy Poodle is mainly seen as being developed in France and therefore holds a special place in the hearts of the French. What we do know is that the Poodle was descended from the French water dog which is nearly extinct to date.

The name Poodle comes from the German word "Pudel" which means one who plays in water. This breed was probably given this name due to its hunting and use as a gun dog, and we do know that they were once used in France as a retriever of waterfowl. The Poodle is very intelligent and many tried to use this to their advantage by training the breed to be a circus performer. The breed was very popular and by this time was known all over as the French Poodle. The little poodles became a favorite of the royals during the 18th century and they were also used to sniff out truffles.

Toy Poodles' Appearance

The Toy Poodle is a very intelligent little dog. They are known to be elegant and full of life. They are known for their well groomed, curly, and uniquely clipped coats. They have long flat ears and a long head with dark almond shaped eyes. They have a rounded skull and a scissors bite.

The Poodle has small feet and the dewclaws are often removed. They are a little tail that is usually docked and dainty little frame. The coat of the Poodle can be clipped to meet the owner's style or maintenance needs. This breed is very delightful and loving. They do require quite a bit of attention, but once their needs are met, they can make a wonderful little companion.

Toy Poodle's Temperament

The Toy Poodle is known to be very intelligent and is seen as one of the most easily trained dog breeds. They are very alert and responsive. They are very pleasant little dogs and love to be the center of attention. They love the companionship of humans and need lots of love and affection. They are lively and for the most party very happy but, will be very reserved around strangers.

Toy Poodles should be well socialized from a very early age to avoid conflicts with others. They are very good watch dogs even though they are very small. They are known to bark unless trained not to. They can work well in a home with small children as long as the children understand how to treat the poodle and as long as the Poodle is well socialized. Some people know of the Poodle as being high strung and snappy but it is well known that with proper training, this can be avoided.

Toy Poodle's Role

The Role of the Toy Poodle is that of a dainty yet protective companion dog. This breed is best off with an adult who is looking for love and friendship and has lots of time to devote to giving the dog lots of attention. This breed can work well as a large family dog as long as the puppy is well socialized and trained from a very early age.

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