TOY POODLE DESCRIPTION

The smallest of Poodles is too small to hunt a duck as its larger siblings, but is an ideal companion and a dog show that stands out from the crowd. 
 
The toy Poodle stands under 28 cm (the FCI ideal is 25 cm to the withers). Tiny is typical for the toy Poodle, assuming it is balanced and proportionate. The eyes are very dark and oval, not round, prominent or too large; the ears, hang well aside the head, with long lobes, dropping over the cheeks, covered in long and curly hair; the skull is rounded with a light but defined stop; smooth cheekbones; long, straight and fine muzzle, slightly chiseled under the eyes, not turned up. The shoulders well sloped backwards, not straight; forelegs straight and parallel; oval and small feet, not open, good padding. The hindquarters are straight; well angled. The coat should be naturally rough in texture and always thick; although it’s rare, the hair can be corded, forming even and tight cords. The Poodle can sport any of the four admitted clippings: Puppy, English Saddle, Continental and Sporting. The color should be solid (admitting shade variation), always unicolor for the FCI, black, white, brown, gray and apricot; for the KC, white, cream, black and brown, apricot, black, silver and blue; for the ACK, blue, gray, silver, brown, café au laite, apricot and cream. The particolor is disqualified for show. The nose, eyelids, lips, nails and eyes should combine with the coat.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
Nothing is better than a well bred toy Poodle for its company and affection. It stands out for its personality and authenticity and adores its owner more than anything. With due socialization and diplomatic handling, the toy Poodle can be an extrovert dog. It also has a lot of brain, so its understanding shouldn’t be underestimated. Teaching can be tricky since the owner tends to succumb to “tantrums” from the beginning we should clarify that you are in charge. The toy Poodle is delightful for the person who wants a small dog.
The toy Poodle is comparable with larger dogs as for intelligence and personality. 

DEVELOPMENT             
After seven or eight weeks, the toy Poodle weights 750 g; it reaches its maximum size between six and seven months. The tail is docked during the first week, leaving exactly two thirds of its original length. The Poodle has a large variety of solid colors, and a color change should be assumed in the adult puppy. Its typical coat grows quickly, but it will not be fully developed until after a year. Sexual maturity doesn’t arrive before a year. The interested party is advised to choose their puppy carefully, asking about health and character, and make sure good breeding. As attractive as they seem, too small or fine boned specimens should be avoided. Health problems and injuries are more frequent in said specimens. Hair care should be started early, to make it used to the regular requisite as to help the adult coat’s growth.

If you intend to display your toy Poodle in shows, you should go through show catalogs to find breeders who are winning. If you are looking for a company specimen, choose a confident, calm and kind puppy without apparent eye or skin problems.
 
HEALTH
The toy Poodle enjoys a strong and devoted fan base from serious breeders, and unique appearance and tiny size attracts more admirers. The future owner should choose carefully, since there are health problems that affect the breed. In addition, despite its small size, hair care is demanding, and professional grooming will be required. A well bred Poodle can easily live more than ten years, even reaching 15. Ear, eye and skin problems are frequent, including otitis, distichiasis, tear duct anomalies and progressive retinal atrophy; atopic dermatitis, hereditary sebaceous adenitis and seborrhea. The future owner should also watch for chriptorchiidism, incomplete teething and unlevel bite. The breed’s reduced size makes it prone to have injuries, especially fractures, and the eyes can be damaged by foreign objects and scratches. Hypoglycemia affects the smallest of the toy, which many veterinarians already consider. It can also suffer reactions to rabies vaccine. More perceptible and sensitive than you might think, the toy Poodle can learn anything you are patient enough to teach it. It responds to kind and gentle teaching.