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Toy Poodle

The toy poodle may be small in stature but stands tall as one of the most spritely, intelligent and loyal canine companions there is.

Selectively bred from the larger miniature and standard poodle varieties, the toy poodle retains the bold and intelligent nature of their ancestors, who were bred as water retriever working dogs. Miniature poodles also had a role in sniffing out delightful truffles.

Although the toy poodle was very popular in France, poodles originated in Germany. Toy Poodles were documented as early as the 17th century.

Toy poodles are as the name suggests, a toy breed, meaning they are a very small dog. They are no taller than 25cm at the shoulder and weigh between 1.8 to 3kgs.


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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics


Germany, 17th century 

Bred for

Water retrievers, truffle hunting, companionship


Toy: 1.8 to 3kgs, under 25 cm 

Weight Range

1.8 to 3kgs


Black, brown, apricot, white, grey, blue, silver, “café-au-lait”, red, silver beige

Life expectancy

10 to 18 years 


Long, curly, does not shed, needs grooming every 4 to 6 weeks


Confident, intelligent, energetic 

Exercise requirements


Best suited for 

Families, singles  

Apartment Friendly

Yes, but do need exercise and mental stimulation 


Highly intelligent, confident and active, the toy poodle well suited pet parents including couples, singles and families, but due to their small size, they may be better suited to families with older children. Apartment living is no problem for a Toy Poodle, provided they get plenty of walks, play time and other enrichment in the home. Socialising with other dogs from a young age is just as important in a small dog as a big one, so puppy pre-school and other positive interaction with other dogs, people and animals early in life helps to develop a confident and happy dog later in life. 


Poodles have a curly coat, that famously doesn’t shed. This means that frequent trips to the groomers are essential to keep their skin in tip top condition and their fur mat free. Try to keep the hair short around the muzzle as when the hair is long, it gets caught in the teeth which causes dental disease. Prevent parasites by ensuring your Toy Poodle is on flea and tick control all year round.


When choosing a food for your Toy Poodle, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Toy Poodles may benefit a sensitive stomach food as they are prone to digestive upsets. Follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

Common health concerns

With very hairy ear canals and a thick coat, Toy Poodles can often have skin and ear troubles including infections and allergies. Toy Poodles are also genetically predisposed to diabetes.

Additionally, eye problems including retinal atrophy or detachment can also occur in Toy Poodles.

The five most common reasons for a Toy Poodle to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data (from 2019) include:



Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)


Gastrointestinal Conditions (tummy upsets) 




Ear Condition (allergy, infection) 




Skin conditions (allergy infection)








Eye Conditions



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Most popular Toy Poodle names

Most popular names

  1. Coco
  2. Teddy
  3. Charlie
  4. Molly
  5. Alfie
  6. Milo
  7. Bailey
  8. Luna
  9. Frankie
  10. Archie

Most popular female names  

  1. Coco
  2. Molly
  3. Luna
  4. Poppy
  5. Daisy
  6. Lulu
  7. Bella
  8. Lola
  9. Mia
  10. Evie 

Most popular male names 

  1. Teddy
  2. Charlie
  3. Alfie
  4. Milo
  5. Archie
  6. Bailey
  7. Coco
  8. Louie
  9. Ollie
  10. Hugo

Did you know?

Before his beheading in 1793, King Louise XVI, the last king of France kept Toy Poodles. Other notable royalty who loved Toy Poodles included the “King of Rock n Roll” Elvis Presley.

Where can I get a Toy Poodle?

Check out your local breed specific rescue organisation. Also be sure to visit your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 


  1. VetStreet, Toy Poodle, Accessed on 20/10/20
  2. American Kennel Club, Toy Poodle, Accessed on 20 October 2020
  3. Romero, Frances, 2017 Time, Top 10 Pets in Power, King Louis CVI’s Toy Poodles, Feb 17. 2011
    Accessed on 20 October 2020
  4. National Purebred Dog Day, 2017, Elvis’Dogs (Before He Left the Buiilding), Accessed on 20/10/20

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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