The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the three Poodle variants (the other two being the Miniature Poodle and the Standard Poodle). Toy Poodles have the ability to melt your heart but are incredibly cheeky in nature, so it is important to let them know who is boss from an early age.
The correct build for a Toy Poodle is square, which means that the height to their shoulder is equal to the length of their back. Other Toy Poodles are built lower to the ground, with short legs and a long back, which is a physical deformity meaning they are more susceptible to disk disease.
Toy Poodles (along with their larger relatives) are considered to be amongst the smartest and most trainable dog breeds. Being incredibly social, Toy Poodles will thrive with regular interaction and stimulation.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Toy Poodles can be slightly less patient with small children if they are not exposed to them from an early age. While they require regular grooming, a Toy Poodle is hypoallergenic and won't shed. Toy Poodles can live very happily in an apartment, as long as you provide them fresh air and playtime each day. The Toy Poodle will be able to adapt to any living environment as long as they receive lots of love, grooming, and daily exercise.
Common Health Issues
Toy Poodles are prone to: Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Patellar Subluxation, Epilepsy.