Toy poodle also known as ‘Teddy Poodle’ is the smallest breed of poodle dog with curly hair and dense coat. It is a very good family dog that can cope well with strangers and any member of the family both young and old. They are also used as watch dogs as they are quite alert and attentive dogs. They have the tendency of barking a lot when raised in harsh environment. They are three types of poodles Toy, Miniature and Standard. The one with smaller sizes such as Toy Poodles tend to be more temperamental than the big ones such as standard poodles. Grooming Toy Poodle requires a lot of care, as little household things can be dangerous for them.
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The origin of Toy poodle isn’t clear as a lot of people seem to have different views about its origin. Researched has proven that Toy poodle has been in existence for over 400 years. Some claim that it originated from Germany while others believe that it originated from France. The water dog and Central Asian curly-coated dogs are believed to be the ancestors of Toy poodle. Toy poodle became popular pets in the 18th century. In 19th century it became a show dog and national dog for France; it was therefore called French poodle.
It was formerly use by hunters in Germany and France. Toy poodle was also popular in US until late 1920’s when its popularity began to diminish, thankfully they did not go into extinction but have regained its popularity in US again.
There are three types of poodle: toy, miniature and standard. Of the three types of poodle; the standard was quite bigger and the toy and miniature were bred from the standards when people demanded a smaller size poodle.
Toy Poodle is an intelligent, cheerful and sensitive dog that loves running a lot. The dog tends to bark a lot and is very fast. They are smart and just need little motivation and they are good to go. It is very good with other pets, children and dogs. However, the owners of this dog are advised to make sure they are exercised every day. In their relationship with human beings, they behave the way they are being trained. The owners are advised to remain the leader in their relationship with this water retrieval dog. The owners of Toy poodle has great roles to play in the aftermath character of the dog. Usually they are quite happy dogs but can be quite nasty if not brought up rightly. This might make them become unsteady in their character.
COLOUR AND VARIATION
Toy poodle comes in variety of colors. The most popular are black, blue, white, red, silver and brown. Although some Toy poodles come in mixture of colors but a true breed of Toy poodle will have one coat color.
The coat is dense and should be clipped frequently to take proper care of it. The Toy poodle has a triangular head with long and wide ears dropping down.
There are a number of health challenges that your poodle is likely to face while growing. To reduce the challenges encountered while grooming this dog, it is recommended that a thorough check up should be done before adopting it to ensure that your Toy poodle is from a good line with positive traits.
Toy poodles like to explore a lot of things so there had been cases where they died of an anti-freezing agent or the drugs kept in the house. Anything dangerous should be kept out of their reach.
Some of the diseases associated with poodles are:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: This disease affects the eyes of the Toy Poodle and can result to blindness if not diagnosed in time. This disease is characterized by inability of the dog to see dim lights and can be observed during the early stages of development.
Electroretinagraph is used for the diagnosis of this disease.
Other common diseases amongst the Poodles are:
- Entropion is another disease that affects the eye of the toy poodle. The disease is inherited and affects the eyelids. It is diagnosed through proper examination of the eyelids and can be treated through surgery.
- Cataract: Also affects the lens of the eyes of the dog hindering the dog from having a clear vision of objects. It can be treated through surgery just like Entropion.
Cushing’s’ syndrome: This disease is characterized by excessive eating, water intake and frequent urinating. It occurs when adrenal gland secretes excess of cortisol.
Bladder stones: This occurs when there is excessive sugar in the urine and is followed by loss of appetite or excessive eating. If you notice signs of bladder stone in your Toy poodle, it is important you take it to the vet urgently for treatment.
Skin Tumor: Abnormal growth in the skin of your dog could be skin cancer. It requires the attention of veterinary doctor. Biopsy is used to determine the type of tumor it is for effective treatment.
- Other health issues associated with Toy poodle include the Trachea collapse which makes your dog to cough or have problem breathing effectively, ear infection and patellar luxation.
HEIGHT AND WEIGHT
The average weight of a healthy Toy poodle is about 4-8lbs while it is about 10 inches or less in height.
A healthy Toy poodle has a lifespan of 14-20 years.