Toy Poodle FAQs

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Why do some dogs eat poop? Toy poodles seem to be a breed apart in many ways and one of them is the tendency not to eat kitty poops and other unmentionable things. Most dogs will snack on such things, a habit called “coprophagy” (stool eating). It gives pet owners the willies but it’s a natural, if not normal, behavior seemingly hard-wired into some dogs. Many experts agree that dogs eat poop because “it tastes good.” The best prevention, of course, is cleaning up frequently after kitty and steering your dog away from foreign dog poops when you are out walking or playing in the park.
How do I find a reputable toy poodle breeder? Check with local veterinarians to see if they know good breeders in your area whom they can recommend. Vets usually know who the good breeders are. Inquire at dog grooming shops; their poodle customers might be able to help. Attend dog shows so that you can meet the poodle breeders and their dogs in person. Check our Good Breeder • Bad Breeder page for more info.Good_Breeder_Bad_Breeder.htmlGood_Breeder_Bad_Breeder.htmlshapeimage_5_link_0shapeimage_5_link_1
Can I enter my pet poodle in dog shows? “Any purebred dog over the age of 6 months and registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club) can be entered in Obedience and Tracking events,” explains the AKC. “Dogs that may not be ‘show quality’ due to things that would disqualify them according to their breed’s standard (such as size, incorrect color, improper bite, etc.) can be part of the working world.” Poodles often excel in agility and obedience. See the 2008 winning toy poodle at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.http://www.akc.orgWeekly_Toy_Poodle_News/Entries/2008/2/13_Toy_Poodles_Rule.htmlshapeimage_6_link_0shapeimage_6_link_1
What do I need to know about my elderly toy poodle? Older poodles, like many older humans, develop physical problems such as arthritis, cataracts, deafness, or a sluggish thyroid. These issues are in addition to the “acute” things that can affect all dogs such as parasites, dietary upsets, etc. For this reason, some veterinarians recommend twice-yearly wellness checkups for older toy poodles.

Nicki, a WHITE poodle

Marie, a CREAM poodle

Rusty, a RED poodle


Max, a CHOCOLATE and TAN “PHANTOM” poodle with Doberman pinscher-like brown and tan colors; Max’s sister Melody, a BROWN (chocolate poodle) is behind him.

Chris, a BLACK “TUXEDO” poodle

Mango, an APRICOT poodle

Should I give my toy poodle treats? It’s only natural to want to lavish love on out pets. But a toy poodle is small and you don’t want to “supersize” him with treats. Overweight and obesity are problems in dogs, too. Instead of treats, offer lavish verbal praise. That’s really what your toy poodle wants--to know that s/he’s pleasing you. An occasional, small treat is ok. Just make sure it has some nutritional value.

Spotyed Mary, a WHITE and RED PARTI poodle

What’s a teacup poodle? The term “teacup” simply describes a toy poodle of the smallest adult size. Teacup is not an official designation. That said, teacup toy poodles usually grow to no more than 5 pounds as adults and many, if not most, are in the 3 to 3.5 pound range. Suffice it to say that a teacup female should never be bred; she’s just too small and it would be extremely dangerous to have puppies.

Did you know

St. Hubert is the patron saint of dogs?

Did you know your toy poodle’s nails should be clipped every week or two?

Did you know that our eyes don’t open until we’re about two weeks old?

Did you know that toy poodles are usually spayed or neutered at 6 months?

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