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What does an adult toy poodle weigh? We were dismayed to find an apparently commercial dog breeder publish on their web site that toy poodles weigh up to 16 pounds full grown. Wow! Must be a typo. Actually, ten pounds is probably the maximum healthy weight for a toy poodle. Add a pound or two for “overweight” (too many treats or too little exercise) but no way does a toy poodle bulk up to 16 pounds. Visit our Good Breeder • Bad Breeder page for more information about finding a reputable toy poodle breeder.Good_Breeder_Bad_Breeder.htmlshapeimage_2_link_0

Did you know

toy poodles are indoor dogs?

What is the gestation period for toy poodle puppies? It takes 9 weeks for puppies to develop in the dam’s womb. At 8 weeks, it is safe to ask your vet to take a prenatal x-ray of the mother dog to see how many pups she is carrying and how well they are positioned. Good prenatal care is crucial to producing healthy puppies and assuring the safety of the mother dog.

Did you know

a pregnant toy poodle should eat a growth formula food?

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Michelle, a SILVER poodle

Did you know that silver poodles are born black?

Should I buy a toy poodle puppy from a pet store? Not if you want a healthy, well-tempered, properly socialized puppy. Most pet store puppies are born in puppy mills. A 1999 article in Reader’s Digest called puppy mills a “scandal” and reported that “Appalling conditions are yielding unhealthy and hostile pets.” It takes a little effort to find a good toy poodle breeder but it’s worth it.
Why does my puppy bite me? In young pups this behavior is called “mouthing.” Although it has normal doggie origins (a remnant from the pup’s nursing days), you want to discourage the behavior to prevent injury to human flesh. When your puppy attempts to mouth you, hold his or her muzzle closed gently. The operative word is “gently.” Then say, “No!” like you really mean it. With patience and repetition your puppy will learn that mouthing is not acceptable puppy manners.
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Who’s Dr. Dodman?Weekly_Toy_Poodle_News/Entries/2008/1/22_Dr._Nicholas_Dodman.htmlshapeimage_14_link_0
What’s the best food for my toy poodle? Opinions vary widely vis-á-vis brands of dog food. Just be sure to choose a dog food that has small kibble for small mouths and boasts the words “complete and balanced” on the label. Your breeder or veterinarian can guide you toward the right brand and variety. When in doubt, choose national brands such as Purina or Hill’s Pet Nutrition. The bag will tell you if the food is recommended for puppies, adults, or senior dogs.

Tip: Do not change your dog’s diet abruptly. If you are planning to transition your toy poodle to a new food, make the change gradual, adding proportionately more of the new food each day to your dog’s diet over a period of two weeks. Otherwise, you risk gastrointestinal upsets. Those can take a serious toll on a little dog. Not to mention the mess you’ll have to clean.http://www.purina.com/http://hillspet.comshapeimage_15_link_0shapeimage_15_link_1
Toy poodles are genetically predisposed to certain genetic problems. What are they?
  Learn about inherited problems in toy poodlesToy_Poodle_Genetics.htmlshapeimage_16_link_0
Are ticks a problem on a toy poodle? If tick diseases are not yet a problem in your part the world, they probably will be sooner than you think. Ticks carry several diseases. Among them: Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Babesiosis Sad to say, we have personal experience with all four. Our dogs are immunized against Lyme Disease but that shot doesn’t protect against other tick-borne diseases. Our toy poodle Chris has had both Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis. Our Ticks and Tick Diseases page shows you the basics about diagnosis and prevention.Your_Toy_Poodle.htmlTicks_and_Tick_Diseases.htmlshapeimage_17_link_0shapeimage_17_link_1

Chris, a BLACK poodle

Monique, a WHITE poodle

 How do I keep my pet safe when I’m at work?Dog_Safety.htmlshapeimage_19_link_0
Browse the photos on our FAQ pages to see toy poodles of different colors.

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