One of the most popular dog breeds, the poodle comes in three different size types. These are the standard poodle, miniature poodle and toy poodle. These dogs are known for their cuteness, especially the toy poodles. A toy poodle is a furry dog that does not exceed 11 inches in height and weighs from 6 to 9 pounds. These lovely dogs can live up to 15 years. Cute little toy poodles are bred from standard poodles.
Poodles might look graceful and classy but they are actually dogs with varied abilities. They are known to be obedient and this makes them efficient as show dogs, herders, and hunting dogs. They are active dogs that are good for countryside and city living. There is no need for one to have a big backyard; just take them for regular daily walks.
Toy poodles are relatively easy to train compared with other dog breeds for they are very intelligent and highly responsive. They are cheerful, sweet, and want to be with people. That is why it is important to socialize them. Taking them for daily walks in the park is a good way to help them socialize with other dogs and people.
Exercise is an essential part of any dog’s life, as it will help expend their enormous energy. This is especially true with poodles, and regular poodle exercise is also necessary to prevent the dog from developing attitude and behavioral problems.
Every responsible dog owner takes good care of their dogs, and dog grooming is very important with toy poodles. They need to be clipped and bathed regularly. Though they are furry, unlike other breeds, they do not shed. And what is good about them is that, the fur is hypoallergenic (though they still contain protein allergens). This means you will not have problems if you are allergic to dog fur.
Poodle diet is very important, and food requirements vary according to their weight, height and age. More importantly, it is essential to have the dog food that will fit to your poodle’s size, tastes and health needs. The dog food you will use must be from a reputable brand to secure the health of your poodle. Your vet would be glad to recommend one. Remember not to over feed your toy poodle as it might cause dog obesity. Several complications might also result from overfeeding such as arthritis, hypertension, and other bone and muscle problems. Their food must be, if possible, natural and consist of the proper amount of nutrients in accordance with your dog’s nutritional requirements.
There are also problems to be aware of when owning a toy poodle. They are prone to sickness such as hip dysplasia, allergies, skin conditions, ear infections and cataracts. But with proper care and training, these issues can be prevented.
Another disadvantage of owning this dog breed is that toy poodles might display small dog syndrome. This is the tendency for dogs to feel that they are leader of the pack. They will be obsessively barking, growling, snapping and demanding. This event will only occur if the owner is weak and indulgent. He must have a visible leadership skill so that the dog will view him as the alpha (Boss). A dog owner must be firm yet gentle, kind, and consistent. The dog must be trained to realise that in the dog-owner relationship, he must not see himself as being above the human.
And remember to get pet insurance especially if you always take your dog outside. It is advisable for every dog owner to have their pet insured. Just be ready in case of emergencies such as dog sickness and accidents. Some policies might also cover death and loss of pets.
Raising a toy poodle is usually rewarding and great fun. After all, the disadvantages in owning this breed are insignificant compared to the happiness you will experience for having this one-of-a-kind man’s best friend.