Toy Poodle Sheet
The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the four varieties of Poodle that exist (giant, medium, dwarf and toy). Its size, its intelligence and its elegant curly hair have enchanted it so much that, in the United States, it is the third most numerous breed, along with the Cocker and the Labrador. Extremely popular in Brazil since the beginning of the 90s, this friendly and affectionate dog remains among the most desired in the country, being part of every type of family and home - since it usually coexists well with all types of people and environment.
Considered part of the canine breed that ranks among the most intelligent in the world, the Toy Poodle (along with the Giant, Medium and Dwarf Poodle versions) is the second smartest dog among all the known breeds - being the most intelligent small dog of all and with a comprehension and learning capacity well above the average.
Although it is classified, most of the times, with its breed companions, this lively puppy has some differences in relation to the other versions of Poodle, being more lively for games than the others and less jealous and protective, too.
For many centuries, the Poodle and the Barbet were the same breed. This dog was used to guard sheep and goats, in addition to hunting wild birds. Around the 16th century, they gradually began to differentiate. During the 16th and 18th centuries, breeders started to cross size Poodles with smaller standards in order to obtain the Dwarf Poodle. The Dwarf Poodles were still being popularized when the breeders decided to create an even smaller dog, theToy Poodle.
Although the breed has existed for many years, it was only officially recognized in 1984 - quickly and intensely popularizing around the world. Although it is known that a series of crosses between the dogs of the Poodle breed was what gave rise to the smallest puppies of the breed, until today it is not known for sure which was the country of origin of the first Toy specimen; there is a great conflict between France and Germany in this regard - since, even though the Poodle breed is recognized as German, some argue that the appearance of the Toy version occurred in French territory.
Like all Poodles, the Toy Poodle is faithful, attached to its owner and can sometimes go so far as to follow him everywhere. He is playful, cheerful, very intelligent and observant, he is able to learn a lot and really quickly. Sometimes you can bark in the presence of strangers or when you are left alone at home, as it is very protective - however, as mentioned earlier, your level of jealousy towards owners and people closest to the family is not as great as those of the larger versions of the breed.
Despite this, his defense and protection instincts are as high as those of any other Poodle size, and barking can, in fact, be a problem in the life of anyone who has a Toy Poodle as part of the family. That is why it is essential that dog breeders of this specific breed seek ways to train and train their pets from the time they are still puppies so that there will be no excessive barking throughout the rest of their life - taking advantage of the high level of intelligence and learning ability of this animal to resolve this issue right from the start.
Very sociable, the Toy Poodle is very easy to make friends with people of all types of personality and age; being, still, easily conquered by other dogs or animals of other species, with who likes to play for hours. Because he likes attention and affection, he is not the type of dog that can be left alone for long periods of time, as this can make him a very sad animal and even facilitate the emergence of problems such as canine depression.
Even though it is a very active dog, due to its small size, the Toy Poodle does not need very tight or extreme exercises; since your small body can spend the energy necessary to keep it healthy and well with the simple help of a walk a day. Being small, this dog may have his need for physical activities ignored by some tutors; however, this is a serious mistake - since, without the possibility of spending all of its accumulated energy, this animal may be more prone to develop different behavioral problems.
Measuring between 24 and 28 centimeters in height, the Toy Poodle is a dog with firm muscles and can weigh up to 4.5 kilos - both its height and its weight are usually a little lower in females, when compared to males. . Owner of long ears that fall to the sides of his face, the dog of this breed highlights a tail that, usually (and in countries where this is allowed) is clipped.
Being able to highlight a curly and shiny coat or curly and abundant, the Toy Poodle owns very fine hair in both cases, demanding a lot of attention with the item and constant brushing to avoid knots in the wires and, consequently, the accumulation of dirt - which can initiate varied skin problems, including dermatitis of different types.
The Toy Poodle needs to live with peaceful people, since it can become a tense dog when living with people who are stressed or too nervous - and can, with this, open the doors for the development of psychological problems and go through frequent episodes of attacks of panic.
In addition to living better in calmer and more relaxed environments, this dog also requires a lot of attention on the part of its guardians in the sense of affection, company and presence - since it feels extremely abandoned when alone, and this can also encourage the appearance of problems such as canine depression. Well adapted to urban life, you can live peacefully in large cities and in smaller spaces such as apartments - being the ideal type of pet for people of all tastes and families. With regard to food, it is best to eat several light meals with few amounts of food, avoiding problems that may arise due to excessive weight gain.
Hair care is very demanding and difficult, being necessary to take it to a professional so that all grooming is done according to the breed's standards.
The Toy Poodle has ear, eye and skin problems. The small size also makes the breed prone to injuries, especially fractures.