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Regardless of Size, Both Miniature and Toy Poodles are Joyful, Intelligent,
and Extremely Devoted Companions

The Poodle is a breed registered and recognized by the American Kennel Club as well as other kennel clubs, and officially comes in three sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. As part of the Non-Sporting Group, the Poodle is currently ranked as the seventh most popular dog breed in America. Although there is an unofficial "Teacup" size of Poodle, the American Kennel Club and other organizations only recognize the Toy breed as the smallest. Therefore, any Poodle that measures 10 inches or under at the shoulders is recognized as a “Toy” Poodle.

History
The history of the Poodle breed probably began in Germany, with the designation of Pudelhund, which loosely translates to "puddle dog" or "puddle hound." As a breed, the Poodle was standardized in France, where it was used as a working dog: a water retriever.

The breed itself probably dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries, when Toys began to appear relatively early, as well. For example, Toy Poodles were pampered pets during the reign of Louis XVI. The Standard size is the oldest of the three varieties, with the Miniature and Toy coming later. Some say that the smaller variations of Miniature and Toy were present very soon after the final breed standard was established. What is known is that the smallest of the breeds, the Toy, originated in England in the 18th century.

The breed itself was popular as a retriever and gun dog, since Poodles' coats are so water-resistant, and smaller Miniature and Toy variations have long been favored as companion dogs.

Appearance
Both the Miniature and Toy Poodles are square in appearance when groomed for show, but distinctively elegant as well. With a long, straight muzzle, the eyes are dark and oval-shaped and can be black or brown. The long, flat ears are close to the head, with the tail carried high. Poodles' tails can be docked to half-length or less. The small, oval-shaped feet are delicate with arched toes, and the coat is curly or "corded" in appearance. Colors can be anything from blue, black, gray, silver, apricot, cream, brown, white, red, or "coffee with cream." The original breed standard does not allow parti-colored breeds, but some breeders are now opting for this look.

In size, Toy Poodles are up to 10 inches in height at the shoulders and weigh 6 to 9 pounds in adulthood, while Miniature Poodles stand 11 to 15 inches at the shoulder in adulthood and weigh 15 to 17 pounds. The American Kennel Club recognizes both the Miniature and Toy Poodles by height, rather than weight. That means that Miniature Poodles must stand over 10 inches but no more than 15 inches at the shoulder, while Toy Poodles must stand 10 inches or less at the shoulder.

Temperament
Regardless of size, both Miniature and Toy Poodles are joyful, intelligent, and extremely devoted companions as pets. Because each of these small dogs is so intelligent, you will find both very easy to train. They will also be extremely devoted to you and eager to please. Clever and comical, these little clowns have been used in the circus for entertainment, and will entertain you just as easily. Poodles can also be high strung, especially if you don't give them enough exercise. Even though small in size, Miniature and Toy Poodles need as much exercise, proportionally, as their equally athletic and much larger counterparts, the Standard Poodles. Regardless of size, you must keep in mind that your pet is at heart a working dog, bred to retrieve and to be a hunting companion. Therefore, plenty of activity is absolutely necessary. This could include brisk walking, running and swimming.

Because your little pet is so intelligent, you must take care to do two things. Number one, you must always occupy the "alpha dog" position in your family, as the leader of the pack, so to speak. Poodles are so intelligent that if you don't take charge, your little pet most certainly will – and this will not bode well for your household. That brings us to the second thing you must do to keep your very intelligent pet happy: You must avoid treating your very little, very cute family member like a baby or child to avoid the development of "small dog syndrome."

Small dog syndrome can happen with any breed of this size, but it's of significant risk with Miniature and Toy Poodles, because they are so intelligent. These high-energy, athletic dogs need to be treated like the dogs they are, and given a firm but gentle hand at all times, when discipline is needed.

It's important to note that you shouldn't be discouraged from getting a Miniature or Toy Poodle simply because the breed is both very athletic (and therefore high energy) and intelligent. As long as you can give your pet the attention and boundaries it needs, you'll find your pet is pure joy. So entertaining, comical and endearing are these little treasures that you'll find your pet becomes a beloved part of the family very quickly. And again, with proper boundaries in place, your Miniature or Toy Poodle will be an absolute pleasure to have around.

Proper Environment
Both the Toy and Miniature Poodle are suited for apartment life as long as you take your pet for a daily walk and provide plenty of diversified exercise. These dogs love to play and have copious amounts of energy, which they can exhaust inside and out. However, don't adopt a Poodle of any size if you don't intend to spend a lot of time with this excellent pet. These are not dogs that can spend a lot of time alone and will crave to be with you at all times.

Health
Both Miniature and Toy Poodles are quite hardy and healthy as long as you've gotten your pet from a good breeder. They have an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. Some Poodles may be prone to progressive retinal atrophy, which may cause blindness, as well as immune mediated hemolytic anemia. Epilepsy, diabetes, skin allergies and heart disease are also sometimes problematic.

Grooming
If you plan to show your Toy or Miniature Poodle, you'll need to engage in extensive grooming. Your dog should be bathed and clipped professionally every 6 to 8 weeks. Neither Miniature nor Toy Poodles shed, so clipping instead is necessary. If you don't show your pet, a "puppy clip" will make your pet's fur very easy to care for. While every case is unique and deserves individual testing, Miniature and Toy Poodles are also considered excellent pets for those who suffer from allergies, since they are defined as hypoallergenic, or less prone to causing reactions in those with sensitivity to animal dander.

References
AKC Meet the Breeds®: Get to know the Poodle.
http://www.akc.org/breeds/Poodle/index.cfm
Retrieved July 27, 2013.

Miniature Poodle (Caniche) (Barbone) (Chien Canne) (Carniche Moyen) (Barboncino Miniatura) (French Poodle) (Pudle).
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/miniaturePoodle.htm
Retrieved July 27, 2013.

Poodle.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poodle
Retrieved July 27, 2013.

Poodle Breed Standard.
http://www.akc.org/breeds/Poodle/breed_standard.cfm
Retrieved July 27, 2013.

Poodle (Caniche) (Barbone) (Chien Canne) (French Poodle) (Pudle).
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/Poodles.htm
Retrieved July 27, 2013.

Teacup Poodle (Tea Cup Poodle) (Caniche) (Barbone) (Chien Canne) (French Poodle) (Pudle)
Retrieved July 27, 2013.

Toy Poodle (Caniche) (Barbone) (Chien Canne) (Teacup Poodle) (French Poodle) (Pudle) (Teddy Poodle)
Retrieved July 27, 2013.

How big will a Teacup Poodle get?

The simple answer is they will be very small! A Teacup Poodle will often only weigh between 2 and 5 pounds, and will be less than 8 inches tall at the withers. And newborn puppies often weigh a little less than 4 ounces, easily fitting into a teacup.

How long do Teacup Poodles live for?

Anywhere between 12 and 15 years is a typical number for a Teacup Poodle. But you have to be sure to choose from a good breeder that cares about their bloodlines, to ensure you are getting your Teacup Poodle from a healthy source.

How much is a Teacup Poodle?

Prices can vary depending on color, bloodline, and even on location. But a reasonable, average price would start at $1500, rising up to $4000 for rarer, more impressive bloodlines. The main reason for this price range is that Teacup Poodles often have small litters, but still require a big investment in time, energy and expense for their breeders.

Are Teacup Poodles Good Pets?

Teacup Poodles make excellent pets. They require very good socialization early, and with this they make a very well rounded dog. They are playful, sociable, and good with other dogs; but are better suited to older children. Like all Poodles the Teacup Poodle is very intelligent, and very trainable. And they are livelier than you may expect for their size, and enjoy a good walk.

Group Classification: Gun Dog, AKC Non Sporting Group

Recognized By: CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR

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Shedding: Lite Shed

Body Size: Toy, Small

Weight Male: 15-17 pounds

Height Male: 11-15 inches

Weight Female: 15-17 pounds

Height Female: 11-15 inches

Litter Size: 4 - 8 puppies

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

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Colors
cream, silver, white, apricot, red, white, black, brown, blue, gray, and cafe au lait.

Living Area
The miniature poodle is an ideal choice for virtually any location. They are perfect for small homes or apartments simply because they are such small dogs. You will also find that they thrive within a range of yard sizes, especially since they like to primarily remain indoors to be near you at all times. Be sure to protect them with a fence as they will seek to explore their neighborhood if unsupervised. This dog cannot tolerate being left outdoors all of the time.