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Understanding and Training a Toy Poodle

Toy Poodle

One of the most intelligent of all breeds (thus all the popular poodle cross-breeding), the Toy Poodle is highly responsive to obedience training.  Due to their extreme willingness to please and the fact that they'll learn about anything, it is a shame to see the breed spoiled, as it makes them stubborn and moody.  Therefore, train and care for this dog with equal dignified, good natured & proud spirit.

Lively & playful, the poodle loves people.  Have fun with the breed via light exercise walks, games and play sessions filled with calm praise and affection. 

An all-around reliable & biddable companion, the only real behaviour problems are that the smaller two varieties are known to be barkers. To build confidence and help manage any excessive barking traits, treat this breed like the hardy, intelligent dog that it is.


Breed Profile

Breed Name: Toy Poodle

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 10 - 11 lbs (4 - 5 kg); under 28 cm
  • General Temperament: Intelligent, Biddable & Lively
  • General Description: A reliable, biddable companion that needs to be treated like the hardy, intelligent dog that it is.
  • Note: There have been statistical studies in regards to variations in temperament given the coat colour of the poodle. For more information read Bruce Fogle, "Dialogues with Dogs", Little Books, Ltd. 2006.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience       x  
Good Family Dog   x      
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors     x    
Ease of Training   x      
Sociability with Strangers      x    
Grooming Requirements   x      


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