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General description

The Miniature and Toy Poodle are the smaller varieties of the Poodle breed which has an ancient French background and fame linked to its intelligence, a lively yet loving and docile nature towards the owner as well as an ease in training and a remarkable lifespan. This is truly a dog breed with many qualities and few flaws, amongst which we can list the frequent barking which originates from their possessiveness towards their family and, unfortunately the substantial purchase cost of a Poodle puppy. Another quality deserving mention is the fact that Miniature and Toy Poodles are perfect apartment pets as they are small in size, don't shed or drool. And obviously because they are gorgeous!

Poodle in short

Aspect and attributes

Characteristics accepts by FCI:

  • Colors: fawn, white, grey, black, apricot, brown, orange
  • Hair: tough, curly, long
  • Coats: double color, solid

Miniature and Toy Poodles are small-sized dog breeds that in some cases may only reach 24 cm at the withers. Their small size makes the Poodle a perfect pet companion because it easily adapts to living in units even of small size.

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Costs and maintenance

A Poodle puppy with pedigree can cost more than 1000€, thus making the breed quite expensive to purchase and maintain. Although a Poodle doesn't have any special dietary requirements nor does it need frequent vet visits, it does require regular professional grooming appointments to maintain a beautiful and clean fur.

Puppies can be very expensive

Characteristics Summary


Suitability to apartment life

The Poodle breed, in its varieties of Miniature and Toy is a type of dog that perfectly suits apartment life. Poodles are lively dogs that enjoy the household environment and in which however don't want to be alone. Miniature Poodles are fond of their family and happy when they can be in its company in a warm home during winter, and in cool spaces during summer, without ever neglecting their beloved walks.

A dog breed perfectly suitable to live in a unit

Tolerance for solitude

All of the Poodle breeds, whether it is Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle, will have very low tolerance for being alone. This type of dog suffers in solitude and, even if accustomed to this condition at a young age will hardly become more accepting towards it. If you really must leave your pet on its own for long periods of time, you should focus on picking another breed.

A breed that doesn't tolerate solitude

Suitable as first pet

All Poodles, regardless of their size are very intelligent dogs. Poodles are intuitive, thoughtful, observant and quick learners of any type of command. The Poodle loves its owner unconditionally and, except for displaying a playful liveliness, they are quite easy to manage thanks to their small size. For these reasons, a Miniature or Toy Poodle are ideal for inexperienced owners.

Great choice for people with no experience


Poodles don't deal well with chaotic environments, sudden schedule changes or lack of care from their owner. The Poodle breed will form a deep bond with the master, demanding cuddles, playtime and constant presence. Your Miniature or Toy Poodle will need you and a calm, quiet household but will reward you with affection and unique friendliness.

A sensitive dog breed that doesn't deal well with erratic schedules and lack of attentions

Tolerance for cold temperatures

Both Miniature and Toy Poodles are not that tolerant to cold weather. Their thin and silky fur doesn't provide complete protection from the lowest temperatures and, during the freezing days it is best to dress your pooch before taking it out for a walk. Generally, Poodles are more comfortable living indoors rather than outside also due to their vulnerability to low temperatures.

Not a great tolerance for cold

Tolerance for high temperatures

Unlike many other dog breeds, Poodles have less of a problem with heath compared to cold temperatures. A Poodle will retain its liveliness even in summer without being subject to heat strokes. Obviously, it will be a matter of common sense and, despite displaying a desire to go to the park and play at 2 PM on a scorching hot day, it is best not to take your Poodle out.

Fairly good tolerance for heat

Friendliness and sociability

Affection towards family

Poodles are known for their loving spirit which makes them love their family unconditionally. This trait together with their intelligence and funny looks is one of the main reasons Miniature and Toy Poodles are so loved. Your Poodle will always greet you with a wagging tail and will be happy to spend time with you.

A breed that is extremely loving towards its family

Friendly towards children

Miniature and Toy Poodles, as well as all other varieties of the Poodle breed have a true passion for children. These are absolutely playful dogs that love spending time and having fun with young kids without ever getting tired. If you have children, this type of dog will be the perfect playmate: lively, sweet and trustworthy.

Very friendly with kids

Relationship with strangers

The Poodle is generally quite possessive of its family and tends to protect it with great bravery. This inclination will usually make a Poodle suspicious towards strangers thus often greeting them by barking vigorously. In order to avoid this issue, it's important to accustom this breed to deal with many different people starting at young age.

Poodles can be protective towards their family

Friendliness towards other dogs

The Miniature Poodle is a sociable dog by nature and usually fond of interacting with other dogs thus it lacks any aggressive or suspicious tendency towards them. Miniature or Toy Poodles are usually docile and fond of spending time with other dogs which also helps them bear being apart from their beloved owner.

Generally sociable with other dogs

Care and health

Coat care and shedding

The Poodle does not shed and this makes it the perfect breed not only for apartment life but also for those suffering from allergies. A Poodle will never leave wads of hair on your rugs, couch or around the house and its hair won't disturb your guests. This doesn't mean that this breed doesn't require brushing or careful cleaning.

Poodles don't shed and are perfect for those people subject to allergies

Salivation and drooling restraint level

The Poodle doesn't have a tendency to drool. This breed is quite clean in the house as it doesn't leave traces of saliva or hair. If having a spotless place is your absolute priority then the Poodle is the right dog breed for you.

This type of dog is not inclined to dribble

Easiness to clean

Miniature and Toy Poodles are usually chosen by people who enjoy taking care of their pet's coat and good looks choosing this breed because of its unique appearance. However, if this doesn't sound like you and you prefer a breed that doesn't require much care in order to remain beautiful and clean, you should choose a less demanding type of dog. Poodles need regular brushing and professional grooming sessions.

This breed needs a lot of care to remain tidy

Health and diseases

Miniature and Toy Poodles are normally quite long-lived and healthy although they may develop a variety of health issues. Miniature Poodles in particular can develop diabetes which is why need to follow a careful and strict diet. Another weak spot in a Poodle will be the ear area which is often subject to infections.

A long-living breed however subject to some health problems

Tendency to gain weight

A Poodle doesn't have a tendency to gain weight and will usually remain fit quite easily. It's important never to forget that this is a lively breed which is very fond of exercising and doesn't conform well with a sedentary lifestyle. Keep your Poodle active enough and it will remain slim, healthy and happy however a lack of exercise can cause your pooch to develop issues even on a behavioral level.

This breed doesn't have a tendency to gain weight

Learning skills

Intelligence and training

Both Miniature and Toy Poodles will carefully listen to commands and love to play. These features make Miniature and Toy Poodles ideal for training at which they succeed with ease without requiring too much effort or experience from the owner. Even first time owners can easily train their Poodle which will do anything to please its master and engage in practice as if it was a game.

Very easy to train

Loyalty and inclination to escape

Poodles are generally loyal and not inclined to escape, in fact will hardly cause any issues when you let them walk off-lead. These dogs may get away to play with other dogs without losing sight of you for one second. The matter changes if your Poodle is alone as it may try to escape from this condition to seek company from other dogs or people.

A breed with no tendency to escape

Inclination to bite

Compared to standard or large-sized Poodles, Mini and Toy are more inclined to display their possessiveness towards the owner and this may in some extreme cases bring them to bite in order to defend their home and family. However, this is generally a calm, sweet and tame breed that definitely prefers playtime to aggressiveness.

Calm type of dog that can nip as a defense

Hunt drive

Although Miniature and Toy Poodles may resemble a teddy-bear, they actually descend from a hunting breed specialized in hunting ducks by jumping in water to chase these valuable preys. Despite the fact that Poodles will spend most of their life indoors nowadays, they have not forgotten their instinct.

This breed may be inclined to chase a prey

Inclination to bark or howl

As already mentioned, Miniature and Toy Poodles tend to be quite protective of their family. And barking is the first defense mechanism in any dog breed. Thus, a Poodle will bark quite a bit. Your Poodle pooch will bark when it senses a danger, when it wants to greet another dog or when it wants to communicate. In case you are required to own a "quiet" pet, maybe because your neighbours are not as tolerant, you are best choosing another breed. But if your neighbours are no issue then pick a Poodle and be aware it will always act as a guard dog with absolute devotion.

This type of dog barks a lot, especially when guarding

Exercise requirements

Energy level

Being a highly energetic breed with an endless desire to run and play, both of the smaller varieties of the Poodle breed will always be willing to go out for a walk with you. The ideal owner for these types of dog will be enjoy playing almost as much (catching up with them is hard!) and will be willing to take their Poodle out multiple times to allow them to release their great amount of energy.

A highly energetic breed


Miniature and Toy Poodles are small in size and easy to control. Moreover, this breed is normally docile, tame and gentle as well as very obedient by nature. Poodles don't have a tendency to pull on lead nor do they react uncontrollably when approaching other dogs. Nevertheless, this type of dog is lively, fond of playing and running hence not suitable for elderly people or simply lazy owners.

Generally calm but lively breed

Exercise requirements

As already stated, all Poodle varieties including Mini and Toy are highly energetic and lively and they must be able to unload their energy level by running, walking and playing. This is a fun, playful breed that is always ready to wag its tail and chase a toy. For this very reason, Miniature and Toy Poodles are not suitable for owners that rather sit on their couch than go for a walk.

A breed with a high need for exercise

Tendency to play

If it wasn't clear enough, Poodles love playing and are tirelessly active. This feature makes this breed the perfect companion for kids of any age, young people, adults and elderly as well as for other dogs that are particularly fond of games. A Poodle is pleasant and funny, and will always get a smile out of you.

A breed extremely fond of games

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