Delicate and filigree he appears, the Toypoodle. As the smallest representative of the poodle family, he brings a lot of temperament and has an alert mind as well as a cheerful nature. His image as a typical senior dog does not do him justice, because he is by no means as undemanding as many think.
The Toypoodle reaches a shoulder height of 24 to 28 cm and a weight of three to four kilograms. He has a fine, curly case, which can be solid or bi-colored. Poodles are among the most intelligent dog breeds and are very resourceful. This is also true for the Toypoodle. Sensitive upbringing and plenty of activity help him to develop his positive character traits: He is attentive, cheerful and communicative. Underemployed and poorly trained, the sensitive Toypoodle can easily become a nervous yapper.
The Toypoodle needs a lot of outdoor exercise and always brain teasers. He is suitable for dog sports like (mini) agility, dog dancing or obedience. On your daily walks he also wants to be mentally challenged in between. You can include small obedience exercises or hide an object, which he then has to search and find.
However, it is just as important that your Toypoodle learns to rest. Therefore, from the beginning, he should have a place in the house where he is regularly sent to rest and sleep, so that he does not get over-excited. Always remember that dogs should sleep up to 20 hours a day! Toypoodles can be prone to nervousness. Therefore, it is especially important for them to get enough sleep.
The right food
The Toypoodle has a high energy requirement and should have a small meal two to three times a day. The protein content of his diet should be around 50 %, the rest should consist of vegetables and cereals. A piece of fruit may also supplement the Toypoodle's diet.
Easier is the diet with high-quality ready-made food, which contains a balanced mixture of proteins, fiber, fatty acids, trace elements and so on.
As a puppy, the Toypoodle gets a special puppy food that allows a healthy physical development. Here, too, you should pay attention to a very good quality.
You should be sparing with additional treats such as dog cookies and cookies so that your Toypoodle does not become overweight. Low-calorie chews are important because Toypoodles are stress-prone and can relieve stress by chewing and gnawing.
Of course, the Toypoodle also needs access to fresh water at all times. If your poodle has a beard, you should change the water several times a day.
The curly coat of the Toypoodle is characterized by the fact that it does not shed. Nevertheless, the Toypoodle needs a lot of care: brush and comb his curly coat carefully several times a week. About every six weeks, you should take your Toypoodle to the groomer, where he will be bathed, clipped and blow-dried. He can wear one of the classic poodle hairstyles or a low-maintenance short hairstyle. Get him used to grooming and visiting the dog salon early and with a lot of patience.
The Toypoodle's eyes should be carefully wiped with a damp cloth once or twice a day. Check the ears regularly for unpleasant odors and use an ear rinse if necessary. You should also check the teeth, as Toypoodles are prone to tartar buildup. If the claws become too long, they must be cut.
Toypoodle with its delicate bones appreciates a soft bed. A well-padded dog basket with fabric-covered walls is therefore the right choice.
Of course, he needs not too big bowls for food and water, preferably ceramic. Since he likes to jump around outside, he should wear a comfortable, well-fitting dog harness and be on a walking leash that is adjustable in length. Leashes that automatically retract are not recommended, as the sudden jerk when the leash runs out can injure a Toypoodle in full flight.
In terms of grooming tools, you'll need a brush with sturdy, rounded bristles, a comb with medium tines and a comb with fine tines, a good dog shampoo, a quiet hair dryer, cotton pads, and a gentle eye cleanser if your poodle has light-colored fur on his face to remove unsightly tear marks. Also, an ear cleaner and a soft child's toothbrush or fingerstall for dental care. Also a tick pliers should not be missing.
Origin & History
Hard to believe: the Toypoodle is descended from hunting dogs. The exact origin of the poodle is unclear, because it is a very old dog breed. Officially, France is considered the country of origin of the breed, but it could have been Germany, Hungary or Russia.
Poodle-like water dogs were already mentioned in Europe in the 15th century. The poodle (old German "Pfudel" = puddle) was a popular hunting dog until "modern" hunting dog breeds competed with him in the middle of the 19th century, whose short-haired or rough-coated coat required much less care than the poodle's constantly growing curly coat.
In 1893 the first German Poodle Club was founded and the Poodle changed from a working dog to a social dog. For a long time there were the large poodle, the small poodle and the dwarf poodle. It was not until 1985 that the Toy Poodle was recognized as a separate variety of the Poodle.