Top 5 Reasons to get a Toy Poodle
Ok, so, you (or the kids) want to get a dog. However, there are so many different breeds to choose from and a part of that decision, that might be important to you is “how easy is a toy poodle to train”? Well, for an idea of what is involved in training a Toy Poodle check out our Toy Poodle Training Basics.
The main reason, and the reason why we chose to get a Toy Poodle is that they don’t shed! Ask anyone who has a dog (or cat) that sheds and the effort involved in vacuuming up the hair, brushing it off your clothes etc can be a drag. A lot of people think getting a short hair dog, for example, a Pug or a Jack russell – as cute and short-haired as they are they still shed! That’s not a lot of fun.
Given that Toy Poodles are happy with being indoor dogs, it is a good thing that they don’t shed.
Of course, those considering a Toy Poodle, often are after the convenience of a small dog no doubt. (Yes, the smaller the breed, the smaller the poo to pick up). You certainly get a small dog with choosing a Toy Poodle, but note Toy Poodles range from very small to small in size. Some people refer to their very small Toy Poodles as Teacup size but there isn’t officially a “Teacup Poodle” breed. So, the three recognised types of Poodles are:-
Standard Poodle (Grand) – sized 18 to 24 inch (45 – 60cm)
Minature Poodles – sized 11 to 14 inch (28 cm – 35cm).
Toy Poodle – size 9.4 to 11 inch (24 cm – 28cm).
Toy Poodles are known as one of the smartest dog breeds and one of the most trainable breeds. Eager to please, they respond to positive reward based training and as a thinking dog they learn very quickly.
The other favourite reason why people choose a Toy Poodle is for their friendly, loving, loyal nature.
So, to summarise, our top 5 reasons for choosing a toy poodle are:-
- they don’t shed, and therefore great when it comes to cleaning and for anti-allergy reasons too
- they are tiny (yes, tiny dog equals tiny business to clean up)
- they are affectionate – if you are after a lap dog then this is the bread for you
- they are indoor dogs – which is great if you want an indoor dog that doesn’t shed and doesn’t take up a lot of room
- they are highly trainable – smart, loyal and eager to please, the Toy Poodles are highly trainable.
Our top 5 reasons not to choose a Toy Poodle are:-
- Grooming – your Toy Poodle will require clipping every six weeks. Note, a lot of dogs require grooming though there are some that don’t.
- Socialisation – if your Toy Poodle isn’t socialised enough they could become timid
- Too sensitive – also, if there is adequate training and routine, your Toy Poodle may exhibit sensitivity to stress, bark at loud noise or voices, and display of signs of emotional sensitivity to its environment