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Here is some information regarding this breed of dog. The Poodle whether teacup, tiny, toy minature or standard, is most likely but not always the breed for everyone.
History of the Poodle
The Poodle, also known as the Caniche and the Pudle, is a breed of dog that comes in three sizes. The Standard and Miniature Poodles are in the Non Sporting Group, and the Toy Poodles are in the Toy Group. This is one of the most popular house pet breeds known, and poodles are famous for their companionable temperaments and extremely high degree of intelligence. The Poodle was recognized by the AKC in 1887 and AKC approved in 1984.
The Standard Poodles stands on average 15 inches high at the shoulders and weighs between 45 and 70 pounds (the males are often heavier than the females). The Miniature Poodle must be over 10 inches and under 15 inches high at the shoulders, and they weigh on average between 15 and 17 pounds. The Toy Poodle must be 10 inches or under at shoulders, and they weigh on average between 6 and 9 pounds. Poodles should be brushed on a daily basis, and they need regular grooming as well.
The exact origin of the Poodle is unknown, but they have been used in France and Germany since the 1400’s as hunting and retrieving dogs, water dogs, and companions.
Poodles have a reputation for being “sissies.” They way their hair is cut for shows probably doesn't help that image, but Poodles are by no means fragile, shrinking violets. They are outgoing, friendly dogs who love to run and romp, and interestingly, they were originally used to assist hunters of water fowl. They are true family dogs who can play hard with children all afternoon, then curl up in the living room for an evening of relaxation. Toy Poodles make excellent watchdogs, they are alert and curious and will sound the alarm that a person or animal is approaching. They make an excellent choice for families of all sizes and ages, and are great for first time dog owners.
Toy Poodles can live as happily in and apartment as they can in a large home with a yard. Wherever they dwell, they do need daily walks and several chances to run every week. Poodles who aren't exercised enough can become irritable and bark more than you like. As with ANY breed of dog.
They are a smart breed who need to use their minds as much as their bodies, so it is important to give your Poodle lots of interesting activities to do during the day. My are happy to have the favorite chew toys available to them all through out the day. Their favorite is a "cow hoof" you can buy packages at your local PetSmart, Petco or Tractor Supply and Feed.
Easy to Train Second Smartest Breed
Poodles are highly trainable dogs. They catch on very quickly to patterns and don't require much motivation beyond praise and a couple of treats. Poodles should never be treated harshly as they will simply stop listening to you. They are natural learners, however, so they shouldn't test your patience too far during training sessions.
Once basic obedience has been mastered, Poodles should graduate on to advanced obedience, trick training, or the agility course. They are thinking dogs and will appreciate the opportunity to learn new things.
Toy Poodles are loyal, sociable, happy and good tempered. Getting along with every one is no problem for the poodle. They are highly intelligent, so they are very easy to train. Poodles are lively, quick to mimic and learn. The Poodle has a history as a performer, like appearing in a circus, for hundreds of years. They are friendly and affectionate, and are slightly more sensitive than their Standard siblings. Toys have a spring in their step and are well-mannered dogs. They are peppy and easier to train than their counterparts, responsive and alert.
Poodles are very sensitive as to what tone of voice you use with them. When you talk gently with your poodle while training, you get more out of him. Many poodle owners, having used gentle and consistent training methods, have seen their poodles excel in almost everything. They are quick to learn and very affectionate, loyal pets that prefer humans, even to their own kind.
I myself have 4 children, three of whom still live at home. All of mine are past the toddler stage. I feel with adequate supervision, most homes will be fine for the regular sized toy. I do not recommend a teacup or tiny toy going to a home with children who are young, and wouldnt know how to handle the puppy. This could be a disaster. These puppies, when teacup or tiny toy size, tend to be more fragile and have more petite bones, that can break easily. You wouldnt want your child to leave your tiny baby on the couch and the baby could jump and break a leg. If you are considering a toy poodle, and have smaller children I recommend one of the larger toy sizes.
Toy Poodles are small, elegant but always lively dogs with an alert expression and an athletic build. The coat is thick, curly and wiry in texture and may be worn in a variety of clips. The muzzle is long, the skull is rounded and there is a slight stop. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The wide-set ears hang close to the head. The eyes are oval in shape and are dark in color, except for brown, cafe-au-lait and some apricot colored Poodles, who have dark amber eyes. The topline is level, though there is a slight depression behind the withers. The tail is customarily docked to half its original length. All solid colors are permissible including, black, blue gray, silver, white, brown, cafe-au-lait and apricot for showing. We however have fallen in love with the "Parti" poodle. Toy Poodles should have a springy gait and carry themselves with pride at all times.
Size and Weight
Toy Poodles should stand 10 inches or under at the highest point of the shoulder. Dogs who stand more than 10 inches will be disqualified from competing in the show ring in the Toy category. While there is no specific weight requirement, Toy Poodles typically weigh around 6 -9 pounds. Tiny Toy 4-6 pounds. Teacup anything under 4 pounds.
Coat and Color
Toy Poodles wear a dense coat of curly, wiry-textured hair. They do not shed, which makes the breed an excellent choice for people who suffer from allergies. the Toy Poodle is known as the Hypoallergenic Breed. They may come in colors of black, blue, white, gray, silver, cafe-au-lait, chocolate brown, apricot or cream. Phantom which is marked like a doberman or daushund. Parti colors can be an array of mixtures but should always be predominatly white with only patches of color. Black, blue, white, silver or gray dogs will have black noses and eye rims, while cafe-au-lait, brown or apricot dogs have liver noses and eye rims.
We love the PARTI and PHANTOM colors!!!
Many early paintings of poodles are of black and white parti poodles. For some years after the parti fell from favor many breeders drowned parti puppies at birth, rather than selling them. Those who did sell them as pets (or give them away) did so with restricted registration to ensure that any offspring would not be able to be registered with the AKC.
In French parti means consisting of two or more colors.
The following definition is from the AKC Glossary: "Parti-color Two or more definite, well-broken colors, one of which must be white. For example, black parti-color would be black and white. Color definitions may vary by breed. Always check the breed standard for the definitive color description."
The AKC Poodle Standard says "The coat of a parti-colored dog is not an even solid color at the skin but is of two or more colors."
Some breeders make a further distinction between Parti and Mismark wherein parti colored dogs are those with a white background and mismarks are dogs of another color (other then white) with white or other colored markings. This seems to be a moot point since they will both end up in the same (disqualified) category in the AKC confirmation ring. If you are concerned as to whether a dog is a parti or mismark see the dog or pictures of the dog.
Markings in a parti poodle may be appear to be random or may show as a mask, bib, saddle or any combination. A number of my black puppies have had a small white star (or triangle) on their chests and no other markings
The marking pattern shown on the puppies below is the same as the marking pattern on a Phantom Poodle. It is often referred to as a "tan point pattern". These markings may show on any colored dog, it does not have to be a black or brown dog. There are many times when a dog is genetically a phantom but because the main color and the markings are similar in color the appearance is not as dramatic or not even noticeable.
Although phantom markings are usually visible at birth they become more pronounced as the puppy gets a bit older. This also depends on the colors. Some colors become more pronounced after a few weeks.
Phantom babies are very striking, and are absolutley irresistible! And only get better as they become adults.
Show Toy Poodles are allowed a few distinct grooming styles, including puppy, English saddle and Continental, but household Poodles can be clipped, trimmed or shaved in just about any style imaginable. Regardless of the style, a Poodle needs to be brushed regularly. While they do not shed, the hair grows constantly, so loose hair and tangles need to be prevented and removed so that mats do not form. Bathing and trimming is required every three weeks. Many owners prefer to use the services of a professional groomer, while others learn to use the clippers themselves, in order to save money. We do our own breeding here at La Petite Poodles.
Check the ears on a regular basis for signs of wax buildup, irritation or infection, as dogs with drop ears are prone to painful earaches. Clean the ears with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser; never use a cotton swab in a dog's ear canal. Teeth should be brushed on a weekly basis to prevent tartar buildup, promote gum health and keep bad breath at bay. This is especially important in small breeds, who often experience dental problems as they grow old. Trim nails monthly if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally outdoors.
If you buy a Toy Poodle, a Tiny Toy or a Teacup Poodle (what is all under Toy Poodle breed, AKC rules) you may already know about the risks of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in smaller puppies.
Hypoglycemia is Blood Glucose or blood sugar concentration of less than 70 milligrams per deciliter(mg/dl) of blood. Symptoms depend on how quickly the blood glucose concentrationdecreases but rarely occur until it falls below 50 mg/dl.
Symptoms reflect the rate of decrease of the blood glucose concentration, the underlying cause of hypoglycemia, and the chronicity of the problem. One common form of hypoglycemia is called juvenile hypoglycemia because it occurs in puppies less than three months of age. Juvenile hypoglycemia is common in puppies because they have not fully developed the ability to regulate their blood glucose concentration and have a high requirement for glucose. Stress, cold, malnutrition, and intestinal parasites are problems that may precipitate a bout of juvenile hypoglycemia. Toy breed dogs less than three months of age are most commonly affected.
First they must be eating well. If your puppy don't eat his dry puppy food just give him some rice with can food, cooked chicken or browned ground beef. Let him lick some corn syrup of your fingers and add syrup to your puppy’s drinking water as a source of sugar.
Second, too much play over a long period of time isn't all that good for smaller puppies. They loose their energy very fast and that can cause low blood sugar. I recommend a Baby playpen to keep your puppy confined in when you are not playing with them. This must be a small area with enough room for their bed and easy access to food and water where they can rest and eat in peace. This area should be no larger than a baby playpen. Never give your puppy the run of the whole house until they are at least 4 or 5 months old. With such a large space to run around in, it is too easy for them to tire and lose track of where their food is. This could also lead to hypoglycemia.
Play with your puppy for a short time, then give them a small dose of Nutri-Cal® or Karo syrup (or even Pancake syrup) and then place them back in their playpen so they can eat and rest. Remember that Toy puppies are tiny babies and tire easily. Please be careful not to over-tire your puppy especially in the first few weeks. A puppy will play until it drops. It may play so much that it is too tired to eat. It is up to you as the owner to be responsible and see that your puppy gets enough rest. Most very small puppies need as much as 20 out of 24 hours rest. Be especially aware of the amount of time children play with the puppy. These are babies and must be treated as such.
MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING IS TO TAKE YOUR PUPPY TO THE VET IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ITS BEHAVIOR OR EATING HABITS. DONT WAIT UNTIL ITS TOO LATE. HYPOGLYCEMIA IS VERY SERIOUS AND CAN BE THE CAUSE OF DEATH IF NOT TREATED IMMEDIATELY.
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