The Toy Poodle shares most of its heritage with its larger brothers and sisters, the Miniature and Standard Poodles. These breeds originated in Germany, where the Standard Poodle was used for water retrieving. The Toy and Miniature varieties were derived from efforts to make a smaller variety of the Standard Poodle in the 18th century. Toy Poodles were commonly the pets of royalty in France during the reign of Louis XVI, and it is in France where the Poodle breed was standardized.
The Toy Poodle is indeed just a tiny version of the Standard Poodle and shares its extreme intelligence and willingness to please. Toy Poodles are excellent dogs for those who live in small or large quarters alike, as their small stature takes up very little space, but they are also willing to run the farm with the big dogs given their hunting heritage. The hunting drive is strong in most Poodles, and even a Toy Poodle will “point” at game if given the opportunity.
Toy Poodles are great companions for children, as they are both patient and gentle, though children must be taught the proper way to handle such a small playmate. Since they shed less than other breeds, Toy Poodles may help lessen the allergic potential in those owners with hypersensitivities to pet hair and dander.
Although small in stature, Toy Poodles are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and put a big dent in your pocketbook. Some of the conditions and illnesses Toy Poodles are prone to include knee problems such as patellar luxation; developmental problems such as cryptorchidism; hearing issues such as deafness; eye problems such as glaucoma; and degenerative diseases such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Toy Poodle has the misfortune of inheriting big (or little) health problems, you’re protected.