Poodle (Toy)

The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the 3 sizes of the Poodle breed. It has a soft curly coat that does not shed. The Toy Poodle belongs to the utility group of dogs.

Toy Poodle  breed group


Size of the Toy Poodle


Colour varieties of the Toy Poodle

The breed comes in a wide variety of solid colours which include:

  • Apricot
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Cream
  • Red
  • Silver
  • White

Country of origin

France and Germany

The Toy Poodle through history

The Toy Poodle was originally used a water retriever. It was also used to sniff out truffles. Today it is kept as a companion dog, and excels at agility and is a regular and popular sight in the show ring.

Size and weight of the Toy Poodle

Height bitch under 28cms

Height dog under 28cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 3-6kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 3-6kgs

Exercise requirements of the Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle requires around an hour of exercise daily. It’s an intelligent little dog that requires plenty of mental stimulation.

Toy Poodle temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Toy Poodle breed is a bright, enthusiastic and high spirited dog with an affable, confident temperament. It’s a dog that loves to show off, and thrives on being the centre of attention. It’s an extremely intelligent dog, and excels at agility and enjoys learning new skills and tricks. Rarely aggressive, this dog can be a little aloof with strangers, but once familiar with new comers is a friendly and loving breed.

It is normally excellent with children, other dogs and if well socialised can live happily alongside cats.

Is the Toy Poodle a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, but potential owners should be aware of the financial cost of regular grooming sessions poodles require to keep the coat in good condition.

Toy Poodle coat length

Medium. The coat is single-coated and forms cords/dreadlocks and sheds very little.

Grooming requirements of the Toy Poodle

High. The coat requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to prevent matts and tangles.The coat should be clipped professionally around every 6-8 weeks to maintain a good shape. The lamb trim is the most common style for the Poodle, but many other more extravagant clips are possible. The poodle loves being groomed, and owners should factor in the cost of grooming sessions, as they can cost from £25 every few weeks.

Ears need to be gently plucked to keep the eye canals hair-free and healthy. Your groomer can advise you on how to do this.


Yes. The breed sheds very little hair, so may be a suitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is a healthy dog with few known health problems, but owners should consult their breeder about the following problems:

  • Ear problems
  • Skin tumours
  • Cataracts
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Bladder stones

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Toy Poodle

A healthy Toy Poodle can expect to enjoy a life span of up to 15 years of age.

Approximate Toy Poodle  pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £400-£600 for a puppy, and litters are often available. Litters tend to be small in size, with up to 3 puppies in the average litter.

Estimating how much a Toy Poodle would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will require around 123gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will cost around £3 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment