Toy Poodle

Updated 03 November 2023
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Written by Elle Padgham

The Toy Poodle is one of three Poodle types, the other two being the Miniature and the Standard. The Toy Poodle is the smallest-sized of the three and is often the poodle used in crosses such as Cavapoos and Cockapoos. Poodles are known to be one of the lightest shedding breeds and the most hypoallergenic of all coated dog breeds, ideal for those with allergies in the household.

Breed History

Whilst the larger Poodle was bred to hunt waterfowl, the Toy Poodle may in fact have been utilised to help it’s human counterparts hunt for truffles underground. The breed is thought to have come into existence in the late 18th century and was primarily a companion dog. 

General Appearance

The smallest members of the Poodle breed, the Toy Poodle stands around 22cm tall and generally weighs between 2.9 - 4kg. 


This intelligent and tiny breed makes a great family pet. They have lively personalities and will thrive when spending the majority of their time with their human families. 

Health Considerations

Toy Poodles have an average lifespan of 11 - 15 years. Unfortunately, Poodles can be prone to periodontal disease. Owners can help prevent this by brushing teeth daily and using canine approved mouthwashes. Hard kibble is a better choice than wet food when it comes to dental health. Consider Pooch & Mutts’ Superfood to keep your Poodle in tip top shape. This diet contains ingredients such as prebiotics and joint supplements.


Poodles are incredibly intelligent and can be trained to a high level. They love to learn new tricks and are incredibly versatile.


Your Toy Poodle will likely need a full groom every 6 - 8 weeks. 


Your Toy Poodle will likely enjoy both on-lead walking, off-lead running and a variety of mentally stimulating games. Aim for a minimum of 1 hours total exercise a day for your Toy Poodle.

Feeding Considerations

As Poodles are known to be prone to dental disease, starting them on a kibble diet may help. Pooch & Mutts’ Superfood diet will see your Toy Poodle through from Puppyhood to their senior years and combines lean-protein sources with added superfoods, vitamins and minerals to keep them happy and healthy.

To find out exact feeding guidelines for your Toy Poodle, try the Pooch & Mutt feeding calculator located on every product page. 

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