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  Toy Poodle 

Registration: All purebred Toy Poodles are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.

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Toy Poodle registration; how to register your Toy Poodles or to dual register your Toy Poodle with the United Canine Association.

The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Toy Poodle in 2002.


Breed Characteristics: 
Toy Poodles are identical to the Miniature Poodle and the Standard Poodle except in height.  The breed standards for all three varieties of Poodles are exactly the same other than the height differences.

The Toy Poodle is a very active, intelligent and elegant-appearing dog.  Toy Poodles are squarely built, athletically proportioned and carries itself proudly.
  The Toy Poodle is an intelligent breed with a delicate disposition and are very easy to train, the easiest of all the Poodle varieties.  Toy Poodles are charming, good natured, and perky.

The Toy Poodle is affectionate with its family.  The breed can be little wary with strangers, but usually accepts them rather quickly.

Toy Poodles are more sensitive than the Standard Poodle, but still get along well with other animals and children.

Toy Poodles come in solid colors and parti colors, and have very curly, thick fur.

Toy Poodles have natural drop ears and a puff of fur on top of the head.

The Toy Poodle is known for their hypoallergenic coat as it is non-shedding.
Country of Origin:  The Toy Poodle originated in France.  The Toy variety of Poodle is descended directly from the Miniature Poodle.


Original Purpose:
 The Toy Poodle was developed as a companion dog.

Today's Uses: 
Today, the Toy  Poodle is primarily a companion and show dog. 

The Toy Poodle is an extremely intelligent breed that is very adept and willing to learn.

  The Toy Poodle weighs between 4 - 8 pounds.  Male Toy Poodles weigh the same as female Toy Poodles.

Height:  The height of the Toy Poodle is 10 inches or less at the highest point of the shoulders.  

Poodles that are more than 10 inches at the highest point of the shoulders shall be disqualified from competition as a Toy Poodle, if over 10 inches but under 15 inches tall at the highest point of the shoulders the dog should be considered a Miniature Poodle. 

Male Toy Poodles are the same height as female Toy Poodles. 

Coat:  The coat of the Toy Poodle is very profuse, dense and curly.   and dense with a good harsh texture.

   The Toy Poodle
comes in solid colors or parti colors of black, white, red, cream, brown, grey, apricot, chocolate and blue.  Parti colored Poodles are acceptable with the United Canine Association.

  Toy Poodles are loyal, sociable, jovial and are usually posses an excellent temperament.

Toy Poodles are lively,  quick to mimic and learn.    The Toy Poodle is good with other pets and children, but wary with strangers, although they do warm up to them.

With Children:  Toy Poodles love children and enjoy interacting with them for hours on in however care should be used due to the breed's small stature.  They are not fragile but can be easily hurt.

With Pets:
  Toy Poodles do well with other pets.  The Toy Poodle loves play time and enjoys energetic play with other small dogs.

Trainability:  Toy Poodles are  highly intelligent and very obedient.
Toy Poodles responsive, alert, sensitive and eager to please their owners. 

Activity Level:
Toy poodles have a high activity level but due to their smaller size do fine in an apartment or smaller home.

Life Expectancy:
 The life expectancy of a Toy Poodle is 12 - 15 years of age.

Breed Standard:  Toy Poodle

General Impression:  The Toy Poodle is a squarely built dog with a distinctive harsh curly coat that may be presented in any of several traditional Poodle clips or corded. The ears are long, drop, and densely feathered. The tail is normally docked, set high, and carried erect. The length of body (sternum to point of buttocks) is equal to the height (withers to ground). The Poodle carries himself with an air of dignity and pride.

Head: The head is proportionate to the size of the dog. When viewed from the side, the skull and muzzle are roughly parallel to one another and joined by a slight but definite stop.

Ears:  The ears of the Toy Poodle are long and wide, low set on the head and dangle close to the face.

Muzzle:  The Toy Poodle has a scissor bite.

Eyes:  Toy Poodles have almond shaped, dark eyes that are not set too close together.

Nose: The nose of the Toy Poodle is black or liver, depending on the color of its coat.

Neck:  Neck well proportioned and of good length.  The Toy Poodles neck is sufficiently strong to allow the head to be carried high when standing or moving.  The skin fits tightly on the neck and throat.

Forequarters:  The shoulders are well laid back, strong and muscular.

Body:  Toy Poodles have a chest that is deep and reasonably wide.  The back of the Poodle is moderately short, strong and slightly hollowed.  The loins of the Poodle , loins broad and muscular. The loin is short, broad and muscular with moderate tuck-up. The ribs extend well back and are well sprung out from the spine,

Hindquarters:  The thighs of the Toy Poodle are well developed and muscular.  The stifles have good curvature, well bent and the hocks are well let down and straight.  The Poodles hind legs turn neither in nor out.

Shoulders:  Shoulders are smooth and muscled. The Poodles shoulder blades are long and well laid back.

Legs:  The Toy Poodles legs are set straight from shoulders and are well muscled.

Movement:  Sound, free movement and light gait are essential.  When moving, the Poodles gait is effortless, smooth, powerful and well coordinated.  The movement should demonstrate good reach in front and drive from behind. 

Feet:  Toy Poodle feet are sturdy and tight, proportionately small and oval in shape with well-arched toes and thick well cushioned pads.  The pasterns of the Toy Poodle are strong.

The feet of the Toy Poodle do not turn in or out.  The toe nails of the Toy Poodle are short and dark or self-colored, depending on coat color of the Poodle.

It is acceptable to remove the dewclaws of the Toy Poodle.

Faults: Thin pads, splay foot or feet that turn either in or out.

Height:  The Toy Poodle is 10 inches or less at the shoulders.

Weight:  The Toy Poodle should average 4 - 8 pounds.  The weight of the Toy Poodle is to be in balance with the height of the breed.  Toy Poodles are solid but should not be heavy. 

Color:  The Toy Poodle comes in many colors including solid colors and multi colored or parti colored (two or more colors). 

The most often seen colors are apricot, red, chocolate, cafe au laite, black, gray, white, and blue.

Tail:  The Poodle's tail is straight, set high, and normally docked to a length proportionate to the size of the dog.   Whether standing or moving, the tail of the Poodle is carried erect.

Undocked tails are thick at the base, set on rather high, carried away from the body and as straight as possible.

Serious Faults: Low tail set, tail curled or carried over the back.

Temperament:  Good natured, spirited, intelligent and friendly.


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