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Poodle Dog Breed Profile

Jul 3, 2008
Correct Toy Poodle information is the key towards a happy and healthy life for your dog. What would happen if you took your dog outside to play in the snow not knowing that he cannot tolerate too much cold? What you think as fun and exciting can cause problem to your dog because you are not responsible and wise enough to know and understand what he needs and what he is supposed to avoid. If you are considering of getting a Toy Poodle in the near future, or if you already have one but what you know is still not enough to make your dog live healthy and happy, you might want to consider this Toy Poodle information.

History. The Poodle is said to originate from France but some experts believe that they may have originated in Russia. Germany is also often cited as the place of origin since the word "Poodle" has German origin. (The word "Poodle" comes from the German word "Pudel", short for "Pudelhund". Pudelhund means "splashing dog".)

Appearance. Based on the AKC (American Kennel Club) breed standard, a Toy Poodle should stand not exceed ten inches at the highest point of the shoulder. The weight is between six and nine pounds (3-4 kg). The neck is solid and carries the rounded head high. The limbs are straight and asymmetrical with small, oval and webbed feet and arched toes. The non-shedding hair is dense and curly that is in colors of blue, gray, silver, brown, cafe-au-lait, apricot and cream. Parti-colored Poodles as well as Phantom Poodles also exist but are disqualified to appear in show ring.

Temperament. The Poodle is an intelligent and active breed that carries himself proudly. They are very entertaining and sociable breed. As much as they are cheerful and friendly with other animals and children, Toy Poodles can be quite snappy when provoked.

Training. Poodles are easier to train compared to other breeds. They learn quickly because of their eagerness to learn in addition to their intelligence. They should be socialized as a puppy to prevent behavior problem and should be trained to control barking to avoid excessive barking when he grows older.

Health Problems. Toy Poodles are prone to ear infections, runny eyes, digestive tract disorders, thyroid issues and skin conditions. The are also likely to develop PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). But despite these health issues, a Toy Poodle can live for 12 to 15 years, provided they are well-taken cared of and steps are taken to prevent these health problems from deteriorating the health.

This Toy Poodle information may not have tackled every little detail you want to know about Toy Poodles but this aims to give you general idea regarding the breed.
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