Toy Poodles are, first and foremost, performing pups. They love being the center of attention, but too much pampering can go to their heads. As long as excessive doting is limited to positive reinforcement, Toy Poodle Mixes won’t become tiny divas. And with their intelligence, training is a breeze! They will often join in family activities and try to be a part of the action as much as possible. In fact, if left alone too long to their own devices these dogs may become destructive.
This breed is highly adaptable. Toy Poodle Mixes will thrive in both small apartments and sprawling houses, small families and large families, as long as they’re not left alone for too long. They tend to require mental stimulation and affection, so leaving brain teasers at home will work for some time. However, if the Toy Poodle Mix finds himself alone and becomes bored, he may attack your shoes.
Toy Poodle Mixes have moderately good health. However, they experience similar health concerns as other toy breeds with some additional Poodle-specific illnesses. For example, Toy Poodle Mixes may suffer from the following: hypothyroidism, teeth crowding, trachea collapse, kneecap migration, blood clotting disorders, skin inflammation, and hip dysplasia. As long as Toy Poodle Mixes regularly attend vet visits, exercise moderately, and maintain a healthy weight, they should enjoy a long, healthy life. Keep an eye out for certain things, like limping and weight loss, to be extra careful.
Toy Poodles are companions through and through. So, a Toy Poodle Mix is likely to gleefully accompany owners on runs, errands, and even cuddles. In fact, these dogs love to sit on laps and are overjoyed at all the attention. These clever pups also pick up on commands very quickly, and are eager to please. They make impressive little acrobats as long as a stern, consistent trainer is by their side.
This breed is both hypoallergenic and light-shedding, so it’s relatively safe for potential owners with mild allergies. Their coats are curly and dense – requiring frequent grooming to prevent matting. Because of their crowding teeth, many Toy Poodle Mixes need a little extra brushing to keep their teeth healthy and strong.
Toy Poodle Mixes are little, so they don’t need as much space as a typical dog. They can be just as active, but will tire out after a few laps around the living room. These pups are good companions for people who tend to prefer lap dogs as opposed to running partners.
A Toy Poodle Mix will only weigh about 7 pounds on average, and stand under 10 inches tall.
This dog breed lives between 12 and 15 years on average.