- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: high
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: sometimes
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: aware
Toy Poodle Mix Breed Profile
Toy Poodle Mixes will have traits from both dog breeds in the mix, so it’s important to take a look at both to get enough information about your prospective pup. That being said, the Toy Poodle Mix will always have traits from the Toy Poodle! They may have originated in Germany, but in France they were adored. In fact, King Louis XVI counted them among his undisputed favorite companions. Poodles are a highly intelligent breed in general. Toy Poodles, in particular, had an aptitude for learning tricks due to that intelligence. They wowed circus audiences across Europe with their stage performances and adorable charm.
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.
The Toy Poodle Mix has 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 this pup regularly attends vet visits, exercises moderately, and maintains 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, your Toy Poodle Mix may 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 larger dog breeds. They can be just as active, but will tire out after a few laps around the living room. A Toy Poodle Mix is a good companion for people who tend to prefer lapdogs 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.