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Toy Poodles are the ultimate companion dogs and they really know how to strut their stuff, in and out of the ring.
People-pleasing Poodles are happy, friendly dogs who like mingling with people and other dogs. They have a terrific sense of humor and are natural-born clowns. Being the center of attention makes them happy. They have an astonishing capacity for behaviors and tricks involving both brains and agility. It is entirely possible for you to be outwitted by a Poodle.
However, for all the similarities within the three sizes, there are some minor differences in behavior. These differences won’t be seen in every Poodle, but if you saw one of each size together, you might notice some of the following characteristics.
Standard Poodles are active and energetic, but they tend to be a bit more reserved and calm than Miniature and Toy Poodles. They like having a job to do.
Don’t even think about excluding a Poodle from family activities. He can’t bear being alone too often, and he’s so smart that he will channel his boredom in ways that are not likely to meet your approval. You may find it a bit unnerving to live with a dog who seems smarter than you are. That intelligence can translate into some stubbornness.
Poodles love to learn, and want to please you. Teach your Toy Poodle tricks and get him qualified to be a therapy dog so he can perform for people in facilities such as nursing homes and children’s hospitals. Poodles of all sizes can make wonderful therapy dogs. Their empathetic nature and joy in engaging with people make them a natural at this work.
All Poodles are active dogs, but the smaller dogs need less room and less exercise. Toy and Miniature Poodles are often the companions of people who are less active and can be extremely happy as lap dogs and TV-watching buddies. Just be sure their busy minds have enough to keep them out of mischief.
A Poodle doesn’t think of himself as a dog, but as a person – and he’s not kidding. He wants to be active in every part of family life, from being dressed up for make-believe tea parties, going to soccer practice, and racing around the beach and charging into the water with you. In every size, he’s an active dog, and he wants nothing more than to go go go with you.
If you treat a Poodle like a prince or princess, she will step up to that title. It’s easy to create a spoiled monster with overly lavish attention.
Talk to the breeder, describe exactly what you’re looking for in a dog, and ask for assistance in selecting a puppy. Breeders see the puppies daily and can make uncannily accurate recommendations once they know something about your lifestyle and personality.