Toy And Miniature Poodle

great dogs for people with allergies...

Toy and Miniature Poodles are smaller versions of their cousins the Standard Poodle. Miniature Poodles stand between 28 and 38cm tall, whilst toys are under 28cms in height. In most other respects, they are very similar to Standard Poodles, although these smaller dogs do have longer life spans (14 - 15 years) than their bigger counterparts (11 -12 years). Toy Poodles have been known to live as long as 20 years.

These smart little dogs are ideal companions and show dogs, if you are so inclined. They learn commands and tricks extremely fast and are natural performers.

Children love poodles because they are so good natured and fun to be with. They want to join in all family activities and are extra gentle with babies and toddlers. Their friendly nature extends to other pets in the family, even guinea pigs!

Even though they are small, they still ove exercise and will happily go on lengthy walks. Some exercise every day is important to prevent them getting bored. A bored Poodle will make its own fun with your furniture!

All Poodles are considered to be very low shedders and therefore, hypoallergenic. A daily brush and an 8 weekly clip will keep them in great shape, unless, of course, you want to show them and indulge in all the clipping and preening that is expected of show poodles.

There are a few health problems associated with Toy and Miniature Poodles, so check their parents' health before buying a puppy. Also, make sure you clean their ears regularly, because that woolly coat can trap wax and dirt in their ears which causes infections.

With a small amount of regular maintenance Toy or Miniature Poodles make a wonderful addition to any family.

<ul ><li>Small dog.</li><li>Low shedder - hypoallergenic.</li><li>Very intelligent - learns tricks easily.</li><li>Loves children and family pets.</li><li>Some health problems common in breed.</li></ul>