A toy poodle is friendly to a first time dog owner. They are playful, highly intelligent and easy to train with overall great temperament. They are said to be the second smartest dog breed. They generally have fewer genetic health issues compared to other breeds, so you will be less concerned about health issues and veterinarian bills. They are playful and they like to interact with people. However, they don’t get too energetic and they don’t make a big mess if you leave them alone at home. They are a proud and calm breed in general, but they need you to spend time with them.
Good for families with children or a baby on the way
Toy poodles love to play with children, they are smart and they understand what means to have a new-born baby in the family. They are sensitive but they have good temperament, so, in general, they don’t become “jealous.”
Good for people with allergies
A toy poodle also has the advantage of being the lightest shedding, most hypoallergenic of all coated breeds. If you or anyone in your family has allergies, a toy poodle is the only option for you to have a dog. They don’t shed their hair all over the house. However, please be mindful, a toy poodle still can cause allergic reaction if you are allergic to dogs and you approach them without caution.
Good for apartments
Many people in NYC live in apartments, and a toy poodle is the perfect size for apartment living. They feel comfortable living in an apartment.
Still, there are a few concerns:
Toy poodles require regular grooming, but you can learn how to do some basic grooming from YouTube very easily.
Like many toy size breeds, toy poodles are sensitive to environment changes. They will bark, but their barking is not as bad as some breeds like Chihuahuas and they can be trained.
Toy poodles are generally a healthy breed, you can plan on many good years with your toy because their life expectancy is generally between 12 and 15 years. As will all dogs, regular visits to your vet will help ensure that you have a healthy pet for years to come.