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Miniature & Toy Poodle

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Miniature & Toy Poodle puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Miniature & Toy Poodle please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Miniature & Toy Poodle puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Miniature & Toy Poodle puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Miniature & Toy Poodle breed is also commonly known by the names Pudle (Old English), Caniche, Barbone.

Lifespan: 14 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: KC Recognised in the Utility Group

Males 24 – 38 cm
Females 24 – 38 cm

Males 3 – 8 kg
Females 3 – 8 kg

Breed Characteristics


Small (4/10)


High (8/10)


very easy (8/10)


Low (4/10)


high (8/10)


Very good (10/10)


average (6/10)

Cost to Keep

medium (4/10)

Being Alone

Short periods (2/10)


Average (6/10)


The Poodles don’t shed and this paired to the fact they are highly intelligent has seen these charming little dogs find their way into the hearts and homes of many people. They are also always well received in the show ring thanks to their desire to perform and please.

Poodles are highly intelligent and learn new things extremely quickly. They have an amazing sense of smell and at one time were trained as “truffle dogs” which saw them search, find and then dig up these expensive delicacies and being so careful by nature, they never damaged the truffles they found. Today, the Poodle has gone from strength to strength on the popularity chart although they can be expensive to buy.


It’s thought the breed’s name “Poodle” comes from the German word ‘pudel’ which translated means “to plash in water”. However, the actual origins of the breed remain a bit of a mystery, but some people think the breed’s ancestors originally came from the East or from Africa and that these charming dogs found their way to Europe via Portugal.

Other people think the Toy Poodle like the Standard and Miniature Poodle, originated in Eastern European countries which includes Russia

There is evidence that the larger Standard Poodle was bred to work in marshlands where they were highly prized retrievers and known as excellent “duck dogs”, whereas the smaller Toy Poodle was used to find and dig up valuable and expensive truffles. In times long past, they were sometimes referred to a “Sleeve Poodles” because owners kept them as hand warmers when the weather was cold.

In France, Toy Poodles were used as circus dogs because they were easy to train, love to entertain and be the center of attention. Being such intelligent dogs, they learn new things quickly which includes all sorts of tricks and this includes some quite complicated and challenging circus acts. Poodles have remained a popular breed throughout the centuries and for good reason. They are highly intelligent, extremely loyal and real clowns of the dog world which when all added up is why they are such a pleasure to be around. Today, the Poodle is also still one of the most popular breeds.


The Poodle has a proud and noble look about them, although they can be real clowns of the dog world by nature. They are elegant and move gracefully with a prancing gait. The Standard and Miniature boast having lovely even textured, curly single, non-shedding coats which makes them a good choice for people who suffer from pet related allergies. They have fine, long heads with a slight peak.

Their eyes are dark in colour and almond shaped being set nicely on a dog’s face with Poodles always having a very keen and intelligent look about them. Their ears are set low and hang close to a dog’s face having long and wide leathers. They have a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones. Their necks are well proportioned in relation to the rest of their bodies, being strong and a nice length which allows dogs to carry their heads proudly.

They have well laid back, muscular and strong shoulders with their legs being well muscled and straight. Chests are deep and quite wide with dogs having well sprung, nicely rounded ribs. Tails are thicker at the root being set high which dogs carry well away from their bodies and very straight.

When it comes to their coat, the Poodle boasts having an extremely profuse single coat that consists of short, close lying, thick, dense and curly hair that covers their entire bodies. Their coats can be trimmed in various ways which is acceptable in the showring. The accepted breed colours for registration with the Kennel Club are as follows: Apricot, Black, Blue, Brown, Cream, Red, Silver, White.


When it comes to tails, traditionally Poodles had their tails docked, but since the law banning the procedure was passed in 2007, puppies can no longer have their tails docked unless there is a medical reason.


Poodles are highly versatile and intelligent little dogs that thrive on human company. They adore being the center of attention and are quick to learn how to please their owners and families. Providing a Poodle is given lots of attention, mental stimulation and daily exercise they are just as happy living in an apartment in town as they are living in a house in the country with a big back garden.

Poodles are high-spirited, intelligent little dogs that boast having a happy outlook on life. They are real clowns and love to entertain and be entertained becoming totally devoted to their owners. They are best suited to households. They are a good choice for first time owners providing they have the time needed to dedicate to their canine companion.

Because they are so smart they are just as quick to pick up bad habits and behaviors which is why a puppy’s training must begin as soon as they arrive in their new home by teaching them the “basics” and boundaries.

Their training can start in earnest once they’ve been fully vaccinated. They form extremely strong ties with their owners.

It’s very important for these dogs to be well socialized from a young age so they grow up to be confident, outgoing mature dogs and not timid and withdrawn. Their socialization must include introducing them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and dogs once they have been fully vaccinated. It’s also crucial for their training to start early too and it must be consistent throughout a dog’s life so they understand what is expected of them. A Poodle is never happier than when they know their place in the pack and who they can look to for direction and guidance. As such, it’s best to always treat a Toy Poodle with a firm, yet gentle and fair hand making sure they are not allowed to do anything that could lead to them becoming spoilt and unruly.

Although affectionate and loyal to their owners, the Toy Poodle can be a little aloof around other people they have never met before, but rarely would they show any sort of aggression towards strangers, preferring to keep their distance and bark until they get to know someone.

Are they a good choice for first time owners?

All types of Poodles are a great choice for first time dog owners because they are so adaptable, versatile, happy and highly trainable little dogs that just love to please and they thrive on being in a home environment and involved in everything that goes on around them.

Do Poodles like water?

Poodles are real “water dogs” and will happily play in it and go for a swim to cool off which is why care should always be taken when walking a pet anywhere near more dangerous watercourses just in case they decide to leap in. Dogs should not be allowed to go in swimming pools because of the chemicals used to keep a pool clean can be harmful to them and more especially their ultra-sensitive eyes, noses and ears.

Are Toy Poodles good watchdogs?

Toy Poodles may not be big, but they are effective watchdogs being quick to let an owner know when something they don’t like is going on in their environment and when there are strangers about.

Intelligence / Trainability

Much has already been mentioned about Toy Poodles like their Miniature and Standard cousins are exceptionally intelligent and extremely fast learners. They are also extremely sensitive to a person’s voice and the way things are said which is one of the reasons why they are so easy to train. As such, in the right hands and environment, these little dogs are highly trainable

Training must start early and it has to be consistent and always fair throughout a dog’s life so they understand what their owners expect of them. They excel at many canine sports which includes activities like flyball and agility because they thrive on the attention they are given during their training and the one-to-one contact when competing with their handlers.

The key to successfully training a Toy Poodle is to make their training as interesting as possible and to avoid too much repetition. It’s also a good idea to keep training sessions short which helps dogs stay more focused on what it’s being asked of them, bearing in mind that the more intelligent a dog is, the faster they get bored

It’s very important to set out ground rules and boundaries when sharing a home with a Poodle and the first commands a puppy should be taught as soon as they arrive in their new homes are as follows: Come, Sit, Stay, Quiet, Leave it, Down and Bed.

Children and Other Pets

Poodles are normally good around children although due to their size and gentle nature. They are best suited to households where the children are older and who therefore know how to behave around small dogs and more especially know how to handle them and play with them.

When dogs have been well socialized from a young enough age, they generally get on well with other dogs they meet and if they have grown up with a family cat in a household, they usually get on well together. However, a Toy Poodle would think nothing of chasing off any other cats they encounter because they would see them as fair game. They are usually good around other smaller pets in a household.  


The average life expectancy of a Poodle is between 12 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.

Poodles is known to sometimes suffer from a few hereditary health issues which are worth knowing about which can include the following: Diabeyes Mellitus, In-Growing Eye Lashes, Legge Perthes Disease / Very Rare, Skin Tutors, Cataracts, Bladder Stones.

More about ear infections

Poodles are predisposed to suffering from ear infections which is why it is so important to keep their ears free of hair and to keep them as clean as possible.

What about vaccinations?

Poodle puppies would have had their first vaccinations, but it’s essential for them to have their follow-up jabs at the right time with the vaccination schedule being as follows: 10 -12 weeks old, bearing in mind that a puppy would not have full protection straight away, but would be fully protected 2 weeks after they have had their second vaccination.

Caring for your Poodle

As with any other breed. Poodles need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. Bearing in mind that Poodles benefit from having their coats professionally groomed every few weeks or so. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.

Caring for a Poodle puppy

At Little Rascals Pets your Poodle puppy will have been wormed before being sold and the documentation we provide for your  puppy will have all the details of their worming vaccination dates and the product used as well as the information relating to their microchip.


Poodles boast having a profuse, thick and dense single coat that consists of masses of curls that cover their entire bodies. They shed very little, but this does not mean they are easy maintenance because just the opposite is true. Poodles are high maintenance on the grooming front because their coats need to be brushed a little most days to prevent any tangles and matts from forming.

Their coats also need to be professionally clipped every six to eight weeks to keep things tidy and nicely shaped depending on the type of clip they have with the most popular cut being the “Lamb Trim”.

Their ears also need to be plucked on a regular basis which is best left up to a professional groomer. Toy Poodles often have tear stains under their eyes which need to be gently wiped with soft, damp and clean cloth. It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax builds up, it can lead to a painful infection.

They shed very little throughout the year which makes these charming dogs a good choice for people who suffer from pet related allergies, although it is also a dog’s dander that could trigger an attack.


All types Poodles may be small in stature, but they are energetic, intelligent dogs and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well-rounded dogs. They need anything from 40 to 60-minutes a day with as much off the lead time as possible, but only in a safe environment, ideally your garden If they are not given the right amount of mental stimulation and exercise every day, a Toy Poodle would quickly get bored and could even begin to show some destructive behaviors.


If you get a Poodle puppy from any breeder, they should give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets.

Average cost to keep/care for a Miniature & Toy Poodle

If you are looking to buy a Toy or Miniature Poodle, you would need to pay anything from £600 to over £1000 for a well-bred pedigree puppy.

The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Toy or Miniature Poodle in England will be likely to be roughly £18.43 a month for basic cover, but for a lifetime policy, this would set you back approx. £39.58 a month (quote as of August 2017). When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food. We at little Rascals always recommend Royal Canin Mini Junior. Which can prove ideal thought-out the whole life of your poodle family member. Whether wet or dry making sure it suits the different stages of a dog’s life. This would set you back between £30 – £40 a month. Please don’t forget to factor in veterinary costs if you want to share your home with a Poodle and this includes their initial vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191


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