The Toy Poodle stands as the smallest of the recognised Poodle varieties, with a shoulder height of less than 28 centimetres. However, there are even smaller Toy Poodles being bred, which are known as ‘Teacup Poodles.’ These tiny dogs, which may only stand 14cm – 20cm tall, are not recognised as a separate breed by kennel clubs and are often regarded just as small versions of the Toy Poodle.
The exact origin of the Poodle breed is disputed. It probably originated from either France or Germany, where it was used as a water-retrieving dog. Due to their high intelligence, they were popular circus dogs, often trained to perform tricks. To make them easier to transport and house, circus staff gradually bred them down in size to create the modern delightful and compact companion dog we know as the Toy Poodle.
Toy Poodles are renowned for their elegance, intelligence, sense of humour and cheerful disposition. They have a distinct, curly coat that is hypoallergenic and non-shedding, making them a popular choice for allergy sufferers. Their remarkable intelligence and trainability sets them apart, as they excel in doing tricks, obedience training and agility. Despite their small stature, Toy Poodles have substantial personalities. They are known for their liveliness, affection, and strong desire for human interaction. These qualities make them exceptional family pets, even for families with small children.
The intelligence of Toy Poodles makes them quick learners, and they enjoy activities that challenge their minds. However, if they are not given sufficient mental and physical stimulation, they can bark excessively and become possessive of their toys and living space, making them less agreeable to sharing that space with other pets.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.