Poodle Toy and Miniature – What they really need

Albert Pallé on 17/09/2020

We were looking for information about the miniature and toy Poodle, and turned to an experienced professional for answers. Natalia Ramírez Pisano is a professional breeder, who from a young age, focused on canine breeding and on animal care.

Her kennel, Torkentall Kennel (Instagram: canichesymaltesestorkentall), focuses on the the miniature and toy Poodles. Breeding is done in a family environment with care and dedication. She uses cognitive and emotional techniques that make the puppies excel in both the physical and the behavioral aspect.

Owner type

Are they suitable for people with no previous experience with dogs?

The miniature and toy Poodles are excellent life companions. It is an emotionally balanced breed with a large social disposition. They are adequate for people and families without any previous canine experience. They do not lose hair and are considered hypoallergenic (reduces the risk of an allergic reaction). They are also very clean making it very easy to share your home with them.

And for families with young children?

It is safe to say that the Poodle is the perfect breed for families with young children, they will simply integrate with the family becoming one more of its members. The Poodles enjoy playing with the children at home, during walks or in the swimming pool. If the family is very active or has very young children, from the different sizes of Poodles, Natalia recommends the miniature and toy; they are smaller but strong and robust.

And for the elderly?

The Poodles adapt without any issue to the lifestyle of their family and will become a great company for the elderly. They adapt to the slower pace of older people. Studies have shown that people with pets tend to suffer less or milder health issues due to the strong emotional bond that is developed and the need to care for them.

If the owners are away for long hours, will it get used to it?

The Poodles get used to the daily routine of the family. If rules are established from the very beginning and the the advice of the breeder is followed, Poodles will not have any problem accepting the family schedule.

Will it be close to all the family members?

Poodles are very friendly dogs. They integrate in the core of the family without issues and will end up playing with all the children while asking for the attention of the adults.

Poodle Toy and Miniature - What they really need
Poodle Toy and Miniature – What they really need

Activity, home and training

And what about the house?

The miniature and toy poodles adapt easily to a their space, no matter if it is a small apartment or a house with a large garden. If you do not have a balcony or a garden, you would need to compensate your dog with longer walks and more outdoors play-time. Poodles love toys, and they can play with them for hours when they are alone.

How much time do you have to spend with each day?

The Poodle is a breed with long hair which means that every day you would need to dedicate few minutes to brush it. Another important daily activity is the cleaning of its eyes which does not take more than a couple of minutes. If you prefer, you can maintain your dog with short hair which makes it easier to care for. It all depends on the time you have available and which grooming style you prefer.

City, mountain or beach?

The Poodles adapt perfectly to where their families live. If you live in the city, your Poodle will excel with its very sociable character. If you live or visit the mountain or the beach, your Poodle will have a great time, it will start jumping and running around inviting you to join it. They transmit happiness and positive energy.

Does it need professional training?

If the puppy has been properly socialized by its breeder, professional training is not necessary.

Is it considered a Potentially Dangerous Breed?

Spanish Law does not consider the any size of the Poodle as a Potentially Dangerous Breed.

Other pets

If the family has more pets, will they relate well?

The Poodle is one of the most sociable, curious and playful breeds. They can co-exist perfectly with other pets, other breeds of dogs, cats or other animals. They will only want to play with them and catch their attention. It is always important to keep in mind that, when a new pet is introduced in the family, there needs to be an adaptation period for the existing pet to understand and accept the change. If this adaptation period is skipped, there might be jealousies and territorial behavior These reactions however, tend to disappear as time passes by.

Social life

Will it have problems with visits?

The Poodles are extremely sociable and they love interacting with people, either family members of visitors. For the specific case of the miniature and toy Poodles, it is advisable to supervise visits of young children that are unfamiliar with small dogs; too much physical power while playing might cause accidents.

Will it be able to visit other places?

Your Poodle will create no problem if you take it with you to your workplace, to another home for for a visit or during your vacations; it is just another family member. If you establish proper rules from a young age, it will be well behaved in all scenarios.

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More information from experts of your Poodle

Recommended exercise schedule for your Poodle

We have put together a guide for the recommended exercise schedule for your Poodle. It includes the frequency and duration of the walks, the type of activities that they like and dislike and the temperature conditions more adequate for them.

Care guide for the hygiene of your Poodle

In our blog you can also find a care guide for the hygiene of your Poodle developed by a group of experts. It explains how often you should bath your dog, trim its nails, clear its ears etc. and which are the most adequate tools.

The Poodle as seen by a dog trainer

Mario Hernández presents the Poodle from the point of view of a dog trainer. Thanks to this post you will understand better the origins of the breed, its character and its maintenance needs. Most importantly, you will find tips about its training.