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Toy Poodles

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Toy Poodle Dog Breed Information Guide

Known as one of the most easily recognizable and popular dogs in the world, few can resist the cuteness factor of the Poodle puppy. Poodles have long enjoyed ranking amongst the most popular breeds of dog due to their unique appearance, high intelligence, loyalty, and their non-shedding coat. The Toy Poodle is no exception to the rule – while he may be the smallest of all the Poodle dogs, he’s big on heart and has plenty of love to go around!

Toy Poodle History

Believed to have originated in Germany, prior to the 15th century, the Poodle was originally known as the Pudel, or by the name “Canis Familiaris Aquatius.” It is believed that the Poodle developed as a water spaniel dog and was later mixed with Russian dogs to create the basis of the breed. He would first become standardized in France, where they would adopt him as the national dog, but the name “Poodle” is, in fact, an English term, taken from the German term pudel or pudelin, which meant for one to splash in the water. This was one of the things that Poodles do best.

Well known for his skills in the water, the Poodle was one of the ultimate water retrievers and a very popular duck hunting dog in his time. Despite many believing the dogs are cut in frivolous styles, according to some strange dog-related fashion trends, the original Poodle cuts were designed to lighten the dog’s overall body weight, grant him buoyancy, and protect him from debris in the water, while still giving protection to the dog’s joints from the cold waters they retrieved game from.

The smaller variety of Poodles would come to be, relatively soon after the Standard Poodle was recognized, although the smaller varieties were more favored as pets and truffle-hunting dogs. Smaller and more lightly built, they would do less damage to the delicate truffles than their larger counterparts, and so the Miniature poodles were employed for the purpose of scenting out and then digging up the edible fungus; in fact, many claim that terriers were crossed with the Poodle, specifically in the hopes of breeding a better truffle-hunting dog.

The smallest of the three varieties of Poodle, the Toy Poodle or Petit Barbet, as he would later be called, was created solely for the purpose of being a pampered little puppy for the royal courts of the day. Interesting to note is that the breeding of these smaller dogs was never documented, so it remains a mystery as to whether or not the smaller versions were simply bred-down versions of the Standard Poodle, or if they were 3 separate and unique breeds with a common ancestor – the world may never know.

Toy Poodle Appearance

apricot toy poodleRegardless of which size variation you choose, the Poodle is a very square, compact, and sturdily-built dog. Designed as a water-based retriever, he is muscular without being bulky and streamlined without being frail. The overall appearance of this dog is very balanced and geometrical; attesting to his great athletic ability.

The eyes of the Poodle are intelligent and dark in color, somewhat oval in shape and set far apart on his head, coupled with a gently tapering muzzle to give these dogs a delicate and beautiful profile that is unique to the breed. While the dog’s straight topline is often hidden by their abundant coat, they are very elegant and straight-backed, with a short loin, well sprung ribs and strong hips, which taper off to tiny, yet efficient paws.

Poodles are only found in solid colors, such as black, grey, brown, silver, cafe-au-lait, apricot, cream and white. Any parti-colored dog is considered mismarked, which is disqualifiable and unregisterable.

Toy Poodle Temperament

The Poodle is a very proud and noble dog and is well-known for carrying himself thusly. Very active and intelligent, they are keen canines who tend to consider themselves top dog. While they can get along well with children and other pets that they are raised with, they are originally bred as hunting dogs, so should be watched with birds and smaller animals. On the whole, however, the Poodle is a very attentive animal who seeks to please his human and keep everyone happy.

Toy Poodle Exercise Info

A high-spirited and active dog, the Poodle is one who likes to stay busy. While he does not require a home in the country, he is still perfectly at home in those surroundings and, if confined to city life, will undoubtedly drag his owner out for numerous walks or trips to the dog park on a daily basis. Due to their intelligence and activity levels, they are ideal animals for obedience events and canine obstacle courses.

Toy Poodle Grooming Info

The Princess of Primp, the Poodle is perhaps one of the most elaborately clipped dogs in the world. Whether clipped or unclipped, they possess a curly coat that will grow in tight ringlets if left unattended. Of course, most people will tell you half the fun of having a poodle is the coiffed appearance of this pampered pooch. What few realize, however, is that there is more than one way to powder-puff your Poodle:

The Puppy Clip: If under a year in age, the Poodle is often shown in what is known as the “puppy clip.” In this clip, the face, throat, feet, and the base of the Poodle’s tail are shaved and the rest of the coat is left long, save for a pompon on the end of the dog’s tail.

The English Saddle: Clipping the face, throat, forelegs, feet and base of the tail, the Poodle is left with puffs of hair on the forelegs and a pompon on his tail. A short blanketing of hair is left over the hindquarters, save for a curved shaved area on each flank and two bands shaved into each hind leg. The rest of the coat may be left long.

The Continental: When clipping a Poodle in a “Continental” style, the face, throat, feet, and the base of the Poodle’s tail are shaved, as are the hindquarters. Optional pompons may be left on the hips, but the legs are always shaved with puffs on the front legs and bracelets on the hind and the dog sports a pompon on the end of his tail, as well.

Sporting: The Poodle that is clipped in a “Sporting” style has his face, throat, feet and the base of his tail shaved, but the top of his head is scissor-cut into a simple cap. The remainder of the body is either clipped or scissor-cut to a length of no more than an inch, following the lines of the dog’s body. As always, the Poodle’s tail sports a pompon at the end.

Toy Poodle Training Info

The Poodle is an incredibly intelligent breed and one that desires to please his owner. For these reasons, he is generally very easy to train and receptive to the praises that he receives for good behavior. It is said that the Poodle is the quickest breed to catch on to verbal commands and that he is capable of understanding short sentence commands.

Obedience classes are highly recommended if you are inexperienced with training dogs – not only does it teach your dog basic commands and obedience, but it also teaches you how better to understand your new Poodle puppy, and what methods he bests responds to. In no time, you two are sure to be teaching one another new tricks.

Toy Poodle Health Info

Like any breed of dog, the Poodle is subject to a variety of health concerns. Your best bet is, when deciding to choose a new Poodle puppy, check around with several breeders and ask about the various health issues that can affect these beautiful little dogs. A reputable breeder should be well-versed in the health concerns and should be able to give you more details, as well as showing you the sire and dam of your potential puppy. Some of the health problems that can affect Poodles include:

Toy and Miniature Poodles:
Progressive retinal atrophy
Patella Sub-luxation

Toy Poodle Right Breed Info

The Poodle is a very intelligent and alert individual that requires a great deal of care and attention. Not only does his coat require regular trips to the groomer and a daily brushing, but he is a very social individual who prefers to think of himself as a “people” and entitled to the same privileges and attention. If you don’t mind a lot of exercise and you have the time (or money) to take him to the groomer’s regularly, you may find that this wonderfully intelligent dog is the perfect pet for you.

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Yorkshire Terriers

Cute Yorkshire TerrierAll About Yorkshire Terrier Dogs and Puppies

Often called the Yorkie or Yorkie dog, the Yorkshire Terrier has enjoyed the status of a favored companion for roughly 200 years. Considered to be the second most popular breed of dog in the world (the Labrador Retriever being the first), his is a story of rags-to-riches.

To tell the story of the Yorkshire Terrier is to reveal how one little hero scaled the social barriers to become a pampered pet and a star of the silver screen. There is little hope of ignoring this adorable little canine when he turns on the cuteness and demands your attention.

Yorkie Facts:

The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest dog breed of terrier type, and of any dog breed. The breed developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. Ideally its maximum size is 7 pounds. Wikipedia

Hypoallergenic: Yes
Life expectancy: 13 – 16 years
Height: Male: 18 – 23 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)
Origin: England
Temperament: Bold, Intelligent, Independent, Confident, Courageous
Colors: Blue & Tan, Blue & Gold, Black & Tan, Black & Gold

Yorkshire Terrier History

Cute Yorkie Puppy Hunting LeavesThe Yorkshire Terrier owes his existence to a now-extinct breed of dog, known as the Waterside, or Weaver, Terrier. Created from a cross of Scottish Clydesdale and Paisley Terriers, which were then bred with the English Black-and-Tan Terriers, the Waterside was well-known for his long blue-gray coat and petite size of about 10 pounds.

A favored pet of many of the weavers who journeyed from Scotland into England, during the 19th century, he would then cross with the local dogs in the area and eventually produce the small Yorkshire Terrier.

At the time, Yorkies were considered a part of the working class themselves. In a time when a dog earned his keep, the Yorkshire Terrier was commonly employed in the weaving mills as a chaser of vermin. Skilled ratters, their tiny bodies were able to squirm and wiggle their ways into places that larger dogs and even cats couldn’t go, and the Yorkshire Terrier’s feisty temperament made him a ferocious fighter.

The presence of the Yorkshire Terrier in the mills became so common that it was often joked that the Yorkie’s long flowing coat was the finest product to be produced on the looms.

Huddersfield Ben is generally recognized as the founding sire of the Yorkshire Terrier dog breed. Born in Huddersfield, County Yorkshire, Ben lived a short existence from 1865 to 1871. Although an accident claimed his life at a mere 6 years, he was the winner of more than 70 prizes in a variety of dog shows and ratting contests, and he was also known to breed true-to-type, the offspring that he sired consistently weighing under 5 pounds and bearing his unique characteristics.

While the breed was originally known as the Broken-haired Scotch Terrier, the name would be changed to the Yorkshire Terrier, in honor and recognition of how much development of the breed had occurred within this small area.

Yorkshire Terrier Appearance

Yorkshire Terrier Dog and PuppiesThe Yorkie is a toy variety of dog, weighing in at less than 7 pounds when fully grown. Black and tan as a puppy, the Yorkshire terrier’s body coat eventually becomes a rich, glossy blue and tan shade, giving him the distinctive coloration as he matures. The only recognized coloration of the Yorkshire Terrier is this variety, so beware of any trying to sell you dogs that are parti-colored or any other variety.

The Yorkie’s coat should ideally part down the center, from head to tail, with their hair falling to each side in a straight, silky mantle. Exhibitors of show dogs are allowed to trim their Yorkies’ hair so that it is floor level, though most pet Yorkshire Terriers are often kept with a short coat.

Interesting to note is that a Yorkie dog’s coat is never referred to as “fur” but is, instead, called “hair.” This is due to its similarity to human hair; the Yorkie being one of the few breeds of “hypoallergenic” dogs, who do not shed and are considered to be better than other breeds, for those who are allergic to pet dander.

While Yorkies typically weigh right around 5-7 pounds, you will often find people who advertise teacup Yorkies, miniature Yorkshire Terrier puppies, or tiny tiny Yorkie pups. This is simply a marketing gimmick that is employed by unethical breeders in order to claim higher prices for their dogs.

Yorkshire breed registries do not recognize any kind of sub-standard or petite variety of the Yorkshire Terrier breed and actually advises against purchasing dogs that are advertised as teacup Yorkshire Terriers – such animals are not only extremely frail, but if they are true dwarfs or the result of heavy inbreeding, they are often very unhealthy and overrun with genetic faults and disease.

While tiny teacups may be considered cute, it’s an unsound practice to breed such animals and the sale of mini Yorkies should be discouraged.

Yorkshire Terrier Temperament

Cute YorkieFew who have known a Yorkshire Terrier will call them a calm or placid lap dog. Born as working dogs, it’s natural instinct for the Yorkie to tear off after anything that moves – whether that is a bug on the floor, the family cat, or even their shadows, Yorkshire Terriers love to give chase.

In addition to being the cat’s arch-nemesis, they are often considered to be very high-strung and nervous dogs. Perhaps this is due to inbreeding, or maybe it comes from being so tiny, the breed is generally hyper-sensitive to loud noises, fast movements, and very nervous of strangers.

Due to this, they are often known as a very shy or timid dog, excitable, and can be prone to both yapping and nipping. Additionally, they also frequently suffer from Canine Separation Anxiety and can be very destructive if left alone for long periods of time or not properly crate-trained.

Yorkshire Terrier Exercise Info

Yorkie Terrier outdoorsAs tiny as he is, the Yorkshire Terrier does not require a great deal of exercise. In fact, more often than not, he will wear himself out by simply playing or tearing around the apartment in short bursts of playfulness. This makes him an ideal pet for someone who isn’t looking for a high-energy dog that will require long daily walks and trips to the dog park.

The Yorkshire Terrier is usually content to simply go outside and do his business and then come right back in, that is, provided he’s kept on a leash and can’t go chasing off after that cat over there. Yes, Yorkshire Terriers should always be kept on a leash when outside – not only does their tiny size make them vulnerable, but so does their ego, which can often prompt the Yorkie to challenge dogs (or cars) that are 10 times their size.

Yorkshire Terrier Grooming Info

Yorkie wearing curlersAnyone that’s ever seen one of these adorable little dogs should realize that it takes a lot of work to look that good. The Yorkshire Terrier is no exception to the rule. Requiring daily brushing and combing, the Yorkie’s long and silky hair needs regular trimming and grooming in order to prevent mats.

Bathing is also important, as well as carefully blowing the coat dry, due to the dog’s frailty and risk of cold. In a nutshell, the Yorkshire Terrier takes a lot of work in order to maintain that long coat and, for this reason, unless you want to make weekly trips to the groomers, most pet Yorkie owners tend to keep their dog’s coats cut to a short and more manageable length.

Yorkshire Terrier Training Info

The Yorkshire Terrier is perhaps one of the most difficult dogs to train. Very excitable and notably stubborn, they require a great deal of patience and repetition in order to housebreak. While some Yorkshire Terriers can be taught to do tricks, don’t be surprised if yours conveniently develops selective hearing and tends to ignore you – these feisty little fellows are highly independent and won’t learn unless they think there’s something in it for them.

Obedience classes are recommended, though this also depends on the dog, as some are too excitable to actually do well in puppy classes with other dogs.

Yorkshire Terrier Health Info

Cute Yorke with cropped hairAs with all other breeds of dog, the Yorkshire Terrier is susceptible to a variety of different health problems. Due to the extensive line-crossing and inbreeding that commonly occurs in pedigreed dogs, as well as the unethical practices of some breeders, one must take care when selecting a Yorkshire Terrier puppy. Here are some of the conditions that the breed is more susceptible to:

  • Collapsing Trachea
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Eclampsia
  • Hemorrhagic gastric enteritis (commonly known as HGE)
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP)
  • Liver shunts
  • Pancreatitis
  • Luxation of the patella
  • Pharyngeal gag reflex (sometimes called reverse sneezing)

Is a Yorkshire Terrier Right For You?

Cute yorkshire terrierThis is a very commonly asked question and yet, it is still not asked enough. Before purchasing a Yorkie puppy, one should first take their lifestyle into careful consideration. The Yorkshire Terrier is a very frail little dog and does not do well in a household with children (both from risk of injury as well as the noise tending to make them very nervous and excitable).

One must also be very careful of the Yorkie with other pets, such as larger dogs that can injure him, accidentally, during play.  Yorkies and cats are not always a good idea. Your Yorkie will make your cat’s life a living hell with constant barking and chasing.

Yorkies are often difficult to socialize, as well. They tend to be very nervous and high strung, which commonly makes them yappers or prone to nip.

Left alone for long periods of time, this breed can also be highly destructive and frequently suffers from Canine Separation Anxiety.

Of course, for many, the good outweighs the bad and the Yorkshire Terrier is worth it. Known to be very affectionate towards their owners as well as being considered to be an ideal pet for those who are allergic to pet dander, it all depends on your lifestyle and the dog you choose in the end. Take your time and pick wisely, and you’re sure to find a wonderful pet with lots of love to share.

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