The joy of welcoming a furry bundle of cuteness into the fold is usually unbridled. And to give them a great foundation, you might consider Canine By Design’s puppy training – ideal for teaching 2-6-month-old puppies basic household manners so they can coexist happily and peacefully in the home.
If a toy poodle is part of your fur-filled family, you might wonder how big they will get when fully grown. Yes, they’re miniature and pint-sized now, but what about later? Let’s get into the details to help you know what to expect when your fun-loving sidekick comes of age.
Size Isn’t Everything
We know; toy poodles are overly refined despite their tiny size. They’re like a dapper gent who wears a 3-piece suit and is almost too perfect – save for their height.
The standard size of a full-grown toy poodle is about 10 inches tall. Generally, they weigh between 4-6 pounds. However, if you find a poodle 8-9 inches tall, they’re within the standard size range.
Well, as you’ve noted, these little fellas stay small forever! But don’t be fooled by their size – they can be feistier than their physique suggests, so don’t try messing with them – they more than make up for their size in attitude.
Interestingly, toy poodles stop growing at about seven months. Imagine that – they reach maximum size in no time. One moment you’re swaddling them in a blanket and cuddling them; the next, they’ve reached full size. That said, once they mature, they usually start to fill out or fluff up (if you like).
How Do They Look?
Poodles have squarish bodies, meaning their height and length are relatively equal. As they mature, their muzzle also becomes finer and more pointed.
Meanwhile, their coat is usually curly – often looking like a pom-pom – good luck keeping your fingers away from all that fluffiness. They also come in various colors, such as white, apricot, black, blue, and brown. You may also chance upon a bi-colored poodle with touches of distinct hues, although they’re less common.
What about the eyes? If you’ve ever met someone with a proud bearing, you’ll note the same thing with a toy poodle. Their dark eyes are usually deep set and alert – always on the lookout for trouble (or treats). They also walk with their shoulders back, heads high, and a confident gait, as though they own the world (which is actually the case – ask their owners or parents).
What Drives Their Popularity?
If you’re new to the pet world, you might wonder why everyone loves poodles. Well, they’re small, soft, loving, and cuddly – the kind of companion you’d want by your side.
Plus, big things sometimes come in puny packages, no? In this case, we’re referring to their larger-than-life personalities and incredible intelligence. If you’re yet to meet a poodle, you’ll be surprised at how much these tiny balls of fur can do. From learning to recognize their name, responding to commands, and pulling off the occasional trick, they’re capable of more than you can imagine.
In fact, they’re considered an exceptionally smart breed. They also regularly feature among the top in obedience trials – a quality that makes them prime candidates for training. You can also find them at talent shows and in movies, doing their thing and stealing the show.
And given that they love to be the life of the party and are generally people pleasers, you’ll have no trouble teaching them basic commands and even more complicated tricks. That said, during their formative months, they may not be adept at understanding commands.
Plus, shedding isn’t much of an issue for poodles, making them a perfect pet for people who battle fur allergies. And if you’re the creative type and like to style your four-legged family members, poodles have no quibbles about it – whether you want yours to rock an outlandish mohawk or an elegant ‘do. You can even dress them up in designer PJs to make them feel pampered – whatever turns your crank.
Prioritize Puppy Training
Consider teaching your toy poodle basic manners such as potty training, how to behave in public, proper leash manners, and how to respond to visitors. Once they have these dialed in, you can introduce them to more complex lessons. The funny thing is they’ll hit adulthood in the blink of an eye, yet they never stop learning.
Want to add some sass and class to your life? Toy poodles are the perfect fit. They’re small and sweet yet surprisingly powerful (in terms of attitude), a bit macho, and always full of spirit. That said, to fully unearth their bubbly personalities, consider investing in puppy training sessions. And since they’re fast learners, you may find you’re the one being schooled in between all the funny antics.
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