How Big Do Toy Poodles Get? (Size + Growth Chart)
If you’re on the hunt for a perfectly portable, sweet, and friendly companion dog, you can’t go wrong with a Toy Poodle1! This little dog is intelligent, self-confident, and behaves in much the same way as a Standard Poodle, only it’s all done in a much smaller package.
When raising a Toy Poodle, you’ll witness your dog reaching a few key milestones as he ages and grows. It’s wise to keep track of your Toy Poodle’s progress to ensure he’s growing as he should, as each milestone requires specific care and nutritional requirements.
To help you out, we’ve put together the following information about the Toy Poodle breed, as well as a size and growth chart. You can use the chart to keep tabs on your dog’s rate of growth. Just remember that every dog is unique and that the info in the chart is a general overview since not all Toy Poodles progress at the same rate.
Facts About Toy Poodles
The Toy Poodle is the smallest member of the Poodle family and one of the most popular breeds in the world thanks to its small size, friendly disposition, and adaptability. The highly trainable Toy Poodle is a dog that loves being the center of attention. Nothing makes this little guy happier than putting on a show for his human family.
Known to be a very good companion dog, the Toy Poodle is a dog that pays close attention to its owner, learns quickly, and responds with enthusiasm to positive training methods. This intelligent and lively pooch needs plenty of physical activity and mental stimulation to live a happy life.
The Toy Poodle is athletic, agile, and graceful on his feet. He has a non-shedding, short and curly coat that comes in a variety of colors.
While the Toy Poodle is playful, this is not the best choice for a family with small children. This is because Toy Poodles can be nervous and become overwhelmed by the typical mischief and roughhousing done by small kids.
Toy Poodle Size and Growth Chart
The chart below is to be used as a guideline only because the heights and weights of a Toy Poodle can vary, depending on the individual dog. This chart may prove insightful if you’re not familiar with Toy Poodles and how they grow.
A mature Toy Poodle will stand no taller than 10 inches and weigh between 4–12 pounds.
|Age||Weight Range||Height Range|
|3 Months||2 – 6 Pounds||Up to 8 Inches|
|6 Months||4 – 8 Pounds||Up to 9 Inches|
|12 Months||4 – 11 Pounds||Up to 10 Inches|
|Adult||4 – 12 Pounds||Up to 10 Inches|
Chart source: https://puppyweightcalculator.com/poodle-size-guide/
When Does a Toy Poodle Stop Growing?
Toy Poodles grow rapidly and reach maturity at around 6–7 months. This means your Toy Poodle will likely stop growing taller at this time, although he will continue filling out and putting on weight.
Toy Poodles aren’t the only dogs that beef up once they’re finished growing tall, as it’s common for many breeds.
Factors Affecting the Size of a Toy Poodle
There are a few things that can affect the size of a Toy Poodle. If a Toy Poodle has intestinal worms when it is young, the worms can rob the dog’s body of important nutrients to slow its growth.
Another factor that plays a role in the size of a Toy Poodle is whether or not the dog was spayed or neutered. It’s been found that early spaying and neutering have been directly related to increased body weight.
Of course, a Toy Poodle eating a low-quality diet full of carbohydrates and fats will likely gain weight and become obese. To keep your Toy Poodle at a healthy weight, feed your pup high-quality dog food and take it easy with the treats.
Ideal Diet for Maintaining a Healthy Weight
To ensure your Toy Poodle can maintain a healthy weight, you should choose a dog food that meets the unique dietary requirements of a canine. Look for a brand that has the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) statement on the label, which tells you the dog food is complete and balanced.
In case you’re not familiar with this organization, the AAFCO is the association in charge of establishing the nutritional standards for complete and balanced pet foods in the United States.
It’s key to remember that a dog has varying nutritional needs during the different stages of its life. While it’s fine to give an adult dog all-purpose dog food, a growing puppy should be fed puppy food that’s specifically formulated with things like extra fat and calcium to meet the nutritional needs of a growing pup. The same holds true for an aging dog that doesn’t need as many calories. In this case, senior dog food would be best.
How to Measure Your Toy Poodle
To keep good tabs on how your Toy Poodle is growing, get into the habit of measuring your little buddy. Once you understand how to measure your dog, you’ll find it easier to buy things like harnesses, collars, and doggie clothes.
When taking the measurements of your dog, always do it when he’s standing up and use a flexible tape measure.
To measure the body length of your Toy Poodle, measure along the top of his spine from the base of the neck to the base of his tail. To measure girth size, measure around the largest part of your Toy Poodle’s rib cage, right behind the front legs.
The neck girth can be measured by positioning the tape measure from the withers to the top of the chest and then around your dog’s neck.
Toy Poodles make wonderful companion dogs, and they’re as cute as they can be! These charming, lap-sized dogs don’t get too big which makes them ideal for living in small spaces. But they are lively little dogs with plenty of energy, so be prepared to take many long walks a day.
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