As you know, Toy Poodles have so many positive traits. They are intelligent, active, alert, agile, adorable, responsive, beautiful, obedient, hypoallergenic, and—between us Toy Poodle lovers—the greatest little dogs in the world.
If you’ve been around a lot of Toy Poodles, you may have also noticed that some of these dogs can be described overly sensitive, high strung, skittish, stressed out, unstable, and even neurotic.
Have you ever wondered how and why some Toy Poodles become emotionally fragile? There are several factors to consider:
Untrustworthy breeders— Toy Poodles are ultra-popular dogs and, to fill the huge demand, some breeders turn a blind eye to the traits of the dogs they are mating. As a result, these breeders release into the marketplace a great number of puppies that are genetically predisposed to be overly sensitive. The moral of the story: Make sure you are selecting a Toy Poodle from a reputable, responsible, and loving breeder.
Stress in, stress out— Toy Poodles happen to be extremely aware of the emotional climate around them, and they react accordingly. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that high-strung or neurotic poodles often live in homes where there is a lot of stress and loud arguing. So, for the emotional health of your poodle, stay cool.
Socialization— Let’s be honest, proper socialization is important process for any dog. For Toy Poodles, it can be even more important. So please take extra care—and be very patient—when introducing a Toy Poodle to other dogs and to children. And if there are children in the family, make sure they understand that Toy Poodles are small, delicate dogs—so they must play gently.
If you’re sensitive to the needs of this sensitive little dog, she’s more likely to socialize well and live harmoniously with those around her. And when you’re out in public, her beauty and good-nature will make her a star.