Toy or Miniature? Sizing Up The Difference

Bred from the larger Standard Poodle, the Toy and Miniature Poodles are often considered one and the same. However, these dogs differ in temperament, as well as size and weight. Here's a closer look at each of these pint-sized Poodles.

The Toy Poodle

The average Toy Poodle stands about 10 inches tall. This tiny dog weighs between six and nine pounds—some even less. The Toy Poodle is a clever, lively, and loyal companion. And, as one of the most intelligent breeds, he's also easily trained. The Toy can be good with children but is usually recommended for older kids. Without proper training, the Toy can display unpleasant behavior, including growling, snapping, and nervousness.

The Toy Poodle is prone to more health problems than the Miniature, including:

  • Ear infections
  • Skin conditions
  • Eye disorders
  • Heart disorders
  • Epilepsy

The Miniature Poodle

Slightly larger than the Toy Poodle, the Miniature Poodle stands at about 15 inches tall and should weigh in somewhere between 12–20 pounds.

Miniature Poodles are extremely smart, adaptable and easy to train, so it's no surprise that they were once very popular circus dogs. Miniatures love being around people and are able to form bonds with each member of the family. They are considered ideal family dogs because they are patient and playful with children of all ages.

The Miniature Poodle is prone to certain health issues, such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy

Toy or Miniature, these petite Poodles pack a lot of energy and personality into a small package.