The breed standard for toy poodles is up to 10 inches tall for the American Kennel Club, and up to 11 inches tall for the European F?d?ration Cynologique Internationale. A toy poodle larger than 10 inches is considered a miniature poodle, with miniatures allowed up to 15 inches in height by the AKC and 14 by the FCI.Continue Reading
Because toy really denotes a height class and not a separate breed, there is considerable overlap in weight, comportment and temperament between toy poodles and their slightly larger cousins. The American breed standard for all classes is the same, demanding a lively and intelligent dog with an overall square figure, the height equaling the length of the torso from breastbone to rump.
Both toys and miniatures are derived from the larger standard poodle, a dog which was originally bred to retrieve water fowl. The smaller classes of poodle were created by selective breeding within the poodle group, and not by crossing with other miniature dogs, such as the cocker spaniel. Like standard poodles, toys and miniatures were bred to be working dogs. Their small size and intelligence made them ideal truffle-hunting dogs, as they could be trusted not to damage the delicate mushrooms.Learn more about Dogs