- The toy Poodle is a purebred, accepted into the AKC in 1887, along with the mini and standard, as all are considered to be 1 breed that is separated into 3 varieties, with the toy being the smallest. The FCI recognizes 4 sizes, with the forth being the ‘medium’, which still has the toy being the smallest of all. It is interesting to note that there used to be different AKC breed standards for each Poodle size. The toy Poodle standard was written in 1938. In 1940, they were written for the mini and standard. Then, in the 1950’s all 3 were combined into one.
One of the main distinctions of being a purebred is that there is a very strict standard of appearance with very little deviation. A purebred has a proven lineage. Each dog is a descendant of proven purebreds.
Aside from very poor breeding practices, every toy Poodle is going to look very similar to the next, excluding coat color, of course, unlike the Maltipoo that has yet to be have a reliable consistent appearance (though we are slowly getting there). With the Poodle, the coat is always curly, the eyes always dark. Yet, it goes much deeper than this. Everything is defined to exacting measures. For example, per AKC guidelines, “The shoulder blade is well laid back and approximately the same length as the upper foreleg”. Even the way in which the dog walks is standardized, “A straightforward trot with light springy action and strong hindquarters drive”.
And in addition, size is consistent as well. All toy Poodles will be 10 inches or less from the withers (top of shoulder blades) to the floor.
So, while toy Poodles will vary in color, a toy Poodle will never be mistaken for any other breed or a mixed breed. He will also have a distinguishing look that is reliable throughout generations.