toy poodle


: a poodle developed from the standard poodle that is not more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) high at the withers and that is often considered to constitute a separate breed

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, a toy poodle has much less IGF-1 protein floating around in its blood than a larger standard poodle does. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Jan. 2022 Among superheroes are an English cocker spaniel named Ironman and more than 100 Thors, ranging in size from toy poodle to Great Dane. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 11 Dec. 2021 One woman, who resides in Stinson Beach, wrote that her toy poodle has been to the emergency room four times as a result of eating cannabis while being walked around the neighborhood. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The grand marshal for this year’s parade is Heidi, a toy poodle that won the Crowd Favorite Award at the Aurora Pooch Parade in 2019, according to a press release from the city of Aurora. Beacon-news Staff,, 17 Sep. 2021 Another blow came when her toy poodle, Penelope, got her own tumor and died. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 June 2021 The toy poodle from Texas will be the oldest competitor at the American Kennel Club's 2021 National Agility Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma, next weekend. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 19 Mar. 2021 On Friday, the Grey's Anatomy star, 51, announced the death of her dog on Instagram, sharing a heartwarming video of herself dancing in the kitchen while cradling her toy poodle. Georgia Slater,, 6 Feb. 2021 New friends: For his book The Year of the Dogs, Nat Geo photographer Vincent J. Musi spent a year in his studio photographing pooches, including Peetrie, a toy poodle. Massimo Vitali, National Geographic, 28 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toy poodle was in 1859

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“Toy poodle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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