When it comes to Poodles the names Toy, Miniature and Standard are only used to describe the size of the dogs and this does not mean that there are different breeds – all Poodles are one breed.
Once the Poodles were only in one size.
Usually they were used for water or bird hunting and they all were big.
Afterwards someone decided to breed the smallest Poodles, which could be found, and to continue this practice down to the generations. This is how the Miniature Poodles came into the world.
They were like their bigger cousins but of course, much smaller. Then someone decided that they wanted even smaller Poodle.
This was the beginning of the development of the Toy Poodle.
Moreover, there are some questions here. There are people who think that in order for the process to be faster, the breeding included other small breeds.
Now, most of the breeders try to keep the best traits of the breed. However, there might have been others who were not that ethical and tried to cheat by breeding the Poodles with other breeds.
Poodle sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy Poodle size
The height of the Toy Poodles is up to 10″.
In order for a Poodle to be Miniature, it has to be between 10″ and 15″.
Although the Standard Poodles are usually bigger than 15″, this is the threshold.
However, this is the only main difference between the subtypes.
Besides that, all of the Poodles should be with the same basic look.
Now, the Poodle size chart
These charts are not the most accurate there could be but this is only because the different Poodles will grow at different rates.
The breed standard does not have any restrictions about the weight of the Poodle. The “Poodle size” is only determined by the dog’s height.
Therefore, when sizing the Poodles, their height is used and it is measured from the floor to its withers. Of course, there are some cases when the weight can also be valuable.
Let us say that you have a Toy Poodle with weight about 12 lbs but its height is 9”. Well, in that case it is very likely that the dog is overweight, although it could just be heavily built.
When it comes to the size categories, here the weight is not taken into consideration.
However, according to the breed standards it is best the Poodle to be “square built”.
This actually means that their height (from the floor to the top of their shoulders) should be relatively the same as their length (from the chest to the rear part of the body), their appearance should be athletic and the dog should be, at overall, well balanced.
The dogs growth according to their total size as adults.
Let us take for an example a Saint Bernard. It will grow until it reaches the age of 2 years, while the major part of its growth will occur during the first year (of the first year and a half) but afterwards the dog will continue to grow until they reach adulthood.
Standard, Miniature and Toy Poodle weight
The Toy Poodles are usually 5 lbs and 7” as adults, they will grow rapidly during the first three to four months, and then they will start growing slower.
By 6 months, they have usually reached their adult size.
Alternatively, for example, if a Miniature Poodle will grow to be 10 lbs and 14”, the major part of its growing will occur by 7-9 months, while its full adult size will be reached by its first year.
The Standard Poodles are usually about 70 lbs and 28”. They continue to grow until 1 1/2 to 2 years, while the major part of the process will be done in the first year.
Alternatively, another example, there might be a litter of, say, three puppies who are nearly the same size for about their first 2 weeks. If you count on the size charts, you would think that they should grow up to be of the same size.
However, at the end one or two of the three pups may start growing up faster or slower than the other/s. By reaching adulthood, one of them may be 8 lbs, the other may be 7 lbs, while the third may be 3 lbs.
Therefore, while the dogs are still small, it is nearly impossible to predict exactly its size as adult.
Poodle Growth Chart / Weight Chart
Another thing: Some people use words as “royal”, “teacup”, “tiny toy” or “imperial” but these terms are not official.
They only imply that the dog is smaller than the average size of their breed, although the word “royal” means that the dog is bigger than the average size of its breed.
Nevertheless, there are not such dog “breeds”. Moreover, they are often used as marketing terms to get people to buy a puppy.
Well, if the dog is less than 10” tall at the shoulder, then it is a Toy Poodle – it may be 4” or 9,9”but they all are just “Toy Poodles”.
Some people, while advertising their dogs, wanted to set apart these, which were extremely tiny and, hence, used the term “teacup”.
Many breeders say that they do have “teacup” dogs. However, some of the so-called “teacup” dogs even meet the criteria for Miniature Poodles.
Many people are confused and believe that if the breeder says that they sell “teacup” Poodle, this means that they could get a super-tiny dog. These people even proudly proclaim that they do have a “Teacup Poodle”.
Yes, but no. Since there is not such a thing as a “teacup” dog, the whole advertising is simply a scheme for getting the people buy the puppies.
In conclusion we will answer some of the most common questions about Poodle sizes:
How big do Standard Poodles get?
In Height Standard Poodles are usually bigger than 15″ from the floor to the top of their shoulders.
Their weight is usually about 70 lbs / almost 32 kg.
How big do Miniature Poodles get?
The height of Miniature Poodles, has to be between 10″ and 15″ from floor to shoulders.
Weight – up to 15 – 17 lbs.
How big do Toy Poodles get?
The height of the Toy Poodles is up to 10 inches.
Their weight is between 5 – 10 lbs