As small as they may be, miniature poodles still enjoy playing and being active as much as other types of poodles. However, because of their quaint size, not all toys for miniature poodles are suitable. Some will be much too large for the pooch to play with (although they will likely give it a good go) and so in this article, we have highlighted the best toys for miniature poodles.
A Little History of The Miniature Poodle
The miniature poodle dates back to the 18th century when they quickly became a popular fluffy friend in France. Standard poodles which are what miniature poodles descended from have been around since the 15th century where they were used as hunting dogs also in France.
If you are a true poodle lover, then you have probably also heard of the toy poodle. They are very similar to miniature poodles only they were bred in the United States. Both the toy poodle and the miniature poodle appeal to those who live in cities or small apartments.
The Characteristics of Miniature Poodles
If you have read any of our other poodle articles or if you own one yourself, then you will be well aware of the fact that they are incredibly smart dogs. This is the same for miniature poodles. Although they are small in size, their intelligence is anything but, which makes training them a relatively simple process.
All types of poodles are pretty proud dogs. They love people and young children, which has resulted in them being a family favorite. Standard poodles are also known for their energetic personality; they love to run, swim, play, and just generally be on the go having fun. When you look at miniature poodles in this respect, don’t let their size fool you.
They share the same energetic trait of the standard poodle and will thrive when living a relatively active life. Being fiercely loyal and eager to please, miniature poodles make excellent pets that will shower you with affection at any given moment.
A Challenging Play
When considering the options of which toys to get for your miniature poodle, always have an interactive one on hand. These types of toys are ideal for miniature poodles, toy poodles, and just any kind of poodle really. As we said, miniature poodles love to use their brain as much as their legs, and with interactive toys, they will get to do this. They also come in handy for the times when your pooch seems extra clingy. Give them something to think about, and you will probably get five minutes to do some thinking of your own.
Toys for Teeth
Another thing to think about when choosing toys for your miniature poodle is the stage of life they are at. When your pooch is still a pup, you may want to consider things like teething toys that will supply them with a tool to relieve pain and soreness. In that respect, a puppy is very similar to having a baby.
When puppies are teething, their gums can feel quite itchy which will make them want to chew and if there isn’t anything else around, then they will more than likely chew on your furniture or your shoes, whether they are on your feet or not. Generally, teething only lasts until they are around eight months old, but once the teething stage is over, your poodle can still enjoy the benefits of teething toys.
Because these toys usually come with different textures, flexibility, and nubs, they are an excellent tool for natural teeth cleaning throughout your dog’s life. The rubbing motion that it has on the teeth will help to remove built-up food particles, which will prevent decay and bad breath.
Depending on the personality of your miniature poodle, you may find that they love comfort toys. These types of toys are used to help them overcome loneliness and are particularly beneficial for puppies. More modern toys are now available with an added motion feature that makes your pup feel as though someone is really there with them. Comfort toys are perfect for your dog to sleep with or to have when you are away for long periods of time.
Our Top 3 Toys for Miniature Poodles
There are countless reasons for having a selection of toys for your miniature poodle, but of course, you are still going to want ones that are safe and are made with high-quality materials. Below are our top three recommended toys for miniature poodles that surely won’t disappoint you or your pooch.
This bundle is more than just a comfort toy. It is a great little kit for all new puppies to feel relaxed when going into their forever homes. As well as including a comfort toy with heat packs, the Smart Pet Love New Puppy Starter Kit comes with a snuggle blanket and a puppy teething ring. A great option for relieving a puppy’s anxiety and loneliness.
- The Snuggle Puppy comfort toy has heat packs to help your dog feel relaxed and happy
- Includes a real-feel pulsing heartbeat to help your pup feel safe
- The teething ring is designed with massaging nibs, a frozen core to combat sore gums, and a variety of ridges
- An ultra-soft blanket that is perfect for snuggling in
As mentioned above, miniature poodles love exercising their brains as much as their body. With the Dog Brick Interactive Dog Toy, your pooch will be both entertained and challenged. By hiding treats in the pockets, it’s up to your poodle to work out how to slide the compartments open to receive the hidden treats.
- Increase the difficulty level to improve your dog’s mental stimulation
- Can provide a source of entertainment for your dog while you are away
- Helps you and your dog to bond
There’s nothing we love more than a good bargain and what better way to get value for your money than by purchasing a variety pack of toys. The Kleeger Puppy Teething Variety Pack contains 12 toys that will definitely help to bulk up the toy box. These toys aren’t just ideal for teething puppies but are perfect for any age of miniature poodle.
- 12 different toys
- Perfect for playing fetch and tug
- Thick and durable rope and rubber handles
- Ideal for teething, playing, and entertaining
Finding toys for a miniature poodle is relatively simple. The biggest consideration is that the toys aren’t too big for their little mouths. Having a selection of toys around the house helps to keep your dog active, but above all, they can also combat boredom when they are on their own.