Poodles are one of the most popular breeds of dog around the world. Puppies by size come in toy, miniature or standard size and can adapt to almost any type of home. They are good-natured, active, and intelligent.  Poodle puppies can grow to be hunters, trackers, performers, watchdogs, and companions with the proper training.

No matter what their size, they need to be socialized, trained, and exercised as soon as they are able. There is a lot to learn with a poodle puppy no matter what their size.

Where to Get Your Poodle Puppy

Puppies always look cute and seem to be a lot of fun, but people don’t always realize the work and time it can take. Unfortunately, once some people come to realize the demands on their time and wallet, they drop off their puppy to a local shelter or rescue.

So, the first place to look for a poodle puppy is your local shelter. If there are none, then look for a reputable breeder. Check credentials, reviews, and get referrals to make sure it is not a puppy mill. Knowing where your puppy is born and raised is important in making sure that your puppy will not have any health issues from poor living conditions and bad mom/puppy care.

Poodle Puppies Health

Poodles are active even when they are little. Their health care starts while they are young.  They should be spayed or neutered for health and population control reasons as soon as it is reasonable and safe, and they also need vaccinations.

Rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus should be given along with optional vaccines for the flu and Lyme disease. If you live in rattlesnake country, puppies should get a vaccine that will reverse venom if they get bit.

Your new dog will also need preventative medications for fleas, ticks, heartworms, and internal worms. Along with this preventative care, an owner needs to know the medical issues that can affect their dogs. Poodle puppies are predisposed to certain medical issues throughout their lives.

Toys:

  • Cushing’s disease
  • Trachea issues
  • Bladder stones
  • Skin tumors
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Cataracts

Miniatures:

  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Trachea issues

Standards

  • Bloat
  • Hip Dysplasia

All:

  • Epilepsy
  • Addison’s disease
  • Thyroid problems
  • Von Willebrand’s disease

Awareness of potential medical illness means you can choose exercise and nutrition that will build resistance against disease. Talk to your puppy’s veterinarian about health, exercise, and food, so you can make the appropriate choices early on.

Little Lenny sitting down – from @lennytheminipoodle

Exercise and Training for Your Poodle Puppy

Poodles puppies are energetic dogs. They need activity every day to burn off excess energy.  Puppies do not need the extensive walks, but they need to play. They can even accompany you on a walk using a carrier for when they are tired.

Puppies will also enjoy interacting with people, other dogs while learning to play fetch with appropriately sized toys.

Poodle puppies need to be socialized from the beginning no matter what their size. They are intelligent and need stimulating activity. Socialization is important in making sure they are well behaved at home and around other people and animals.  Poodles are dogs that are sociable and want to be with you, so the more they are socialized, the better.

Grooming Your Poodle Puppy

Poodles will grow to have a curly coat that should be groomed often. When they are puppies, it is not as crucial to bathe and brush them. However, in doing it on a regular basis, they will get used to it as part of their routine. Even as puppies they will need grooming and if you do the grooming yourself, you will require:

Poodle Puppy Dental Care

Along with coat care, a new poodle needs dental care. It’s good to start brushing their teeth early, so they get used to it. Brush once per day with an appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste. Dental care after teething is especially needed with toy and miniatures puppies as they are prone to dental issues.

Be cautious of your puppy’s small jaw size so as not to strain them and give them good teething toys for their size. Puppy teeth will fall out, but early brushing creates a routine. Try these products for dental care:

Good Nutrition for Your Poodle Puppy

Poodles need health care and exercise but also good nutrition. Choosing nutritious food is important in combating potential medical problems. Puppies of all sizes need to be fed 3 times per day up to 6 months. Toy and miniature puppies need special kibble for their size, and the standard needs a recipe for larger puppies.

They all need quality protein and calcium with the named meat as the primary ingredient. They also require animal fats and no artificial ingredients. Your puppy’s veterinarian can tell you how much to feed your pup, and it is also listed on their food. Make sure your puppy always has fresh water available during the day as well. Try the following for your new pups:

Toys & Miniatures

Royal Canin X-small Puppy

A recipe that focuses on sensitive digestive systems of extra small puppies. Digestible proteins, prebiotics, and carbohydrates to support energy. It is specially designed for fast-growing puppies.

Pros: Extra small pieces, easy to chew for little jaws, good fiber

Cons:  New recipe so watch for gastrointestinal reactions

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Standards

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Puppy Chicken Recipe Grain-Free

Recipe for brain and eye development with DHA. Calcium supports strong bones and teeth. No by-products, preservatives or artificial colors and flavors. Grain-free and quality protein.

Pros: DHA to care for neurodevelopment, good protein, grain-free

Cons: Puppies picky with flavor, some allergens

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Conclusion

Poodle puppies of any size need proper care. All sizes have some similar needs while others have more specific needs. If you know what your toy, miniature, or standard require early on, you can support their health and wellbeing as they grow into healthy adults.