Toy Poodles consistently rank as one of the most popular small breeds in the U.S. These tiny beauties have the best traits of their Standard counterparts, with a smaller size suitable for urban life. These dogs have a lot to offer their families.
How much is a Toy Poodle?
The average cost for a Toy Poodle is $1,200 to $2,000. Dogs from some high-value show lines may cost $4,000 or up. You may also find one of these dogs at a lower cost by going through a rescue.
This video describes the average cost of acquiring Toy Poodles. Although many would consider these dogs expensive, they are excellent additions to families.
How Does Toy Poodle Quality Affect the Cost?
According to Poodle Report, Poodles, as a rule, are expensive to breed. Because Toys have smaller litters, the cost of these dogs having puppies is higher.
Guaranteeing the health of purebred dogs, regardless of their size, is somewhat costly. Genetic testing used to provide health guarantees is one of the most typical breeding expenses. Both parents usually undergo testing, doubling the costs.
These dogs have good health that breeders try to preserve by taking parental health into account. The risk of health problems is one that breeders work the hardest to avoid. Buyers want to know that they are getting healthy puppies.
Healthier Toys will often sell at higher prices, which helps breeders recover the costs that they have put into their litters. When these dogs come with health guarantees, the breeders are standing by the efforts that they have made.
White and apricot are two of the most popular coat colors, and many breeders work hard to produce litters that may include puppies of particular colors. Breeders may have to find additional sires or dams to get the coat colors that they want.
Breeders dedicated to producing quality Toy Poodles are committed to keeping their dogs as healthy as possible. Regular veterinary visits and high-quality food play a significant role in the dogs’ health and fertility.
What Are the Costs of a Toy Poodle from a Breeder Versus a Rescue?
The Pet Town recognizes that the cost of rescuing a Toy Poodle is less than buying one from a breeder. How big is the difference?
In most cases, the cost of adopting from a rescue ranges from $100 to $300. Non-profit organizations do not have the same concerns about pricing as breeders. From a rescue perspective, recouping the vetting and other care costs are what matters.
Many owners consider adopting a dog in need of greater personal value than buying a dog. Even popular breeds like Poodles can end up in shelters. Because many shelters are local government-owned facilities that have limited hold times, dogs might be put down.
Most shelters place dogs in their care up for adoption when their hold time is up. Some locations may provide placement through third parties. Adopting a dog from such a setting can be rewarding because you could be saving a life.
There are also rescue organizations that are either Poodle or small-breed specific. Toy Poodles who come from these settings have usually lived in a home environment. A dog that has been in foster care will likely adjust to a new home more easily.
When you are looking for a rescue, there are sites like Adopt a Pet, Petfinder, and Rescue Me! that can help you find the right rescue. Many of these groups also have pages on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to showcase dogs.
Are There Specific Costs with Some Toy Poodle Breeders?
Merryn Jenkins makes an important distinction between the different types of breeders involved with Toy Poodles, which influence prices.
Reputable breeders with registered Poodles offer the most expensive dogs. However, these dogs are likely to come from winning show lines. Such breeders have reputations to preserve, as well as experience raising quality dogs.
In many cases, such breeders own both parents so a lot is known about their puppies’ ancestry. When the breeder only has the mother, they will have access to information about the father because he will also be a registered purebred.
Dogs that come from top-quality breeders may have health guarantees certifying that they are free from certain health conditions. Dogs with health guarantees will cost more, but many would consider the extra cost worth it.
Other types of breeders include those with a dog that had accidental mating, puppy mill breeders, and backyard or hobbyist breeders. Toy Poodles that come from these settings are likely to have challenges that you need to be aware of.
A Toy Poodle resulting from accidental breeding may likely be a mixed breed. Such puppies may have the traits predominantly from one parent or represent an equal mix of both breeds.
Dogs from puppy mills, which represent many of the puppies sold in pet stores, often have serious health conditions. These puppies are more likely to have health problems because of being bred more for quantity than quality.
Backyard or hobby breeders are often interested in making money, but not putting in the time that professional breeders do with their dogs. Such breeders are less likely to screen for health conditions or pay attention to pedigrees.
How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Toy Poodle Puppy?
Pete Decker has highlighted certain costs that you will need to keep in mind. The first-year costs are a little higher because you will need to do a little more to keep puppies healthy.
High-quality puppy food will help keep your dog in optimal condition during the first six months. Puppy food designed for small breeds will be the best option when available. If not, puppy food with a small kibble size will work best.
A Toy Poodle puppy will be ready for its regular adult food by six to nine months. If possible, you may want to consider continuing to feed small breed food. Regardless of what adult food you use, the dog should be transitioned to the new food gradually.
Young Toy Poodle puppies have a high energy level. Because puppies of this age can be destructive if left unsupervised, sturdy toys appropriate for small puppies are recommended. Early obedience training is another expense in the first year.
The veterinary expenses for puppies will be higher than for most adults. Puppies require full rounds of shots in their first year and may require deworming. If the dog is not being bred, spaying or neutering is recommended at around six months or older.
What Does It Cost to Care for an Adult Toy Poodle?
Oodle Life highlights the majority of puppy expenses only applying during the first year. The veterinary expenses customarily go down after puppy shots and desexing.
For example, many owners pay up to $1,000 in the first year with multiple vaccines and spaying or neutering taken into account. Routine vaccines and annual checkups will cost about $100 to $150 per year after puppy shots have been completed.
Although well-bred Toy Poodles are usually healthy, unexpected medical expenses can become somewhat expensive. However, pet insurance or monthly wellness plans can help plan for expenses for $100 to $200 yearly. The options available may vary by location.
Food expenses for adult Toy Poodles may cost $300 to $400 per year, depending on the food that you use. These dogs eat less than Standard or Miniature Poodles. However, dogs with medical conditions requiring special diets may increase food costs.
Overfeeding is something to use caution against when feeding Toy Poodles. Obesity can cause a lot of stress on joints, as well as lead to other problems. A dog that is a healthy weight will have better overall health.
Toy Poodles, although non-shedding, have coats that require regular care about every six to eight weeks. In most cases, groomers will also take care of the dog’s nails and ears. In most cases, grooming will average $300 or more yearly.
Grooming costs vary depending on whether you opt for the maintenance trims or the “lion” clip used for show dogs. The maintenance clip requires less work on the groomer’s part. You will likely want to consider the tip amount as well.
If you work long hours, budgeting for a pet sitter or dog daycare is worthy of your consideration. Toy Poodles enjoy being with people and may protest loudly if left alone too much. Apartment or condo-dwellers will especially want to keep this in mind.
Pet sitters can stay with your dog during the day, take it for walks, and even take care of it overnight if you prefer not to use boarding facilities. The professionals that use these services may charge hourly or daily rates.
Dog daycare is a somewhat more expensive option in some cases but can be helpful for busy pet parents. The prices vary by area, with large cities boasting the highest prices. Daycares may charge daily, weekly or monthly rates depending on your need.