Toy Foodle

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9-13 lbs
10-12"
United States
Poodle
Toy Fox Terrier
Foodle, Foxpoo, Foxipoo, Foxdoodle
The Toy Foodle, also known as the Foxipoo, is a designer hybrid mix of a Toy Fox Terrier and a Poodle that is not only aesthetically pleasing (also known as adorable), but has a fantastic all-around temperament and is highly adaptable to a wide variety of living situations -- especially since they are also considered hypoallergenic. Because both parent breeds are well-tempered, Foodles generally inherit the best of both worlds, meaning they are inherently good with other dogs, children, and other non-canine animals, especially if they receive thorough training and socialization. They may be a bit wary of strangers but that usually translates into either barking as a warning, or avoiding them altogether. They are especially affectionate, loving, and playful and appreciate being around their families as much as possible. They are a relatively easy to train breed, thus making a decent first dog for inexperienced owners and due to their size, are not only easy to handle, but are better equipped for smaller living spaces such as apartments, as their space requirements for exercise are smaller than that of other full-sized dogs. They may, however, be a bit yappy if they don't receive proper training or exercise, although their barks generally don't carry as much as larger dogs and are therefore a bit less disruptive. Even though they are small, they still have pretty high exercise requirements, so those who are not active or do not have reasonable access to a place to do so may not be the best fit. Otherwise, given their good temperaments, small size and receptiveness to training, they make great companions for most families.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Late 20th century
Ancestry
Poodle and Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Foodle Health

Average Size
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 9-13 lbs
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 9-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None Known
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Bloat
  • Eye Problems
  • Demodectic Mange
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Toy Foodle Breed History

While there is little actual documentation of this hybrid's origins, it likely started along with many other designer breeds that began to take shape in the United States in the 1980s, the result of a desire to isolate certain traits such as size or specifics of the temperament in order to make a healthier, better behaved, or more attractive dog without being restricted to purebred status. The Poodle's specific origins are still up for debate, largely fought over between Germany and France, although the name Poodle, or "pudel" in German means "to splash about", giving more credence to the prior - though the French Federation Cynologique Internationale also claims France as its origin - but are believed to have been established hundreds of years ago. Either way, these historic sporting dogs that likely share much of the same heritage as the Portuguese Water Dog eventually developed into popular companions as well as show dogs because of their high intelligence, ease of training, fantastic temperaments, and desirable looks. The Toy Fox Terrier, on the other hand, has a history limited to the 20th century and was the result of crossing Smooth Fox Terriers with other toy breeds such as Miniature Pinschers and Chihuahuas, sheerly for the purpose of more desirable and more refined companion animals. Regardless, the results worked, as the breed turned out to be just that: very well-behaved small dogs with only a few personality issues such as the drive to bark at and chase small game. 

Toy Foodle Breed Appearance

The Toy Foodle is a small breed, standing just under a foot tall and barely weighing more in pounds than it stands in inches, if not the same. They generally sport longer hair that is wavy or curly but despite its length, is generally considered hypoallergenic, as they are low-frequency shedders. Their coats come in a variety of colors from black, white, brown, gray and even fawn and range in texture from wavy to curly. Their heads are small with an arched skull and a short to medium length muzzle complete with a little extra mustache, beard, and eyebrow hair. They have a square stance and a fair amount of muscle for their size, with a build that is more athletic looking, if you can see it under all of their shaggy hair. When left undocked, their tails are long and tapered and usually sport quite a bit of extra hair as well.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Sable
Brown
Cream
White
Fawn
Gray
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Toy Foodle Breed Maintenance

While they may not be high-level shedders, Toy Foodles, like their Poodle parentage, require a considerable amount of maintenance. Their hair needs to be buzzed, trimmed, or cut on a regular basis and many owners prefer to take them to a professional to save themselves the time and mess. Because their hair is also curly by nature, they are prone to accumulating dirt much more quickly, so not only do they need to be brushed daily, but also require semi-frequent baths to keep everything clean and healthy. Because of their longer facial hair, they also frequently end up with tear stains that need to be wiped clean for both comfort and cleanliness. Plus, like any other dog, their nails need to be checked and trimmed to prevent cracking and breaking, their folded ears should be checked and cleaned to prevent moisture buildup that can cause ear infections, and their teeth should be brushed on a weekly basis if possible.
Brushes for Toy Foodle
Slicker Brush
Scissors
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Toy Foodle Temperament

It's hard for Toy Foodles not to be lovable, as they have one of the best temperaments of all modern hybrid breeds. They are endlessly affectionate and playful and adore spending time with their families and receiving attention. They will quickly turn into lap dogs if they are allowed. Thanks to their parentage, they are generally good with other dogs, children, and even other non-canine animals, especially if they've been thoroughly trained. They aren't inherently good with strangers but will gleefully act as a watchdog and alert their owners of any strangers or other unusual happenings around the house without turning aggressive. With training and socialization, they can be taught to take a more laid back approach with any of the above, which isn't difficult considering they are a highly-intelligent breed that is easy to train compared to most others. If there is any real downfall, it is that some dogs can tend to get barky if they're not given the proper amount of attention, training, or exercise, which can sometimes limit their living situations if left unhandled. They are also a relatively high energy dog even for their size and may turn destructive if they have no other outlet for their energy. But overall, considering the small number of setbacks, they still make fun, loving, highly-adaptable dogs for a wide variety of families.

Toy Foodle Activity Requirements

Toy Foodles are considered medium to high energy dogs and need a considerable amount of daily exercise to stay happy, healthy, and acting in an appropriate way. Although they are small, they are still nearly endless buckets of energy and appreciate being able to run freely off-leash in open spaces instead of being restricted to the space available in their home. While they are still adaptable to apartment living because of their size, their energy levels usually require either daily walks or runs of at least two miles or around 45 minutes of activity a day, preferably in a decent sized yard, dog park, or open field if they're well-behaved enough to stay close if unleashed. Because of their high intelligence, any activity that engages them mentally will also go a long way in exhausting them enough to keep them from any negative or destructive behaviors.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Toy Foodle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.5 - $1
Monthly Cost
$15 - $30

Toy Foodle Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Height: 7 inches Weight: 8 lbs
12 Months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
18 Months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Height: 11 inches Weight: 11 lbs

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