All poodles tend to have the same health problems and temperament, from what I understand. After all, they're really the exact same breed, only with different sizes. In any case, the most definitive source of information I could find on the internet was at this location, the National Breed club for the Poodle. The previous poster was incorrect, there is no indication that the poodle even suffers from diabetes except in extremely unusual circumstances. It's not even on the list of breed health issues. Just be sure that if you get a poodle, the breeder is a reputable one, preferably one recommended by the Poodle Club of America breeder referrel. If you get a reference from there, you can be pretty sure they're upholding both the breed standard and the health concerns, or they'd be kicked out of the PCA heh. http://www.poodleclubofamerica.org/index.htm
My family has owned a toy poodle for eight years, and he is the most human-like dog we have. He is so loving, but is very possesive of his family. He is not very open to allowing new dogs into his surroundings and gets very jelous of other dogs. This might just be a male territorial issue, though. My aunt has two females that are very loving and accepting of other dogs. All poodles I have ever known tend to attach to one person. While they love everyone in their family, they know who their "momma" is. You hear alot about the grooming issue with poodles, but it is not too bad. Just be prepared to take him/her to the groomer once every month or two depending on how long you let his/her hair grow. Poodles can be prone to skin infections also, but I have seen this more in white and cream colored poodles than any other. They really are a wonderful breed of dog.
I have a toy poodle and have had her for a year now. She is almost 8 years old. Pure white and gorgeous! I agree that she is human like and very diva-ish. She sleeps in the bed with me and she has to be at the top of the bed. Sleeping at the foot is for the other dogs. She's very much a lap dog. Calm, sweet, listens very well. She is agressive only when she thinks one of the other dogs is hurting her mom! I wrestle with my schnauzer and when he growls, she jumps off the couch and goes to barking at him until he stops. She was very docile when we first got her. After her pregnancy, she's like a new puppy all over again. She plays and runs and chases the schnoodle pups. She's a lot more active. She barks like the rest of 'em when someone comes to the door. She loves attention. But is independant. I love my Precious! We got her from a shelter and she doesn't have any health problems. We were sure she would because of her age, but she's okay. And found out it wasn't even her first pregnancy!! She's a doll. I think toy poodles are great!
Like most breeds. how they are brought up will determine their behaviour. When owners over coddle and carry them around alot they can be snippy. They really need to veiw the world like other dogs, from the ground on a leash. They need to meet lots of different people and be exposed to different environments. They need grooming every 4-6 weeks. Some poodles have weepy eyes. I 've also noticed many ear infections. They have tiny mouths, which get alot of tartar build. Heavy tartar on teeth over many years will lead to heart problems,Brush, Brush, Brush! Heart disease in Humans is linked to bad oral hygiene as well. And They often go blind/deaf with age.
i have known two toy poodles personally and alot through work. they are very smart little dogs.from my own experience and it is not extensive experience if you treat them like dogs and take them hiking with you or do things that you would do with your other dogs they tend to have great personalities and are not snippy. the ones i see treated like little dolls and carried around so their feet never touch the ground are usually the ones i see that have the snippiness. i've liked most of the ones i've met very much.
I don't like them too much. They are sweet dogs. They love to cuddle and curl up by you, even at night. Toy Poodles like to play with other dogs and are not aggresive, even when provoked. They are just your average small dog. I od know that when another dog tries to pick a fight with a Toy Poodle, they will usually not respond. Males tend to mark their teritory inside.