A few weeks ago I asked whether you guys thought I should get a pug or a toy poodle. Pugs seem like fun little dogs but I don't think I could handle their heat sensitivity or affinity for health problems. I like everything I've read about toy poodles, but I also am really interested in the papillon.
When I was younger, I really wanted one. They seem like such sweet, smart little dogs. But I've never met one, since they're still pretty rare.
What's the main difference between toy poodles and papillons? Probably shedding, I would think. They both seem very smart, and they're about the same size.
Is one breed more fragile than the other? Like I said, I have a very friendly cat, and I want to eventually get a labrador. Will they be able to peacefully (and safely!) coexist?
I have a Papillon, he is great, and I also have German Shepherds so they can live together. I love having a Pap, his is very smart and very attached to me. Very loyal. I've never owned a Toy Poodle, but have worked with them, the biggest thing is in my opinion is that a Pap is a big dog in a little body, and Toy Poodles seem to be more of a lap dog, still active though. Price is also a big difference, Pap's are more costly to buy. But worth it in my opinion, if want a Pap you may look into a rescue. Hope this helps.
Hello everyone this is my first post but I think I can be of some help on this thread.
I currently have a 12 yr old Champion Yorkshire Terrier and I have had toy poodles. When I was looking for my Yorkie and looked at Paps too.
This is pretty much what I find to be the difference
Toy Poodle: Needs Lots of grooming High Energy Level Easy to train and very smart Nice lap dog and loves their owner (s) Many health problems Initial cost low but becomes high with health problems and vet bills Yappy
Pap Needs very little grooming, brush through every day and will not need a professional groomer. Very clean dog.
High Energy Easy to train and smart Health since breed is on the rare side is much better than the poodle. Initial cost high but will get you a much healthier dog but you still need to buy from an ethical breeder. I would go to the American Kennel Club Website and they have a list of breeders in every state. Yappy but also a good watch dog I guess you can see which one I like the better.
I have to disagree, I raise poodles and they are NOT "yappy" unless you allow them to be. I teach my dogs to be quiet and they only bark if they have a reason too, they are just like any other dog, they need training! Also, if you feed good quality food and take care of them they don't have any more health problems than any other breed.