Poodles come in
three sizes: Toy, Miniature and Standard.
According the the AKC standard, a Toy poodle is 10 inches and under at
the shoulders. Within that range you will find tiny toy and teacup, although all are considered toys.
poodles are above 10 inches and below 15 inches. Many toy poodles will go just a little over size and end up falling in the
small miniature range even though they are of toy breeding. Many, many toys in the show ring actually fall in this category.
A true miniature is closer to the top end of this scale.
Standard poodles are any poodle over 15 inches at the shoulder.
Again, there is a size range in standards, ranging anywhere from just over 15 inches to the very large standards, nicknamed
Royal Standards who are amost 30 inches at the shoulder.
The very tiny toys are fragile and even though they are
cute, they are really not the best dogs for small children. The break when dropped and cannot stand up to the rough play
of a toddler. If you have a small child, please consider a more substantial poodle like a large toy or miniature.