Does this look like a toy poodle to you?
This is our “toy” poodle Siam as hoisted aloft by our yaya, who is quite big-boned herself (don’t tell her I said that!). So for Siam to dwarf her hefty proportions is saying a lot. So like our yaya, our dog seems to have some weight issues. Siam is supposed to be a toy poodle, which by definition means it’s the smallest of the 3 poodle breeds. There’s the Standard Poodle (which is as big as a Retriever), the Miniature Poodle (which is the mid-sized version) and the Toy Poodle, which is supposed to be tiny. When we got Siam, he was this tiny bundle of wool, like a lost little lamb looking forlornly for his Bo Peep. He practically fit in one hand. Then, as the days pass, he started growing at a rate that really scared me. For a while there I seriously thought we got ourselves a Standard Poodle. But our trusty vet assured me that Siam is most likely not a Standard Poodle, but he isn’t a Toy Poodle either. It’s safe to say that he’s a Miniature Poodle, with a final size that’s probably a bit smaller than a Beagle.
These photos were taken about a month ago, so you can imagine how big he’s gotten since. As of last weighing, he was 10 pounds, which is not really that heavy, but he’s huge for a 4-month old puppy. He’s much lighter than his size would betray. As for my problems with Siam, I would have to reserve that for a separate post. Siam has been a major life lesson for me. I thought I was just getting a dog, I didn’t know that I was getting much more than I bargained for. For now, I just wanted to share how my Toy Poodle is so not one.