Toy Poodle Dog Breed! A Cute & Fun Loving Family Pet | Cute Teacup Poodle Puppies | Standard Poodle Poodles have a reputation for being effete, aristocratic dogs. Toy poodles double down on the froofroo rep with their tiny size and by sometimes sporting those fancy haircuts. But trust us, poodles are more than happy to get down and dirty. In fact, poodles started life as hunting dogs for the rich and famous in Europe. What made them so popular, however, is their incredible intelligence.