Just adopted a toy poodle (male). It is supposedly the 2nd most intelligent dog (after the Border Collie).
I was quite surprised that it is quite a well-behaved small dog, that seldom barks. It is currently 3 months, and only weighs around 1.5 kg.
Male vs female toy poodle temperament
Apparently, for poodles, it can often be the males that are more affectionate and loving and the females that are more dominant and challenging of authority. (Source: https://poodlereport.com/male-vs-female-poodles-what-are-the-differences/)
Another poodle website source claims that “males tend to be more affectionate, playful, easier to house break and train, attentive and more demanding of attention. They adore their people and want to please. Most importantly if you have more than one person in your family, male dogs love everyone equally and share their affection with everyone. Female dogs tend to be a one person dog.”