Teacup Poodle Puppies
The Teacup Poodle is an unofficial size variation of the Poodle. They are in reality, Toy Poodles, but are smaller in size than the AKC Toy Poodle standard. Breeders are purposely breeding them accordingly. Teacups are common in the states. They tend to be 9 inches and smaller, and under 6 pounds in weight. The Teacup Poodle is just a name given to very small Poodles by breeders, and therefore, there is no universal standard for those who are breeding them.
Teacup Poodle Temperament
The Teacup Poodle is remarkably intelligent. They are said to be one of the most trainable breeds. Teacup Poodles are very sweet, cheerful, perky and lively, and love to be with people. Without the proper type and amount of exercise they may be high-strung and timid. Toy Poodles are generally good with other pets and dogs. Unless given rules to follow and limits as to what they are allowed to do, this breed will tend to bark a lot.
The teacup poodle can be good with children, however is usually recommended for older children, who know how to display leadership skills.
Teacup Poodle Height/Weight
The Teacup Poodle is smaller than the Toy Poodle. Itís not an official AKC size variation, but it has become a popular unofficial size variation.
Height: 9 inches and under (22 cm.)
Weight: under 6 pounds (3 kg.)
Teacup Poodle Health Problems
Poodles are subject to many genetic diseases. Some are prone to IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia), slipped stifle, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disorders, PRA, runny eyes, ear infections and digestive tract problems. They are also known to have eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.
Teacup Poodle Living Condition
The Teacup Poodle is good for a small living space, such as an apartment, condo, or townhouse. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Teacup Poodle Exercise
Teacup Poodles need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard. They adore water and love sessions of play.
Teacup Poodle Origin
The Poodle has been known throughout Western Europe for at least 400 years and are depicted in 15th century paintings and in bas-reliefs from the 1st century. The subject is controversial of where the dog was officially developed and no one really knows the breedís true country of origin. France has taken a claim on the origin, but the AKC gives the honor to the Germans where they say it was used as a water retrieval dog. Other claims have been Denmark, or the ancient Piedmont. What is certain is that the dog was a descendant of the now extinct French Water Dog, the Barbet and possibly the Hungarian Water Hound.
The name "Poodle" most likely came out of the German word "Pudel," which means "one who plays in water". The "Poodle clip" was designed by hunters to help the dogs swim more efficiently. They would leave hair on the leg joints to protect them from extreme cold and sharp reeds. The hunters in Germany and France used the Poodle as a gun dog and as a retriever of waterfowl and to sniff out truffles laying underground in the woods. The French started using the breed as a circus performer because of the dog's high intelligence and trainability.