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All about Teacup Poodles

Teacup is the name given by breeders to describe an extra small poodle - so there is no universal standard regarding size. It is generally agreed that a fully grown Teacup poodle should weigh 4lbs or less and be less than 8 inches tall.

Teacup poodles are unlikely to be able to jump onto a couch or chair, or climb stairs. If they 'put' in these positions, they must be constantly watched in case they fall and seriously hurt themselves.

Teacup poodle puppies can be difficult to train, as they tire easily and cannot sustain long periods of exercise.

Although they are friendly, confident, playful, charming, lively and bright they are not well suited to family homes with children or other animals, as they can easily be dropped, hurt or stepped on.

Teacup poodles have derived from toy poodles and are the smallest type, bred for their overall 'tiny features' - they are available in many colors, such as black, white, silver, red, apricot, chocolate and other rarer colors can be obtained.

It is easy to confuse teacup of toy, unless proper research is undertaken - these are very tiny dogs, which at 8 weeks old can be the same size as a hamster! Because of their vulnerability, reputable breeders will not mot normally release them until they are at least 3 months old.

Teacup poodles at a glance

Our 4 Paw Rating - to the  suitability of Teacup poodles for your home and lifestyle

Size 4 Paw Rating
Shoulder height up to 8 inches, weight up to 4 lbs

Coat Care 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Low dander, virtually non shedding - requires regular grooming / clipping to prevent matting

Family life 4 Paw Rating
Not suited to families with children or other pets, due to size

Lifestyle 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Mainly happy to stay at home, but due to small size cannot be given run of large areas, as is susceptible to falling or becoming trapped - should be kept in safe, penned in environment

Health 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Life expectancy 11-13 years
Can suffer from 'low blood sugar' unless fed little and often and given plenty of rest. Hip, knee and eye tests are recommended

Exercise 4 Paw Rating
Exercise not required, must be allowed to rest. Much care and attention required to prevent accidental harming

Training 4 Paw Rating
Can be difficult to train as unable to sustain long periods of exercise, although it's tiny stature restricts behavior

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