The intelligence, personality, and charming, people-pleasing attitude of the Teacup Poodle make it an excellent choice as a family pet. Teacup Poodles are the same in every way to standard, miniature, and toy Poodles except for their size. Here are a few things you may want to consider before purchasing a Teacup Poodle.
The term, “teacup” is not an official, AKC recognized term, but rather a commonly used term that gives an indication of the adult size of a given dog. According to the AKC standard, the smallest size Poodle is the toy and includes any Poodle that stands 10 inches or under at the shoulder. However, many breeders of this dog have made further classifications of size, based more on the adult weight of the dog than on actual height. A 5-6 pound mature Poodle is colloquially known as a Tiny Toy and a mature 2-4 pound Poodle is referred to as a Teacup Poodle.
Teacup Poodles are very affectionate and require quite a bit of attention, making them very loving and devoted family dogs. They can be seriously injured if treated too roughly, dropped, stepped on, or kicked. A larger sized Poodle may be more suitable to families with small or rough children.
Their tiny size also makes Teacup Poodles more susceptible to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, during the first 6 to 9 months of their lives. Hypoglycemia can come on very quickly, especially during the night, and can cause brain damage or even death. Certain Teacup Poodles may require daily feeding of sugary foods or a high-energy, dietary supplement.
Although Teacup Poodles require less exercise than their larger Poodle counterparts, mature teacups still benefit greatly from walks and energetic playing. It should be noted, however, that vigorous play can be detrimental to very young puppies and can induce a hypoglycemic state in a short amount of time.
Teacup Poodles are generally considered to be hypoallergenic dogs, which means that many people experience a greatly reduced instance of an allergic reaction to Teacup Poodles, as opposed to other breeds of dog. They are considered to have actual hair, not fur, that is naturally curly and grows continuously throughout the Poodle’s life and does not shed. Because of the nature of their hair, Teacup Poodles require frequent brushing and bi-weekly to monthly visits to the groomer. Teacup Poodles are also very susceptible to tooth decay and their dental hygiene must be attended to regularly.