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Teacup Poodle Puppies

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 @ 11:02 PM  posted by I Love Dog Breeds

Teacup Poodle puppies are also known as Toy Poodle puppies.  The “teacup” refers to the small size of the Poodle variety.  Poodles come in Toy, Miniature, and Standard sizes.  They are all the same breed.  “Teacup” is not a recognized variety of Poodle but it is a term that is sometimes used for Toy Poodles.

Some breeders use the term “teacup” to refer to extremely tiny Toy Poodles.  Toy Poodles stand 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 6 and 9 pounds.  These “teacup” Toy Poodles would be smaller than this size as adults.  Dogs that are bred to be smaller than normal are often subject to additional health problems and have a shorter lifespan than usual.  Dogs that are bred to be smaller than normal Toy Poodles can also have fragile bones and have problems with broken legs and other fractures.

Toy Poodles are usually comparatively healthy dogs.  They can live between 14 and 14.5 years.  Some Toy Poodles will live to be 20 years old if they avoid health problems and are not overweight.  These Toy Poodles are normal-sized.

Poodle Puppies

Poodle puppies may be called “Teacup” Poodle puppies but most people simply mean that they are small.  There is a great deal of confusion with the term “teacup.”  The only puppies which can by registered with the AKC are Toy Poodles, Miniature Poodles, and Standard Poodles.  “Teacup” is only a slang or affectionate term.

You can find Toy Poodle puppies by checking with the Poodle Club of America:  The club has breeder referral contacts and can put you in touch with breeders.  You can also check online or with local kennel clubs, or check your local newspaper for Toy Poodle puppies for sale.  You may see puppies advertised as “Teacup Poodle puppies” so be sure to ask if they are Toy Poodles or if they are supposed to be smaller than normal.  Remember that if they are supposed to be extra small they could have extra health problems.

Toy Poodle puppies come in a wide variety of color such as black, blue, gray, silver, cream, white, apricot, and brown.  The nose is typically black and the eyes dark, although brown Poodles may have liver-colored noses and amber eyes.

The Toy Poodle has a single coat without an undercoat.  The coat curls and takes a long time to grow.  The dogs shed very little.  For these reasons Toy Poodles (and all Poodles) are known as hypoallergenic dogs, though in reality no dogs are completely hypoallergenic.  These dogs tend to be good for people with allergies.

Toy Poodle puppies are usually kept in an all-over puppy clip which is similar to a pet clip.  Most pet owner keep their Toy Poodles in a pet clip because it is easy to care for.  You can learn to clip your puppy yourself or take your puppy to a professional groomer about every two months for grooming.  You should bathe your puppy as often as necessary to keep him looking and smelling nice.  With most puppies and dogs this is about once a month.


The term “teacup” is often applied to Toy Poodles.  Most people simply mean that the dogs are small.  However, some breeders use the term to mean they are breeding extra small dogs.  You should beware of buying Toy Poodles that are smaller than normal because they can have health problems that are not normal for the breed.

Toy Poodle Life Expectancy

Monday, February 13, 2012 @ 08:02 PM  posted by Dog Breeds Info

Poodles, including Toy Poodles, are a generally healthy breed.  Like all breeds they are subject to some health problems and diseases but the breed tends to be long-lived.  Toy Poodle life expectancy is estimated to be 14 to 14.5 years, but some Toy Poodles can live to be 20 years old if they avoid health problems and are not overweight.

Poodle Health Issues

Poodle breeders maintain an international Poodle Health Registry so they can register and track diseases in Poodles.  This helps them gather data on the diseases; it helps breeders make better breeding decisions; and it helps anyone interested in obtaining a Poodle find out more information about health issues in the breed.

The diseases that occur most frequently in Poodles are:  Addison’s disease, Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV or bloat and torsion), thyroid problems, tracheal collapse, epilepsy, sebaceous adenitis, juvenile renal disease, hip dysplasia, and cancer.  Ear infections can also be a problem in the breed but they can be avoided with good ear cleaning and care.

Addison’s disease is a common problem in Poodles.  In Addison’s disease the adrenal cortex produces too little glucocorticoid and/or mineralocortoid.  This disease is often undiagnosed because the early symptoms can be vague, but if it’s caught early dogs can usually live a normal life.  It usually occurs in Standard Poodles (the largest Poodles) but it can also occur in Toy and Miniature Poodles.

GDV or bloat is another disease that affects Standard Poodles most often.  However, thyroid deficiency or hypothyroid and tracheal collapse both affect Toy Poodles.  Tracheal collapse occurs when the walls of the dog’s throat become weakened and collapse.  This is a common problem in many Toy breeds.

According to a UK health survey, the leading cause of death for Toy Poodles was old age, which accounted for 25 percent of deaths, and kidney failure, which accounted for 20 percent of deaths.

Health Tests

Good breeders will have their dogs tested using the available tests prior to breeding.  There are not tests for every health problem that affect Poodles (or any breed), but there are many health tests which can help breeders reduce the chance of passing along health problems to their puppies.

Some of the health tests that breeders can have done of their Toy Poodles include:

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA testing from an approved laboratory
  • Eye clearance by the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF)
  • Patellar Luxation OFA evaluation

The above tests are considered the minimum testing required for Toy Poodles that will be used for breeding.  Many breeders will perform additional testing on their breeding stock.  All testing is valuable and gives information regarding the breeder’s interest in the future of his or her breeding program.  Using the tools that are currently available will allow the breeder to successfully use the entire gene pool in combinations that provide for a healthy future of the breed.  Other health problems that can currently be tested for include Legg-Calve Perthes (LCP), thyroid, elbow dysplasia, and von Willebrand’s disease.

Using health testing on dogs prior to breeding will produce healthier puppies which will, in turn, eventually increase Toy Poodle life expectancy.


Toy Poodles are a generally healthy dog though Poodles can have health problems, like any breed.  If you are considering getting a Toy Poodle, go to a breeder who health tests his or her dogs. This is the best way to improve Toy Poodle life expectancy and get a healthy dog.