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 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: http://www.poodleclubofamerica.org/ 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.