Teacup Poodle

This dog originated in Western Europe 400 years ago, shown in some 15th century paintings. Some believe the dog came from Germany, where it was revered for its water retrieval skills. Others feel France is the rightful native land. Hunters used the Poodle as a gun dog and to retrieve waterfowl from lakes and woods. The French used this dog in circuses for its high trainability characteristics. Smaller poodles became very popular with the royals back in the 18th century.

Teacup Poodles are smaller than Toy Poodles, only growing to nine inches tall and weighing under six pounds. Characterized by a square appearance, the Teacup Poodle has a round skull, straight muzzle, oval-shaped eyes, level topline, high tail, arched toes, curly or corded coat, with solid colors in cream, silver, blue, black, brown or white. Personality: Highly intelligent, the Teacup Poodle is responsive and trainable, with a sweet and perky temperament. It's a lively dog that loves to be around people. They do, however, need to be properly socialized and trained that they are not pack leader. They may snap and bark if not given a set of rules to abide by. Surprisingly, they make good watchdogs for their tiny size. Unless you teach your dog he is not pack leader, he will display behaviors such as growling, guarding, sensitivity, nervousness and obsessive barking. Teacup Poodles can be good with children, but mostly with older kids who can use their leadership skills to show dominance. Be firm and consistent in your discipline to produce a calm, trusting dog.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Function
Life Span
13-18 Years
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Other Names
Pudle teacup, Teacup Poodle

Teacup Poodle Build Information

Size
Toy
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
8-10 in.
Weight
< 14 lbs
Litter Size
1 - 3 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Warm

Teacup Poodles are smaller than Toy Poodles, only growing to nine inches tall and weighing under six pounds. Characterized by a square appearance, the Teacup Poodle has a round skull, straight muzzle, oval-shaped eyes, level topline, high tail, arched toes, curly or corded coat, with solid colors in cream, silver, blue, black, brown or white.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Highly intelligent, the Teacup Poodle is responsive and trainable, with a sweet and perky temperament. It's a lively dog that loves to be around people. They do, however, need to be properly socialized and trained that they are not pack leader. They may snap and bark if not given a set of rules to abide by.

Surprisingly, they make good watchdogs for their tiny size.

Unless you teach your dog he is not pack leader, he will display behaviors such as growling, guarding, sensitivity, nervousness and obsessive barking. Teacup Poodles can be good with children, but mostly with older kids who can use their leadership skills to show dominance. Be firm and consistent in your discipline to produce a calm, trusting dog.

Appearance

Colors
Apricot Black Blue Cream Gray Light Brown Red Silver White
Shedding
None
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Curly

Bathe your poodle on a regular basis and don't forget to trim the nails, at least every six to eight weeks. You'll also need to clean the ears of wax, mites or infection and pluck out any sprouting hairs. These dogs need regular dental care as well, particularly when it comes to scaling. This breed does not shed so you will need to clip its coat. Because they don't shed, allergy sufferers do well with this breed.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
No
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • Suitable to apartment life, Teacup Poodles don't need a big yard to run around in, as they are very active indoors
  • They do, however, need one walk daily or they could exhibit behavior problems
  • They like water and love to play around
  • The Tea Cup Poodle is also known as Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, French Poodle and Pudle
  • The life expectancy for the Teacup Poodle is between 12 and 15 years

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Common Health Conditions in Teacup Poodles

Teacup Poodles are prone to Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA), diabetes, slipped stifle, epilepsy, heart problems, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), runny eyes, ear infections and digestive tract issues. They can go blind in one or both eyes due to cataract problems and PRA. They also suffer from a variety of skin conditions and they do have allergies.

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