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Tea Cup Poodle

Tea Cup Poodle

Tea Cup Poodle

Tea Cup Poodle dogs are extra small Poodles that are even smaller than Toy Poodles. These dogs are officially not recognized by AKC and many other kennel clubs. Consequently, there are no specific universal breed standards for this dog breed.

Like other Poodle dogs, Tea Cup Poodle dogs are also highly intelligent. Poodle dogs were originally used as water spaniel gun dogs and were named after the German term, Pudel that refers to one who plays in water or splashes in water. Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle are other AKC recognized Poodle dogs

Physical Appearance

Being smaller in size, Tea Cup Poodle dogs are more delicate than other Poodle Dogs. In fact, they are quite vulnerable till the age of three months. Their oval eyes are mostly black or dark brown in color. The flat long ears tend to hang close to the head.

Like other Poodles, Tea Cup Poodle dogs are also characterized by the distinct curly or corded hair coat that is highly suitable for people suffering from dog allergies because of this low or almost non shedding quality.

Color: Tea Cup Poodle dog breed is available in a variety of colors such as red, black, white, apricot, cream, blue, chocolate etc.
Height: Both male as well as female Tea Cup Poodles are generally less than 9 inches in height.
Weight: The average weight of these dogs is usually less than 6 pounds.

Health Problems

Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia, Epilepsy, Low Blood Sugar, Diabetes, slipped stifle, heart disorders, gastro intestinal problems and allergies are some of the most common dog diseases in these dogs.

Tea Cup Poodle dogs are also prone to eye problems like Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cataract and even blindness. Unskilled use of clipper may also give rise to skin problems these dogs.

Life Expectancy: The average Tea Cup Poodle life span is generally about 12 to 15 years.
Litter Size: The average litter size of this breed is ranges between 1 to 4 puppies.

Grooming Requirements

Grooming a cute little Tea Cup Poodle is not as endeavoring as it looks. The curly or corded hair coat should be clipped once in every six to eight weeks’ time. Pet clip, lamb clip and puppy clip are the most common types of clips used for pet dogs. On the other hand, show clips such as the continental clip and the English saddle clip are quite popular for Tea Cup Poodles used for show purposes.

Certain other clip styles like the summer clip, modified continental clip, city and town clip etc are also considered smart. Besides, these dogs need to be bathed on a regular basis. Plus, check and clean the dog’s eyes and ears periodically to avoid infections.


The cuddly and cute Teacup Poodle dogs are intelligent, trustworthy, friendly, loving, lively and playful in temperament. They do not like to be left alone for longer durations. Therefore, take adequate steps to ensure that your sweet doggy does not suffer from separation anxiety due to loneliness and lack of attention.

As the adorable Tea Cup Poodle breed dogs are fragile, they are usually not recommended for families with boisterous small children and other unruly pets. These smart and highly responsive dogs are easy to train and love to socialize. However, they can be prone to excessive barking.

Key Points

These lovely loving expensive designer dogs make for excellent family pets, especially for families that can spend more time with the dog and communicate effectively. Teacup Poodle dogs do not require too much exercise as they tend to become tired very easily owing to the less amount of body fat in the body.

Thus, short daily walks and regular play sessions are sufficient to fulfill their physical exercise needs. Apartment dwellers can safely lay their hands on these bright and lively dogs that are fairly active indoors. Like other smaller dog breeds, Tea Cup Poodle dogs are also difficult to housetrain.