Are you looking to adopt a small and cute dog? There are a lot of breeds out there that are small and ideal for families. In particular, teacup versions of breeds are emerging and are becoming popular. They can sometimes be referred to designer breeds. One of these is the Teacup Poodle. This is a tiny pup with a big heart and they might make the perfect addition to your home. Let’s learn more about what you can expect from the Teacup Poodle.
What is a Teacup Poodle?
First of all, it is essential to realize that the Teacup Poodle is simply a smaller version of the Poodle. This means that a lot of the characteristics you can expect from this pup are going to be like the Poodle.
Of course, since the Teacup Poodle is not a purebred canine, this means that it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. This pooch can enjoy a variety of colors. This includes brown, gray, black, blue and beige. The Teacup Poodle enjoys an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years. They weigh around six pounds and they can reach a height of nine inches.
Due to the size of the Teacup Poodle, they can be an ideal dog if you live in an apartment or small living space. For example, your beloved companion will be able to live without a yard, as long as you take them on regular walks. This breed is known for being intelligent, affectionate, loyal and social.
Do They Need a lot of Grooming?
Due to the size of the Teacup Poodle, they do not need extensive grooming. But they will have to get brushed often so that their curly or wavy coat does not get tangled or knotted. Otherwise, this can become uncomfortable for your furry friend. Aim to brush your Teacup Poodle twice or three times per week. The good news is that they do not shed a lot, so you do not have to worry about vacuuming all of the time. In addition, they will need trips to the groomers to be clipped. There are a variety of cute ways their fur can be cut.
Do They have a Good Temperament?
The Teacup Poodle is an affectionate and fun small dog. They can be a great family pet and go on adventures with you. They like to be social and spend time with their pack. They do not cope well with being left for long periods of time on their own. One thing to know about the Teacup Poodle is that they are not as patient as the standard Poodle. This means that you should always watch them around children when the environment is busy and loud.
Do They Need a lot of Exercise?
If you are looking for a furry friend that does not demand a lot of exercise every day, the Teacup Poodle might be the breed for you. Due to their size and small legs, they do not need as much physical exercise as larger dogs. But they are still going to enjoy getting out the house every day and having the opportunity to explore the world around them. You can take them for two short walks every day to keep your Teacup Poodle occupied. They will also love to spend time playing with you in the yard or at the park.
As the Teacup Poodle is very small, you will have to be careful if you are taking your pooch to the dog park. Their size does mean that they are at risk from other dogs and some playing may be too rough for them. Indeed, socialization will be important for this breed. Everything is going to be bigger to them so you need to ensure that they have the confidence to interact with other dogs. Otherwise, they may become timid and fearful of other canines.
In addition, when we are talking about exercise, do not forget to exercise your pup’s brain. Let’s remember that the Poodle is one of the smartest breeds of dog. This means your Teacup Poodle will be smart too. They will get bored if they have nothing to do in the house. Therefore, make sure that there are toys for your canine to enjoy, as well as puzzles. They will also benefit from regular training sessions and this can be an opportunity to bond with your canine.
How do I Find a Teacup Poodle?
Have you decided that you love the Teacup Poodle after learning more about this breed? Indeed, bringing this pooch into your home can be a very rewarding experience. The first place you can look for a Teacup Poodle is at your local shelter. They are not very common dogs to find at animal shelters since they are rare and popular with families. However, you might be lucky and find one or another canine that you love.
You can also try contacting a Poodle rescue group. There are organizations that you can find online that try to re-home dogs. In particular, there are Poodle groups that might have a Teacup pup for you. Again, you might find another furry friend that you like in the process. This is another affordable way to get a canine.
Alternatively, you can choose to contact a breeder to find a Teacup Poodle puppy. This gives you the opportunity to start their training early, as well as being given the opportunity to socialize your pup. If you do decide that you want to contact a breeder, you must be prepared to pay the price. Indeed, these small canines do have a high price tag. You could pay around $2,000 to $3,000 for this furry friend. They can be hard to find from a breeder since they are going to be very small and hard to breed. In addition, ensure that you ask the breeder questions about how the puppies are raised and if you can see the parents. You want to make sure that they are responsible and that your puppy is going to be healthy.