Teacup Poodle: A Complete Guide To Micro, Teacup, and Toy Poodles

Teacup Poodle Feature

Welcome to our complete pet parent’s guide to the teacup poodle.

The teacup poodle has the temperament and characteristics we love in the standard sized poodle, but they are much smaller.

The teacup poodle is under 9 inches in height and weighs less than 6 pounds in body weight. This dog is perfect for smaller apartment living where space and exercise might be limited for larger poodles. Being so tiny, they can really go anywhere.

The “teacup” era of dogs has begun, and after reading this owner’s guide you will know if this tiny dog is a match for you.

Teacup Poodle Breed Information
Size≤ 9 inches in height
Weight≤ 6lbs
Lifespan 12–14 years
Breed TypeToy
Suitable For Individuals, Families (With Older Children), Small Apartment Living
Color VariationsBlack, Silver, Blue, Gray, Red, White, Apricot, Brown, Beige
TemperamentIntelligent, Loyal, Loving, Alert And Social
Known Health issuesPudle, Barbone, Caniche, Chien Canne

Teacup Poodle: Dog Breed Information

Tiny Poodle Dog
This dog is perfectly described by their name standing a tiny 9″ tall.

A teacup poodle is not a purebred dog breed registered with a kennel club. It is in fact a selectively bred non-pedigree variation of the toy.

The difference between the teacup and toy is only their size. Therefore, we need to look at their history in order to really see where the teacup variation was bred from.

The History of Poodles

The poodle is popular worldwide and is in fact one of the oldest pure bred dogs. This dog originated in Germany (despite being in all the French movies).

Originally bred to be a working and gun dog, making the perfect hunting dog; the poodle has a water resistant coats and wondrous retrieving talents.

Today, they are more popular as a lap dog, than a working dog, being associated with sophistication and wealth.

Because of this, this dog is being bred in smaller variations so that a wider range of people can enjoy this wondrous breed.

The teacup variation has been selectively bred from the toy poodle, and must be under 9 inches in height and less than 6 pounds in weight.

Poodle Size Comparison Chart
StandardTaller than 15 inches
MiniatureTaller than 10 inches and less than 15
ToyMaximum height of 10 inches
TeacupMaximum height of 9 inches

Teacup Poodle Puppies

Three Teacup Poodle Puppies
Unfortunately, it may be difficult to find a puppy as the litter sizes are only one or two.

The best thing about this puppy is that they will definitely stay tiny. These puppies weigh around 2 pounds when born and will only grow to around 5 pounds once fully grown.

The litter size for this dog is very low at only 1-2 puppies per litter. It is possible for this litter size to be larger, however, it is rare.

How Much Does a Teacup Poodle Cost?

You should be expecting to pay $2,000 to $2,500 USD for a teacup variation because of the small litter sizes and selective breeding.

Teacup Poodle Temperament

The behavior and temperament of this dog is very similar to that of the standard Poodle as they share ancestors and were selectively bred over generations from breeding stock.

In general, they are a very loving puppy and make a perfect companion for those who want a loving little sidekick by their side (this includes the elderly too).

Being small, the teacup poodle fits well into many different living environments:

  • They will thrive in apartments and city living
  • They will thrive in large homes in the country or open-spaced environments

They are a tiny dog, this means that their exercise requirements are not very demanding. Walks are necessary, like with any dog, but they do not require hours of exercise or open space.

This little dog will bore easily, if left alone for hours, this can also lead to the development of separation anxiety and unnecessary barking or destruction.

Try taking your dog to doggy day care, this will ensure they are provided with adequate socialization as well as a fun filled day.

Teacup Poodle Puppy
A social dog who will love to be around people and will get along fabulously with other family pets including cats.

Is This Dog Good with Children?

There is one distinct difference between standard and teacups, the teacup size has less patience than the standard poodle when it comes to small children.

The teacup poodle may get intimidated by being held and play with by unfamiliar small children and get a little cranky, with correct and early socialization this may be avoided.

Caring For a Poodle Dog (Feeding, Exercise & Training)

Teacup Poodle Sitting
The purpose of this dog is to maintain all of the desired traits and temperament of their parents in a compact smaller dog.

The teacup poodle does not demand huge amounts of care, like other selectively bred Poodle mixes. Caring for this beautiful dog, who is petite in appearance, can be a real treasure.

Food and Diet Requirements

Daily Food Consumption
Calories 250
Cups of Kibble One Bowl of Kibble Required per Day

This dog requires approximately 250 calories per day, this is the equivalent to approximately 1 cup of high quality dry kibble per day.

As the teacup is a smaller sized dog, try a high quality kibble designed specifically for toy dog breeds, this will ensure all your pups nutritional requirements are met.

It is important to not miss a meal or to underfeed the teacup poodle as small dogs are prone to hypoglycemia which may be fatal.

You should feed your dog using the feed schedule below

Do not forget doggy treats throughout the day to reward your dog’s good behavior, as well as using kibble, you could share some healthy fruit snacks, too. Did you know dogs can eat pineapple?

Exercising Your Poodle

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 20 – 30 minutes
Activity Level This is a low activity dog breed

Taking your puppy for walks not only increases bonding time, but, it is also a perfect way to socialize a dog with the environment and increase their mental stimulation.

This is a small dog, with small legs and a small amount of energy to burn off, therefore a short walk lasting for 30 minutes per day is enough exercise.

It is best to try split this up for your puppy so they do not over exert themselves, perhaps a midday or morning walk and then a walk in the evening.

You could try to vary your walking locations through different neighborhoods to give your dog new experiences.

Remember to also purchase some toys for at home play, this will also increase bonding time. Additionally, chew toys and other dog friendly toys will keep your pup entertained when you are busy.

Teacup variations have a hard time keeping their body warm, so a nice sweater or jacket is great to help keep your pup warm during those harsh weather changes.

Training Advice

Apricot Color Teacup Poodle
It is important that all children learn to treat the teacup poodle with care and caution due to its small size.

The teacup poodle is easy to train and care for, making them a flexible dog for many owners.

Their natural intelligence makes them a perfect option for first time owners who have very limited knowledge on dog training. Here are some puppy training tips for your teacup poodle.

You need to remember to stick to positive reinforcement and to be patient, use short five minute training sessions two or three times a day.

Every dog takes a little while to catch on, just grab lots of treats, and make training a fun and bond building activity.

Correct socialization is important for all dogs, especially small ones so they learn to interact in different environments with all kinds of people and animals.

Remember, although cute and small, they are still a dog, so remember to set boundaries and not let them get away with too much as they are in danger of developing small dog syndrome.

Health Problems

Teacup Poodle Portrait

The teacup poodle is predisposed to carrying health problems which may be carried by their standard sized ancestors due to their genetic similarities, these include:

  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Dysplasia

In addition, because of the selective teacup breeding, there are added health risks of breeding this dog.

It is important to look at these factors before committing to support these breeding activities.

Teacup sized dogs are in an increasing amount of danger to develop issues such as: hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), heart defects and patella luxation.

Be sure to always keep in contact with your local veterinarian for regular check-ups or problems.

Teacup Poodle Color, Appearance, Coat, and Grooming

Teacup Poodle Appearance

There are no official poodle breed standards to determine the measurements for this little dog as they are yet to be officially recognized.

As a rule of thumb, the teacup poodle full grown stands at less than 9 inches in height and they weigh less than 6 pounds, whereas a toy poodle is less than 10 inches.

  • Their eyes are small, dark, and are always alert.
  • Their stature is small yet poised (this breed is very elegant looking, no matter the size).
  • They have a long muzzle with floppy furry ears.

Their coat is curled and thick and comes in a variety of colors such as: black, silver, blue, gray, red, white, apricot, brown and beige.

Unlike other poodle mix dogs, who may have a mixture of different fur colors, this dog only comes in solid colors.

This also makes it easy to determine if you’re being sold a purebred Poodle or not.

Additionally, these puppies do not shed often making them a great hypoallergenic dog.


Their coat’s thickness means that it can be clipped in a variety of ways. You can change their hair style each groom if you like; this feature makes them an extremely attractive option.

Just because the teacup poodle is not a known shedder, that doesn’t mean brushing should be ignored.

As with all dogs, brushing is important and should begin as soon as possible so that they are accustomed to it.

You should aim to brush your dog twice a week, this should suffice and they will come to enjoy it and find it rather comforting.

Other grooming requirements include common practices such as teeth brushing and nail clipping. Try brushing your pup’s teeth daily to avoid any future dental issues.


With such a small size, these pocket sized dogs are the perfect companion dog with low demands for exercise and training.

They do not eat large amounts of food, but, require grooming and mental stimulation to keep them happy.

For small apartment living or country-side living, this dog can fit into most family lifestyles.

Affectionate, loyal, and highly intelligent; this teacup dog will make the perfect companion with the added bonus of being incredibly cute.

What’s your favorite quality? Tell us in the comments below.

About John Woods 301 Articles
John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.


  1. In health complications, you omitted the fact that the breed will almost always have a collapsed trachea. It’s not that big a deal, but becomes bothersome for them when the air quality is poor or if they are overexcited. If you pick them up for some reason it stops almost immediately.

  2. Thank you for sharing, I love my miniature teacup poodle and I am the owner of two as they are my babies. I love and cherish them! Tracy

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