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I have a teacup male and a tiny toy female and they keep producing micro teacup puppies in their litters.
Because my dogs are in no way related and come from healthy backgrounds with no inbreeding, the puppies are extremely healthy.
I have kept one micro teacup male for breeding purposes and the first thing I did was put a noisy bell on his collar so I do not step on him if he sneaks up behind me.
My vet is thrilled at how healthy he is.
He weighs 400grams and is only 6" high.
Today I took both the daddy and his son for a romp on the beach and they spent over 1 1/2 hours running vigorously along the beach and on the grassy parkland.
My vet has checked out all my dogs and says they are amazingly healthy.
I feed them puppy kibble as it is more nutritious and is in tiny biscuits that they can manage with their tiny jaws and teeth.
They have table scraps and bones regularly for variety.
My teacup male lives outdoors and I keep the micro teacup indoors most of the time as Eagles and other raptors (hawks& kestrels etc)fly over my back yard and I do not want him mistaken for a rat.
The micro teacup is really an ideal size for a companion dog for a diabetic or epileptic if they want a dog trained to warn them when they need insulin or are approaching an epileptic fit.
Poodles have the best sense of sight, hearing and smell of all the breeds and I would like to see cute little teacups and micro teacups trained as companions for these people.
A cute little poodle the size that would fit in a carry bag or handbag would be less offensive to other people if it is carried ion a bus or into a restuarant etc.
I have had two people with extreme fear of dogs, able to cuddle my little micro teacup male because they could not feel fear of such a cute little fluffball.
One was a lady who was savaged by a dog when she was little and the other was a little girl who had been bitten by a dog two years before.
If the dog breeder is responsible and only breeds healthy non related dogs, and if the buyer is wise enough to keep the dog on a healthy diet and put a bell on their neck for safety, there is nothing wrong with having ultra tiny dogs.
A tiny dog for a companion for a lonely person who has not got much space or yard is better than no companion at all.


ni can any body define to me what a micro teacup is i have just had a litter with my 2.5 kg boy and my 4 kg girl, 3 beautiful girls 1 is 200 grams 1 is 250 grams and the other 350 grams and they are 4 and half weeks old eating mashed up kibble science diet puppy ,i visited the vet today and he said they are in excellant health although very tiny would they be called micro teacups ,im confused as teacups are not reconised some info would be great ,they are stunning babies but what im reading doesnt seem to give them much hope ,its scaring me they were 70 grams and 120 grams born now 4.5 weeks old

Kym Sheppard

Zoe..are you in Australia...i would love to buy one...Kymbo


We have a silver teacup poodle who is 18 years old.
Although he is now blind, deaf & toothless he loves to play, run around outside and thinks he is a rottweiller. He has an extremely loud bark & will always let us know if someone comes in the gate or on our property.
He is an incredible little dog and we love him to bits.

Bronwyn Blair

I have just lost a little 2.2kg teacup poodle, but not because of health problems. She had a tick and because she was lactating, her immune system was compromised and she did not make it. I have to say that this little girl was nothing but pure joy, a constant companion and all round beautiful little dog. I never had any health problems with her at all and she had 2 litters of pups in her 3 - 4 year life. I would recommend these little pets to anyone. They are devoted, intelligent and full of life. I am desperate to replace my little friend with another just like her.


Our teacup poodle (Jack) is just over 2 years old. He has been very healthy and has never had to visit the vet for health reasons. He is a very precious and loving dog and has brought much joy to our house. He has picked his master (my daughter)and chooses to obey everything that she tells him. We also have a bigger dog (boxer) that he plays very well with. He is active and fun loving. The only time that Jack has watery eyes is when we are leaving for vacation and he knows that he can't come along. We assume that he is crying since these seem to be the only times that this has happened. I would highly suggest that if anyone wants a house dog and loving pet to get a teacup poodle.


Kymbo YES I am in Australia and I usually advertise my pups in the Quokka.
My vet is happy to talk to any prospective buyers, about the health of my pups.
I would love to make contact with any other owners of healthy extra tiny poodles in Australia so I can access fresh bloodlines for my dogs as breeding pairs.
I am against inbreeding as this compounds many health problems for dogs and reduces the diversity of their dna.
My smallest male is now 1kilo in weight and fully grown, with a black coat tipped with chocolate.
I look forward to seeing what kind of pups he produces.


Forgot to say..I am in Western Australia.


I have a 3.1 lb. poodle that I love dearly. I can walk her and play with her. She is a riot when she gets in her "gone crazy" (as my son calls it) mode. Yes if you step on her you will hurt her and she has learned to get out of the way of feet. It's probably easier on the pup to not have small children but even that can be worked with. She is 7 1/2 yrs old and going strong. Because of her size she can go anywhere with me and usually does. She is a great travel hotel dog. Not all "teacups" are sad cases, I hate that it's been made to seem like that on here. You should definitely check blood lines and health of other pups your breeder has raised.


I just adopted a teacup poodle from a shelter. He had a rough life, but is the best dog I have ever had, and is a loving companion. I love to baby him, take care of him, love him...for as long as I might have him. He is full of personality, and is happy and healthy, and runs and plays to his heart's delight. EVERY purebred breed has it's own issues, and though I, of course, don't agree with the people who breed for money...there are well-bred ones out there too. Anyway, I was his rescuer...and he is my therapy...and my JOY.


thank you all for this its good reading IO have just lost my lovely toy poodle and yes she was very small I had lots of trips to the ver she had lots of teeth out the vet said her mouth was too small and it would be an ongoing problem.
I would love anothe very small toy but with my broken heart Gracie was only 5 1-2 yeaRS OLD i GOT ANOTHER TOY BUT A BIGGER one to be on the safe side I want her to be with me for a long time thank you GRACIE'S MUMMY.

Jerry Halliday

I dont care how many problems some of them have i want to replace our teacup who lived to be twelve years old with another just as small. There are no absolutes in this life.


I want to buy a teacup cock-a-poo or a maltese for my birthday but now I think that teacup size puppies r premature and unhealthy puppies! My neighbors have a 5pound papipoo and I take her for walk almost everyday (she doesnt like walking so basically i take her for a walk/run) and play with her. she is a very cute puppy! But sometimes she get hyper. I was thinking to buy a 4pound cockapoo or maltese and I just wanna know if 4pounds is premature or unhealthy? If it is then how about I buy a 4 1/2 pound? I really want one and I don't wanna buy a big dog like Labrador or boxer! Or how about 5pounds?

R Hughes

My grandmother has a "teacup" poodle that's 9 years old now. Aside from eating something she shouldn't one time, we've never had any special medical problems. Or any, actually. She routinely jumped from couch to couch and down to the ground, until a doggy step-ladder was purchased for her just because she had to do it so often. Take care of your animals and be prepared for a medical emergency period, because hey, your bigger healthy dog could just as easily get hit by a car as a smaller one could get stepped on. It's largely due to careless owners. As it's been said, there are no guarantees in life. The only thing I'd worry about is breeding a smaller dog, which we never did--then her size might have been a concern. But we got her from a reputable breeder and always watched her diet and got her exercise, and she's been fine.

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Just a note to my post above: I didn't mean to imply that Poodles and Chihuahuas were the health compromised dogs that I mentioned.

I meant the Poodles and Chihuahuas are fragile!

Kristy C.

Hi, I just want to say that while I get where you're coming from with this, I do not agree. I'm 17 years old, and I've had poodles my entire live. I've had a few Toy Poodles but recently my mother bought a Teacup. Ripley, my Toy Poodle was put down four days ago due to a brain disease - we couldn't afford his medical treatment and didn't want him to have to suffer through any more seizures. He was about 10 years old. The family Teacup is three years old. She's completely healthy. The only time she's ever been to the Vet (aside from the usual vaccines and check-ups) was to have some teeth pulled. We can walk her like any other dog - just not such long distances - and we can play with her like any other dog. She's very active and has no trouble bounding over furniture. She's loud and boisterous and certainly not unhealthy.

I don't know why you'd want to put people off buying these lovely dogs. Sure, SOME might just be premature puppies, but that's why you research the breeders before you buy and make sure they're reputable.

All I want to say is that, while what you're saying is true in some cases, people should not make the decision to steer clear of these dogs completely based on that advice. They need to do their research and let these amazing puppies have a chance at a good life.

Also, telling readers they'd be better off dressing a rodent up like a poodle is quite offensive, really. Rats only live for about 3-5 years, but people become attached to them - I know a very good friend of mine did and she was devastated when her rat died. I've had a few myself and I know the pain. It's not about how long an animal lives that should dictate whether or not you buy them. It's about how well they suit your lifestyle and how you spend your time with them (For example, I don't have a backyard - so big dogs are out of the question, and all of my family besides myself get hay-fever so Poodles are the only real option, since they have wool). I spent two months caring for two magpie lark chicks, and despite only having them with me for a short while, I was a mess when they were eaten by a snake.

All pets come with their ups and downs. You're saying that people should boycott the smaller breeds - but are you also telling people to avoid the larger breeds such as Newfoundlands and Irish Wolfhounds because they also hold a greater risk of health problems and a shorter life-span? No, you're not.

This is a rather biased opinion.

No one can be sure of what health problems your pets might obtain. Ripley never had a health problem in his life until last week when he suddenly collapsed in a seizure.

I say teacup poodles are definitely worth the money and I wouldn't trade mine for the world!

I think everyone should remember that great things come in small packages!

(Also, I just want to say that I'm sorry about the rant, but I've lost 6 pets this year and am a little emotionally strained right now. I was just a bit offended when I read this...)


Great article. You cleared out some things, but teacup, designer dogs, mini dogs however people call them can be healthy dogs with a long lifespan.


I had a toy poodle that was only 6 lbs and she was like a delicate little flower but she never ever got injured. She was extremely healthy, super active and the most loving dog ever! As long as they are put into families that can take care of them properly and afford to give them the right type of noureshment and love, then they will live long, happy, healthy lives! And its not just small dogs that need this... what happens to a large dog that's not taken care of properly? It can get ill and die! Yeah you do have to be a little more careful with small dogs to ensure they don't get injured but a dog is a dog! They all need to be taken care of properly with lots of love and if you can't do that, you shouldn't have a dog at all! Or any animal for that matter! Just to prove my case, I've had many dogs all my life big and small all of them very healthy. But my toy poodle lived until she was 14 yrs old and got cancer and my chow chow only lived until she was 8 yrs old. Therefor my little dog outlived my big dog!


People should not be breeding dogs this small.

They might be great, loving dogs, but it is unfair to the canine species to selectively breed them to be small, fragile and fraught with numerous health problems. Sure, your *individual* teacup dog might live to be 20 years old, but for every one that lives that long, there are two that die at a young age. Anecdotal information is not the same as statistical evidence.

Buying these dogs only creates a greater demand for them, and only leads to more irresponsible breeders selling them. You could ask any veterinarian, but really it's just common sense.

If you want something that small, you're better off getting a hamster.

Dina goparian

I've had a teacup poodle since she was a pup in Sept 2002. She is now 9 yrs old has had not one health issue. She weighs in at 4 lnd and is the color 'phantom', which is similar to the colors of a rotweiler/doberman pincher. Due to her.coloring she was unacceptable to the person who bred her in Iowa. She ended up at a puppy shop as if she was worthless. I find that cruel and pumishment. I have 27 generations of her parents families. Her mom was apricot and her dad was black. I have never witnessed such a rare beautiful poodle as she is to this day. She has not one health issue. As all toy dogs her teeth are the only.cgoncern. That is due to her jaw and teeth.being so small its difficult for her to cheq even the smallest kibble available. Her primary nutrient is chicken. She.is incredibly smart and understands human language. She is 100% house & crate trainef, as well as obedience trained. Her primary purpose in our home was to be a companion to our 15 lb lhasa apso. She kept him inline even with their size difference. He recently passed at the age of 17 yrs old. Quite a wonderful pair they were. Now she seems to not have a purpose altjough she is still thruving. She is currently in need to be adopted as she needs a companion as our lhasa or even be in a home where she can be the main attraction. I know she has at least 10 good years to be in the main spotlight and shine again. I feel she has constant memiries of her old pal and longs for a new start in life. Her name is Tootsie Sherrie Blossom and we are in Webster, MA. IM ASKING A NEGOTIABLE ADOPTION FEE. Please email if you are seriously interrsted at goparian@facebook.com # NO BREEDERS PLEASE #

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I think that this is absoultely ridiculous. Our poodle is a teacup(weighing in at 3 lbs) and she is perfectly healthy. We didn't pay for her, since she was from my mother-in-laws litter. I was there when they where born and we have had her since 5 weeks and she hasn't had a single problem. And yeah yeah I know 5 weeks is early, but there were circumstances I would prefer not to talk about


Wow I defiantly agree that size does not matter if you get a good breeder you will get a good dog I have bred mini toy poodles and all my babies have been amazing I get regular emails and SMS saying how lovely healthy and perfect they fit in to the home some of those where very tiny I thing
K it's when people cross breed father daughter and so on that you are more likely to end up with a puppy with health problems xxx like if you get one from a (puppy farm) I always would get my puppies checked at the vet after birth and when I get them vaccinated and checked and get there certificate for the buyers xxxxx


I had a teacup chihuahua. The owners bred quality normal pups, but my Teeny was so small. They were offered thousands of dollars for her, but refused as people wanted her for breeding. I got her for a regular price and had her spayed as soon as I could. She developed a floating patella, but still did everything a normal dog could, although a little yip from her could see me picking her up and putting her on my bed when she was perfectly capable if doing so herself! We lost her a week ago today in a tragic accident. I miss her terribly. We told Everyone Teeny was a teacup. A Real one. I spent countless hours discussing with people that you shouldn't try to breed dogs so small and that those claiming to breed them are liars and should be reported tonthe RSPCA. Teeny was a one off, once in a lifetime dog who will never be forgotten. RIP my little angel.


Chisty C - you sound like a naive and irresponsible pet owner. You can't afford to treat the ones you have already and sounds like you go through pets like they are old sox. You should be ashamed of your ignorance on the subject.


i've just bought a teacup puppy and really hope that she colud live a lot of years because i had wanted a puppy for a long time, i think she is healty and has 2 healty parents too.
i think that not only teacup puppys can have healty problems, before these puppy i bought anoother one who was a poodle i think "normal" size and she died after 4 DAYS with me, love and special cares, was really sad and oviously i dont want another experience like that.
wish me good luck.


I just lost my very loved little tea cup poodle Snickers. She was mixed with another breed unknown but she was 7lbs and she was always very healthy. She was 19 years old !!
I loved her like my own children and will never get over losing her. She loved to play and was never a bother or an expense too much to bare!! She loved chocolate too even though they say not to give it to dogs she would manage to get it and I think it may have kept her going longer in life! 19
she will be very very missed. She had a HUGE heart !


Are seizures in teacups controllable? My vet has a 2.5lb teacup that an owner surrendered that needs a good home. I am very tempted!! Thoughts? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.


On 1/3/2012 my little 1 kilo male poodle Chico had his first puppy to his mate Dusty (Dusty is just over 1 kilo in weight), on 1/3/2012 and their baby Ebony is now 860 grams, perfectly healthy and a total delight.
She is a small fluffy ball of black wool with a constantly wagging tail.
My Vet and I are sure she will be even smaller than her father Chico.
I take my dogs to visit friends in Nursing Homes, and allow persons I meet who are in wheelchairs, to cuddle them.
Because they is such a light weight small dog their claws do not dig into a persons legs when they sit on their lap.
This is important if the person is a Parapelegic and needs to avoid any injury to their legs due to lack of feeling.
Ebony and her parents give people so much joy and absolutely love to meet new people.
I believe there IS a place for small dogs if people are honest about breeding these small dogs to be healthy, NOT in-bred, and do NOT breed from defective or inferior quality dogs.
RESPONSIBILITY should be used in any dog breeding programme, and I have found that unethical breeding occurs even amongst Registered breeders.
A friend who is a most ETHICAL Registered Poodle Breeder has been stung by a Queensland Registered Breeder selling her a dog with hereditary liver disease when she had requested a healthy young male for a breeding sire for her dogs.
The dog arrived by air freight, with fleas,ear mites, and was diagnosed by her Vet as having a chronic hereditary liver complaint that meant she would be most unethical to breed pups from him and spread the genetic disorder further across the poodle breed.
My friend had the dog sterilised and found him a good home as he needs to live on a specialised and expensive diet to maintain his health and body weight.
She spent thousands of dollars buying the dog, even more in treatment and diagnosis of his health problem and sterilising him and feeding him the special diet.
That dog was a Registered Pedigree Toy Poodle from a Registered Poodle Breeder!!!
Your local Vet is the best person to consult if you want to buy a pup from anyone local.
They will know who looks after their dogs health properly, and is more likely to be honest about the pups they are selling.


My dog was the runt of the litter, half the size of her brothers and was absolutely tiny (a chihuahua, not a poodle, I'm just thinking about getting a teacup poodle as they'd be most practical). She cost £350 and an additional £1000 in vets bills as she got very sick at 9 weeks before her second injections. She's 3 years old now and all the money she cost could not have been more worth it- she's my favourite thing thing in the world. Don't you dare say someone shouldn't buy a puppy because its small or that it shouldn't exist, additionally she's had no problems since and to be honest, I think a lot of this article was a load of rubbish and very unfair- all these dogs deserve homes, and the very least, to exist and be loved, regardless of how short their lives might be.

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