How Big Do Teacup Poodles Get?

How Big Do Teacup Poodles Get?

Many people dream of adopting a Poodle, but these dogs do not always fit well with everyone’s lifestyle. Maybe they are too big or too energetic.

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Teacup Poodles are a miniaturized version of the Poodle! It is the smallest Poodle that you will find and its teensy size makes it look like a cute teddy bear-like puppy.

They have all the great qualities that make Poodles so popular, but they come in a tiny teacup size. They are bred for people who do not have large homes, want to travel a lot with their dog, or need a low maintenance dog.

Interested in bringing this tiny, adorable puppy into your home?

Teacup Poodle vs. Other Poodle Size

First and foremost, it’s useful to compare the Teacup Poodle to the other classifications of Poodle.

They are the smallest, as you might have guessed.

When we compare their average sizes, we can see this more clearly:

Poodle Size Classification Average Height Range (Inches) Average Weight Range (Pounds)
Teacup Poodle 6-8″ 2-5 lbs
Toy Poodle 8-10″ 6-8 lbs
Miniature Poodle 10-15″ 10-15 lbs
Standard Poodle 13-17″ 40-70 lbs

And it’s important to note at this juncture that only three sizes of Poodle are recognized by the various kennel clubs globally.

This includes the AKC (American Kennel Club) in the US, TKC (The Kennel Club) in the UK, and the ANKC (Australian National Kennel Council) in Australia.

As such, you will not find teacup poodles on the breed lists of such organizations.

Nevertheless, this does not mean that they are not available from breeders or to purchase.

It does just mean that you need to be particularly careful when finding a breeder as they will not have been able to get listed or accredited via these institutions for their dogs.

Do Teacup Poodles Stay Small?

Teacup Poodles do stay small, never weighing beyond 5-6 pounds if kept at a healthy weight.

Of course, they do begin life a lot smaller – at around 70 grams (0.15 pounds).

So there is a fair amount of growth throughout puppyhood.

But even despite their growth, this dog does not get big.

At least compared to every other typical dog breed.

Like any other dog, they can put on excess weight through inadequate diet and exercise.

In fact, it’s easy to overfeed these dogs due to their tiny size.

They do not need to eat the same amount of food as much more considerable, physical dogs.

So in many ways, it’s essential they stay small, too.

Well, within the healthy range.

At What Age Is A Teacup Poodle Full Grown?

A Teacup Poodle will typically reach their full and final height by 6-8 months. They will however, continue to fill out in weight up until the age of 16-18 months. This is when they can be considered fully grown.

Nevertheless, predicting a teacup puppies’ final weight is not definitive.

Below you can see a rough estimation, based on the data of various poodle breeders and experts, of a teacup poodle’s growth rate.

Growth Of A Teacup Poodle

  • The weight of a Teacup Poodle at 3 months will be between 1.17 and 2.03 pounds.
  • At 6 months, they will likely weigh between 2.16 and 3.69lbs (pounds).
  • At 1 year, a Teacup Poodle should weigh between 2.38 and 4.31 lbs (pounds).
Age Weight – Low Average
(lbs)
Weight – High Average
(lbs)
Birth 0.15 0.26
2 Weeks 0.33 0.62
4 Weeks 0.49 0.91
6 Weeks 0.67 1.23
8 Weeks
(2 Months)
0.8 1.48
*10 Weeks 0.98 1.72
12 Weeks
(3 Months)
1.17 2.03
14 Weeks 1.35 2.4
16 Weeks 1.54 2.71
18 Weeks
(4 Months)
1.66 2.96
20 Weeks 1.79 3.2
22 Weeks
(5 Months)
1.91 3.45
24 Weeks 2.03 3.5
26 Weeks
(6 Months)
2.16 3.69
34 Weeks
(8 Months)
2.27 3.84
52 Weeks
(12 Months)
2.38 4.31
18 Months 2.64 5

As you can see from the data, this is a small dog that grows very slowly.

I’ve highlighted with an asterisk the time that you are likely to pick up a puppy from the breeder, around 10 weeks of age.

For the most part, they’ll only weigh between 0.98-1.72 pounds when an owner first gets them.

Most puppies of the same litter will be the same size, but around the 6-8 week mark, the differences between pups will become evident.

In regards to their height, a teacup poodle will gain roughly a further 3 inches beyond the 8 weeks of age mark.

So, the shorter the puppy at 8 weeks, the more likely they will remain smaller as fully grown adults.

Teacup breeds are often held back a little longer than with other breeds. For most breeds, you can pick them up at the age of 8 weeks.

However, for teacups, an extra couple of weeks can help give a better indication of size, which is why adoption is often delayed somewhat.

Nevertheless, for these particular dogs, its very difficult to get a rough estimation of final size.

Genetics and the parental dogs used in breeding are good indicators to go by, but this is not always the case. This is because of other dogs in the lineage.

At 12 weeks of age, a teacup puppy will start to give insight into their final size.

As a rough estimate of what a teacup puppy’s final adult weight will be, you can:

  • Multiply their weight by 3 at 8 weeks of age.
  • Multiply their weight by 2.5 at 10 weeks of age.
  • Multiply their weight by 2 at 8 weeks of age.

Remember, this will be just an approximation.

Size Considerations For Owners

A dog of this size does come with several considerations. Safety and attention to care are paramount with this particular breed.

Let us now run through the different aspects of care that you will need to be especially mindful of:

Supervision

Due to their tiny size and small nature, you first and foremost need always to consider where they are.

They are quite energetic and can move deceptively quickly.

You do not want to kick them, sit on them, etc., accidentally; these things can cause serious injuries.

You must handle them with great care too. It’s easy to injure a Teacup, even entirely unintentionally.

At the same time, you do need to hold them with the correct approach and grip. Dogs of this size can easily wriggle or fall out of their owner’s grasp, lap, or furniture.

And these dogs love to be around.

They are very loving and caring and want to be in your presence.

They require a lot of fuss and attention – so you do need to be very cautious and mindful of where they are at all times.

Grooming

It is the most complex task related to teacup poodles. Teacups have curly or wavy coats just like their bigger counterparts. Luckily, they also don’t shed but, this doesn’t simplify the efforts needed. As their curls are smaller, it is hard to brush them exactly like other dog breeds.

You should brush your teacup poodle every day and remove dead hair regularly. Otherwise, you will get matted hair which increase the chances of hair damage and the brushing can become painful. It is advisable to dampen your pooches’ hairs using a spray bottle before brushing.

Cleaning tear spots is also one important aspect of teacups’ care. It is very common to see brown strains under the inner corner of their eyes. To reduce tear spots, you can buy a tear stain remover. At last, nail trimming is also comparatively tougher due to its small size. It will require more dexterity, care, and smaller tools to trim the nails of teacup poodles.

Exercise Requirements

Teacup Poodles do not need a huge amount of exercise, but they still need an appropriate amount for optimal physical and emotional wellbeing.

Two short and brief walks of 10 minutes, along with around 30 minutes of play per day, is enough for an adult dog.

Of course, a puppy Teacup should be given less and should slowly and carefully work up to this amount.

When exercising them, again, you need to take great care.

Their small and fragile bodies should not be overworked, nor should they be allowed or able to jump or fall off anything.

You need to be very mindful of letting them outside – they can easily get through tiny spaces (such as under fences), and they are very vulnerable to other animals and even birds.

You must remain vigilant and with them at all times.

At the same time, when it comes to walking – you’re going to need to invest in a good harness.

A leash is a no-go for this particular breed. Their small and lightweight necks can easily be injured from even moderate tugs.

Nutrition

Teacup poodles do not need to eat a lot, but they need to eat often.

You should have food and water available for a Teacup at all times.

Due to their small size, they need to be able to restore their energy more frequently than in other breeds.

They do not carry much fat naturally, and due to their small stomachs, are not capable of eating much at any one time or serving.

So, small, frequent meals are best for this breed.

At the same time, you need to be mindful not to feed them the wrong types of food or too much.

Obesity is not good for these dogs.

1/2 a cup of kibble is a good starting spot.

But be sure to contact a vet to get the appropriate amounts, for each age and stage of life.

Final Thoughts

The Teacup Poodle is a tiny dog. There is no doubt about it.

But despite their small size and frame, they are full of energy and have a thirst for life.

You could say their big personalities do not match their little bodies.

But despite being immensely cute, this dog is not for everyone and every home.

They need a lot of care. They need to be closely monitored and supervised at all times.

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