So you want a teacup poodle?
Here I’ll explain briefly what you’d be in for if you can’t help but have one of those adorable little babies!
So you want a tiny toy poodle?
As a breeder there are many things that I face bringing tiny toy poodles into the world. Occasionally we get really small toy poodles that most people would refer to as “teacups” which would be a tiny toy poodle that weighs under 5 pounds or less. For the record; I do not like to use the term teacup (as it is not recognized as a real size) - I will refer to them as tiny toy poodles.
These are indeed very special little dogs, aside from being insanely cute. They are in high demand by clientele and many breeders do not want to deal with the high pressures and needs of raising these delicate little dogs from birth to the time of release.
Tiny toy poodle breeders face a lot of heartbreak. We are surrogate parents trying to raise a furry baby for their new perspective family. Often I and my colleagues cry with our clients when we lose one of our furry babies for whatever the reason. It is so very difficult to do-physically and emotionally draining at those hard moments. It takes nurturing to raise that baby for eight weeks or more which can include through the night feedings to get them strong just as a person with a human newborn has to. There’s also (thankfully it’s the majority of our experiences) the happy times. The times when we see you off with your baby. It is awe inspiring.
We as the breeder are prepared to bare our backs and our hearts for the right home. If you are ready to own a tiny toy poodle, here are the facts.
Be prepared to be a parent of a “baby”
Be prepared to get up at least once in the night to give a feeding.
Be prepared to be home, and be available all the time for a minimum of 2 weeks.
Be prepared to become a personal cook for your little poo.
Be prepared to deal with some crying and whining.
Be prepared to deal with accidents (the poop kind).
Be prepared to do a lot of holding and carrying, and maybe nap time together.
Be prepared to set a timer to make sure your pup has eaten every 3-4 hours until he gets a bit bigger.
Be prepared to make special accommodations in your home. A quiet warm place at bed time, baby gates, worrisome moments, regular trips to a good vet (and bills that go with it). You may need to make an emergency trip.
Be prepared to have someone watch your pup if you’re planning on going back to work, or day care.
Be prepared to not be able to show your baby off to everyone because you need to take in account germs could harm him, since he is a baby.
Be prepared that he could still get sick and will require your care.
Be prepared to know what to do when his blood sugar drops, something that can occur if not fed often in tiny toy poodles.
Be prepared to potentially have to pay for obedience or behavioral training.
Be prepared to watch your step. I mean because they want to be right next to you always.
If that doesn’t seem too bad; then congratulations! It’s tough BUT you’ll get the hang of it faster than you realize. Key is structure and routine. Do your research about the breed, training, etc. you will have an amazing companion for the next 15-20 years! I tell my clients the first 2 weeks are the hardest. They are INCREDIBLY loyal to their human!
Being a tiny toy poodle baby going home is difficult. A comparison is leaving your homeland and then going to a foreign land where nobody speaks your language. All of the familiar smells are different; now everything is new- everything is very stimulating and exciting. The last thing that pup is thinking about is eating or food and you will need to be his coach. Some puppies will adjust easily after a few days, some will need consistent monitoring. Once you have decided to lovingly take on the job of adopting one of our tinies I will give you more in-depth instructions on getting you through those first two weeks. Also I will be here for you to help if needed.