Pocket poodles are the smallest version of this breed. They weigh less than four pounds, and are also known as teacup poodles. These little darlings are an excellent choice for apartment dwellers, since they can get plenty of exercise in a small space. Like all poodles, they are also a good choice for allergy sufferers, since they don’t shed.
Such small animals, of course, need special care. Because of the possibility of complications, we don’t breed any dog under four pounds at Homestead Poodles. Luckily, however, pocket-sized puppies can be born to slightly larger parents with small genetics, so we do have them for sale. Also the AKC does not recognize the term pocket or teacup poodle as they are just a small toy and are registered as toys with the AKC.
As their name implies, pocket poodles are small enough to be carried with you when you leave the house. Be sure, however, to protect your tiny friend from extremes of heat or cold. Small animals can have trouble regulating their internal temperature, since they have such a low body weight. Even feeding it frozen treats or letting it chew on an ice cube can give it a chill.
PLAYTIME FOR PUPPIES
When you’re that small, a trip from the living room to the kitchen is a trek, so you needn’t worry about your puppy getting enough exercise. However, puppies still need regular playtime. Socialization, bonding with humans, and relief from boredom are important functions that playtime fulfills. If there are small children in the home or if you work outside the home these little tiny dogs are not recommended.