Due to its long lifespan (12-15 years), your tiny teacup poodle needs extra care to ensure his good physical and social well-being throughout his life. These diminutive pooches make great indoor pets, but they are happiest when they receive regular exercise and plenty of social interaction.
Exercise, Grooming & Veterinary Care
Walk your teacup poodle every day to keep behavior problems -- including destructive chewing, snapping, obsessive barking and territory marking -- at a minimum. Keep your pooch safe and comfortable by providing him with a sturdy harness and a proper-sized leash. Limit off-leash play to adequately enclosed off-leash areas in parks or yards, and keep a close eye on his interactions with stranger dogs, especially those of larger breeds.
Bathe your poodle regularly to keep his skin and fur soft and healthy. Choose a quality nontoxic, hypo-allergenic brand of dog shampoo to minimize the risk of irritating or drying out your dog's skin or causing an allergic reaction.
Clip your adult teacup poodle's coat every six to eight weeks to guard against tangles in his undercoat, which can lead to skin irritation or infections. Unless you have previous dog grooming experience, it's advisable to take your pet to a qualified groomer.
Maintain your poodle's ear health to ensure proper balance and hearing as he grows older. Check your dog's ears for mites frequently, and contact your veterinarian if you see an infestation. Use a cotton swab dipped in mineral oil to remove any waxy fur from the outer portion of his ear canals. Never stick anything in a dog's ear. Leave that to your vet.
Take your teacup poodle to regular checkups, and be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice unusual behaviors or conditions in your pet. Some conditions that are common in adult teacup poodles include: cataracts, epilepsy, diabetes, slipped stifle, ear or upper respiratory infections, heart or digestive disorders, progressive retinal atrophy, dry or itchy skin and skin allergies.
Feed your adult toy poodle 2 to 3 tablespoons of high-quality wet or dry dog food, two to three times per day to satisfy his hunger without overtaxing his tiny digestive system. Always leave dry food down for free-feeding overnight.
- Popular teacup poodle cuts include the puppy, lamb, summer, English saddle and continental clips.
- Never insert a cotton swab into your adult teacup poodle's inner ear canal, as it can cause his eardrum to rupture.