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.