To rescue or adopt a Toy Poodle, visit the websites Petfinder or Adopt a Pet. Though the word teacup is often used to describe exceptionally small Toy Poodles, teacup Toy Poodles are not an officially recognized breed standard. Unfortunately, most teacup puppies are the product of unscrupulous breeding practices.
Reputable breeders do not sell teacup dogs of any breed. To create so-called teacup puppies, bad breeders often resort to inbreeding runts of litters and attempting to stunt the puppies' growth by early weaning or starvation. As a result, most teacup dogs suffer from a variety of health issues, including heart defects, hypoglycemia, which can cause seizures, liver shunts and hydrocephalus. Since they are so small and weak, these extremely small dogs can't even jump from a couch without risking severe bone fractures.
Teacup dogs are not the only option for someone who wants a tiny, cute Poodle. Healthy Toy Poodles generally weigh between 6 and 10 pounds, and a number of them make their way into shelters and rescues due to irresponsible owners. Adopting one of these dogs can both save a life and create room for more lives to be saved. However, for those who decide to go with a breeder to find a Toy Poodle, it is important to find a breeder within traveling distance. Before purchasing a puppy, buyers should meet the breeder and the puppy's parents to see the living conditions that the breeder raises the litters.