About Teacup and Tiny Teacup Poodles.
Teacup and tiny teacup poodles are more expensive than other toy poodles because breeding teacups is much more difficult:
Teacup moms often need C-sections to deliver the babies ($ 2,500.00 for emergency C sections is average cost in our area). After a C section teacup moms can't have anymore babies.
Teacup moms usually have one or two babies (as compared to 4 to 6 in larger toy poodles).
Tiny teacup and teacup babies are often to weak to nurse and have to be suplemented with formula evey 2 to 3 hours day and night for the first 2 weeks, (if we are lucky they will start sucking on their own at one or two weeks old).
Teacup and tiny teacup puppies are prone to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) because their tiny little livers can't store Glycogen (glucose reserve in the liver). Teacups and tiny teacups usuallly outgrow hypoglycemia by the time they are 4 months old. Hypoglycemia can kill a puppy in a few hours. If a teacup is infected with Coccidia or other parasites before they are 12 weeks old, they will go into hypoglycemic shock and die in a very short time.
Teacup mother often don't have enough milk to nurse their puppies.
Many teacups and tiny teacups die in the first 2 weeks of life, even when breeders provide around the clock 24 hr a day care for the first weeks, because puppies need their mother's calostrum (first milk) as a source of antibodies to fight diseases until they can be vaccinated.
Lately we have been more succesful raising teacup and tiny teacups by helping the newborns latch to their moms and holding them while they nurse. This is very exhausting for the breeder since we have to take turns and someone has to be next to the mom and pups all the time until the pups are stromg enough to latch and nurse on their own (usually at 2 weeks).
Never buy a teacup or a tiny teacup until they are 12 to 16 weeks old. The older the puppy the more acurate is the prediction of the adult size. At that age you will know that you are really geting a teacup and not a dog that is going to be much bigger than they told you it will be.