Little puppies can immediately win your heart. It may be love at first sight. The same can happen to teacup dogs which are so small and cute that can fit in a teacup.
The teacup dogs, same as miniature breeds or toy breeds, are easy to carry everywhere.
They need not much food, and are comfortable in a small apartment.
People are at the center of public attention when appearing with the loveliest creature.
However, such dogs cost much and living with them may take a significant amount of your incomes due to their possible poor health.
Think and consider several aspects before having such a dog.
If you are a pet lover, you may even launch a campaign to disturb breeders offer teacup dogs.
What is a teacup dog?
Teacup dog is an unofficial term used for tiny dogs.
They have been bred to be as small as humanly possible.
Sometimes breeders select dogs for breeding which have defects from their birth or suffer from other medical issues.
There are teacup versions of many already-small dog breeds, among them teacup Poodles, teacup Pugs, and teacup Yorkies.
A dog is considered as a teacup dog which is at least one year old and measures at 17 inches or even less.
They weigh 4-5 pounds or less at maturity.
However, there is no mandatory size as teacup dogs are not an official breed or under any regulations.
A teacup dog price ranges between $500-600 and $2000-2,500.
The price can be higher and even reach $10,000 and more if a puppy is different from other, similar type of dogs.
In many cases purebred dogs are treated like products, they are produced for the purpose to be sold.
They are valued for their looks and what they can do.
And, like all products, the market is influenced by current trends and fads.
As mentioned above teacup dogs are not officially recognized. However, most popular teacup breeds for sale are as follows:
- Shih Tzu.
- Yorkshire Terrier.
- Silky Terrier.
Teacup dogs with serious health problems
Dominant health problems teacup dogs may face are:
2. Respiratory problems.
3. Digestive complications.
5. Heart defects.
7. Collapsing Trachea.
8. Many small dogs and the teacup dogs among them are prone to dental problems and gum issues. Doctors may fall out their baby teeth when neutered or spayed as they do not always fall out naturally.
9. Teacup dogs often suffer from a sliding kneecap which affects their walking abilities and makes them more prone to arthritis.
10. Teacups may also develop Hydrocephalus.
11. Giving all meal on time seems mandatory. Teacup dogs need to eat at minimum 4-6 times per day, including early morning and evening, no later than 5-6 am and the last meal around 11-12 pm. If a dog misses even one meal, his blood sugar level may drop so dramatically that lead to seizures or can be fatal. The low blood sugar may create problems when such dogs are operated on as vets must be sure that the operation will not outlast the blood sugar reserves. Vets need to provide supplements to avoid complications.
12. Teacups have problems keeping their bodies warm and using sweaters when cold is almost necessary. Doctors have to take the point into account as it is a challenge to keep the dog warm under anesthesia.
13. A large number of reputable dog breeders refuse to sell teacups, so this market is wide open for sleazebags.
Vets and many dog professionals write online that they wish breeders to stop producing teacup dogs due to their potential health problems.
If anyway you decide to have the teacup be sure you are working with a reputable breeder or a rescue group.
You can take a teacup puppy to a vet to get it checked before buying.
When bought online there is a higher risk of fraud, and after some time you might see your puppy grown.