Hello! i am plannin on gettin a t cup puppy, but i dont know which one i should get. i would like to ask everyone's opinion; how many kinds of t cup puppies are there? is there anything wrong with getting one? like life span, health issues etc.
There is really no such thing as a "teacup" size. The breeders market them as such to make you think they are something special. They are just the runts of the liters and usually cost alot more than the others. I have heard that they can be more prone to bad health because of their small sizes. I too, purchased a very small dog, (he is only 4-5lbs. at full growth now). I have been lucky with his health so far. I didn't know much about all of this when I purchased my puppy. Do not be taken in and pay extra amounts of money for a very tiny dog. What breed are you looking into?
well right now i am thinking about a pom, because i live in a mobile home. I LOVE large dogs, i used to have a white siberian husky but then i moved into this mobile home so i had to sell my puppy. so i think my best choice would be a toy pup.
You know...I would imagine at one point "toy" poodles were just poodles, and since they began breeding all the "toy" poodles with others, then that began the acceptance of the name. Secondly, if you find a breeder that is trustowrthy, they do not charge an enormous amount difference wise between their regular pups and their "teacups". I know alot more buyers that call these pups teacups than I know breeders. Once this quits being a trend, I would imagine that there might be a possibility of all these toy and teacup brreds to recieve recognition as the "toy" poodle now does.
Toy is the correct term. The breeds that are toys have weight limits. Yorkies are not to exceed 7 pounds. A toy is a toy, be it 1 pound or 6.5 pounds.
I have never as of yet seen a full grown dog fit inside a 6oz teacup. lol
For the OP, any of the toy breeds would be good for your home. Choosing a breed is matter of how much grooming time, looks, training and temperament type you like. Make sure you get a written health guarantee because there are some health issues with toys and the smaller they are the bigger the issues can get.
From my own experience, I purchased a 10 week old Chihauhua that was only 10 ounces. That's less than a pound. Usually at 10 weeks they are closer to 2 pounds. Full grown she was only 2 pounds. She never once had any health problems. But that's not to say they won't all be like that. I think I was lucky. Things to watch out for is hypoglycemia. Small breeds are prone to it, but the runts of the small breeds are at a VERY high risk of getting it. If you get a 'teacup' sized dog, I would suggest not playing with the pup too much for the first few weeks and making sure they eat every 2 hours or more. You have to watch for lethargy, stumbling or them acting disoriented. Another common problem with the 'teacups' is Hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. Characteristics of this are protruding eyes that are reverse crossed (they face out instead of in) and a large molera (soft spot). My Chihuahua has a large molera, but never developed water on the brain, so it doesn't mean that they will for sure get it if they have those traits, but it's something to watch out for. The other big thing with 'teacups' is teething problems. They tend to have such small mouths, that you have to literally help them get their baby teeth out when they get loose because they don't fall out on their own. Sometimes the new teeth cannot grow in because there is not room. Again, this didn't happen with mine, but it's just another thing I have been warned of. They can also have problems with their organs if they were premature and they didn't develop properly. My Chihuahua was the runt of the litter. She was half as small as her litter mates. And she stayed small. But that's not always the case. Sometimes breeders will have a runt that they advertise as a teacup that ends up getting in the 5 pound range. The reason is because it was just premature. Dogs mate over their entire heat. They don't get pregnant all at once. Usually the runt is the one that was conceived last. So when the whole litter is born, they actually are a few days to a week younger than the rest of the litter. But when they grow up, they are still just as big, it just took them an extra week to get to that point.
I bought my Chihuahua for 400 dollars. So not all breeders take advantage of that small status. Like Moondoggy said, breeders will typically charge more for them, but it has more to do with how much it costs for their care early on. If the 'teacup' is just a little bit more than the rest of the litter, that's typical. But watch out for breeders that sell them in the thousands. It's really not worth it and 'teacups' tend to not have as long of a lifespan as the standard sized ones. Or watch out for breeders that advertise that that is all they sell. There can be a 'teacup' in a litter, but not a litter of teacups.
***Edited By: huntersmom on 2/14/2005 4:00:06 PM*** Reason: left out word
the temperment of the dog can be changed by the owner right? I dont know which site or breeder to go to because of all the infomation of the toy pups. does anyone know of a website that is best for me so i would not be ripped off?
Another thing I wanted to add is to reseach the breed standard. A Chihuahua for example, the breed standard is 3 to 6 pounds. A lot of people think 3 pounds is a rare occurance, when really its part of the standard.
1.)True there is no such thing as a T cup. 2.)They are generally not as healthy as the normal sized ones. 3.) I would not buy off of the internet or from a pet shop! You will be at high risk of being ripped off at a high price for an unhealthy dog 4.) check out www.petfinder.com for what you are looking for.
The main reason why true tinies are so much more expensive than "average" for their breed size dogs is very easy.
A. You begin with tiny parents - which have naturally a higher price to purchase to begin with. B. You have a comparable smaller litter size 1-3 being average range for tinies, vs. 4-5 for larger chihuahuas. C. You are more likely to loose a tiny pup than an "average" size pup, due to poor milk production of the mom, fading puppy syndrome, or hypoglycemia during weaning. D. Many tiny moms require c-sections - I pay average from $450-600 for one, subject to litter size, and time of day or night - mine prefer to have their babies on Saturday afternoon or Sunday nights, which my vet really really loves :o) E. You will need to keep them longer until they are big enough to safely go to their new homes, and you will pass many buyers over that do not have a suitable home for a tiny, due to small children, work schedule or for being "fluffy" between the ears - in other words not reliable or mature enough to appreciate the care and effort that is needed to raise a tiny one during that first 8-9 months of their life...
To sum it up - it simply costs more to raise a tiny pup - that is why they cost more.
My toy Maltese/pom has double fangs right now that will have to be surgically removed. His baby k9's didn't fall out when the new ones came in, so that other poster was right about that. Also, they are more delicate than bigger dogs and if you have children you have to be VERY careful not to let the kids pick them up or play too rough. A simple accidental drop can seriously hurt a tiny puppy. Here is a picture of Toby, my Maltese/pom mix. http://www.dogster.com/?56140
I was wondering the same thing. If you have children I would consider getting a little bit bigger dog. All it would take would be for someone to drop it. My son has a pug and they are really cute and just about the right size for kids to play with, and yet they are small dogs.
I have been thinking awful hard about the pup I want to purchase. I really want a dog, but I am making sure I do all my research first. I was thinking that a Chi would be perfect for me becuase my apt is so small and I love the way they look. My aunt also has a purebreed Chi and she is sweet as can be. However, I've been thinking.....if I want to have children someday (im 22 and newly married) and want to maybe get another dog someday...should I go with a different breed? I don't know what to do.
Anyone know about rat terriors? May that be a better choice? Anyone have a chi and then get another dog? Help!!!
I have 2 chi's and a bichon. I have had my male chi the longest. Each time I introduce a new member of the family, he at first is a little put off, but then warms right up to them. I also have 3 children...my youngest is 13months and they all do well with my kids. My kids know to be careful with my babies and my chi's know to be careful with my kids. They all get along well and love each other a great deal. My kids and my chi's all sit on the couch together right along with my bichon. I also had a GSD at one point (he was older) when I first brought my chi home and they both did well together also. I might just be lucky, but I have never had a problem with my babies getting along with eachother or with my children.