Alright, I started this conversation on another post, but I'd like more opinions. What is the deal with teacup dogs? Are they really a healthy, natural size or is this a way to sell runt puppies? (Mine is a runt).
overall teacups are not very healthy. when you get into extremes of sizes in dogs either way, large or small, you get more health problems. they are just a small size, in my opinion, to get more money and make people think they are something special, another thing to sell. i think they are a marketing creation. if they jump off furniture they can be badly injured because of their small size, or badly injured in many other ways.
My sister had a tiny tiny Pom, that jumped off the sofa, and was injured for LIFE. The poor dog limped for the next 5 years. She eventually had to have him pts because he was in so much pain when he got older.
many breeders try to pawn puppies off as teacup when they are actually well within the breed standard. For example, a chihuahua weighs 2 to 6 lbs according to the breed standard, you have no idea how many people have come here posting about their teacup chihuahuas weighing 4lbs, and i'm like, that's totally average. I think it's a way for bybs to sucker people out of more money.
The term teacup is purely made up to make money. Shihtzus, Chis, Yorkies, Minitare Poodles, and Malteses are common to be bred teacup sized. These breeds are small enough. Teacup sized dog usually have very fragile and they have a hard time growing healthy teeth because there is no room in their mouth. They sometimes can't acted like regular puppies and play with other siblings because there is a very good chance they will get hurt. Have anyone ever looked at the prices of these dogs? My goodness their are being sold for thousands of dollars. Just because they are a pound or two smaller. It's crazy! I went on a Teacup Shihtzu breeder's site's FAQ She says that they are so exspensive because they are very rare and it one is born every 3 or 4 litters. That is no reason to ask more money for them. Some of these so called teacup breeders don't even breed teacups. Some people lie about some puppies birthdays and sell them when they are only 3, 4 weeks old. Most Chis today weigh more then what it's said on the standard because of there popularity. Puppymills and backyard breeder kept pumping them out ignoring the standard. Then when a Chi is born weighing that matches the standard they make them sound so special so they make even more money. It's sick! Really really sick!
tea cup sized puppies are no more caused by inbreeding than any other bred dog. Dogs of small size bred with other small dogs tend to produce puppies that grow up to be small like their parents. But that doesn't mean either small parent has to come from the same line as the other parent.
Well, one thing I'll say about extra small dogs often referred to as teacups is they sure put a lot of money in veterinary pockets!! If you want to have a money pit dog, go for one that is smaller than normal for the breed. Sooner or later.... you will either pay high vet bills or you will have a tiny dog with teeth rotting out of its mouth with bad knees and lord knows whatever problems were in the particular bloodlines. I have never known ONE under 5 pound dog that lived a normal healthy long life. I've known a lot of dogs in my life.
BOY! that was an expensive penny,I think i would had to have that penny mounted on my wall.With his picture under it (smile) I don't know what to say about Teacup, He's just a strange little something. He has a little bear name Pookey, he sleeps with it every night if i happen to take pookey and put him up in order to clean the floor .and MR. Teacup wakes up and cant' find pookey all mess '' breaks loose, but the strangest thing he does with pookey ,he sucks on it's nose and goes to sleep this way as if it's a bottle'can someone tell me why he does this ,he's 6months old, so if something happen to ms. pookey i wouldn't know what to do . he loves all his toys but ms pookey takes the cake .
''Please ''don't get mad at me I have a little chi, but he's not a teacup chi, it's his name ok, so if you read about me talking about him you would know who teacup is . although i do agree with you teacup dogs are very expensive to own. they are very special dogs that needs lot of attention 24 7 . when i first got teacup he was 2pounds at 6wks old now he's 5pounds at 6months old but we had a hard time with him at first almost stepping on him. didn't know where he was going to be . so in order to have a dog that small it should be one owner only, no kids around they're just to special & FRAGIL
5 pounds at 6 months really isnt unusually small for a chi, by standard they run about 2-6 pounds, and at 6 months, he will likely get a bit bigger yet.
Like everyone has said already, teacups dont exist, just small for their breed. Though I disagree that all runts are unhealthy, we get them at times in both our min pins and our pugs, and we track our pups for life, none of which have had any problems. I think it is when it is bred to be small intentionally generation after generation, etc that health becomes the issue as with the BYB's that make the cute name for a higher price.
I guess to me as a yorkie breeder a runt would be a puppy smaller than the normal size out of two standard size parents. I breed to the standard so I guess my tiny pups would be more runts of the litter vs t-cups.
A so called t-cup yorkie to me would be a puppy that will be smaller than the standard AKC size of 4-7 pounds as a adult and bred from two non-standard smaller size parents. Although there is really not a t-cup Yorkie, I think people use that name so people will understand that they will not be the standard 4-7 lb dog. I have had people tell me they have a t-cup that weighs 4 lbs. I said NO you have a standard size Yorkie.