I dont own one but I know some of you do thought you might want to see this *********************************************************************
Do you know anyone who has had a problem with a so-called "teacup" Toy dog? Or do you know someone who might know someone who has? Physical or mental. A television reporter is looking for people willing to speak out. People innocently buy these puppies believing that there is such a thing as a "teacup" which is a marketing term used by unscrupulous backyard breeders and puppy mills to describe anomalies.
Please send those people to me so I can send the contact info to the reporter.
Something to think about too. Is it is not just the breeders that label these smaller pups as teacups but I know many people that will say that they have a teacup just to try to impress people. I know a few people like this and they were even told by their breeder that the dog was just a runt, or just a small puppy (larger litter type of thing) So, although the breeders are responsible for alot od this, alot is just ignorant pet owners.
Oh I didnt write the letter I copied so that if any of the teacup owners wanted to they could contact them........so lets not think that i called anybody a byb okay or do I think there is anything wrong with teacups ..never seen one before.
Sounds like some one out to paint breeders in a very bad light with more negative propoganda to me. It would be nice if they would take a FACTUAL veiw on the matter and explain why purposely breeding for dogs like that is not wise. But most likely it will be another "trash the dog breeders" story.
I think that you must have more problems out in the USA then we do where we live as any mention of mixed breeds or this tea cup story sends some of you into a real panic. Why would the article be about unethical breeders unless there were unethical breeders involved.? If you are an ethical breeder then you have no worries!! My breeder told me in no uncertain terms that she did not breed her dogs smaller than 1.800 kilos on purpose as there were too many problems relating to health issues afterwards! She said that there were no teacup puppies only small bred puppies. I do understand that one should not bash the breeders but what is ethical breeding??? If it is not trying to breed a healthy dog with out breeding in problems due to size.
By the way what is a troll??? I read that on another page some one was a troll for expressing their view!
Pink Bunny is not supporting unethical breeders, she is pointing out that the story may be biased and will lump all breeders as bad, instead of giving equal time to educating on how to define an ethical breeder.
No I realise that, but at the same time the general public need to know that there are unethical breeders out their and what is normal in the dog world!! In my ignorance i thought that my dog breed could be healthy and fit at terribly small weights; it was an ethical breeder who taught me what was normal for the breed.
SORRY Yes i have reread the article. i guess i am touchy on this forum these days as there was so much hostility to a question i asked about mixed breeding. You are right she was trying to say that there should be equal time given to educating as there is to exposing the problems.
The thing is there ARE soooooo MANY articles about BAD breeders....those articles are often way to generic and have way too much misinformation in them. In the end the majority of them take on an all too familiar animal rights perspective which proposes breeders are the root of all evil.
If some one wants to do something GOOD and write a GOOD article...they need to take a different veiw...how about a veiw of BUYER responsibility...that buyers should not go looking for that "good sale"...that buyers should come armed and eductated about their breed...and if a buyer cannot be bothered to do just that then they NEED to go to the shelter and adopt.
yes i agree with you totally. I took nearly a year and a half to find our dog. I visited a few strange breeders in that time!!! I also read up as much as i could. You are right it is up to the buyer as well;
Oh Boy, I JUST HAVE to agree with Pink Bunny--it is about time BUYERS were made aware of THEIR resonsibility for finding the right dog, the right breeder and proper training and care. BUYERS are just as responsible for filling shelters as breeders.
Wasn't this topic in the thread before I'm glad I don't have a teacup chi/ I just named him Teacup b/c on the way going to get him i was drinking some tea . and had him in my lap and while paying attention to traffic he was licking away in my cup of tea .i look down and said you little stinker i think i will call you teacup lolol...... now that i have a chi/ i would'nt want a toy chi-teacup size . only b/c they are too small for me . i stiil find my self watching out for teacup at home b/c he so small 6lbs at 6mo old .we stiil have to look under the pillar to see if he's there making sure we don't step on his little feet . you never know wher's he going to be i'm constantiy looking down for him . lol...
I'm just curious, because the Chihuahua isn't a breed I'm very familiar with...it the Teacup a seperate breed or does it just depend on the size they get to be as to whether or not they are labeled a teacup?
I think bunny is right, (although I'm not repeating word for word), I think someone that is just asking for people with problems in the breed are going to write a slanted story.
There's no such thing as a teacup anything. And a Chihuahua is a Chihuahua is a Chihuahua. There are no variations within the breed, just short and long coats. It's just a word people use to describe the dog's size. Just as people us the terms apple head and deer head to describe the shape of the head. Some people use this word to attract buyers...oooh little dog, neat! I get a little annoyed when people advertise "tea cups", there's no such thing.
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