I have a friend wanting to buy a teacup.A lady is wanting to sell hers which is 4 months old and weighs 3 pds all shots very healthy. She says the reason she is selling she took a full time job and does not have no one to stay home with her.She does not want her to be along all the time.No papers said she seen the mom and dad 3 and 5 pds.selling taxi,bed,food trays, placemats,food,sweater and everything she has for $125 does this sound like a good deal or not?Said they spolied her rotten and she would keep her if she had someone to stay with her any help would be appreciated thanks
There is NO SUCH THING as a teacup chihuahua!! That's a marketing ploy. An extra small dog is not worth more money, and is NOTHING SPECIAL. The extra small ones can have and are known for having more problems than the standard size ones.
That's an awfully low price for any breed of dog and with all the supplies....sounds too good to be true. But if I were you I would tell your friend there is absolutely NO such thing as a teacup chihuahua. It's like someone asking me if I own a toy/teacup dachshund. It would not be labeled as that-simply would be a small doxie. Of course it doesn't mean you love it any less.
***Edited By: doxielover1 on 3/2/2006 10:19:54 AM*** Reason: change some things.
no one can guarentee what size the pup will end up at. it doesnt matter what size the parents are, its what is in the gene pool. parents, grandparents, etc. could be larger dogs in there somewhere. she could end up larger than both parents.
"Many times there are medical reasons why a Chihuahua will remain under 3 pounds. Hydrocephelus or heart problems or liver problems, often accompany the tiny, so called Tea Cups. Frequently these tiny dogs have serious health issues that can result in huge Veterinary bills and subsequent early death. Yes, they can remain tiny due to genetics, but this is not always the case, as ethical and conscious breeders generally will NOT breed a female that is under 4 pounds. By breeding tiny females to tiny males doesn't mean they will make tiny puppies. The genetics from Grandparents, Great Grandparents, GGGrandparents, so on and so forth also play a role in the adult size, shape and form or each and every pup."
ok thanks did not know all that thought parents would only matterI just wanted to thank all yall the help is just greta on her when u have a question but would that still be good with all the stuff she offers with the dog sound good she works at petsmart she sounds like she would not lye but u know u never know thanks
Well...as far as price, yes. That is a good price for a Chihuahua. But sometimes what seems too good to be true, usually is. If your friend really wants this pup, see if the person selling it would be willing to allow them to take it to a vet first for a thorough check up. If everything clears out, then it sounds like he/she would be a good pet for your friend.
As far as size though, like everyone is saying it is too hard to predict adult weight at that age. There are 'Chihuahua weight charts' that are helpful, but even those aren't 100% accurate. I do highly doubt the Chihuahua will stay at that weight however. The smallest would probably be about 4 1/2 pounds, but more likely at least 5.
Would you friend only be willing to buy this dog because of size? Because if size doesn't matter, that is a good price for a Chihuahua. And size should never be a determining factor. Especially when it comes to 'teacups' because they oftan have a lot of problems. People think that teacups are just naturally smaller. When really, they are premature to the rest of the litter. A dog can become pregnant over several days. A teacup is merely a dog that was conceived last. So when a mother dog gives birth, the teacup is actually probably several days to almost a week younger than the rest of the puppies. They seem smaller than the rest because they are younger. But they could easily end up being as big, if not bigger, than their littermates, it just takes a bit more time.
Like stated before that pup seems like it will be normal weight. at 4 months my chi weighed just over a pound, and now, at 8 months weighs 2lbs. My chi is estimated to be about 4lbs at adult weight. her parents are both over 5lbs. I think your friend should do some research before buying her chi!
In toy dogs there is a pretty simple weight calculation you can do. At about 16 weeks double their weight. That, + about 1/2 a pound will usually be their full size. That means that dog will probably be closer to 7 pounds.
size I guess is really not important since there are no teacups just mainly thats it healthy so a standard chihuahua would weigh what at full grown they say under 4 lbs would be teacup witch there is not so standard would be 4 to 6 im guessing am I right yall are the best thanks
Sounds like a good deal, however your friend should probably get it's health checked and examined before going home. You never know if it will have parvo or any other serious health condition. Does she have a health guarantee? It's important to watch out for that for the little ones.
I agree it is a god deal as long as there is no underlying reason for her parting with it, be it health or behavior. Have certain that she has a current vet exam paper, and that she gives you 1) a health guarantee, 2) a certain number of days for you to have your vet check the dog and verify health, in which you can return her for a full refund if any problems are found.
As far as size....this is a normal chi size at this point. By both AKC and UKC standards, the only weight limitations are for over 6 pounds. There is no minimum weight by standard. Granted a good ethical breeder would not breed an adult in the 3 pound size. I expect for the pup to reach around or up to 5 pounds by what you've said.
That is very cheap for a chi. Have her meet the dog see if she bonds with him that is what matters if she likes the dog than go for it! This pup will not stay that little at four months if she is at three pounds my geuss is the dog will be between 4-5 pnd range but why does the wait matter so much look for a healthy dog that is what matters!!
she just said she did not have time now that her husband and her took full time jobs. and she is a groomer at petsmart and had a part time job and alot of people had quit so she took a full time .and the babysitter will keep the kids but not the dog so she did not want her alone all the time. she has had all her shots thats they only reason. she said she is super sweet I heard that about 15 times in their conversation. she answers any questions .and she said she only paid 150 for her without all the accesories just wanted someone too be good too her.she said she did not buy the dog too breed just a family pet thanks for all the advice
doxilover- I almost regurgitated in my mouth whe I read your line - 'NOTHING SPECIAL just a runt chi'
There are a lot of horrible people out there taking the very sick little babies of the litter in hopes of breeding them smaller and smaller. My 4 pound, 1 1/2 year old TEACUP CHI comes from an amazing breeder whom breeds this type of small breed dog with a great deal of integrity. There are no runts. She has 3 girls and 1 boy, sometimes breeding with a fellow breeder's 2 sires. They are there very loved and cared for family pets, whom are also might I add very healthy and have never produced anything remotely close to what one would classify as a 'runt". I was never promised any particular size, but going by the fact that her mom was 4 1/2 pounds and her dad 4 pounds, I knew she would be that or slightly smaller. I might add that in order to adopt one of these babies, along wait is inevitable as they offer very few litters due to the fact that the health of all chis involved are of the upmost importance.
The classification "teacup" has been given a bad rap simply because of all the pitiful puppymillers out there, but in actuality, phrasing my dog as a teacup as I actually do, is simply alternating having to say 4 pounds being as that teacups are classified as being 4 pounds and under, as is a toy, 4-8... etc
And for the record, everyone that knows and loves my little girl, finds her anything but 'NOTHING SPECIAL'.