Does anyone know of a way to educate people that there is no such thing as a teacup? I breed chihuahuas and keep getting ridiculous emails from people wanting "teacup chihuahuas." When I try explaining that there is no such term they get angry and say I don't know what I'm talking about because the other breeder who they just talked to on the phone has 3 for sale! AHHH!
Tell them that there is a Breed Standard for the Chihuahua and that the term "Teacup" is not one of them.....say somethinkg like......perhaps what you are more so looking for would be a sick, life-less RUNT, that you will have to watch constinatly (Sp?) for low Blood suger.....Which can be LIFE THREATENING. That pretty much sums up the definition of "Teacup" Chihuahuas are small enough GEEZ.
me personally i will go by what the parent club and they call them undersized out of standard.
Unfortunately, the additional adjectives used to describe the size differences and physical appearances are many and have been misused for so long they now seem legitimate. Teacup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard - are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been attached to this breed over the years. The Chihuahua Club of America is concerned that these terms may be used to entice prospective buyers into thinking that puppies described in this way are of greater monetary value. They are not and the use of these terms is incorrect and misleading.
God, does this sound familiar. I have people come into my store all the time asking if I know anyone who breeds teacup yorkies, teacup chis and the list goes on and on. I tell them that there is no such thing and that they should think twice about buying a "teacup" anything since there is no such thing. Most of them just look at me like I don't know what I am talking about.
My favorite "stupid" one was a family that came in with a tiny Boston Terrier puppy. They told me it was a mini boston terrier. I told them that I never heard of a mini boston terrier and there is a breed standard for boston terriers. They insisted that the store where they bought the puppy guaranteed that it is a "mini boston terrier". Well, a month later, they come in again and told me that the puppy has grown too big for any of her things (bed, carrier, collar, etc.). She went from 4 lbs to 12 lbs in the first month. They asked me if I knew how big she would get. After laughing (I couldn't resist), I again told them the normal size for boston terriers and that there is no such thing as a mini boston terrier. They continued to talk about how they want to get a teacup yorkie as a playmate. I gave up.
I had some one call about teacup minpins. THE LADY HAD THREE BOYS UNDER THE AGE AOF TEN!!!!! A minpin might not even make it through that house alive! I breed family safe size minpin, but even they would have a tough time. You are NOt getting any pets for me lady. -marilyn
Oooh...the teacup thing drives me nuts! I get questions about if Lacy is a miniature yorkie or standard yorkie sometimes and I always just say she's just a yorkie. She's 6.5 lbs so she's at the top of the weight for her standard (3-7 lbs) but everything thinks yorkies are supposed to be these 2lb little "teacups" now. I have no problem with having an out of standard undersized or oversized dog but don't give them some "special" name.
Bella, do you have a website? I used to get a ton of people looking for a mini silky terrier or teacup silky terrier. I finally wrote up a statement on my website about raising puppies to breed standard and that there is not a mini or teacup.
LOL I have the same problem with people who want "Warlock" Dobermans. Somehow an urban legend is out that the Warlock lines are these huge 150 pound,snarling vicious Dobermans. Warlock was a show dog that succeded in the show ring and was one time the top Dobe in the country,his claim to fame also that he produced winning pups. When people become educated about the true Warlock Dobe, for some strange reason they're not as interested in them. Why someone would want an oversized not standard for the breed mean dog is beyond me anyway
Hi bella i heard you have teacup chihuahuas, I was wonderning if i could purschase one from you? I want a teacup. tehe tehe.... girl wait I'm just joking with you! I would like to say one thing on here if i may... i named my chihuahua teacup so if you see his name or read about me talking about him dont get upset it's just his little name..lol.. hes not a teacup size he weight 5lbs have a nice day ..ok the funniest thing before i even found out about dogs being teacup size i had already named him teacup. and i dont think i can change his name. he would look at me as if to say who in the h*** is you calling fred.. lol.. lol..
people ask me ALL THE TIME if my chi is a "teacup"......she was supposed to be bigger (and has large parents), but I guess due to genetics she stayed little. her pretty face is what caught my eye. but right away people are like "where to you get her!!!" "how much was she?" OMG "I want one!!!".....the truth is, my breeder doesn't breed tiny dogs and I didn't pay for a tiny dog. I love her to death, but my next dog will be bigger.
If you have pups listed on the site, they would be a "no-no" to post, BUT...go ahead and post them, give each other a few minutes to see them, then edit them out. Only suggesting this since you can't share them in chat at the moment.