I'm in the market for a toy chihuahua. I'm wondering if anyone here knows what to look for to identify them. I know they stay tiny & weigh up to 4 lbs as adults. I'm gonna look at a few puppies but I dont want to be told they are toys & end up with a regular chihuahua. Any help will be appreciated thanks. Calijoe
There is no such thing as a toy chihuahua. A chihuahua is already a toy breed even if it is over the weight standard. Any breeder advertising some of their chihuahuas as toys would be irresponsible people you should generally stay away from.
Tinier the dog more likely for health problems to occur, it's not in your best interest to look for the smallest one possible. Plus there are no guarantees that a dog that is tiny now will be undersized as an adult.
A chihuahua is a chihuahua whether it is under size , within the standard, or oversize it is still just a Chihuahua. One within standard is still tiny, any smaller you run the risk of illness and poor health.
Check out the AKC site and read up on the breed standard, they really are tiny as it is when properly bred.
There is no such thing as a TOY OR TEACUP chihuahua standard is 2-6 pds I have a female that is 3.8 pds and a male that is 7pds there is not much difference he is just fatter I have a female that is 5.5 pds same size as the 3.8 just heavyer
Thank You for all your responses. I will keep all your inputs in mind as I search for my new pet. As for wanting a small dog like that its just a prefrence, some people like big or medium dogs I like small dogs. again I appreciate all your imput.
Hello, You will find all info on chihuahua on the breed club website http://www.chihuahuaclubofamerica.com/ Check under "directory" for breeders referral. Do not buy from someone who is breeding for size, but from reputable breeder who is breeding for health and standard.
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself" - Josh Billings
well u can never be too sure about the adult weight of a chihuahua. My chi is 4.25 pound and he came from a 5.5 mom and a 5lbs dad. My breeder told me that there is no such thing as a teacup just smaller chis. She told me my dog will probably be 5 or 5.5 and told my friend hers would be 4.5. Now her dog is 5.5lbs. Dont let breeders tell u that their teacup, toy or a rare color to make you pay more. My breeder sells pups that are an adult weight of 3lbs to 5.5lbs at the same price. $400 but i paid $350 for a desclose reason and they come with papers and health gurantee. Good luck with ur search but if u live around illinois i can give u my breeders website
why would you want to have a "TOY" chihuahua? the smaller the chihuahuas the more health problems they have.
I have a chihuahua and she is about 7lbs. she is at a healthy weight for her size. but I couldn't imagin getting a smaller chihuahua then 6 lbs. I have to be very careful with my chihuahua as it is, but if I had a chihauhua that was 4 lbs, I would probably wrap her in bubble wrap so that she doesn't break a bone or something like that. it's scarie to think about it.
so wouldn't your best bet be that you get a regulare sized chihuahua? I mean you don't need to worrie about the chihuahua breaking a bone everytime the wind blows or it having a heart attack or something like that? you still need to be carefull about all chihuahuas but not as much as the littler ones.
While there may not be an official breed of toy or teacup chihuahua's, there are such things. We have had both. The teacup, while being overweight her entire life, lived a very long time (I think around 13 years) with no health problems until the last year. But as I said, she was overweight, so using weight to define her as a teacup would be inaccurate, but she was only about four inches tall at the shoulder, maybe a fraction less. We currently have the toy which is taller then the teacup was, but lighter (tends to stay underweight if anything). She might be six inches at the shoulder, and weighs four pounds or less. Not sure of exacts because I haven't paid any attention to the vet reports on this, but will check later about it. She has had no health problems beyond a spider bite. However, both of these dogs are dwarfed by any "normal" chihuahua. And as far as paying more for them, we didn't pay anything for them. We have friends that have been very good to us, includding papered chihuahuas.
No a Chihuahua is a Chihuahua, it doesnt matter if one is a pound lighter or 2 inches taller, they are still Chihuahuas. Just as a 150lb English Mastiff is the same as a 250lb English Mastiff. "Toy" "teacup" or whatever thing a "breeder" may be calling them is just a term used but unreputable people who dont know enough to be breeding, IMO. The AKC standard for Chihuahuas is as follows: Size, Proportion, Substance Weight – A well balanced little dog not to exceed 6 pounds. Proportion – The body is off-square; hence, slightly longer when measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks, than height at the withers. Somewhat shorter bodies are preferred in males. Disqualification – Any dog over 6 pounds in weight.
Meaning that anything under 6lbs is within the Chihuahua standard, anything over is out of standard, being over size does not make them a different breed though.
Thankyou to Ruffian for posting the standard! I can't believe how much misinformation is on this thread, especially from a few people who claim to raise Chi's. If you don't know the standard, you shouldn't be breeding! As Ruffian posted, the standard says "not to exceed 6lbs" Therefore there is no such thing as a teacup, tiny toy, undersized, etc Chihuahua. A two pound Chi is still standard size. (The same goes for several other breeds in the toy group, like Yorkies and Maltese.) It's also been my experience that the smaller the Chi the worse it's temperment. And honestly, is there really that much difference between a 4lb dog and 6lbs dog? Is that two pounds realy going to affect your life?
I always find it amusing when people talk of their 10lb "teacup" yorkie/maltese/chihuahua that they paid extra for! Most dogs that are advertised as "teacup" either grow to be just as big if not larger than the breed standard or they have seriously health problems. Anyone interested in a super tiny dog, needs to research liver shunts, heart defects and luxating patellas. (All these issues require expensive surgery and the first two are lethal if not corrected.)