I'm not very familiar with Chihuahuas, but I always see these 3 "sizes" when breeders are selling them. Are these "true" sizes, or? I've always been told that a Chi is a Chi is a Chi, no matter what size. A friend of mine has a 2 lb. Chi, Gizmo, and she is just the tiniest, cutest, most huggable little dog. Remember, I have 3 Great Danes, so we are talking quite a bit of size difference here, lol! Gizmo's WHOLE body is HALF the size of my Horatio's head. And why does it seem the smaller the Chi is, the more expensive it is? Is it because the smaller ones are in more demand, or? Just curious. Fin
Hey Fin, I have a Great Dane myself, but from what I have learned on the board, (and I know someone will correct me if I'm wrong) I'm pretty sure there is only one true size of a chihuahua. Those tiny and toy ones, they are bred mostly by people looking for money, and are not the most ideal pet. They are often sickly and require much more care and vigilance then a normal chi would.
Fin, chihuahuas don't come in sizes like poodles. There is such thing as a toy poodle, but not a toy chihuahua. Chihauhuas are only classified as longcoat or shortcoat. People use 'teacup' 'toy' etc to describe the size of the chihuahua. Chihuahuas are reconized by AKC as being from 3 to 6 pounds. So when a chihuahua is under 3 pounds, sometimes people say 'teacup' as a nice way of saying 'runt' because the dog is abnormally small for the breed. People that sell teacups for more money aren't honest breeders. They make it seem like this size is rare, when it's not. It's just the runt. Any breed of dog can have a runt. A runt isn't a rare occurance. I don't personally think its bad to call a chihuahua a teacup when it's under 3 pounds. I only think its bad when someone says, 'this dog is rare BECAUSE it's a teacup' or 'this dog is worth more money BECAUSE it's a teacup'. My chihuahua was a pound and a half, and I called her teacup. But I also bought her for only 400. I've seen breeders that sell dogs bigger than her for thousands. A good breeder will sell the runt for the same price as the rest of the litter, if not less because they know that they are more prone to health problems and cannot be bred due to size. And a lot of times, breeders sell chihuahuas that will be 4 pounds full grown as 'teacups' and that is misleading, because 4 pounds is a normal size for a chihuahua. Hope this helped :o)