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Old 11-30-2004, 08:53 PM
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I just thought this might interest some people and newbies who come along and wonder what is a teacup chihuahua ? I hope this helps

The official A.K.C. Breed Standard describes the Chihuahua as a small dog that comes in two varieties or coat types. The difference in coat type (the Long Coat or the Smooth Coat) is the only official description used to identify a difference within this breed. Our Standard does not categorize the Chihuahua by size.

For the purpose of showing and record keeping, the American Kennel Club includes the Chihuahua (along with 16 other breeds) in the Toy Group. Therefore, irrespective of their weight or physical stature, ALL Chihuahuas registered with A.K.C. are considered to be a toy breed of dog.

As with all living things, there will be a size variance between individual dogs within this breed. Within the human family, brothers and sisters will differ in height and in weight, as well as other physical attributes. They are described as humans, male or female, and there is seldom if ever a need to break the description down further. The same holds true in regard to the Chihuahua; they are Chihuahuas-Long Coat/Smooth Coat, Male/Female.

Unfortunately, the additional adjectives used to describe the size difference and physical appearances are many; and have been misused for so long they now seem legitimate. Tea-cup, 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 perspective 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.

Occasionally, within a litter, there may be a puppy that is unusually small. That puppy is a small Chihuahua and any other breakdown in description is not correct. To attach any of these additional labels to a particular pup is to misrepresent that animal as something that is rare or exceptional and causes a great deal of confusion among those fanciers who are looking for a Chihuahua.

The Chihuahua Club of America does not endorse or condone the use of any of these terms and would caution the perspective puppy buyer not to be misled by them.

We recognize that many Chihuahua fanciers do want the very small puppy. While they are adorable and can be perfectly healthy, the buyer should be cautioned as to the extra care that may be required with regard to their general health and well-being.

if anyone else has any info on the so called teacup chihuahuas please follow on from here
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Old 12-01-2004, 04:54 AM
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Thanks for that informative post Ozzysmom....I have a feeling my little one is going to quite small.
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I am so glad you posted that, b/c so many people lately don't believe me when I tell them there really isn't such a thing as a teacup. I just learned that this year though, probably from the book "chihuahuas for dummies". One breeder also told me that the puppy size is determined from the father's size. The smaller the dad the smaller the pups, but even that doesn't always hold true. One thing about the small small chis I have heard, is they don't live as long and have more defects and aren't nearly as healthy. Anyone else hear that too?
well, thank you for sharing that, I didn't have the guts to.
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I am so glad you posted that, b/c so many people lately don't believe me when I tell them there really isn't such a thing as a teacup.
I know what you mean. I have basically told all of my family and friends the same thing but they have heard that stupid term for so long, they kinda think I don't know what I am talking about. That's o.k. though, I'm just glad I know better now.
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Thanks for the information but I'm still confused on how we know if it's a teacup or normal chihuahua.
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Thanks for the information but I'm still confused on how we know if it's a teacup or normal chihuahua.
There is NO TEACUP CHIHUAHUAS. The term 'teacup' is a scam! Bad breeders use it to put up the price on the runt of the litter...If your Chi only weights 2lbs...well, that only means you got a VERY SMALL chi..there is no such thing as teacup... hope that helps.
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lol - the whole point of the article was to show you that there is no such thing as tea cup chihuahuas - didnt work then
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