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There is NO SUCH THING as tea-cup chihuahuas....they are only the runts of the litter. Not to mention that it is extremely unhealthy to breed chihuahuas that small.
Trust me my chi is just over 3lbs...just barely standard. I just saw a chi last weekend that was just half a pound bigger then her and there was already a big difference...two pounds is a lot when you are talking about a 2lb dog and a 4lb dog.
I dont see why on earth someone would want a chi that small. They have a greater risk for health problems plus the fact that they can get hurt so easly. I dont see what is wrong with just a standard chihuahua. They are small enough for heaven sakes...why make them any smaller?

To charge more for size is totally uncalled for in my opinion. You should be breeding dogs to meet the AKC standard...not any bigger, not any smaller. You will always have your runts and your pups that are bigger then normal and thats fine...but why on earth would you try to breed smaller chis and then charge crazy amounts of money?
I think this is a huge problem in the chihuahua world and it needs to be stopped...you are breeding more and more health problems into these little guys by making them smaller and smaller...just keep them nice and healthy and at the standard weight of 3-6lbs.
(gosh...3-6lbs is still very tiny...i still dont see why someone would want a dog any smaller)
 

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Exactly...and if you look at other breeds, the runts are sold cheeper because of the health risks and the fact that they are not standard...why is it that we allow runts to be sold at crazy prices with toy breeds?! Dont get me wrong...runts deserve loving homes like the rest, (Ginger was probably the runt of her litter) but my issue is the pricing and trying to hide the fact they are runts by calling them 'teacups' or 'minis' or whatever the heck breeders are using. I consider it false advertising in my opinion....all you are doing is taking runts from previous litters and breeding them together and taking those runts and breeding them...
It needs to stop!
 

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Its not negative posting...there is a huge problem with breeding these dogs smaller then they should be. Its unhealthy...reguardless if the person can afford the bills or not. Its not right for the dog to have to live life that way. Why purposly breed chi's to be smaller then they should be?

The reason teacup is bad word here is because there is no such thing...plain and simple. Any good breeder will tell you to run away from anyone who uses that word. Heck its in about every dog book I bought...all the books tell you to run away from breeders who use the word tea-cup.
Everyone here has just expressed their opinion of the topic. You mentioned your mother wanting a "true teacup"...but there is no such thing....again just a term breeders use to scam more money out of people. We just all know that those dogs can be very sickly and we just gave you our opinion of the matter.
We are just warning people that 'tea-cup' is just a phrase made up by breeders to make more money. Its all to make more money and people are falling for it. Most of us feel very strongly about this issue because its such a widespread problem and yes we do get upset when we hear people who actually believe this teacup buisness. Again, why in other breeds do the runts go for less money but we are all for jacking up the price for runts of the toy group. People try not to breed runts because of health problems but yet its allowed with toy breeds :? :shock: This is what I dont get and this is what confuses me when people say they want these tiny dogs.
Again I am not against runts having great homes, i am against breeding them to make more money...its a horrible breeding practice and it needs to be stopped.

EDIT: here go to this site and go down to number 6 http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/chihuahuas.html

This artile was from the chihuahua club of america on teacups
http://marlischis.com/chihuahua_is_a_chihuahua.htm

We are not just bashing the term...it is a term that the AKC and any toy breed organization does not recognize...why would we talk highly of somthing that is ruining the chihuahua breed.
 
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