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We are amazed at so many people wanting to buy a so-called "Teacup" puppy. Thus the reason we are writing this piece concerning our views about the phenomenon of so many people wanting a "so-called teacup" puppy.

Puppies aren't toys; they are living breathing babies that need love and attention, not to spend half of their life in someone's HOT purse!

Please take the time to read this and educate yourself! The lives of many little dogs depend on you educating yourself, and others, not to buy into this phase.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

This is a topic that most assuredly needs to be brought to the attention of perspective puppy buyers.

Let's start out by saying "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A "TEACUP" PUPPY".

With that in mind, let me say this; It seems as though there is a plethora of people who are insistent on buying tiny puppies in the 2 to 4 pound range. Also commonly referred to as a "Teacup puppy".

The word "Teacup" has been used to merely describe the size of a puppy, meaning it is very small and will probably be under the standard size which is 4 to 7 pounds for the Toy Group, Yorkshire Terrier breed. We cannot imagine anyone wanting anything smaller than that! Their bones are VERY fragile and can be broken by jumping off of a couch, falling off of a bed, being stepped on or worse.

Many breeders, while tacking a whooping price on a puppy, "claim" to breed so called "teacups" as if they were a breed all their own. Don't be fooled! They are NOT a breed of their own.

If a breeder says they specialize in "teacups" RUN, RUN, RUN for the hills! Most "TEACUP" puppies are in reality, a premature puppy.

Most females are bred on the ninth through the fifteenth day of their heat cycles. Eggs can be fertilized for up to 72 hours after any of these breeding's. Therefore, it is possible to have puppies conceived up to a week or so younger than the puppies first conceived in a litter. However, when the first puppies conceived are mature and ready to be born, labor starts and all the puppies will be born, no matter when they were fertilized.

Some of the problems that may be encountered are both genetic and congenital in these tiny babies and the list is a long one.

The risk of open fontanels (soft spot from the cranial bone not forming), portosystemic shunts (PSS- abnormal vessel that allows blood to bypass the liver. As a result the blood is not cleansed by one of the bodies filters: the liver.), hypoglycemia, cardiac problems, collapsing trachea, luxating patellas, Leggs Calves Perthes disease, seizures, hydroencephaly, blindness and digestive problems can be increased in these tiny babies.

Problems such as respiratory problems can remain or worsen throughout their lives. These babies frequently are so fragile that they do not live more than a few years. There have been several tiny Yorkies as adults who still had open fontanels and their owners had to carry nourishment with them all the time. Their vets have felt it unsafe to give a full dose of vaccine so the puppies had to get several injections to be on the safe side.

There is no such thing as a "tea cup" Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Poodle, or any other breed for that matter. They simply do not exist. "Tea-cup" is just a marketing ploy given by unethical and unscrupulous breeders to drive up the price of their puppies!

So called "Teacups" fetch anything from $1000 to $10,000! This is ridiculous and shameful! There are a lot of chronically, unhealthy puppies because unscrupulous breeders and puppy mills are inbreeding. Some poor darlings only live for a very, very short time!

They take the little teeny, tiny Yorkies and they breed 2 1/2 pounders with 3 pounders ... well, they’re playing with genetics. You should NEVER breed a female of any breed less than 5 pounds.

PLEASE educate yourselves before buying a tiny puppy whether it is a Yorkie or any other breed. You could be in for months or years of heartbreak not to mention staggering veterinarian bills!


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Very good information. When we decided we wanted
a chi or chi mix we did a lot of research on the breed. And
personally, wanted our chi or chi mix to be
a bit on the bigger size because we had heard the teeny
ones were so fragile. I didn't want her to simply jump
off a couch and get a broken bone. But I think it
pays off to do a little work in researching what ever
breed of dog your wanting and not just
buy on impulse or because the dog is cute.

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It's alright, it has some basic facts, but overall it's just alarmist.
Chihuahuas are accepted to have open fontanels, my smaller dog has a large one, and I "don't carry nourishment" around for him becase of it! :lol:
He's also had all his vaccines & has been put under for neutering and was absolutely fine! I also don't fuss about his head to be honest, he's fine he travels most places we go and loves attention.

Is he delicate? perhaps.. but he's a small boned Chihuahua! not a Lab.
I think any of those listed conditions can affect any size Chihuahua in fact I've met more healthy <4 pound Chi's than I have + 4 pounds.

So it goes both ways, clearly using the term "teacup" is wrong from a marketing vantage point.. but some people just prefer a smaller dog! and I gt sick of hearing the alarmist crappola that if you do or want to buy one.. it automatically means health issues.


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I think the crime here is that unscrupulous breeders will try to breed smaller and smaller dogs in order to market them as teacups and there's no question that the smaller the dog is, the more vulnerable they are to all kinds of accidents.

I saw an historical documentary on breeding; you should see what's happened to bulldogs over the last century. The stance they have now is vastly different from what they used to be, and it leaves them hobbled at an early age.

Dogs should be bred with Charles Darwin in mind: for health and fitness and survival, not for designer purposes.

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Good print Wawie.
Good reminder to the folks wanting the smaller (runt) chi's.
In Agreement... Playing with genetics is never a good thing and
so unfair to the poor animals.

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What KittyD said. And I have a 2 almost 3 pounder and she is not that fragile. She got run over by a car for goodness sake an is still here. She gets around on three legs and still jumped off my bed twice (scared the heck outta me, but she had no qualms or repercussions at all) and it's extremely high. They are sturdier than you think.
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