Teacup dogs have gained tremendous popularity in the last decade, thanks to dog-loving celebrities who proudly flaunt their micro-dogs on their social media and during social gatherings.
We can even conclude that having a teacup dog has now become a trend among people who don’t mind having small dogs running around.
We can’t deny or overlook how adorable this teacup dogs are. They are absolutely gorgeous! But let’s consider some factors. Do teacup dogs remain small? Are they active pets? How healthy do you suppose they are?
A little research on getting a teacup dog is very necessary if you are considering adding one or more to the family. There are some misconceptions and myths surrounding the health conditions of these little fur balls.
Getting all the right information on teacup dogs can make the big difference between introducing a healthy dog and an unhealthy dog into the family. Read on to find out more about teacup dogs, and things to know before considering getting one.
When do we consider them teacup dogs?
Teacup dogs are best understood if we understand their characteristics. There isn’t a specific breed of teacup dogs, but a collection of breeds like the chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and the Maltese can be considered as micros. Also, there is a weight range a pooch may have that would qualify it as a teacup dog.
Canines can be considered teacups, -according to the American Kennel Club-, if their weight reads between 2 to 5 pounds, and can measure fewer than 17 inches when they are fully grown. Also, any dogs that has their weight not more than 15 pounds, are known as “toy”, and they fall under the “teacup” category.
Breeding teacup dogs
There is a number of confusion surrounding the methods breeders adopt to produce these tiny dogs. It might be hard to picture, but most of these techniques can considerably affect the dogs’ health and mental state. Unethical and unscrupulous breeders may use some of the following techniques:
- Hindering the growth of their puppies by stunting their growth. Puppies are malnourished so that they don’t grow to their proper sizes, which may affect their overall health. This method is know to affect not only the digestive and skeletal, but also the nervous systems.
The worse part is, these breeders may even sell normal-sized, small dogs as “teacups.”
- Breeder sometimes get smaller-than-average pups by inbreeding runts with other runts. This method can maximize the risk of inheriting genetic disorders, like epilepsy, deformity or blindness.
We can never over emphasize how important it is to do some research before adopting a dog, -especially teacup dogs. It’s better to get your dog from a proper and reputable breeder, or you could consider adopting from a local animal shelter.
Teacups are surprisingly expensive, considering how small they are, and can range between $750 to $3500. This is why it is imperative that you get a healthy dog so you have no regrets.
Is finding an ethical teacup dog breeder possible?
The answer to that is YES! It is very possible get a teacup from an ethical breeder that can provide just the right teacup dog. Breeder may sometimes have a litter with smaller-than-average puppies that are healthy.
You would have to keep your search for a teacup dog far from the pet stores. Puppy mills often supply pet stores with unhealthy pups.
These puppy mills are machines that mass produce puppies, but the down side is that these machines have little to zero regards for the health or happiness of the dogs.
You may have to consider getting toy dogs breeds if you’re finding it difficult to get a teacup dog, but make sure they are healthy and have the right size for their standard.
Common health complications of a teacup dogs
Dogs experience various health related issues, but diabetes, heart disease, cataracts and other other issues associated with their visions, are very common with all breeds.
Due to their tiny sizes, teacups often experience health complications. Some common issues with teacup dogs include;
- Unhealthy weight: Dogs with smaller sizes have faster metabolisms. This means, they need to be constantly fed. Although, feeding them regularly with little or no exercise can lead to unhealthy weight.
- Hypoglycemia: This is an extreme reduction in blood sugar, and when teachup dogs experience this, they may experience seizure, shivering, and seizures.
- Weakness of the bones: Teacup dogs are very fragile and frailer than big dogs with stronger and bigger bones. This makes it easy for their bones to be weakened or even broken if not handled properly.
- Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE): Studies have shown that smaller dogs are prone to developing hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. What causes the HGE is yet unknown, but it can be characterized by vomiting or diarrhea, decreased appetite, and lethargy.
Sadly, teacup dogs can easily be dropped, sat on, or stepped on due to their tiny size. Having a teacup dog might not be safe for your pet if there are young children dogs around, – especially the very playful ones.
It might interest you to know that not all teacup dogs experience health related complications, but precautions are completely necessary.
It is very important to do some research before adopting teacup dogs. There is no point rushing the process. Take your time so you make no mistakes in adopting an unhealthy dog. When you do get a teacup dog, regular exercise is needed to control their weight.
Do you have a teacup dog? How did you get one? What breed is your teacup dog? Tell us about your cute puppy in the comments.