Teacup Breeds – Are They Real?
There are so many breeders who sell so-called teacup dogs, but are they really the size of a teacup? Teacup dogs are dogs that are small enough to fit into a teacup, which gives rise to the name. They are growing smaller and smaller, because it is believed that that is what people want. Puppies whose size has been intentionally reduced to fit in a teacup are prone to all kinds of health complications. Should we keep reducing their sizes or just enjoy the miniature sizes that are available now?
Sale of teacup puppies
Often times, the term “teacup dog” is used as a marketing strategy to increase the price of a puppy, as some people find the extremely small size desirable. The term teacup dog encompasses many varieties of toy or miniature dog breeds.
Chihuahuas and Maltese are examples of toy dog breeds. There is no such thing as a “toy chihuahua” or a “Maltese toy”. Chihuahuas and Maltese are already toy breeds, so the term Toy Maltese is a misnomer and leads the buyer to believe that they are buying something even smaller. The AKC standard for a toy breed is 6 pounds and below which, at the time of writing this article, it would cover so-called teacup breeds. To say that a dog is a Chihuahua teacup possibly suggests that its growth was stunted at birth and therefore has flaws that may not be obvious when purchased.
Getting the most out of normal small breed dogs will give you more satisfaction than a dog that has not been bred properly.
Brood introduction by size
Some dog breeds such as the Shi Tzu (Tibetan temple dog, Tibetan lion dog) have always been small, while other breeds have been reduced from their standard size to miniature and toy.
Before and during the early part of the 19th century, all dogs were working dogs to some degree. Breeding dogs specifically for their appearance was introduced in the mid-19th century. Take, for example, the classic Poodle.
Poodles were used as water hunting dogs for many years until their size was reduced to allow them to become house dogs and further reduced to become lap dogs. Many people like smaller breeds because they have a more refined appearance. Breeds that are naturally small are fun but also very protective despite their size.
For many small breed owners, dressing their “babies” in cute clothes has become the latest trend. There is nothing wrong with that as long as the puppy is comfortable. Wearing a coat indoors may not be necessary and can cause the pup to overheat unnecessarily, but wearing a jacket when outside can be beneficial in keeping cold at bay, especially when they have been groomed for a short time.
Maltese, Pomeranian, Yorkie, Miniature Pinscher, and Papillion are just a few of the ideal dogs to wear clothes. There are all kinds of small dog clothing available and it includes dog dresses, dog raincoats, dog dresses, and dog coats. There are even booties available to protect your tiny feet.
There is a large selection of clothing available for smaller dogs. If you have a small, toy, or even teacup dog, take the opportunity to see what’s hot for small dogs.