Teacup Dog Breeds

Written by Sierra Rein
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There are many types of teacup dog breeds, but the exact number will vary, depending on how people view the term "teacup." The common usage of the term refers to any toy breed of dog that is four pounds or less. However, some people may call a dog a "teacup" dog if they are just small for their breed.

The most common teacup dog breeds are the Chihuahua, poodle, Maltese and Yorkshire terrier. These breeds make great dogs for adults who live in cities, for people in small apartments or for families who love to travel a lot. However, they are not recommended for families with small children who can inadvertently hurt teacup dogs while playing with them.

There is a discrepancy between some dog breeders and the American Kennel Club regarding the use of "teacup" for some breeds. The AKC, for example, does not formally recognize teacup Chihuahuas. They consider any Chihuahua under six pounds to be a part of the toy group and do not delineate further into any official subgroups.

Proper Care of Teacup Dog Breeds

Because of their size, teacup dogs require more attention than your average pet. Although they may not need as much floor space as a retriever, they nonetheless require special diet, bedding, love and respect. Most members of teacup dog breeds are extremely loyal to their owners and will get sick easily without informed and complete health care.

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