Teacup Puppies

Written by Sierra Rein
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Teacup puppies are basically toy dogs bred to be smaller than their normal-sized cousins. For example, teacup Chihuahuas can grow to be only three to four pounds maximum, while Yorkers can be only seven pounds as an adult. One can find teacup Maltese, poodles, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, pinschers and pugs.

Because of their size, it takes dedication and care to raise teacup puppies. They are often mistaken for actual toys by extremely young children and can be mishandled and hurt. Larger dogs, while friendly, can also harm teacup dogs while playing tag or roughhousing with them.

They also require special diets and housing arrangements. They are better off kept in the house or on a harness leash when outside. However, because teacup dogs are extremely popular, there are several businesses that offer toys, clothing, treats, food, bowls and bedding options especially made for smaller dogs.

Guarding against Faulty Sales or Impure Teacup Puppies

Since teacup puppies are so attractive, some sneaky dog breeders will try to sell small mixed dogs as if they were pureblood "teacup" ones. To guard against this, make sure you acquire all the necessary AKC registration papers before sending any money. Technically, no breeder should be able to sell any dog without filing registration papers, so if you are given the run-around regarding them, do not do any more business with that seller.


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