In recent years, thanks to the media, the popularity of teacup dogs has soared. It seems like we can’t flip through a celebrity magazine these days without seeing these small dogs. Hollywood celebrities can be seen wearing teacup dogs on their sleeve like they’re the latest fashion craze, causing the rest of us dog lovers to join in on the bandwagon.
So, what exactly is a teacup dog?
Teacup dogs are simply pocket-sized or miniature dogs that weigh between 2-4 pounds, with a full-grown height of less than 8 inches. There’s not a separate breed category for teacup dogs. They’re just smaller versions of a toy dog. A few of the breeds that come in teacup size are:
Because teacup dogs are in such high demand, the prices can range from $1,000-$12,000. Sadly, because many dog breeders are so tempted with this kind of money, they’ll do everything in their power to alter the natural breeding process in order to produce teacup size dogs.
Teacup dogs can suffer from many different health problems. Some examples of these problems are hypoglycemia, cardiac problems, seizures and blindness. These types of problems can cause expensive vet bills, and they can unfortunately lead to the early death of your canine companion because the lifespan of a teacup dog is shorter than the toy version of the same dog. Teacup dogs require constant attention and every minor health problem can quickly become life threatening.
Is a teacup dog the right dog for you?
If you’re thinking about getting a teacup dog, there are a few things to consider. Teacup dogs don’t do very well in a rowdy environment with children because children may be careless and hurt the dog. So, if you have small children in your household, you may want to reconsider getting this type of dog. Teacup dogs also don’t do well in households with larger dogs. A teacup dog may sneak under the larger dog, causing him to get stepped on. These small dogs tend to do best in households with adults and senior citizens.
Even though teacup dogs are cute, I think we can conclude that smaller isn’t always better. Everything, no matter what it is, comes with a price. If you plan on getting one of these cute dogs to add to your household, be sure to do your homework and prepare yourself for the maintenance that lies ahead.