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Your Guide to Teacup Puppies

A true Teacup Puppy- This little chihuahua weighs only 3 oz and is still three times smaller than his other litter mates.

A true Teacup Puppy- This little chihuahua weighs only 3 oz and is still three times smaller than his other litter mates.

What is a Teacup Puppy?

First of all, let me start off buy telling you the that the word "teacup" is not referring to a new breed. It's just a name given by a breeder to describe an extra small dog. Each breeder seems to have their own idea of what a teacup should weigh, but most agree that they should not weigh over 4 pounds and when full grown their height should be under 8 inches.  A true Teacup puppy can weigh only 2 pounds, and yes, they can actually fit inside of a teacup, although I wouldn't suggest you doing this because it's not very comfortable for the puppy. 

Teacup Sized Breeds

There are only a few breeds that come in teacup size The most commons ones are the Poodle, Maltese, Chihuahua, Yorkie, Terrier, Pug and the Pomeranian, but the most popular from what I see is the poodle and the ever popular Yorkie.

Teacup Chihuahuas- They come in a variety of colors with either long or short hair.

Yorkie's and Silkies- Some would say that this is their favorite of all teacups because they are so cute. but aren't they all?

Teacup Pomeranian- Known as the " White Lyon" these are also small and cute, amazingly soft and very clean. Being small makes them the perfect dog for any apartment family.

teacup poodles- One of the most popular of Teacups, they tend to be cheerful, smart, sensitive, and highly trainable. Don't forget he's the favorite in circus ring!

Caring for your Teacup

Learning how and what it takes to care for your teacup puppy is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your little friend. Their size is what makes these puppies look so adorable, but it's also why they're so fragile as well. Care of Teacups covers many aspects and includes safety, nutrition, health and socialization.

Early socialization- will make sure that your puppy will not grow up with an aggressive behavior. Spending time familiarizing your puppy with it's surroundings will head you in the right direction. By letting him roam freely around the house, you are allowing him to ease into his new environment at his own pace. Letting him get used to all family members as well as other animals in the household will help him to easily adapt to his new surroundings.

Safety- is an issue that should not be over looked. Make sure all electrical outlets, and cables are protected with plastic guards so your puppy does not get hurt licking them. Getting yourself down to his level will help you better find all possible dangers. By making sure all wires are kept as short as possible, you will be preventing all unstable objects from crashing down on his head when walking around the house.

Nutrition- Puppies should always be fed adequate nutrition and plenty of water. Feeding them 2 times a day with a good brand of dry dog food is preferred, so your puppies teeth stay clean and strong. Your pup should be able to eat all of his meal with in 20 minutes. When finished, pick up leftovers and wash all bowls. If you prefer to feed you puppy a home cooked diet, this is great. Make sure all meats are fully cooked and you are adding all the right nutrients to their food. There are lots of websites online that deal with dog food recipes.

Regular Vet Visits- Make sure your puppy is wormed regularly and is up to date with his shot records. Your vet can also be helpful in giving you advice on the breed of dog and any special needs that he may have. Regular walks are important also, making sure their bones develop properly and to help prevent obesity.

HealthyTips and Warnings

Since teacups tend to be so small it's no surprise that they may require some extra care and attention. Their size can make them more prone to injury and vulnerable to stress related problems. If you see your puppy in the same way that you may see an infant baby you'll be doing great making sure they get plenty of rest with frequent naps.

Hypoglycemia is the most common problem with that of the teacup, but it can be avoided through frequent feedings and keeping close watch over your puppy. If you see pale gums or he seems unresponsive or sluggish, according to the advice of a veterinarian, you can try rubbing a small amount of karo syrup on his gums. Make sure he is warm and call the emergency room immediately.

Important Tip- If you want to avoid hypoglycemia caused by stress, you can try adding karo syrup to your puppies water dish for the first few week that you bring him home. New home + stress = Hypoglycemia

Dressing your Teacup Puppy

For many Teacup owners, dressing their baby in a little sweater is cute, and has become the latest trend. Even though the trend seems to be all about the look, there are benefits to these latest fashions as well. Dressing your dogs in sweaters and raincoats has also become a way to protect them the weather as well. When you have a puppy that weighs under four pounds you have to make sure they are warm. So depending on where you live, take into consideration the climates that you are dealing with, and dress you pup accordingly.

Priority must be given to comfort over the trendy look of the month. When choosing a suitable outfit most would agree that a dress would look cute on any little Yorkie. But the fact of the matter is, the Yorkie would probably rather be in that soft sweater instead.

When picking out clothing, make sure you don't buy anything that your puppy may be alergic to. Some puppies may be more prone to skin irritations caused by certain materials than other. The best way to avoid this situation is to try the outfit on first. Let your puppy wear it around for awhile and watch for signs of an allergic reaction, such as rash, irritation or whining. If you see any of these signs, it may be best if you try something else.

Also, choice of fabric can be very important depending on where you live. For example. Cotton is a good choice if you live in milder conditions, while wool may be the better choice if you live in colder climates to keep your puppy warm.

Common choices based on weather:

Mild weather-  Most T-shirts are made from lightweight materials such as cotton, and will allow protection against the cold and hot weathers of milder climates.

Cooler temperatures-  Sweaters, raincoats, and hoodies made of wool like materials will keep your dog warm.  Some areas may even require little booties to keep their paws from becoming too cold from the snow and rain.

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debraedwards on December 10, 2015:

I to have a tea cup puppy

Amia on September 26, 2014:

Hey I am interested in looking at the teacup puppy pug

Lesley on December 11, 2013:

Please, please, please - take the time out to read the many articles on the net about how the vast majority of teacups are bred. If this info does not make you cry and forget about wanting one , perhaps you a lover of 'designer fads' rather than dogs.

sharon ellison on December 08, 2013:

Teacup Rottweiler

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alyssa on September 23, 2011:

carly mithell cann i have him please but the price has to be below 40 dollars please i will do anything too have him and if yes send me a pic to 5086492084

Carly Mitchell from London on August 12, 2009:

I have a little teacup yorkie, nearly 18 months and she is adorable. I got her at 6 weeks and people used to ask what kind of animal she was as she looked far to tiny to be a dog. They bring you much happiness and joy but don't be fooled by their pint size - they have big attitude and mine even chases cats 3 times her size.