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Following are the strong points and weak points of Teacup Chihuahuas… according to those who love ’em (and some who don’t).
As if full-size Chihuahuas weren’t already small enough (think Taco Bell dog), there’s suddenly a rise in the popularity of the Teacup Chihuahua!
Meet Milly, the world’s smallest Chihuahua. She’s a miniature Chihuahua that weighs about 1 pound and is only 3.8 inches high.
The Big & Small Of It…
Teacup Chihuahuas are often perceived to be the smallest dogs of all.
But it’s important to make this distinction:
Along with ‘mini,’ ‘pocket’ and ‘tiny toy,’ ‘teacup’ is sometimes used to describe Chihuahuas and other dogs that are very small. These and similar terms are not officially used by any kennel club or reputable breeder, and are not breeds or specific types of Chihuahua. In particular, all Chihuahuas are toy dogs. There is no such thing as a ‘toy Chihuahua.’ Source
Are Teacup Chihuahuas the smallest of all dogs?…
Are Teacup Chihuahuas cute?…
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
One thing’s for sure:
Teacup Chihuahuas (like most teacup breeds) definitely have their fair share of fans and opponents!
Fans & Owners of Teacup Chihuahuas
The few that I did find were tied to breeders — whose intentions and breeding history appeared to be questionable.
So, in support of the Teacup Chihuahua owners out there, I offer you this ever-growing collection of adorable Teacup Chihuahua photos on Pinterest.
A Long, Hard Look At The Teacup Chihuahua
Not everyone is crazy about the tiny Teacup Chihuahua.
Here are some examples:
Just so that everyone knows, there is no such thing as a teacup chihuahua. “teacup” chihuahuas are just bred from the runts of the litters of an already tiny dog. chihuahuas are unhealthy enough already because of inbreeding and poor breeding practises designed to make them look the way they do. Buying a teacup chihuahua is encouraging an industry that is cruel to animals. If you want a dog that small, get a hamster. Source
Very small dogs, however, are often runts. They are often unhealthy, or undernourished, or, if otherwise healthy, may suffer shortened life spans and health problems later in life due to extreme dwarfing. They are not normally suitable for breeding, and require special care. Source
To which I would add this…
Generally speaking, there’s nothing wrong with falling in love with the runt of the litter. In fact, in my own family we have always chosen the overshadowed or otherwise neglected “runt” of the litter when we hand-picked our last 3 dogs. It was a conscious effort on our part to do so.
I guess the difference lies in the degree to which problems might be inherent in a particular runt or “group of runts” for any given breed. (We’ve always chosen large breed dogs.)
Pros & Cons Of Teacup Chihuahuas
Here’s an interesting look at the Chihuahua in general. This might be a useful guide to help you decide whether a Chihuahua (or a Teacup Chihuahua) is right for you:
Chihuahuas… what’s good about them & what’s bad about them.
Keep in mind, with Teacup Chihuahuas the pros and cons would likely be even more prominent — due to the Teacup’s smaller size, and everything that goes along with that.
Here’s a veterinarian’s take on the teacup breeds.
Chihuahua Dog Size Chart
Check out this canine size chart which specifically addresses the role that a Chihuahua’s genetics play in determining its size:
More About The Teacup Chihuahua
- Basic Facs & Trivia About Chihuahuas
- Toy Breed Puppy Care 101
- Chihuahua Adoption Tips
- Read This Before You Get A Teacup Dog
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