|The Teacup Puppy Phenomenon
As a breeder I am weary from taking phone calls asking me for a so-called "Teacup" puppy. Thus
the reason I am writing this piece concerning my views about the phenomenon of so many people
wanting a "so-called teacup" puppy. I'm also amazed at the number of young girls calling. I guess
they want to be like a certain hotel heiress and carry a cutsie little dog around in their purse.
Puppy's are not toys, they are living breathing babes that need love and attention, not meant to
spend half of their life in someone's purse! Please take the time to read this and educate yourself
as to what you are asking us for! The lives of many little dogs depend on the education you get
from us as breeders.
Thanks for taking the time to educate yourself.
This is a topic that most assuredly needs to be brought to the attention of perspective puppy buyers.
Let's start out by saying "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A "TEACUP" PUPPY".
With that in mind let me say this; It seems as though there is a plethora of people who are insistent
on buying tiny puppies in the 2 to 4 pound range. Also commonly referred to as a "Teacup puppy".
The word "Teacup" has been used to merely describe the size of a puppy, meaning it is very small
and will probably be under the standard size which is 4 to 7 pounds for the Toy Group, Yorkshire
Terrier breed. We cannot imagine anyone wanting anything smaller then that!
Many breeders, while tacking a whooping price on a puppy, "claim" to breed so called "teacups" as
if they were a breed all their own. Don't be fooled! They are not a breed all their own. If a breeder
says they specialize in "teacups" RUN, RUN, RUN for the hills! Most "TEACUP" puppies are in
reality, a premature puppy.
Most females are bred sometime between the ninth through the fifteenth day of their heat cycles.
Eggs are all dispelled at one time however they can be fertilized for up to 72 hours after any of
these breeding's. Therefore, it is possible to have puppies conceived up to a week or so younger
than the puppies first conceived in a litter. Also, if a embryo attached itself to the uterus in a place
that a puppy from a previous litter attached itself there will be a tiny area of scar tissue there. If
this happens the newest attachment will not get the same nutrients. Scar tissue from that previous
attachment will prevent a unobstructed attachment. Another reason for a smaller puppy!
When the first puppies conceived are mature and ready to be born, labor starts and all the puppies
will be born, no matter when they were fertilized. Some of the problems that may be encountered
are both genetic and congenital in these tiny babies and the list is a long one.
The risk of open fontanels, portosystemic shunts (PSS), hypoglycemia, cardiac problems, collapsing
trachea, luxatting patellas, Leggs Calves Perthes disease, seizures, hydroencephaly, blindness and
digestive problems can be increased in these tiny babies.
Problems such as respiratory problems can remain or worsen throughout their lives. These babies
frequently are so fragile that they do not live more than a few years. There have been several tiny
Yorkies as adults who still had open fontanels and their owners had to carry nourishment with them
all the time. Their vets have felt it unsafe to give a full dose of vaccine so the puppies had to get
several injections to be on the safe side.
There is no such thing as a "tea cup" Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Poodle, Biewer or any other
breed for that matter. They simply do not exist!!!!!!! "Tea-cup" is just a marketing phrase given
by unethical and unscrupulous breeders to drive up the price of their puppies!
So called "Teacups" fetch anything from $3000 to $10,000! This is ridiculous and shameful! There
are a lot of chronically unhealthy puppies because unscrupulous breeders and puppy mills are
inbreeding. Some poor darlings only live for a very, very short time! They take the little teeny tiny
Yorkies and they breed 2 and1/2 pounders with 3 pounders ... Well, they’re playing with genetics.
You should NEVER breed a female of any breed less than 4.5 to 5 pounds... Period!!!!!!
PLEASE educate yourselves before buying a tiny puppy whether it is a Yorkie or any other breed.
You could be in for months or years of heartbreak not to mention staggering veterinarian bills!
DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!! IF YOU WANT A HEALTHY PUPPY, DON'T FALL FOR THE
TEACUP ACT! And by the way, PLEASE never ask me for a "teacup" or you will get a 20 minute
dissertation on a pot o' tea! If you hear that heavy sigh... you'll know whats coming! Just saying!