Teacup Puppies

Teacup Puppy Myth

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!