Top 6 Teacup Dog Breeds: How to Choose the Right For You

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Emily Young
Written by Emily Young

Teacup dog breeds are simply adorable. They are so cute that you must not be a dog lover in order to want to play with them. However, this does not mean that they do not need responsible owners. To be more exact, they are not toys, but real animals that need attention, caring and a comfortable environment.

Once you adopt or buy a puppy or an adult dog, you make it part of the family. This means that you must ensure everything it needs in order to be healthy and happy. Though these pets are small, they can develop an aggressive behavior if they are not trained properly.

So, to make sure you are the perfect pet master for your cute little Fido, it’s best to do your research first. For this we recommend reading The Dog Encyclopedia – it’s a fantastic book that will show you just how vulnerable these little dogs can be.

This article aims to reveal valuable data regarding this new generation of dogs. The main purpose is to put emphasis not only on their cuteness, but also on what pet lovers need to know in order to be able to look after them. There are certain myths regarding the tiny breeds that need to be pointed out in order to prevent misconceptions that can lead to serious problems.

Unfortunately, there are many people who wish to own one simply because they look cute, without actually being aware of the behavioral traits and end up being disappointed. In order to prevent this from happening, make sure you check out the information presented below.

The first thing you need to know about teacup is the fact that it does not define a breed, but it is a term used to define a very small dog. To be more precise, a pet that weighs about 7 to 14 lbs when it reaches adulthood can be considered a small dog. An important thing that needs to be pointed out is the fact that these tiny dog breeds are completely healthy. If you take care of them properly, just like in the case of larger dogs, nothing bad will happen to them.

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It is obvious that their small size makes them more delicate. This means that they require certain care, and you need to be gentle when you feed and clean them. Their delicate nature makes them similar to babies, thus they tend to be frail until they receive the first vaccinations.

In order to prevent a disease, it is important to keep them warm and away from crowded places, like dog parks. Feeding is also a bit different. As the belly is relatively tiny, you need to feed them small amounts of food every few hours. You can read our piece on the appropriate food to feed a tiny dog to enlighten you further. With proper care, a toy dog can live between 10 to 12 years.

About the author
Emily Young
Emily Young

Emily is originally from China where she graduated from The University of Hong Kong with high distinction learning about fashion and design. During university she opened her own magazine about Dog Fashion as dogs were always in her heart. She was surprised, when she moved to a beautiful British Columbia 10 years ago, to see many great Boutiques with dog's designer clothing and desire of pet owners to make their babies look nice.

  • InnaM

    They truly are adorable! Especially Toy Poodles and Pomeranians. :) But despite anything said I wouldn’t recommend anyone with a child to get any of those. At least before the child gets as old as 5 or so. In the tables it’s indicated that little dogs can be dangerous for children.

    But are there many people who think that children are equally dangerous for dogs? My friend got a York for her son — and it was smashed when a boy jumped on the bed where the puppy lied! Luckily, it survived and has lived happily ever after — but I strongly recommend you think at least twice before bringing teacup dogs and little kids together.

    • Yap, it’s true, kids can be reckless with small dog breeds (not with intention of course). However, small breeds are known to not being the most patient dogs in the world which is why they are not recommended for small children.

  • Paul

    I want to get a teacup dog as well, but I am worried about the health for my coming baby. Besides the aggression, I’ve heard that small dogs give children infections? Is this true or made up?

    • That is really subjective in my opinion because children are more prone to infection due to the fact that they have underdeveloped immune system. Teacup dog breeds are actually more prone to infection as well because they have a far fragile frame compared to standard sized toys and medium breeds.

  • Benjamin

    My family has a chihuahua, and though these dogs are especially known for their ‘yappiness’ it really is the sweetest and most intelligent dog. I have been considering getting one for my daughter, but I am not sure about the aggression factor. Is a chihuahua the best option or are there other teacup breeds that’ll probably work better?

    • Chihuahuas are better off with older children or adults. This is a one-person dog so it is very important to take this into consideration. Chihuahuas are great dogs, but they need a more mature and firm owner.

  • Erica

    Great article with the CUTEST dogs ever! I love teacup dogs. I have a teacup poodle and it’s so sweet… My poodle throws up often though and has a history of heartworms… I’m not sure if this is relatively common with the teacup poodle, but what do you think of them?

    • Heartworms are common for dogs who are more active outside or lives in a mosquito-infested places, which is basically everywhere. The only good way of controlling and eradicating heartworms is constant monitoring and regular visits to the veterinarian.

  • Mogie

    By many breeders, teacup puppies are produced by breeding what
    basically amounts to runt dogs together. Now if all that caused where
    extra small dogs, that’d be one thing. But there are many risks
    involved with breeding very small dogs, to both the mother dog and to
    the puppies. The mother dogs, often times being very tiny
    themselves, commonly have difficulties carrying and delivering puppies.
    Common health issues in so called teacup puppies include things like
    liver shunts, hypoglycemia, heart problems, open soft spots on the
    skull, collapsing trachea, seizures, respiratory problems, digestive
    problems, blindness, and the list goes on. Many of these issues are
    life threatening and very expensive to treat. Teacup puppies, because
    they are so small and frail, are also prone to breaking bones even while
    preforming normal activities (such as jumping, playing, or running)
    that would present little to no danger to a normal puppy.

    • Emily Young

      Thank you for a very expounded insight, Mogie. I just hope teacup dog owners (and prospective owners) understand this aspect once they own one.

    • Ashley

      Hi I have a question?How will u ever know what dog is right for you?

  • Monique Sherman

    As I see, teacup breeds doesn’t have very good relationship with kids. Probably they consider themselves as children, too, so they have to be jealous hahaha :) They are so cute, and I just love teacup dogs! The only thing is that they are more likely to get sick, as I heard… Is this true?

    • Emily Young

      The only negative aspect of owning a teacup dog is that they are basically the runt of the litter. They are the smallest, therefore they are the least developed of the batch. Their immune system will develop, but at a slower rate compared to others of the same age.

  • Carrie Phelps

    I have a unique fondness for the pocket Chihuahuas, and my husband and I would love nothing more than to get one. After reading the part about them wanting to mess with the bigger dogs, I am a bit concerned? Is there a way I prevent such conflict?

    • Emily Young

      Chihuahuas have big personalities in a small body that most people adore! However they can indeed mess with bigger dogs. Socialization at a young age is a great way to curb such behavior. As a fur parent also, it is important to supervise play time with other dogs to correct chihuahua’s «big dog in tiny body» syndrome. Be firm and and make sure to reward good behavior.

  • Iris Cohen

    Hello Emily, lately I have been doing a lot of research on teacup dogs, after I saw a friend with one back home at England, they are really cute and I am thinking of adding a teacup to my rather vast family of dogs, but I am afraid that they might easily be hurt and/or infected. Should I worry this much?

    • Emily Young

      I understand where the apprehension is coming from Iris. Teacups are fragile however, dogs are smart too and are able to adjust to their environment if they are introduced to them early on. If you have other dogs, introduce your teacup to them see how they socialise with the smallest family member. You also have to do your part in making sure play doesn’t get too rough especially if your other dogs are excitable. In addition, their immune system may develop slower than the other dogs, so you may want to supervise where they go or who they are with.

  • Virgil Chandler

    Emily will you advise allowing my teacup dog sleep on the same bed with me? as I am much of a rough sleeper and I am afraid that one day I might end up smothering them to death.

    • Emily Young

      It’s ok as long as your dog is near your upper body. However, other alternatives can be done as well. You may place your dog’s bed on a bedside table with a home made steps as well so they can go up and down their bedside sleeper.