Problems with Teacup Dogs


Problems with Teacup Dogs

What Is A Teacup Dog?

Teacup dogs are typically smaller versions of popular dog breeds, bred selectively for their diminutive size. They often weigh between 2 to 5 pounds and stand no taller than 9 inches at the shoulder. Breeds such as the Teacup Yorkshire Terrier, Teacup Poodle, and Teacup Chihuahua are among the most well-known examples. In this post we take a look at the problems of teacup dogs including:

Unethical breeding

Health Problems

Puppy Farms

Shortened Lifespan

Difficult Pregnancies And Birth

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Why Do People Love Miniature Breeds?

Teacup dogs have an undeniable allure that makes them desirable to many. Their tiny size, delicate features, and often strikingly cute appearances captivate people’s hearts. People are naturally drawn to small and adorable things, and teacup dogs epitomize that appeal. Their petite stature allows them to fit into the tiniest nooks and crannies of our lives, making them perfect for apartment living or for those with limited space. Their size also means they can be carried around and pampered, further fueling the desire to have them as constant companions. In a busy world, their small size and low exercise requirements can make them seem like a convenient choice for pet owners.

 However, it’s essential to remember that while teacup dogs may be desirable due to their cuteness and size, their well-being and health should always be the top priority when considering them as pets.

Problems with Teacup Dogs

Breeding teacup dogs is a topic that tugs at my heart. On the one hand, they are undeniably adorable and endearing, making it easy to see why people are drawn to them. However, on the other hand, there are deeply troubling  concerns associated with breeding these tiny dogs.

One of the most troubling aspects for me is the health problems that teacup dogs often face. Their miniature size is frequently achieved at the expense of their well-being.

Breeders achieve the ‘teacup’ size by choosing the smallest puppies from a litter to breed from. Theses dogs are often known as the runt of a litter and are more likely to have health problems than their bigger siblings.

Common Health Problems For Teacup Dogs

Teacup dogs have specific care needs that differ from larger breeds. Due to their small size, they are more susceptible to certain health issues, such as:

Dental problems-Due to their tiny mouths, teacup dog’s teeth don’t grow in the normal way , leading to overcrowding, plaque, tartar build up and retained baby teeth.

Hypoglycemia-Teacup dogs will need to be fed at regular intervals throughout the day, due to the potential of developing low blood sugar.

Bone fractures- Fractures are more likely even with normal activities like jumping from a sofa.

Hydrocephalus-  Characterized by an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, which can lead to increased intracranial pressure and various neurological symptoms.

Liver Shunts –Liver shunts are like detours for blood that avoid the liver, causing problems because the liver can’t do its toxin-filtering job.

Collapsing Trachea – This happens when the breathing tube weakens, making it hard for dogs to breathe and causing coughing and breathing issues.

Heart Conditions- Teacup dogs often suffer from heart problems due to their extremely small size.

Hypothermia- The smaller the dog, the harder it is for them to stay warm. If teacup dogs aren’t protected from the cold, they can develop hypothermia. In cold temperatures these dogs will be required to wear jumpers to regulate body heat.

Anaesthesia and medication dosages are difficult to calculate.

Catheters etc may be too large for the dog.

Flea and worming treatments are usually calculated for dogs weighing at least five pounds.

And then there’s the short lifespan of teacup dogs, which is often considerably shorter than that of larger breeds. They tend to pick up illness easily making vet bills considerable.

Regular veterinary check-ups, a balanced diet, and proper exercise are essential for their overall well-being.

It’s important to remember that despite their delicate appearance, teacup dogs still require mental and physical stimulation to thrive.

Problems of tea cup dogs


Inbreeding is an aspect that strikes a chord. It’s heartbreaking to know that some breeders resort to mating closely related dogs to maintain extreme size, which can lead to a higher incidence of genetic disorders. This practice not only compromises the health of the dogs but also perpetuates suffering in their lineage.

Some unethical breeders will sell puppies who are no where near old enough to leave their mothers, under the disguise that they are ‘teacup’ sized.

The suffering of mother dogs during pregnancy and birthing is another personal concern. These tiny females may struggle with the process and often require risky cesarean sections, which is not only costly but also poses risks to both mother and puppies.

Moreover, unethical practices such as puppy farms and misleading marketing leave a bitter taste in my mouth. The thought of dogs being kept in dismal conditions for profit, and the deception of unsuspecting buyers, is deeply troubling.

Advice For Small Dog Lovers

There’s no doubt that small dog breeds are adorable, portable and good for apartment living. So, it’s no wonder that breeds like Chihuahua’s, Yorkshire Terriers and Pomeranians are extremely popular. However, don’t be fooled, a ‘teacup’ dog is not a ‘designer dog’. These dogs are the culmination of mating two runts together.

A ‘teacup puppy’ is merely a marketing phrase to make these dogs desirable and and ask for extortionate prices.

If you would love to offer your home to a small breed.

  • Find a reputable breeder.
  • Observe the litter, before choosing a puppy and look for a happy, healthy and confident puppy.
  • Or, contact a rescue and express that you are interested in adopting a very small dog.


This conversation demands our attention, not only for the sake of these dogs but also for the future of their breeds. Let’s continue discussing these issues to raise awareness and encourage responsible and ethical choices when it comes to adopting or buying pets.

Additional Reading

The Yorkshire Terrier Breed

How To Spot A Puppy Farm





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