What Are Teacup Puppies?
Teacup puppies are breeds of dogs raised to have a very small stature, that even, fit in a cup; hence their name. There is no standardized measure of the height and weight of teacup dogs. But, a teacup pup is that dog that, in his adult age, does not exceed 4 pounds or less in weight, and his height is less than 17 inches.
How Are Teacup Puppies Born?
Behind these adorable puppies there is a harsh reality. The way they are born is not part of a natural reproduction. These puppies are created by breeders that pair the smaller dogs of each litter, so that the pups of the dog are as small as possible. Sometimes the dogs selected for breeding these puppies are small due to a birth defect or other medical condition.
Most Popular Teacup Breeds:
• Yorkshire • Spaniel
• Chihuhu • Maltese
• Dachshund • Pinsher
• Beagle • Poodle
• Pomeranian • Papillion
• Fox Terrier • Pug
• Pekingese • Shih Tzu
• Brussels Griffon • Husky
What Risks Are There For Teacup Puppies?
Due to the way these mini-dog breeds are born, they can have many health problems; many of congenital nature and others that develop after birth. Some of the main health problems:
Hydrocephalus: The accumulation of fluid in the brain. Due to this disease, the puppy could have convulsions, suffer from blindness and have pains.
More fragile bones: These dogs are more prone to suffer a fracture. In addition, this can cause several diseases such as osteoporosis.
Digestive problems: The organs of these puppies are also smaller than normal. Therefore, their liver may have more problems cleaning toxins.
Hypoglycemia: Teacup puppies can not eat large amounts of food. They need a schedule to eat, at least every three hours. Otherwise, they could have a drop in blood sugar that caused them weakness and, in the worst cases, be in a coma.
Poorly developed vital organs: Problems to the heart, respiratory, liver, kidneys, etc.
Behavioral problems: They do not handle stress correctly, due to how fragile they are, and this causes bad behavior.
How To Take Care Of A Teacup Pup?
Appropriate feeding: These dogs need an adequate time to eat, they should eat approximately every three hours. They need to eat low-fat foods. They should eat foods rich in minerals, vitamins and omega fatty acids.
Stay alert: Because these puppies commonly suffer from hypoglycemia; they need to have their blood sugar checked. They also need to sleep at least fourteen hours a day, without interruptions.
Regular control: It is very important to take all kinds of dogs to the vet. But the teacup puppies need to keep more visits and realize periodic examinations with the vet, to know how to treat the puppy.
How much does a Teacup Pup cost?
The price of a teacup pup depends on the breed of it. Some may cost $10,000 but, of course, there are also some that cost $900, $1,200, $1,600, etc.
Information source: teacupdogdaily
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