Chihuahua teacup Whichever way you call them, Teacup Chihuahuas or Pocket Chihuahuas, these little dogs are tiny. When they are puppies they really fit in a cup of tea. Although these terms are not official designations for the breed, they are descriptive enough to let you know that they are talking about the smallest members of a tiny breed.
Sizes . The only thing that makes a teacup Chihuahua different from any other Chihuahua is its size. Even a large Chihuahua shouldn’t weigh more than 6 pounds. There is no minimum weight, but teacups generally weigh 3 pounds or less. While you can argue all day about sizes, whether they are large or not, many people find these tiny dogs very attractive. Keep in mind that a small puppy can still grow into a full-size adult, so if your heart is set on a small one you should look to the parents. Young parents influence the chances of a puppy being small as it develops.
Care . Choosing a teacup Chihuahua means you need to be ready to provide a little extra grooming, especially when the dog is young. Due to their extremely small size, these puppies are highly susceptible to hypoglycemia. They can succumb to low blood sugar in a few hours, and some breeders won’t sell a puppy to someone who won’t be home all day for the first few months. Even adult teacups are susceptible to these problems and may require special care if you miss a meal. A quick dose of corn syrup can usually help, however it is best to call the vet.
Chihuahua cup of tea . Although many breeders insist on calling their Chihuahuas teacups, the American Club of Chihuahua states that size variations are normal within the breed and there is no such thing as a teacup Chihuahua. Some breeders use the name because it sounds better than calling the tiny puppies dwarfs or smaller than normal and they even charge more for the smallest ones. That does not mean that the smallest specimens have something wrong since they can be as healthy as the largest ones but they are not a special breed or variation, they are just small Chihuahuas.
Temperament . Even the smallest of Chihuahuas will continue to have the breed’s typical temperament, a disposition that is often compared to that of the average terrier. This breed tends to be energetic with a confident attitude and is usually alert and full of life. He wants to be the boss of everything he sees including you, your partner, and other pets you may have. Despite his authoritarianism and need to be in charge, he is a loving and loyal companion who wants to be close to his owners at all times. Large or small, the Chihuahua forms a strong bond with his family and is almost always deeply attached to it. Most of the people who have these little guys in their lives will tell you that the feeling is mutual.