pros and cons of getting a teacup chihuahua

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paris hilton with the ever-famous teacup chihuahua tinkerbell

everybody knows tinkerbell hilton. the ever-famous teacup chihuahua that is always visible in paris hilton’s presence. you can see how small it is when it actually fits into paris’ handbag!

actually, there are only two kinds of breeds of chihuahuas: short haired and long haired. terms like “teacups”, “deer heads”, “apple heads” or “toys” are not the officially recognized breeds in major canine organizations like the UKC or AKC.

everybody goes crazy over teacup chihuahuas ever since chihuahuas made numerous debuts on TV shows and movies. but why is it that everyone goes crazy over these small canines? the answer is very simple. no other dog can beat these teacup chihuahuas and their cute-factor. they are simply adorable and irresistible!

so, before you head to a pet store to get your very own teacup chihuahua, as a soon-to-be-owner of a teacup chihuahua, you got to know the pros and cons of getting one. small does not mean that it is going to be easier for you to manage. believe it or not, these teacups dogs can be pretty much a hassle to handle, compared to other majestic dogs.

the pros

1. it is definitely a good companion as it is very loving and loyal. they can get easily jealous though. so, just remember to start training them early. once they know a little bit about socializing, they will be more confident of the people around them.

2. size doesn’t matter. teacup chihuahuas make excellent watchdogs, as they are very alert. however, they might bark excessively, so you will definitely need to train them on how to remain quiet.

3. teacup chihuahuas are pretty easy to train. as the matter of fact, there is no need for you to send them to dog schools. this will spare you from spending hundreds on a dog trainer.

4. teacup chihuahuas are ideal apartment dogs too. other breeds of dogs are pretty big and not suitable for a apartments. teacup chihuahuas are small and they will fit in nicely in any apartment.

the cons

1. these adorable dogs are prone to have health problems. since it is small in size, it is morel likely to face more health problems like respiratory problems and dehydration.

2. teacup chihuahuas are also prone to injury. these creatures are small and fragile and kids often play rough with them. some might even step on them! so, if you have kids, then it is best not to consider adopting a chihuahua, or they might end up hurting it.

3. they are so adorable such that we tend to over-feed them. this can cause the chihuahua to be obese and obesity shortens their lives. they can also end up with other illnesses like diabetes.

4. these teacup chihuahuas are so small that they can’t even provide enough warmth for themselves. make sure that your chihuahua has its sweater on during winter to give it extra protection and warmth.

basically, these teacup chihuahuas are very fragile animals. it is so fragile such that it requires your attention 24/7. there is no way you are able to keep it out of your sight.

it has cuteness that you can die for, but if you think that you are not up to the challenge of taking care of this “demanding” pet, then it is best that you go for a different breed instead.

Source: http://www.mauritiustoday.com/news/articles/32006/1/Teacup-Chihuahua
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Comments 35

  1. Laurie

    Our girl had three puppies in oct. two seem to be heading to the 4-5 lb range, while the other may end up less than 3 lbs. we sold the two larger ones, one in nov and the other in dec. i am waiting on the third one to get a little older as he is so small. we do feed high quality food and make sure that he is kept safe. we had puppies from a previous litter, and one that we sold was given such a poor quality food and allowed to run around outside unattended, and he ended up sick internally and with skin issues. he was also shampooed daily with human shampoo. they tried to blame me, but they were told to feed a high quality food and treat him like a dog. all other puppies from both litters are happy and healthy. if you dont want to feed a high quality food and take care of it then dont get one.

  2. Nicole

    My Aunt had her teacup chi for 14 years and she bought her tea cup from a really good breeder that loved her doggies. My aunt had booties and sweaters and hair bows and all kinds of stuff for Winnie. She was the cutest little thing ever she never had health issues or never became obese. She recently got a new one Bear and he’s such a darling its all in how you care for your babys and if you get annual check UPS and shots. And know the proper pet requirements. So don’t day anything about dying in 3 years that’s all bull! It depends if its properally cared for. I’m frying one for valentines day. So stop acting like children I have even talked to many other vets and they agree with me.

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  4. Taira

    my pup is about 1.4 lbs at 6 weeks. Somebody told me she will be 2 lbs at 8 weeks then her weight will start to slow down.is that most likely true?? Or how big do you think she will be??

  5. kim

    i would love to have a tiny teacup to take care of lost my beloved pet of 15 yrs and miss her like crazy!!!any ideas on finding one please contact at email above and thanks for any help!!!

  6. J garmon

    Ok I used to breed chihuas and they’re is a way to breed out the larger size in chihuas someone has their facts messed up I have a toy chihuahua sitting in my lap that’s 14 and whoever said they only live for 3 years is mistaken they are one of the longest living breeds of canine and if fed and exercised properly they are no more unhealthy than any other dog. Don’t buy into the hype if u baby them they are great dogs and very protective of their owners

  7. hisdove

    I BOUGHT MY TEACUP CHIHUAHUA FROM SOMEONE ON CRAIGSLIST. sHE ISN’T A BREEDER. sHE WAS A YOUNG TEENAGE GAL THAT JUST HAPPENED TO HAVE HER CHIHUAHUA GET PREGNANT. tHE MOM WAS VERY SMALL TO BEGIN WITH. i WASN’T SHOPPING FOR ANYTHING CALLED “TEACUP”. i JUST WANTED A cHIHUAHUA PUPPY AND i WANTED IT INEXPENSIVE. i MET THE GAL AT A mCDONALDS AND SHE BROUGHT OUT THE TINIEST 10 WEEK OLD PUPPY THAT i HAVE EVER SEEN. i ASKED HER WHY SHE WAS SO SMALL, AND SHE SHRUGGED AND SAID HER MOM WAS THAT WAY. i NAMED HER gRACE.. CAUSE SHE IS MY LITTLE BIT OF GRACE. 🙂 aNYWAYS.. READY FOR THE PRICE.. $30.00. aND i EVEN TRIED TO TALK HER DOWN! i HAD NO IDEA THESE LITTLE ONES WHERE SOLD FOR SO MUCH. sHE IS PERFECT IN EVERYWAY AND VERY STRONG EVEN THOUGH SHE IS SMALL. i MAKE ALL HER PUPPY FOOD HOMEMADE AND SHE CUDDLES WITH MY CATS, PLAYS WITH OUR OTHER TWO DOGS. i NEVER GO ANYWHERE WITHOUT HER TUCKED INTO MY COAT OR IN HER FRONT PACK. sHE IS NOW 5 MONTHS AND BARELY OVER A POUND AND A HALF. i LOVE THE SMILES SHE BRINGS WHEN PEOPLE SEE HER. iT SEEMS TO BRIGHTEN UP EVERYONE’S DAY.. AND SHE GETS SOCIALIZED IN THE PROCESS. i HAVE MET ONE PERSON THOUGH THAT TOOK ISSUE WITH ME BUYING A SMALL DOG. i TOLD HER THAT THE SHELTER IN TOWN HAD ADULT CHIHUAHUAS THAT THEY WHERE CHARGING OVER 200.00 FOR. I understand they have bills to pay like the rest of us. But hey… 30.00 and I now have the sweetest, smartest, most loveable dog ever.

  8. Karen Stewart

    My first husband gave me a “teacup” chihuahua when we were engaged in 1964. We named him “Chipper” as in a chip off the block! At about 1.4 lbs he was a force to be reckoned with but, as the saying goes, his bark was much worse than his bite! I can’t recall any incident with biting. When we had a first child Chipper was a force to be reckoned with when he perceived any action with the baby was harmful!! I was 20 years old at that time and now, at 66, I am finding that I want another small dog to care for. I have 2 chinchillas that I adore, but they won’t sit still on a lap. I truly love them and I know that their love is returned to me, but I am craving an animal to cuddle with! I had many dogs over the years..my Samoyed, Silverwind natasha, was my favorite for the larger dog class but I lived in the country then. i live in a 1 bedroom apt. now and am quite serious about finding another “small” chihuahua (under 3 lbs). God bless all you animal lovers out there, no matter what they are or how they look, they will return your love a thousand-fold!! Money can’t buy that!

  9. Tamra G

    I just bought a tea cup Chiwahwah & she is darling. My 4 yr old cant say Chiwahwah so she called her Choo Choo Wah Wah so we have Princess Choo Choo & we adore her so much. I think they are the best loving cute puppy to have around & hope to have her around for a long time. the owners just need to keep an open eye, vet, & follow certain procedures to keep them healthy.

  10. kristy

    I have a puppy chihuahua and she is Toni im not sure hou much she ways she is 3months old and still fits in my hand I am scared because of all the comenys I have just seen most of them are negative. I love her so much already I’ve only had her maybe 2weeks the lady I boughter her from was not a breeder her chihuahua just got pregnant by another little chihuahua and so she sold her to us because she lives in an apartment and can’t have more then one dog. My little one was the runt of the litter box. she eats well and we give her good healthy food we did our research on that she is very active loves to play and rums threw the whole house she is doing good on pottie traning we have her using a litter box. What I seen in previous comments. Shaw that they don’t live longer then 3yrs and I really hope that’s not true. All the.comments contradict each other I wish people would stop talking. Out of their ass and actually research shit before they open their mouths if you don’t know what. Your talking. About shut up and let the realm experts talk. I want to know the truth not your un qualified opinions. About something you reply don’t have a clue on. Puppy mills and back yard breeding is ducking cruel and stupid that I’ve done research on! How. Would you like to be used and abused like that just because of your looks, strengths, and weaknesses?!

  11. Jennifer Daneys

    i’ve just read through all these comments and im confused. i was planning to get a teacup chi but now im not so sure… what do i do? i’ve already told a chihuahua breeder that i would like 1 of her chi’s litter. but should i cancel?

  12. tiffiany

    we as of today have 3 chihuahua, one full size around 5lbs, then our teacup that wieghts about 2lbs, both were rescue’s and we love them very much. we decided to add a new one, got lucky and found a ruint of the litter ( teacup) for only 200 dollars, she is the sweest thing, sad thing is though she came from a puppy mill, i was so made, i bought her left and called the local policce to nofify them of what was going on. poor baby, when i got her she had over 50 fleas on her, didn’t even wiegh 1/2 lb and i 7 weeks. but vet was closed so we stop by petland and they were fanastic helpers, told me what to bath her in to get rid of the flies, then bathed her for me on the house, as they felt so bad for her. that is way we love that store. so yes they are a ton of work and you have to hav vet bills, but the love reward it worth it ten times over, they take my big tough army man of 16 years and turn him into mush. now that’ s some doggy power

  13. Lisa

    I have a teacup Chi who lives with my in door 150 lb Rottie. Our Rottie will push him around with his nose but never hurts him. I was nervous about him stepping on the lil guy but he moves out of the way.. No one should judge, or say who these dogs are for, I am sure there are breeders out there that do try to get smaller Chi’s same as any other breeder trying to produce smaller, larger, cuter, more wrinkled and so on… Its Life, we have created all of this… These Dogs are fine, they are for anyone.

  14. Brianna

    I have a teacup chi she gets along great with everyone in our family we also have two boxers and to think of the size difference you wonder if they want to hurt her but no they treat her as one of their own and she acts like the boss of them and at first we had housebreaking issues and we had to hand feed her because the old owner spoiled her now she eats out of her own bowl is fully housebroken and is a huge part of our family anyone looking for a great pet the chi is the best choice!!!!! if you want one to be apart of your family owning one is a HUGE commitment and takes alot of responsibility and time on your hands if you cant handle the responsibility never send animals back to a shelter to be abused and to get into fights with other animals just simply find a new home and let them know if they cant handle it bring the dog back to you and not to give it away of send it to the shelter…… SHELTERS ARE NEVER THE ANSWER only if you cant find a home and the shelter is clean and is functional and its separated from other animals. to protect her or him from sickness and to save a new owner alot of time some shelters put animals to sleep if not adopted within 3 weeks so if you notice your dog hasn’t been adopted please re own it until you find a new home

  15. Tcherina

    I’m a foster mom for a rescue group. I constantly see the shelter postings for dogs going up for euthanasia, and we can only pull one at a time. I recently adopted an 8 year old Albino Chihuahua and you can tell she was overbred in her 8 years of life by looking at her tummy. She is enjoying her freedom and being loved for who she is…not how much money she can make for a backyard breeder! If you ever look at the shelter postings you will see that 70% of the small dogs about to be killed, are Chihuahuas! Please don’t buy a Chihuahua unless you are making a lifetime committment to your pet…..They love……..they grieve for their owners…….and far too many of them end up at Animal Control or the Shelters!

  16. julie

    4 out of 5 tea cup chihuahua’s runts don’t live to see there third birthday, if you have one alive, lucky you..

  17. lisa

    i have a 7 month old teacup 750 grams and i do not have to watch her 24/7 she lives a normal dog life with a belgian malinois and a miniature english bull terrier and she is the boss!

  18. Michelle

    My 11 year old daughter was just given a “teacup” chi. I wouldn’t say their Not for children. It depends on the child. She bought her chi a bed and it’s placed by her bed. She carries him every where and it’s a better bread for her Allergies. While my daughter is at school her little chi sits with me and my Lab. They cuddle as if my Lab was his mother. It’s very cute. My Lab is nothing more then a Big spoiled baby. I hate when people label dogs. It’s all in the trainer of the dog as to how a dog will become.

  19. melissa

    With this litter I have 3 tiny t-cup puppies. These are the smallest we have ever had and the work and care is 24/7. With a chihuahua this little you have to be just like a mother and plan on them being beside you at all times.

  20. tiffany

    I have two teacups, my smaller one is all white and the bigger one is white with tan spots. the smaller one is 1 1/2 pounds. My bigger one is about 2 pounds. From what I understand they are littermates and were not “bred” to be small, or I wouldn’t have purchased from that breeder. I guess I just lucked out with getting the runt and a smaller one. Their brother is huge compared to them, about 4 pounds. I REALLY lucked out by getting my puppies at $200 each in KY. I live in Ga and the woman was about to move the very next day and just could NOT keep the dogs. She gave us a good price as if WE were doing her the favor by taking the adorable dogs.

  21. brandon

    i’m a little worried about the upcoming winter and my little one. she’s housebroken and quite enjoys our time outside. when it’s been cooler this fall she wears a sweater or coat depending on the temp. yet she’ll still do her business outdoors. i’ve been told by several people that i’m going to have a problem with her in the winter…in other words, she will not ‘go’ outside in the winter. is there any truth to these comments?
    p.s.-i plan on making her wear booties in the winter. is this a good idea?

  22. Joanne

    So tiny, so fragile. A female chi we rescued was very pregnant. She had 3 puppies one 1/2 weeks after coming to our foster home. Two of her puppies are already about 2/3 rds the size of their mama. The third puppy is so tiny… not 1/3 rd (not even a pound at 8 weeks) the size of his brother and sister. We constantly worry about stepping on him or his falling off the sofa (even tho we have doggie steps which he uses). Such a fragile bone structure. We certainly will NOT adopt him to a home with children of any age. I wish these so called “backyard breeders” were all shut down. That is where the mama came from.

  23. samara

    if you want a tea cup chihuahua dont expect a cheap
    one. those things cost like 1,000 dollars the least
    expensive is about 500 dollars so if you can handle
    it go ahead but other wise theres alot more you need than just money you need a job and you need
    a place for it and spare time plus the 500 ones are hard to find but on the other hand there really cute and cuddly and adorable but be carful there cuteness might suck you into buying one.

  24. Cindy

    Good breeders don’t try to produce so-called teacup chihuahuas because they are so hard to keep alive and have many health problems. Not only are their bones fragile and can be crushed easily, they are also prone to low blood sugar and seizures. The breeders who deliberately try to produce tiny chihuahuas often use females under 4 lbs and don’t care about the mothers dying while giving birth. There is no such thing as a teacup chihuahua, it’s just a made up term to make backyard breeders more money.

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