what is a teacup chihuahua? is this a legitimate term? get the facts here!

are teacup chihuahuas tiny chihuahuas that fit into a cup?

what exactly does the term teacup chihuahua mean and is it a legitimate term for characterizing a specific type of chihuahua? much controversy exists over this term, so let’s get to the facts!

the term teacup chihuahua is mainly an american term. it’s often used to refer to the size of a chihuahua and shouldn’t be used to categorize a specific type of chihuahua as you would in referencing a short vs a long-haired chihuahua or a deer head vs an apple head chihuahua.

most chihuahua puppies are born teacup-sized, but they usually grow out of it when they become adults. in other words, teacup chihuahuas are just very small chihuahuas usually under 3 lbs in weight. they are not a different strain of chihuahua.

it is important to note that chihuahuas of this size must be handled delicately and dressed accordingly with the proper chihuahua clothes to keep them warm and shielded from a dog owner’s worst nightmare come true.

conchita the famous teacup chihuahua of heiress gail posner

many prospective chihuahua buyers are also unaware of the fact that if a chihuahua puppy isn’t nourished properly from birth, they will not grow to their full potential. this malnourishment will keep a chihuahua puppy from growing to their full potential as they reach adulthood.

this is also why it is very important to ask a chihuahua breeder what they are feeding their pups and for you to do your research as to what required nutrients your chihuahua will need once you bring them home. not all pet food guarantees your chihuahua proper nourishment.

teaka the famous chihuahua was fed essential fatty acids since birth and was also given a vitamin-mineral liquid formula in her water dish to ensure she was getting optimal nourishment to grow into a healthy adult. the essential fatty acids were also key to her having the beautiful silky smooth coat that she has.

a baby teacup size chihuahua puppy sleeps in the palm of your hand

if you are told by a chihuahua breeder that they breed only teacup chihuahuas, be suspicious, it could be a teacup chihuahua scam. they are probably seeking a higher price for their puppies.

the terms ‘teacup, micro, miniature or pocket size’ are just a few of the many labels that have been used by disreputable chihuahua breeders to lure potential buyers so be sure to research a chihuahua breeder fully when you are seeking to purchase a chihuahua and if you are unsure, consider rescuing a chihuahua instead.

if you are genuinely serious about owning a chihuahua, the means by which you come to own one shouldn’t matter. in other words, if you love chihuahuas, adopt one!

also keep in mind that the smaller the chihuahua, the more chihuahua health problems you are likely to encounter unlike larger healthier chihuahuas.

teacup size chihuahua fits in the palm of your hand

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  2. christy

    i wanted a small companion after loosing my best friend who was like my brother. My boyfriend at the time was against it due to my mental status. Got me a new boyfriend and by accident was given a teacup. abused by some high school kids she and another puppy were thrown out of a car. they are in jail, I was so happy to have her, but she has a lot of health problems, she’s my everything. sadly I have decided that if I don’t get a better job I will have to give her to my ex mother in law who is so wonderful at raising chihuahuas. I really have no business trying to keep her if i can not keep up her financial needs. I had no idea I could be so happy again just by being her dog parent. so for those of you who think having a teacup chihuahua is just so cute, please reconsider your wants if you don’t or can’t afford it don’t set yourself up for heartbreak. its my understanding that the average life expectancy is 3-5 yrs. but if you have the time money and can deal w the short time of loving one of these precious special amazing little creatures then bless you

  3. Anonymous

    There is no such thing as teacup chihuahuas! Shannon is right! They’re prone to health problems and live shorter lives than a regular chihuahua. Why breed them? Its so sad people do that and sad that people buy them. Its better to have a healthy normal sized chihuahua than a smaller one which is promoting bad health. Youre only setting yourself up for more problems down the road. Yes they’re cute with how much smaller they are, but get your heads straight. Each to their own.

  4. Shannon

    I am a little disappointed. I have bred a couple of litters of Chihuahuas. I am always getting asked if they are teacup. there is no such thing as a teacup. My two are 3.5 pounds which is probably as small as anyone would want to go for a Chihuahua for optimal health. The size will not always depend on the size of the parents. you could have two generations of small dogs and still have larger than the parents and grandparents. I always told the families that adopted the pups, that more than likely they are going to be 3.5 lbs, but cannot guarantee it. please people, quit going nuts over false marketing and get real. if you want to promote healthy animals then, do your research and quit being led by the lie of the “breed” teacup Chihuahua.

  5. Tamara

    A tea cup is nothing more than the runt LOl. I have 9 chihuahuas 5 of them are rescues and 3 of those came from people who were told they would be tea cups all weigh over 12 pounds lol. Don’t buy RESCUE!

  6. cousinbecky

    AKC standard for chihuahuas is 6-10 lbs. One of my babies is 18 lbs yet his sister from the same litter is 7 lbs. I refer to my big boy as a ‘giant’ chihuahua. a chihuahua of less than 6 lbs. could not be in a dog show. also, any color is standard so a ‘blue’ chihuahua is only deemed so to increase it’s cost.

  7. Lilia Vazquez

    One of my Chihuahua,Kissy for first time had five beautiful teacup Chihuahuas.Im from Puerto rico.

  8. Vivian

    I have a tea cup chiguagua that a friend that has both male and female had babies. I got a cute female as agift. Her nam is Lycy and she si just 8 weeks old , so cute and sweet very good girl. How can I train her to do poo poo at the trainners pad???? she does pipi but not the po po oh boy . well hopeful someone can help me as this is my first toy dog ever.
    miami, fl

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