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As the name suggests, teacup dog breeds are bred in such a way that they grow up to be much smaller than your average sized dogs and can easily (well not literally) fit into a teacup! It can be rightly touted as a marketing gimmick to attract flashy buyers into spending moolah on cute little puppies that can be easily fitted in a small hand bag during travel. These miniature or micro breeds are also known as toy breeds. But are there any ethical or medical concerns with these species being bred in a specific way to severely limit their growth? Well, here is a discussion on all that you need to know about these endearing dog species and more.How Big Is A Teacup Dog?
Typically, tea cup dogs can be defined as pocket sized versions of regular small sized canine breeds. So, a one year old tea cup dog will essentially be 17 inches or less in size and weigh somewhere around 4 to 7 lbs. However, there is no specific upper cap to how big or heavy these tea cup species must be. The commonly used breeds for tea cup dogs include pugs, Shitz Tzu, Yorkshire terrier, Poodle, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Silky Terrier, Maltese and so on.Is The Selective Breeding A Concern?
Regardless of however cute and playful the teacup species might appear, the fact is that they are nothing but underdeveloped dogs that have been bred in a way to restrict their anatomical development. More often than not, the breeders pick the runt of the litter to breed the smallest possible specie. Teacup dogs are typically a result of unnatural breeding practice that in no way guarantees good health and well-being of the newly created species. Since these teacups dogs are listed at exorbitant prices for their unique size and personality, it can be rightly touted as a marketing strategy by breeders to make the most of their weaklings and puppies with birth defects. Believe it or not, but in some cases, the breeders not only resort to inbreeding the species but also go the extent of intentionally starving the puppies to severely stunt their growth!Teacup puppies are typically susceptible to a lot of medical and health related issues that come as a part and parcel of the artificial selective breeding. Some of the most common medical conditions associated with teacup dogs include digestive problems, respiratory problems, seizures, collapsed trachea, heart issues, hypoglycaemia, and even blindness. Selective breeding also exposes these tender species to the risk of developing liver shunts and suffer from severe dental and gum problems. Given their excessively tiny digestive tracts, these puppies need to be continuously fed with small portions of food multiple times a day to keep their blood sugar regulated. Also, given their excessively small size, teacup dogs are also vulnerable to getting injured in accidents.