are amazed at so many people wanting to buy a
so-called "Teacup" puppy. Thus the reason we are writing this
piece concerning our views
about the phenomenon of so many people wanting a "so-called
Puppies aren't toys; they are living breathing babies that need
love and attention, not to spend half of their life in someone's
Please take the time to read this and educate yourself! The
lives of many little
dogs depend on you educating yourself, and others, not to buy
into this phase.
Thank you for taking the time to read this!
This is a topic that most assuredly needs to be brought to the
attention of perspective puppy buyers.
Let's start out by saying "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A
With that in mind, let me say this; It seems as though there is
a plethora of people who are insistent on buying tiny puppies in
the 2 to 4 pound range. Also commonly referred to as a "Teacup
The word "Teacup" has been used to merely describe the size of a
puppy, meaning it is very small and will probably be under the
standard size which is 4 to 7 pounds for the Toy Group,
Yorkshire Terrier breed. We cannot imagine anyone wanting
anything smaller than that! Their bones are VERY fragile and
can be broken by jumping off of a couch, falling off of a bed,
being stepped on or worse.
Many breeders, while tacking a whooping price on a puppy,
"claim" to breed so called "teacups" as if they were a breed all
their own. Don't be fooled! They are NOT a breed of their own.
If a breeder says they specialize in "teacups" RUN, RUN, RUN for
the hills! Most "TEACUP" puppies are in reality, a premature
Most females are bred on the ninth through the fifteenth day of
their heat cycles. Eggs can be fertilized for up to 72 hours
after any of these breeding's. Therefore, it is possible to have
puppies conceived up to a week or so younger than the puppies
first conceived in a litter. However, when the first puppies
conceived are mature and ready to be born, labor starts and all
the puppies will be born, no matter when they were fertilized.
Some of the problems that may be encountered are both genetic
and congenital in these tiny babies and the list is a long one.
The risk of open fontanels (soft spot from the cranial bone not
forming), portosystemic shunts (PSS-
abnormal vessel that allows blood
to bypass the liver. As a result the blood is not cleansed by
one of the bodies filters: the liver.),
hypoglycemia, cardiac problems, collapsing trachea, luxating
patellas, Leggs Calves Perthes disease, seizures, hydroencephaly,
blindness and digestive problems can be increased in these tiny
Problems such as respiratory problems can remain or worsen
throughout their lives. These babies frequently are so fragile
that they do not live more than a few years. There have been
several tiny Yorkies as adults who still had open fontanels and
their owners had to carry nourishment with them all the time.
Their vets have felt it unsafe to give a full dose of vaccine so
the puppies had to get several injections to be on the safe
There is no such thing as a "tea cup" Yorkshire Terrier,
Maltese, Poodle, or any other breed for that matter. They
simply do not exist. "Tea-cup" is just a marketing ploy
given by unethical and unscrupulous breeders to drive up the
price of their puppies!
So called "Teacups" fetch anything from $1000 to $10,000! This
is ridiculous and shameful! There are a lot of chronically,
unhealthy puppies because unscrupulous breeders and puppy mills
are inbreeding. Some poor darlings only live for a very, very
They take the little teeny, tiny Yorkies and they breed 2 1/2
pounders with 3 pounders ... well, they’re playing with
genetics. You should NEVER breed a female of any breed less than
PLEASE educate yourselves before buying a tiny puppy whether it
is a Yorkie or any other breed. You could be in for months or
years of heartbreak not to mention staggering
DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!! IF YOU WANT A HEALTHY PUPPY, DON'T FALL FOR
THE TEACUP ACT!