Teacup Dogs

Teacup Dogs

Teacup dogs has been erroneously referred to as a Toy dog category or vice versa. A Toy dog is a small breed of dog under a specific height (shoulder height at standing) and weight according to its breed. These criteria are recognized by world-wide dog registries and associations. Whereas Teacup dogs are not recognize by any world-wide or reputable registry. Therefore Teacup dogs do not have an official or approved standard to determine its size. It is only understood that Teacup dogs are comparatively smaller sized dog breed than Toy dog breed. It has been known that a Teacup dog could be as small as 3 inches tall at standing shoulder height. This is believed to have been introduced into this “category” in the mid-19th century.

It is assumed that these dogs are usually stunted and impeded in growth. The theory is that the method of achieving this type of small dogs is by stunning them and through selective breeding. The method used by breeders usually is to starve the puppies during their “second term” of major growth which is about 3 to 8 weeks, to stunt their growth. This greatly contributes to Teacup dogs health problems.

Breeders also started using stunted or runt to breed this type of dogs, so that they can achieve smaller breed of “toy” dogs. Generations after generations of intentional selective breeding this category of runt, produced dogs of smaller size breed and they categorized it as Teacup Dog. They are usually frail and have underdeveloped bodies. There are no actual designation for Teacup dogs, but it is understood that its size is so tiny that it can fit into a teacup. For that, it could have been coined and widely used for this category of dogs to be called Teacup dogs.

Teacup dogs are known to be health prone. The general health problem that these Teacup dogs have in common are hypoglycemia (abnormally low level of glucose in the blood), seizure, blindness (due to inbreeding, recessive genes becomes prominent), skull with open soft spot (commonly known for Toy breed puppies which usually closes up when the dog matures), heart problem, digestive problems, respiratory problems, incontinence issues (due to its very small bladder) and a lot more to add to the list.

This Teacup dog is genetically not a fit breed of dogs. However being small with its cuteness, there are demands for this “category” of dogs. So small and having delicate health usually with life threatening issues, Teacup dogs are said to be of high maintenance medically. Being extremely small, their bones are not strong and frail. Care and handling is of utmost important as they are not like the usual dogs that we normally have at home, not even close to Toy dogs physically, they cannot over exert. Therefore any potential Teacup dog owner needs to know some background knowledge about this category of dogs before deciding owning this breed of dog or thinking of taking one home.

The lifespans of a Teacup dog is expected to be similar or much less shorter than a Toy dog due to its inherent health issues. It could weight as low as 2 pounds.

Owning a Teacup dog equates to cruelty to animals, especially dogs. It is inhumane. The Teacup dog lives a perilous life, not a blissfully, joyful one. My plea to dog lovers out there is to never own a Teacup dog. When you don’t own a Teacup dog, you discourage breeding and selling. This will help to weed out this cruel practice and agony.


Through centuries, dogs has probably been the first animal to be domesticated. They were living side by side with human beings and helping out with such hugh variety of jobs as hunting dogs, messenger dogs, rescue dogs, police dogs, army dogs, assistance dogs especially for the blind, herding dogs, guard dogs and all the things you can think of.

Dogs are most probably the best that man can think of to utilize and appreciate the wide variety of tasks that they can perform. They have the intelligence and the mutual understanding between animal and man. Today we can still see that after centuries of closeness and the bond between human and dogs, they (man and dogs) are still working together on critical rescue missions during a disaster such as earthquake, floods, landslide, tracking lost person and many others.

You will sometimes find that dogs are called canines as this word originated from the Latin word. And that we often hear the word “man’s best friend” which represents dogs is an honorable phrase. We honor them for all the benefits that man take joy in and also the enrichment in our life.

It is quite easy to come to this conclusion when you see from the above that they are man’s best helper with such a wide variety of abilities in terms of carrying out their duties. Not only that, they are also very loyal and faithful to their owners which no other can come close to or attest to. That is why you will agree that “Man’s Best Friend” title is won anytime by dogs, hands down.

It is fascinating to know that the size of dogs varies greatly from as small as about six inches tall to as big and tall as 33 inches in shoulder height standing. This is the general accepted standard by the dog registry world-wide. There are five breeds of dogs namely Toy Breed, Small Breed, Medium, Large and Extra Large.

Toy breed is usually from 5 to 12 pounds. The small breed being from 12 to 25 pounds. From 25 to 50 pounds dogs are under the medium breed. Large breed dogs from 50 to 100 pounds. And the last but not least is the extra large breed which weighs over 100 pound.

However some might dispute that there were reports of dogs as tall as 44 inches which was a Guinness World Record for the Great Dane named Zeus. Sometimes you will find this uncommon occurrence such as Zeus which is extraordinarily big. Unfortunately it dies at the age of 5 years old.
Generally dog breeds of smaller size live a longer lifespan than their larger cousins.

However we need to be informed that a “certain breed of dogs” could be smaller than the above stated size of six inches tall at shoulder height standing. This breed of dogs is categorized under Teacup category by some and is not recognized by any major dog registry. This breed of Teacup dog as they called it is created by some “dog enthusiast”.

What is a Pet

What is a pet?

Are you having problem with your pet?

Two of the most commonly discussed items that we always encounter. One is a definition or rather the accepted norm of what a pet is and will be elaborated, and the other is an issue which all pet owners will be glad that they know what their pets are feeling and telling them. Some expert in this subject termed it as animal psychology.

Pets is an animal that is usually kept chiefly for companionship or protection of a person. And it is so different from working animals such as sheep herding or sport animals which are used for hunting. Pets like dogs usually live together in the house with the owner, whereas working animals are kept outside the house usually in the farm house protecting the farm stocks or together with the herds.

There are numerous types of animals, reptiles, amphibians and so on, being kept as pets by people. Even big cats like tigers, leopards, panthers or lion has been kept as pets. These are usually termed as exotic pets but do be reminded that those are not really domesticated and they have those wild animal instinct and is dangerous to humans. Usually keeping this type of exotic pets needs regulated license by the authority.

However the most common ones are cats and dogs as they are most endearing to human beings. Both have been domesticated since ancient time with documents, artifacts and paintings indicating the relationship. And its long history of closeness to people whether in terms of companions or of assistance.

It is important to know that you need to understand what your pet is “saying” and communicating to you. You need to adapt to your pet’s mode or manner of communication to understand what they are conveying to you. You cannot expect your pet to totally adapt to human’s way of communication. That is why humans are of higher intelligence and are more “gifted” to adapt to situations and characters. So owners are obligated to learn the sign and gesture your dogs are exhibiting so that you can respond accordingly and really have a wonderful connection with your extended “family member”, the pet dog.

Pets are like us human beings and their health and wellness require attention. They will fall sick and be afflicted with illness and disorders if we do not understand their needs. Therefore the ample understanding of the animal psychology and physiology will help in keeping our pets, which most of us consider as part of our extended family, in a healthy state. By doing so, we will always be looking out for other modes to supplement their nutritional needs such as vitamins, apart from the processed animal foods which we feed them every day.

More and more people are also treating their pets with affections and would be getting supplies such as sleeping beds or bags, clothes, attire & shoes, collars & leashes, grooming supplies, flea & ticks comb, pet house, crates & carriers, carrying bags and any other things that you can think of. You can find a big list of accessories for your pets that you cannot even imagine existed when you surf the internet. This has been the dynamic development in our pets’ world created by man.