Fun Facts About The Teacup Chihuahua

Fun Facts About The Teacup Chihuahua

Author WDF Staff


Even though the Chihuahua is a registered and recognized breed, the Teacup Chihuahua isn’t. Before you think about buying this truly tiny dog, you should understand what you are getting yourself into and what the Teacup Chihuahua actually is.

The term “Teacup” is used to describe the small size these dogs come in. This isn’t the only term used; breeders and dog sellers describe them as Miniature or Micro. It is nothing more than a marketing term that will make these dogs more attractive to buyers. We are huge fans of small dog breeds, but when it comes to terms “teacup” or “micro,” our senses turn on, and we are immediately suspicious.

Let’s see what Teacup Chihuahua is all about and see if we can decipher everything that stands behind this dog.

What is a Teacup Chihuahua

The Teacup Chihuahua is not a distinct dog breed; it is a pureblooded Chihuahua selectively bred to shrink this already tiny breed’s size. Unfortunately, in the animal kingdom, the smallest animals are the ones that usually do not reproduce. Smaller size meant harder survival, especially among canines.

The Teacup Chihuahua was “created” through breeder efforts and their goal to selectively breed the smallest of Chihuahuas to make them more attractive to the buyer. The truth is, these breeders succeeded, and Micro Chihuahua is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. There is something incredibly fun and endearing in owning a dog that can literally fit in your pocket.

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Teacup Chihuahua size

The term “big” shouldn’t be used in the same sentence as these dogs. There is nothing big about them. The “teacup” size is not a metaphor; it refers to their ability to fit in a teacup; that is how small they are.

Average or “Standard” Chihuahuas can grow to be 9 inches tall and weigh up to 6.6 pounds. The Teacup Chihuahua has an average size of 6 inches and weighs 2 - 3 pounds. Maybe the only “big” thing about them is their relatively large eyes compared to their overall size.

How to determine if Chihuahua is standard or teacup?

Unfortunately, it is not possible. Genes don’t always play by the rules, and the Teacup Chihuahua is still a purebred dog, just their parents were extremely small. Genes can decide to skip a generation or two, and the new puppy that should be tiny ends up being average size.

In 90% of the times, the two Teacups will produce teacup puppies, but everything can happen, and we can’t always be sure about the exact size new puppies will grow up to be. Breeders that tell you they are 100% sure that their puppies will be Teacups are deceiving you. They will be right 90% of the time, but they will not be right in the other 10, and you might just end up with that 10%.

teacup chihuahua puppy playing

Temperament difference

There is not much difference between the regular Chihuahua and the Teacup Chihuahua. Both dogs are relatively smart and devoted to their owner. They can be a bit needy because they will want to spend all their time with their owners. These dogs can respond pretty well to training, and they excel at dog sports such as obedience or agility. Due to their smaller size, the Teacup Chihuahua will not be the best competitor.

Family dogs

Standard Chihuahuas can make pretty good family pets, but the Teacup version might not be the best choice for families with kids. It is not because these dogs have a temperament problem; on the contrary, they love to play and can be pretty affectionate towards kids. The problem is that children don’t understand how fragile such a small dog breed is.

While the Standard Chihuahua might tolerate a bit of a rougher play, the Teacup Chihuahua should be handled with extreme care. Accidentally stepping or sitting on a dog can have fatal consequences. Kids get hyped when playing with the dog, and they can easily get carried away and hurt the dog. If you are looking for a family dog, think about getting a Standard Chihuahua.

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Training and socialization

Training a Teacup Chihuahua will test your patience and nerves. They are tiny, and they have small bladders, which means they need to go - a lot. They tend to have difficulties housebreaking and combine that with a tiny bladder, and the result will most likely be a wet floor or a carpet. It will take your time to get these dogs used to do their business outside.

Like any other dog breed, the Micro Chihuahua will need proper training. Make sure you keep their activities short and interesting, no longer than 20 minutes at a time. They can get easily tired and can be “overworked” pretty fast. To get the best out of any dog, their bodies and minds need to be challenged and trained.

Socialization will also be the key if you want to have a dog on their best behavior. Teacup Chihuahuas can have a short fuse when it comes to other dogs, and they are not afraid to attack dogs that are 20 times their size. The outcome is pretty much set in stone, so the best way to stop it from happening is to have a well-behaved dog that will not attack a breed like the Labrador or the German Shepherd.

Teacup Chihuahua health

This is the tricky part of dogs selectively bred to have the one desired trait, like being extremely small. Breeding such small designer dogs is often questionable, to say the least. All health issues that a Standard Chihuahua might have are even more pronounced in a Teacup version. Teacup Chihuahuas are prone to:

  • Liver shunt
  • Tracheal collapse (all toy breeds are prone to it, check the sneezing article)
  • Patellar luxation
  • Eye and skin problems
  • Hypoglycemia

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Teacup Chihuahua for sale

Suppose you are looking to get a Teacup Chihuahua. In that case, you should find a reputable Chihuahua breeder that has all the necessary documents your future dog should have, along with health tests. It is vital that such a small and fragile dog is adequately tested and that their parents are in the best possible conditions. Don’t buy a dog from a breeder just because they have a Teacup Chihuahua for sale available right away. Take your time and look for a reputable breeder that produces the best possible dogs. If you are looking for a Teacup Chihuahua, be prepared to pay up to $2.000.

World Dog Finder team