4 Things You Should Know About Teacup and Toy Dog Breeds

By Brooke Chaplan 22 days ago at 12:00 am

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Teacup and toy dogs are a popular choice for dog-loving pet owners. Whether you’re searching for your first dog or planning to add a toy dog to your furry family, it helps to know a little more about these small creatures. Read on to discover four facts about toy and teacup dogs.

The Difference Between Teacup and Toy Dogs

The terms “teacup” and “toy” are often used interchangeably to describe small dogs, but the two are different. Toy breeds refer to breeds that are officially recognized as a toy breed by the American Kennel Club. Alternatively, “teacup” is the unofficial name given to small dogs. While a dog can be both toy and teacup, a teacup dog may simply be a small dog that isn’t one of the breeds recognized by the AKC.

The Breeding Process

One source of controversy when it comes to teacup and toy dogs is the breeding process. While different breeders have their own techniques, it’s best to choose a breeder that uses the most ethical methods. Do your research to find puppies for sale from a reputable breeder that uses ethical methods and offers a health guarantee. A good breeder will also get to know you and your family to make sure that you will provide a good home for their puppies.

Popular Teacup and Toy Breeds

Teacups and toy dogs are the smallest versions of their breeds. While small dogs come in every breed, there are certain breeds that teacup breeders gravitate towards. As most fans like their toy dogs and teacup dogs to be fluffy and adorable, breeds like the Pomeranian, Poodle, Beagle, Maltese Pomsky, Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, and Bichon Frise are all favorites.

Potential Health Issues

Toy and teacup dogs often face many health issues. While different breeds have their own issues, smaller dogs tend to experience problems with their vision, diabetes, heart, and similar problems. As you look into teacup and toy dogs, keep these potential health issues in mind, and be sure to talk to your breeder about if they are up to date on their shots.

In addition to the aforementioned health concerns, teacup and toy dogs need owners that are overly cautious about their small size. As these dogs are smaller than average, they need extra protection to keep them safe from being squashed, stepped on, or worse.

If you’re a fan of small dogs, teacup and toy dogs may be the best option for you. Use this guide to help you make the right decision as you search for your new four-legged bundle of joy.

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