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Teacup Dogs

Teacup dogs are essentially small dogs that usually weigh less than 22 lbs in weight and 16 inches in height.



Although a few specimens of the breed may be a little taller and heavier than that measurement, if the majority of the dogs in the breed fall under the measurement, they are considered to be small dogs. One of the most common tiny teacup dog breeds is the Chihuahua dog, which is a native of North America and will generally grow to a height of about six an ten inches, although the taller Chihuahuas will grow as tall as 15 inches and weigh no more than 6.6 lbs.



The Chihuahua comes in a variety of color including sable, Irish spotting, tan points, red, white, black and a host of many others, thereby making them a very sought after pet because the owner is able to choose his or her favorite color combination.

Tiny teacup dog breeds unfortunately suffer from a host of medical conditions.



For example, most small dogs are known to have thin, weak bones while blood sugar disorders and a number of other medical problems are common place as a result of unfavorable genetic factors. One of the biggest problems that breeders face with small dogs is the fact that when two of these miniature dogs are mated, it usually results in the production of even smaller offspring.

Small dogs are becoming an increasingly popular choice for people all over the world. While they do not really provide the protection that most of the larger canines are prided upon, they are aesthetically very good to look at and are very affectionate animals. While the dogs are of significantly small structural size, they are rather easy to train. Although some pups will pick up the commands much faster than others. One of the biggest advantages with caring for a most small, teacup sized dog is the fact that they shed virtually no hair at all, making them very low maintenance pets to care for. However, picking up the right breed is essential if you are looking for this benefit so make sure to consult your veterinarian before making a choice on the kind of breed you want or you could inadvertently end up with a dog that sheds excessive amounts of hair – leaving you to vacuum your house for hours every day. The fact that most small dogs are great with children makes them a real family dog.

 
  Submitted on June 3, 2010