Teacup dogs, smaller than your average breed dog, have become a popular trend among pet owners since 2007, when they first made headlines. Recently, celebrities have even started sharing their adorable fur babies on social media!

The Good:
Are you searching for a companion or something smaller than your regular pup? These cute little puppies make great additions to any family. But before adopting one of these cuties, be sure to do your due diligence and research the breed thoroughly.

When selecting a breeder for your puppy, make sure they prioritize the health of their breeding stock. Request to see both parents and siblings’ medical records, if possible; if not, it may be best to move on.

Some of these tiny dogs are susceptible to diseases that could significantly decrease their quality of life and even their mortality. Examples include hypoglycemia, which causes weakness and other signs of illness when an animal’s body doesn’t get enough calories.

Genetic predispositions may make them susceptible to heart disease and have issues with their kneecap (known as patella luxation).

These sweet pups were bred to be companions, so they should live best in homes with adults.

These dogs’ petite stature and short muzzles make them perfect lap dogs. Unfortunately, due to their sensitive nature, they may not be suitable for families with young children or those who spend much of their time working.

Some teacup breeds, such as chihuahuas and pugs, tend to be naturally hyperactive. This can make them easily bored, so it’s best to socialize these dogs with other pets and people from an early age.

Shih Tzus and beagles tend to be cheerful dogs, making them great apartment companions. Plus, since these breeds don’t bark much, you won’t have to worry about annoying your neighbors with noise.

They will require frequent grooming, either at home or at a dog grooming salon.

Tiny dogs require a special diet in order to get all of the necessary nutrients. They must receive enough water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins in order to grow healthy and strong.

Their small statures make them particularly vulnerable to dental issues like tooth decay and bone-related conditions like osteoporosis. While larger dog breeds typically do not experience these issues, smaller pups can if not properly cared for develop dental issues and osteoporosis.

Teacup dogs have an increased likelihood of respiratory issues and heart disease, both of which can be fatal. These puppies also tend to develop collapsing tracheas, which are congenital abnormalities that weaken the rings around their trachea, allowing air to pass from their throat into their lungs.

It is essential to take your pet regularly for checkups at the veterinarian. If there are any issues, make sure they receive immediate medical attention.

Teacup dogs can be expensive, so be mindful when considering adding one to your household. But, if you’re committed to getting a smaller pup and have both time and money to give them all the love and attention they require, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience for both of you – an enjoyable journey that brings out the best in both of you.