Unfortunately, our human passion for creating everything smaller and smaller, seems to have carried over to our choice of dogs, as so many breeds have been purposefully bred smaller and smaller so that many are not shrunk to such tiny sizes that we call them “teacup” sized.
The craze for carrying tiny dogs about inside pockets and purses is seriously harming the canine world and causing many problems that are unlikely to be solved anytime in the near future.
For instance, there are very good reasons why the American Kennel Club or other reputable clubs and breeding organizations will not recognize a “teacup” sized canine, with the most important reason being that there is no such thing as a “teacup” sized dog, of any breed, and to actually create such a small sized dog ends up being a breeding process that creates misery in so many ways.
Perhaps you don’t know that a “Toy” sized dog is any different that one called “teacup”, so please realize that actual Toy breed dogs are real, registered purebreds, that are bred to be a specific size.
On the other hand, a “teacup” dog is a total myth that unprofessional, irresponsible breeders have chosen to describe a genetic anomaly that no responsible breeder would ever condone.
A “teacup” is created by breeding the runt or smallest and weakest puppies in a litter to other smaller or weaker puppies to create ever smaller sizes. In other words, the “teacup” is created from pairing the unhealthiest to the unhealthiest.
Even worse is that these types of breeders have totally duped the public into paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy these unhealthy dogs that often will die prematurely from any number of health issues.
As well, the puppy mill or puppy farm industry, which is a hugely lucrative business, preys on the public’s infatuation with ever smaller dogs as the smaller they are, the less space is required to operate these disreputable pregnancy for profit organizations, and many unsuspecting purchasers are often sold puppies that are taken from their mother’s at an extremely young age (4-5 weeks old) because they are still a smaller size and can be passed off as “teacup” dogs.
Even worse…yes, there IS worse, is that many disreputable breeders trying to create “teacup” sized dogs will deny the tiny puppies proper food during their second largest growth spurt (between 3 and 8 weeks of age).
Yes, they actually starve these tiny puppies in order to stunt their growth.
They are removed from the mother dog, which denies them the healthy colostrum they need from their mother’s milk, and instead are fed puppy formula, but just enough to keep them alive.
The immune systems of these unfortunate puppies is seriously compromised, they don’t receive the calcium they need for proper bone growth or the protein they need for proper muscle and brain development.
There are many risks involved with breeding very small dogs, and mothers often die when whelping puppies (as do the puppies), but this is a “financial risk” these types of breeders take, because they can ask such a high price for any “teacup” puppies that might survive.
Once you’ve paid the high price for such an abnormally small puppy, you will likely continue to pay, not to mention how much the actual puppy may pay with their poor health.
There is an almost endless of common health issues associated with so-called “teacup” puppies and dogs, including:
• Ectrodactyly (birth defect of the feet)
• Trisomy (chromosomal birth defect)
• Liver shunts (blood bypasses the liver)
• Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level)
• Heart problems
• Open soft spots on the skull
• Collapsing trachea (honking, choking, breathing problems)
• Respiratory problems
• Eating problems
• Digestive problems
• Limb deformities
• Easily broken bones (even when playing, jumping or running)
• spay/neuter problems
Besides being extremely frail, which means their bones can be broken during normal exercise, or if they are accidentally stepped on or they jump down from a couch, and that they can be easily killed if someone sits on, or rolls on top of such a tiny dog, they are so close to the ground that they come into very close contact with many allergens and toxic products.
Further, many of these extra small little dogs are looked upon by other, more normal sized canines, as prey because they can be mistaken for rabbits, rats, or other vermin, which means they may more often be attacked by another dog.
Also, they certainly can never be permitted to play with another normal sized dog, or small children, because they could accidentally be seriously injured, which means that their opportunities for socializing will be very limited.
As well, tiny dogs are easy prey for large birds, such as hawks, eagles and owls who can quickly swoop down and carry them off. There are many reports of small harnesses and collars having accumulated inside the nests of birds of prey.
A regular Toy breed is already quite small (between 4 and 7 pounds) and there are plenty of smaller, purebred companions to choose from, such as the Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian, Papillon, and Toy Poodle, so why do we humans need to create unhealthy abnormalities and call them “teacup” dogs when it causes so much suffering on so many levels? Answer: for profit.
I hope that if you want to share your life with a small breed canine, that you will choose a properly registered Toy breed because making the right choice will help to put an end to inhumane breeding practices and this ridiculous human obsession of wanting everything smaller, just so we can impress our friends with an abnormally tiny dog.
Cute as you might think it is, the only thing that should ever fit into a teacup is hot water and a teabag, because when it comes down to breeding ever tinier dogs, cuteness kills.
The helpful staff at www.PeachyKleenPets.com hope that you have enjoyed learning that smaller is NOT better when we’re talking about our faithful canine companions.
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