Teacup Dog Breeds
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The designer doggy trend has truly taken over the dog lovers’ community. From unique mixes to selective breeding for odd but lovable features, it seems like a race to get the most instagrammable pooch. What is probably the best part of the designer doggy trend is the emergence of teacup breeds. These doggies are truly heart-melting with their cute little features and the fact that they can literally fit in your palm.

Arguably the most popular teacup dog breeds right now are the teacup Maltese, teacup Poodle, and the teacup Pomeranian. Here are more about these tiny superstars and 14 others that should be on your radar.

17. Teacup Pug

The teacup pug is undeniably cute with its smooshed-in little face and huge eyes. It is steadily gaining on the sweet full-sized pug in terms of popularity and demand.

Unfortunately, the Teacup Pug inherits all the health issues of the Pug including the breathing difficulties due to the brachycephalic facial structure. Their size actually worsens the symptoms of most of these issues making it one of the sickliest of teacup breeds.

16. Teacup Dachshund

Doxies are already so small and cute, so it is no surprise that their teacup variations are so adorable. What is interesting about this teacup breed is that for some reason, it is less popular than the full size and miniature versions of the breed.

Whatever the case, these are awesome little doggies that pack quite a punch. They are known for their spirited personalities and their incredibly affectionate nature.

15. Teacup Pekingese

The teacup Pekingese is another flat-faced little cutie that is popular for its sweet personality. These doggies have a Velcro personality and are known to form almost obsessive bonds with their favorite human companions.

Interestingly, they are also very independent and can comfortably be left alone for long periods of time without getting scared or frustrated. However, when you return you will have a lot of making up to do with playtime and cuddles.

14. Teacup Fox Terrier

Unlike their larger, more energetic companions, the Teacup Fox Terrier is a very laid-back doggie. They are considered the perfect alternative for fans of the Fox Terrier that want more manageable doggies in terms of attention and care needs.

They also tend to be very reserved and may be a bit feisty especially with other pets and around unfamiliar individuals. All you have to do to avoid incidents here is simply socialize the dog as early as possible.

13. Teacup Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Klee Kai is naturally a small dog often mistaken for a miniature version of different husky breeds.

There are breeders who take it further by breeding runt Alaskan Klee Kai doggies to produce even smaller teacup versions although this is not a very common practice.

These doggies are known for being very playful and have a mischievous side especially when they are frustrated from inadequate playtime. They are also really smart and willing to learn and therefore very trainable.

12. Teacup Brussels Griffon

The Teacup Brussels Griffon looks a lot like a teacup pug. This is mainly due to their brachycephalic facial structure and dome-shaped head. However, the Brussels Griffon variety tends to be sturdier and may sometimes have a bearded snout.

The little doggies can be aloof especially with strangers and require early socialization to tap into their friendlier side. On the other hand, they are very affectionate and loyal to their close human companions.

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11. Teacup German Spitz

Technically speaking, the teacup German Spitz is closer in dimensions and weight to a miniature dog than an actual teacup. However, they are frequently marketed as teacup doggies.

They are also often confused for the Pomeranian and their teacup variations. However, the German Spitz and its teacup version are smaller and less fluffy. They are also more social and playful and get along really well with young children.

10. Teacup Shih Tzu

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they hear about the Shih Tzu is a long -haired pooch with a lovely bow on the top of their head. This is how they commonly groomed especially in show dog circles.

On the other hand, the teacup Shih Tzu is often groomed differently with the coat being left short or medium length at most. This allows you to appreciate some of its most endearing features, including its large beautiful eyes.

9. Teacup Chihuahua

The Chihuahua in general is the smallest dog breed there is. It therefore goes without saying that their teacup versions are some of the smallest in the designer doggy group.

These dogs are very affectionate and tend to thrive on attention and company from their human friends. They are also very shy and tend to be nervous especially around unfamiliar individuals and larger pets.

In a nutshell, this is the kind of dog you literally have to turn into an accessory and take everywhere with you to keep them happy.

8. Teacup Yorkshire Terrier

Teacup yorkie terriers were among the first in the teacup category when the designer doggy trend began. The doggies are already very small even in their standard size so shrinking them to teacup size ranges is not as difficult as with other breeds.

These spirited little bundles of love and light are very affectionate with their family members and are known to follow their favorite humans around everywhere. They are also significantly easier to train as they are less stubborn and more eager to please than full yorkies.

7. Teacup King Charles Spaniel

The Teacup King Charles Spaniel is different from many breeds on our list as the teacup version is often obtained from mixed breeding with another dog breed. However, most are developed by breeding King Charles Spaniels with the dwarfism gene. Whatever the case, most take after King Charles Spaniel’s appearance and temperament.

They are the ideal teacup lapdog for pet owners who want a dog that is both affectionate and independent.

6. Teacup Bolognese

The Teacup Bolognese dog is one of the rarest teacup breeds there is. In fact, some dog breeding experts do not even believe it exists with most claiming that they are simply miniature Bolognese dogs.

However, there are a few breeders who develop the tiny doggies from selectively breeding Bolognese runts. These doggies are very similar in appearance to others like it including the teacup Bichon Frise and the teacup Maltese.

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5. Teacup American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel is the smaller of the two types of Cocker Spaniels. They are therefore the best source of the teacup version of the cocker spaniel.

These doggies are very easy to live with especially in apartment settings. They have very minimal maintenance needs from grooming to exercise. They are also very quiet which is in sharp contrast to other teacups that are infamous for their yappy personalities.

4. Teacup Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is already considered one of the most adorable looking dog breeds there is. There is just something about their fluffy, white coats and big, black eyes that make them look like little clouds in the best way possible.

Their teacup variations are just as feisty as their larger relatives and are awesome lap dogs. The best part is that they are hypoallergenic. They are also generally very low maintenance.

3. Teacup Pomeranian

There are few things on earth as heart-melting as teacup Pomeranians. Whether it is a snow white beauty or a tan little ball of fur, it is not so hard to see why they are super popular in the designer teacup doggy market.

While they are awesome to look at and play with, they are quite a handful in terms of personality. Pun intended. They are known to be yappy and super playful although they get tuckered out very quickly after energy bursts.

2. Teacup Poodle

Teacup poodles are infinitely more adorable than their standard-sized relatives in more ways than one. In addition to being stinking cute with their pall-sized build, they have very sweet personalities.

They are more social and affectionate than other poodles and get along very well with both strangers and their human companions. However, they also tend to be a little stubborn especially when they do not get the attention they want or enough playtime.

1. Teacup Maltese

Teacup Maltese doggies literally look like little stuffed animals and there is nothing cuter. They have thick, white coats and big, black eyes that give them the aesthetic that has made them such a hit in the teacup dog world.

While these doggies are sweet and affectionate with their owners, they really do not like strangers. They tend to get very worked up and will bark up a storm unless efforts are made to calm them down.

Related Questions

How Many Years Do Teacup Dogs Live? Teacup dog breeds on average live for 12 to 16 years. For the most part, smaller dog breeds tend to live longer and as the smallest, it comes as no surprise that teacup breeds have very long life spans. However, their size comes with a host of health issues including risk of hypoglycemia, heart defects, and breathing issues.

Why Are Teacup Puppies Bad? Teacup puppies are not always good due to the associated health issues. Their selective breeding required to produce them may retain problematic genes resulting in a number of health issues including heart defects and hormonal imbalances. They are also quite fragile and at risk of serious injuries or even death from accidents. 

Why Are Teacup Puppies So Expensive? Teacup puppies are expensive mainly due to their high demand. They are without a doubt the most popular line of designer breeds due to their cute aesthetic. This is something that breeders take advantage of for crazy price markups in the thousands of dollars range.

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