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How Do I Know If My New Chihuahua Puppy Is A Teacup Or Not?

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I believe only if it weighs under 3 1/2 pounds when full grown
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There is no such designation as a teacup chihuahua, some "breeders" use this term as a money-maker chi's range from 2-6 pounds and sometimes even smaller naturally.
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If you got the chihuahua from a breeder that called a teacup  well the you have been misinformed  it is an adjective to make the small dog seem worth more money  Chihuahuas as the AKC standard states Chihuahuas are to be 6 lbs or under  the Chihuahua Club of America has a lot of information about the  misleading of the public by breeders who are out to really just make a buck  and they usually will not inform the public that smaller the chihuahua the more prone they are to health problems
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If your chihuahua is under 4 pounds then the chihuahua is considered teacup
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There is No Such Thing as a Teacup, Miniature, Micro, or Pocket Size Chihuahua. Teacup and all the other terms are just names, that irresponsible breeders use, when they breed one Runt(So-Called Teacup) to another Runt, in order to get smaller puppies and charge people outrageous prices for them. If you have a picture you can post, I can tell you if you have a Runt or a Standard size Chihuahua! Type "The Teacup Myth" in your search bar and see what comes up!
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Hi i recently purchased a little tiny puppy and I was wondering if you were able to tell me it was a teacup or not.
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Probably best to ask that as a new question, perhaps including a description or link to a photo :)
Elaine Vellianitis Profile
A Chihuahua is a Chihuahua, no matter what size it is. There is No Such Thing as a Teacup, Mini, Micro, or Pocket Size Chihuahua. There is a Runt (smallest puppy in a litter), to every litter. The term Teacup is a made up term used by so-called breeders who breed one Tiny Runt, to another Tiny Runt in order to achieve even smaller puppies. Runts should never be bred because they are way too fragile and tiny and their little bodies are not built to carry and whelp (deliver ) puppies. I used to breed Chihuahuas and I have Runts from Standard Size Chihuahuas weighing 6 pounds, but I never once even considered breeding my Runts. I cannot even imagine putting such a tiny dog through the trauma of pregnancy and whelping.
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Genetically it would carry the dwarfing gene... Also by breed standards it would have to be a certain size and weight
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How old is your pup? Tea cup's only weigh 2 -3 lbs full grown. Miniature's weigh 5-7 lbs.
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There isn't any breed standards because there is no such thing on any breed. With Chihuahua's specifically there is no distinction other than a long hair or a short hair. All Chihuahua's are just Chihuahua's when it comes to size whether they are 2 pounds or 20. If your Chihuahua weighs two pounds it is a two pound Chihuahua. It is nothing else unless it has to do with coat type.

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There isn't any such thing. The terms such as teacup, pocket, micro and whatever else they come up with next do not actually exist as classifications in most or all cases. If you have a 2 pound chihuahua you have a two pound chihuahua, if you have a 12 pound chihuahua you have a 12 pound chihuahua (or yorkie, or Maltese or whatever else for that matter).

The problem (or A problem) with buying a puppy from someone who uses those terms to describe their puppies (and in some breeds like the bulldog it is mini that is more commonly used) is that they are probably either dishonest or they are not knowledgeable enough about their breed (and possibly breeding though they may have good intentions) if they don't even know that's a made up sales tactic. Both scenarios can contribute to an unhealthy puppy and neither of those is likely to be able or willing to properly educate you on the negatives (like VERY short lives that tend to be riddled with problems, risks, and additional care that the really tiny ones need. While a breeder may have smaller dogs the ones you want to buy from NEVER use those terms and will adamantly tell you they don't exist while explaining the extra care, health problems, and usually shorter life span of their pup that is likely to be much smaller than the average (among other distinctions). If you like a certain breed please do not use size as a factor or at least look for one that will be of a healthier size which is still very small. Do not look for a pup that will grow to be less than at LEAST 4 ½ to 5 pounds or larger, you will likely be very sorry for yourself and your pup.
Here's what some of the breed clubs (who determine and set the AKC standard which means the IDEAL example of that breed here in the USA have to say about those terms:

www.chihuahuaclubofamerica.com

www.americanshihtzuclub.org

  www.ytca.org  

www.americanmaltese.org

www.poodleclubofamerica.com

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