Known as a little bit yappy, and a whole lot sassy, the Teacup Chihuahua is a popular toy sized breed.
The Teacup Chihuahua is the smallest of the smallest Chihuahuas selectively bred together to ensure a mini or “teacup” version is born.
They have all the vigour, sass and affection of a standard sized breed.
However, due to their tiny size they’re known to have lower maintenance needs.
From their appearance and temperament to breeders and puppies, our guide to the little sassy, yappy and hot-headed amigo will provide you with everything you need to know.
|Teacup Chihuahua Breed Summary|
|Size||> 6 inches in height|
|Lifespan||7 – 12 years|
|Suitable For||Individuals and Families With Older Children|
|Color Variations||White, Black, Fawn, Cream, Gold, Or Chocolate|
|Temperament||Sassy, Energetic, Protective, Affectionate, And Loyal|
|Other Names||Micro Chihuahua, Toy Chihuahua|
Teacup Chihuahua: Dog Breed Information
Quite possibly known as one of the smallest most hot headed dog breeds, Teacup Chihuahuas are full of spunk with a “take no messing” attitude.
So what happens when this breed is further compacted down a size?
Well, you get an even smaller feisty little dog – nothing is boring about this sassy pooch.
This is the world’s smallest toy dog breed which is designed to be a loyal companion.
Chihuahua Dog History
The United States recorded the first appearance of this tiny apple-headed breed when a well-known dog judge (James Watson) travelled to Mexico to investigate reports of this infamous sassy toy-dog breed.
Here, he purchased the first Chihuahua known to the U.S and named it Manzanita (little apple). He then returned to the United States with his new feisty friend.
Popularity was slow.
This breed was solely bred for companion purposes, due to its tiny size and lack of athletic abilities.
In the 1960s, this dog was first recognized by the American Kennel Club, and in the same decade it made the top 10 breed list of the decade.
Today, they are still extremely popular, sitting at number 2 on the top 10 small dog breeds in the world.
They are known to have a whole lot of personality making them an extremely entertaining sidekick for dog lovers.
Teacup Chihuahua History
The Teacup is not a separate breed and therefore their history is exactly the same as the standard sized Chi.
They are not officially recognized by any Kennel Club as an indepdent breed.
The Teacup Chihuahua is just a name used by breeders to describe a micro or mini sized Chihuahua.
This extra small teacup-sized pup is created by breeders selectively mating the smallest Chis from each litter.
Teacup Chihuahua Puppies
Due to their tiny size, they are often born by caesarean section by a professional Veterinarian.
Their tiny bodies and apple-like heads make the natural birthing process quite dangerous for the mother.
This is the same for a Teacup Chihuahua puppy.
However, smaller dogs are known to give birth to smaller litters. The average litter for a Teacup may therefore only be one to three pups.
A Teacup Chihuahua price differs significantly. Some breeders are known to take advantage of teacup dogs therefore prices can be from $500 to $2,000 USD.
Teacup Chihuahua Temperament
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The Teacup Chihuahuas temperament and behavior mirrors that of the standard sized parent.
It is no secret that they are hot-headed, spicy little things.
They have a whole lot of attitude and a whole lot of vigor even for a small dog.
These little pups are far from boring and some may say they have more sass than our feline friends!
You either hate the Chihuahua breed, or you adore them.
Their attentiveness combined with minimal exercise requirements actually makes them the perfect lap dog for the elderly or busy on-the-go individuals.
Does This Dog Bark?
For a small dog, Teacup Chihuahuas are a very protective breed and will guard you with their life.
You will definitely catch them yapping at strangers or unfamiliar objects. However, yapping is a behavior which may be tamed by desensitizing them to new things at an early age.
This can prevent unnecessary barking and insecurities. Early socialization is important in all dogs, especially the Chihuahua.
This breed is well suited to most living situations due to their small size:
- They fit in well with apartment living
- They deal equally well with suburban living and even country living (don’t be surprised to catch them barking away at a chicken or two)
They are highly adaptable and extremely affectionate to their loved ones.
The Chihuahua is also playful, with loads of energy making them extraordinary entertainers for children.
However, due to their small size, they may not be suitable for very young family members as they are delicate and need to be handled with care.
Remember, although they are small, they require training and house breaking. This is to ensure that little dog syndrome doesn’t develop which can turn your already light-hearted sassy dog into a little more of a nightmare.
Affection, love and patience are all required to tame your little sassy amiga.
Caring For A Chihuahua Dog (Feeding, Exercise & Training)
This dog is easy to care for, as long as they have your time and affection.
They are highly dependent on their owners for love, care and adore tagging along.
Food and Diet Requirements
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As a general rule of thumb, small dog breeds require 40 calories per pound of body weight.
The Teacup Chihuahua therefore only requires ~150 calories per day.
Split this up into two meals a day, and the Teacup Chihuahua only needs around 75 calories per meal.
Being a very small dog breed, they have tiny stomachs and tiny energy requirements. Therefore, it is no surprise that they will require such small amounts of food.
We recommend feeding them a high quality dry kibble specialized for smaller dog breeds. These diets are specifically formulated to meet the specific energy, protein and fat requirements of the smaller breed.
Exercising Your Dog
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Minimal exercise is required for the Teacup breed.
This little pup dog has been known to act like they have more energy than they really do and can easily over tire themselves.
They love to push their limits which isn’t good for their health.
In general, they only require approximately 20 minutes of exercise per day. This includes walk time and hyper play time.
The Teacup Chihuahua will still appreciate a short walk each day, and if leash training is done properly, then this pup will proudly march by your side.
Don’t forget their coat, this tiny dog is prone to feeling the breeze.
Be prepared for playtime with plenty of toys, this is a great form of exercise and bonding.
Why not try tug of war? This is a simple game which may help get all of that active aggression out of that wee puppy body.
Their sassy-ness is a major part of their personality, this can be easily seen when you start training.
Teacup Chihuahuas are a little stubborn, and easily get bored easily, however just remember to be patient.
This dog isn’t the smartest breed and they are stubborn, but this doesn’t mean that training is impossible.
Never shout at your dog, stick to positive reinforcement. Reward your pup for good behavior with toys, treats and praise.
Dog’s love pleasing their owners so hearing just how happy they have made you, is definitely rewarding for them and their little tail will start wagging away!
They may growl and become yappy around unfamiliar dogs. Begin socialization of your Chihuahua with new people, animals and even dogs as soon as possible. Reward them for being kind to other people, family pets and animals. This will make a huge difference in your dog’s temperament as an adult.
The Teacup Chihuahua is genetically predisposed to the same hereditary diseases as the standard size. These include:
- Heart disease
- Corneal dystrophy
Heart Disease is the most common health issue. They are prone to cardiac issues such as mitral valve disease. It is important to make sure your Chihuahua stays fit and healthy as obesity may lead to heart failure.
Corneal dystrophy is the development of a clear film on the eyelid which may eventually lead to vision impairment. Treatment includes eye drops, or antibiotics or even eye surgery.
Hypoglycaemia is common in small dog breeds but even more so in teacup breeds.
If a Teacup Chihuahua misses a single meal, then they are at risk of going into shock as glucose is cut off from their brain leaving them extremely weak.
Teacup Chihuahua Color, Appearance, Coat and Grooming
Standing at less than 6 inches in height and weighing less than 3 pounds, a Teacup Chihuahua full grown is definitely a tiny dog breed.
They have a small frame, just like the standard breed, with an apple-like head to match.
Their eyes are large and round. They have large and erect ears which move in response to their environment.
For example, they may put their ears flat and back against their head when they feel threatened and are showing their aggression.
Their coats come in a range of colors which include white, black, fawn, chocolate, gold or cream.
This dog breed usually comes in solid colors although some may have hints or shades of different colors for example, white with black or white with fawn.
The grooming requirements of the Teacup Chihuahua depends on their coat length:
- Short haired Chis will require its coat brushing once per week
- The long haired Chihuahua is a little higher maintenance and will require a brushing three times weekly
If the long haired Chi is not brushed as recommended, then you will be sure to find fur scattered everywhere, as well as potential matting.
Other than brushing requirements, caring for this dog is extremely simple and basic as with other dog breeds.
The Teacup Chihuahua is a lot like their parent breed, filled with sass, attitude and of course love!
This is a tiny amigo which is worth keeping around.
Designed to be a true companion, this breed fits into a variety of living situations, big or small.
With patience and love, training can accomplish the desensitizing of their sassy attitude and you will have yourself a loving little canine member who will sit by your side.
Minimal exercise requirements, and a hilarious attitude, make this breed an exciting adventure for those busier or older individuals.
If you can keep up with their sass and handle a bit of yap, then this breed may just be able to squiggle their way into your heart.