Teacup Chihuahua: Are Teacup Dogs Cruelty to Animals?

So-called teacup dogs like the teacup chihuahua are not a breed of their own, but rather tiny breeds of small dogs. They are so small that they fit into a teacup as full-grown animals, hence the name "Teacup". As cute as the mini dogs look, their small size is associated with health problems for the animals themselves. Therefore, breeding Teacup dogs is considered cruelty to animals. The tiny teacup Chihuahua fits into a teacup - Shutterstock / Linn Currie

Teacup dogs are frowned upon by reputable breeders, but unfortunately you can earn a lot of money with the tiny animals. A teacup chihuahua, with its big googly eyes, large head, mini-body and delicate legs, fulfills the children's scheme - and many people cannot resist it. Buyers are often unaware that this type of breeding could be cruelty to animals.

Tiny, Tiny, Teacup Dogs

Teacup dogs can happen to be in one litter with all small dog breeds. However, the mini-dogs do not meet the breed standard and are not allowed for further breeding by reputable breeders. For example, an adult teacup chihuahua weighs no more than 1,000 grams, but a normal representative of this breed should weigh at least 2,000 to 3,000 grams according to the standard. The tiny animals are also available in the Yorkshire Terrier, Shih Tzu or Maltese breeds, but lace and poodles are also available in miniature format.

Chihuahua: The smallest breed of dog in the world

Cruelty to animals: mini-dogs like the Teacup Chihuahua

Dubious breeders not only sell the random Teacup dogs from a litter at a completely overpriced price, but also mate the particularly small dogs with each other. The dog mother is too small to give birth to her puppies naturally, because the heads of her babies are too big. The mini-puppies then have to be born by Caesarean section - a great burden for the mother animal.

Due to its small size, the Teacup Chihuahua and its fellow sufferers face significant health problems. For example, the skullcap is often only as thin as paper - or not at all. The kneecaps in the thin legs sometimes pop out with the slightest movement. This so-called patella luxation prevents poor animals from behaving in a manner appropriate to the species. If a dog cannot run around to its heart's content, sniff the area and frolic, then this is cruelty to animals. Teacup Shih Tzus, on the other hand, often have an underbite and cannot eat properly. Rapid hypoglycemia, heart problems and a generally low life expectancy are often added.

Do not support agony breeding

Don't be tempted by the cute look of the Teacup dogs or out of pity to buy such animals. They mean well, but the dubious breeders feel encouraged by every (for them) successful business to continue with this cruelty to animals. Instead, plan a lot of time for the dog purchase to adopt a healthy four-legged friend from a loving breed or - even better - a cute dog from the animal shelter. This is how you support people who care about the well-being of animals.

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