You've probably heard of some Chihuahuas being coined the term "Teacup". While many people may think they know what Teacup Chihuahuas are, the truth is they probably don't. However, after reading this article you should have a better understanding of them.
WHAT DOES "TEACUP" ACTUALLY MEAN?
It's a common misconception that when someone refers to a Chihuahua as a "Teacup", they're referring to a specific breed. This isn't the case, though; In fact, the only official Chihuahua breeds recognized by any major canine association are the smooth or short-coat and long-coat Chihuahua. As you might have guessed by the name, short-coat Chihuahuas have a shorter coat of hair than their counterpart the long-coat.
So, you're probably asking yourself why so many people call Chihuahuas Teacup, Toy, or Miniature. Well, people call them terms like that for different reasons. Some people just call their Chihuahua a Teacup Chihuahua because they're small or tiny. However, breeders use these terms to try and add value to their Chihuahuas. By giving a Chihuahua a special name such as Teacup, they can possibly sell them for more to unsuspecting buyers. If you see a breeder advertising an official "Teacup" Chihuahua for sale, you should avoid them at all cost, as there's no such thing as an official Teacup Chihuahua.
Unfortunately, many sellers breed their Chihuahuas to become smaller and smaller just so they can slap a "Teacup" label on them. Remember, there are no official Teacup Chihuahuas; it's just a word many people use when referring to a small Chihuahua.
There's nothing wrong with owning a Teacup Chihuahua. In fact, they can make some of the most wonderful pets. However, if you plan on owning one, though, there are a few things you should know first:
- Health - Above all else, you want to be sure you have a healthy and happy Teacup Chihuahua. When you first get them, take them to the veterinarian for a checkup and their first sets of shots (known as booster shots). You will have to periodically take them back for more shots.
- Hypoglycemia - Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a common health problem many Teacup Chihuahuas face. You can help prevent this by making sure your Teacup Chihuahua is fed throughout the day and by making sure there isn't too much time in between their meals. Always consult with your Vet and see what the best method to prevent and treat hypoglycemia.
- Training - As with any indoor dog, you will have to train your Teacup Chihuahua to potty outside. This isn't as hard as many people may think. You can start by purchasing a crate for your Teacup Chihuahua to sleep in at night. This will keep them from having accidents at night since most Chihuahuas wont go potty where they have to sleep. During the day, take your Teacup Chihuahua outside to potty often and give them a treat when they're good. Before you know it, you will have a fully housebroken Teacup Chihuahua!
- Socializing - This is something which is often overlooked by many Teacup Chihuahua owners but shouldn't be forgotten. By Socializing your Teacup Chihuahua early, you will help them grow to become more gentle around other people and animals. You can socialize your Teacup Chihuahua by taking them outside for walks around the neighborhood, taking trips with you while you run errands, going to a friend or family members house, or just a trip to the pet store. As long as they're in contact with other people and animals, they will start to become used to them.