“Teacup” puppies is a somewhat controversial term among dog breeders. Officially there is no such as a teacup maltipoo or teacup puppy of any kind. It is just a name that breeders have placed on some very small puppies.
The word “Teacup” has been used to merely describe the size of a puppy, meaning it’s really small and will be more than likely under the standard size which is around 4 to 7 pounds for the Toy Group of dogs. But getting a very small dog smaller than 4-7 pounds may mean that the dog might be very fragile, and can more easily be hurt by jumping of the couch, falling off of a bed, or perhaps being stepped on accidentally.
There are quite a few breeders who breed these small puppies and label them as a breed. Just remember that if a breeder has in mind to breed a “teacup” dog, then they are intentionally trying to make that dog small. That tactic is criticized by many reputable breeders in that these very small dogs can have a more likelihood of being born with health problems or developing in them later.
As stated, some breeders are adamant that there is no such thing as a teacup Maltese, Poodle, or any other breed. It has been stated that the “teacup” name is simply a marketing ploy to drive up the price of these puppies They simply do not exist. Some of these so called “Teacups”can actually cost thousands of dollars, which are ridiculous figures. And it seems that there are quite a few chronically unhealthy little puppies because of the type of breeding it takes to get the dog small enough to be sold as a “teacup.”
However, these Teacup dogs are popular today because of their small size; thus, it is not uncommon that they are bred and sell very quickly. However, remember that these dogs are overly prone to many health issues. There are many risks for buyers who choose not to use reputable breeders who will do genetic health testing and make sure that they do their breeding by the correct standards.
These dogs are often dogs that were born prematurely, thus the increased health risks. They are likely to have heart problems, problems with their teeth, owners see behavioral/tempermental problems with various other complications. Also, putting all of these factors together and you may very well get a dog that has a relatively short life span. Therefore, many or most breeders do not breed Teacups, as they do not breed anything smaller than 4 pounds. Sometimes a dog labeled as a teacup may just actually be the runt of a litter.
So, keep these things in mind. We don’t advise people to search for dogs less than the 4-7 pound range, however, if you do run across one and determined to have that size, make sure that the dog is thoroughly examined by a qualified veterinarian and that you take much greater precautions with this animal than you might with others. Check out our home page for our table of contents to find out more about Maltipoos.