The Myth of Tea-cup Chihuahuas
|Over the last few years I have had many enquiries with regards to Tea-Cup Chihuahuas. On being advised there are only two classifications for Chihuahua's, Long Coat and Smooth Coat I am told that there are breeders who claim to breed Tea-Cup Chihuahuas. Please read the official article with regards to the above sponsored by the Chihuahua Club of America. This article can be found on the Web Site of the Chihuahua Club of America http: www.chihuahuaclubofamerica.com/teacup. All Chihuahua Clubs world wide disprove of ' Tea-Cup and Pocket Size' classification and not in favour of breeding Micro Small Chihuahuas. The correct term used in all breeds of dogs for the smallest is RUNT. All breeds of dogs produce runts at some time or another, in Chihuahuas of course great lengths are taken to ensure the puppy survives, whereas in the larger breeds sad to say, runts are often disposed of. Freaky small Chihuahua's do not make healthily dogs, they often do not live long lives as I have been told so often by owners who purchased them as a Tea-Cup. Nine out of ten of these puppies are Hydrocephalus (water on the brain) They are tiny puppies who do not thrive well and normally have large heads, the molera (hole in the head) which all Chihuahuas have in these puppies is often larger than normal. It is advisable for new owners to check the molera of the puppy if told it is a Tea-cup.||
Puppies born in the same litter
Left side puppy is 6 days old - right side is a new born
|It is very sad for a family to have a new puppy only to be traumatised a few weeks or months later at the death of the puppy. Reputable breeders, breed to standard which is 3lbs to 6lbs. Yes, we do get very small Chihuahua's, I have had many who weighed 1kg to 1.2kg but they do not make good stud dogs and one should never breed with bitches this size. Before purchasing what is classified as a Tea-Cup, one would be advised to first have the puppy checked by a veterinarian to make certain it is healthily.|
|(Statement below is from the Official Breed Club) The Chihuahua Club of America||The Chihuahua is a Chihuahua!|
Pasadena Son Tim Tin-Tin and Rin-Tin
|The Official A.K.C. Breed Standard describes the Chihuahua
as a small dog that comes in two varieties or coat types. The difference in coat type (the Long Coat and the Smooth coat) is the only official description used to identify a difference within this breed. Our standard does not categorize the Chihuahua by size.
For the purpose of showing and record keeping, the American Kennel Club includes the Chihuahua (along with 16 other breeds) in the Toy Group. Therefore, irrespective of their weight or physical stature ALL Chihuahuas registered with the A.K.C. are considered to be a toy breed of dog.
|As with all living things, there will be a size variance between individual dogs within this breed. Look within the human family - brothers and sisters will differ in height and weight, as well as other physical attributes. They are described as humans, male and female, and there is seldom if ever a need to break the description down further. The same holds true in regard to the Chihuahua; they are Chihuahuas - Long Coat/Smooth Coat.
Unfortunately, the additional adjectives used to describe the size differences and physical appearances are many and have been misused for so long they now seem legitimate, Teacup, Pocket Size, Toy, Miniature or Standard - are just a few labels that have been attached to this breed over the years. The Chihuahua Club of America is concerned that these terms may be used to entice prospective buyers into thinking that puppies described in this way are of greater monetary value THEY ARE NOT and the use of these terms is incorrect and misleading.
|Occasionally, within a litter, there may be a puppy that is unusually small. That pup is a small Chihuahua and any other breakdown in description is not correct. To attach any of these additional labels to a particular pup is to misrepresent that Chihuahua as something that is rare or exceptional and cause a great deal of confusion amoung those new fanciers who are looking for a Chihuahua.
The Chihuahua Club of America does not endorse nor condone the use of any of these terms and would caution the perspective puppy buyer not to be misled by them.
We recognize that many Chihuahua fanciers do want the small puppy. While they are adorable and can be perfectly healthy, the buyer should be cautioned as to the extra care that may be required with regard to their health and well-being.
As a breeder of Chihuahua's since 1966, I hope prospective buyers will take note of the above and not be duped into paying large sums of money for what is in actual fact, really, 'just a very small Chihuahua's
Pasadena Son Bry Sky