What's the difference between a teacup Chihuahua and a regular Chihuahua?

I'm trying to see if I should get a teacup chihuahua or regular, or are they both the same?

Size. A "teacup" is bred by irresponsible breeders to be undersize for the standard. They are smaller and have more health problems, yet these "breeders" charge MORE for them because they are the fad thing.
The regular size is what is "normal" for the breed. Go to the AKC site and read the breed standard and it will tell you the correct size for the breed.

  • torbaynewfs

    Size. A "teacup" is bred by irresponsible breeders to be undersize for the standard. They are smaller and have more health problems, yet these "breeders" charge MORE for them because they are the fad thing.
    The regular size is what is "normal" for the breed. Go to the AKC site and read the breed standard and it will tell you the correct size for the breed.
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  • Teresa N

    teacup Chihuahua are smaller than regular Chihuahua
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  • Nancy Kay

    Teacups are MINIATURE Chihuahuas…as if they needed to be any SMALLER!
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  • sillygoose

    a regular chi can weigh up to 15 lbs. a tea cup up to 3 lbs.
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  • Unusual_redneck?

    Well, honestly I don't know but my guess would be that a teacup is smaller, hence the name "teacup".
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  • gvellianitis

    There really is no such thing as a Teacup Chihuahua. Some Chihuahuas are just smaller than others, that's all. Chihuahuas can range in weight from 2-6 pounds.
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    Chihuahua Breeder

  • won_fulano

    one has less guts
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  • sophylakes

    TEA CUP is made up name for a poorly bred dog who is undersized,, comes from irresponsible breeders..
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  • doclisab

    A Tea cup is very small and only grows to weigh about 3 pounds. A normal size Chihuahua can way up 8 pounds.
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  • Jennifer M

    The term Teacup is almost always a marketing ploy. Very few, if any, breeds have an AKC recognized Teacup subgroup. People use the term to refer to extra small dogs, but in most cases, these dogs are smaller than the breed standard and thus would not be acceptable for any responsible breeding program nor for any respectable dog show. Your even more likely to run into health problems in "teacup" dogs because it's generally runt-to-runt breeding in addition to being bred by irresponsible breeders to begin with (a responsible breeder tries to produce show quality dogs, which teacups are not). Chi's have enough problems to begin with… I'd stick with the standard size.
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  • KitKat

    From what I read, the term is misleading. Some breeders are greedy and charge more for "teacup" even though they are the same as any other dog of the same breed, just born smaller.
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  • missyscove

    "teacup" chihuaua's are usually the result of breeding runts or abnormally small chi's together resulting in a tiny dog. Accompanying the size are usually numerous health problems. Please stick with the regular size. There are plenty in shelters.

    And teacup dogs — the really tiny ones you have to raise your voice several octaves to talk to — aren't a separate breed at all. Any toy breed can have its teacups. And the AKC isn't very happy about them.

    "They're being bred smaller and smaller because there's money in it," says Gail Miller, the AKC's director of media relations. "(A teacup) is thought to be rare so they can charge a lot."

    The cost seems inversely proportional to the poundage. People routinely pay thousands of dollars for teacups and some toy breeds, while you can get a lovely golden retriever — 55 to 80 pounds — for $300.

    There are two ways to produce a teacup dog. (No, they don't actually fit in a teacup, unless you have a very large teacup. These are dogs that usually weigh 2 pounds or less.)

    Reputable breeders let nature take its course, and with luck there's a runt of the litter. Unfortunately, more and more teacups are the result of inbreeding. With them you must calculate the cost not only in terms of purchase price but also vet bills. They are often unhealthy little puppies, and even the genetically OK ones are as fragile as premature babies. Until they're full-grown they can suffer from hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, unless fed every three hours or so.

    "They are very, very cute, but just be aware that medically you can be getting into something expensive," says Dr. David Tayman, owner of the Columbia Animal Hospital, who warns about dental disease (tiny dogs often have poor bites as a result of inbreeding) and heart and respiratory problems.

    Mary Kay Koontz, 55, of Glen Arm, Md., knows all about it. She now has a healthy Havanese named Theo — at 14 pounds is a bruiser compared to her family's last dog, a miniature Maltese who weighed 2½ pounds "max," she says.

    "We found out later there must have been a lot of inbreeding to make him that small."

    One morning they came downstairs to find Scooter, their little dog, lethargic and clearly in distress. They rushed him to the veterinarian.

    "We were so attached to the little buddy," says Koontz, "we went ahead and had the surgery (their veterinarian had recommended), but the vet just closed him up. He said his organs were all messed up." Scooter was a year old when he died.

    Even physically healthy teacup dogs demand special attention.

    "Some of these little dogs are really needy," explains Arizona-based breeder Wanda Jones, who calls her business Tucson Tea-Cups. "They panic easily."

    They also must be monitored closely. They can break a leg jumping off a sofa, and have questionable immune systems.

    Jones screens her customers before she sells her puppies, which she can afford to do because there is so much demand. "I quiz everybody buying my dogs, and try to figure out if the dog is going to be a companion or a conversation piece," she explains. "People say, 'I want to be able to take my dog everywhere I go and put it in my purse.' Is that a good thing for a puppy? No."

    She prefers that customers pick up their dogs in person, although she has shipped a teacup to as far away as Vancouver, B.C., when she was sure the miniature pup was old enough to withstand the stress.

    Jones recommends that consumers research the breeder before they buy, and check references. Veterinarians are a good source for information.

    The current interest in tiny dogs might have started with the popularity of the Taco Bell commercials featuring a Chihuahua, one of the smallest of the purebreds and a perennial favorite of people who want a cuddly companion. Local breeder Barbara Chamberlain says that properly bred Chihuahuas have "zero health issues," although they are fragile.

    Chihuahuas, like other small dogs, she says, don't like to be left alone and are less healthy if you are away a lot and don't get them a companion dog. They are smart, are good travelers and don't require much exercise. (In "Your Dream Dog," Dibra estimates 10 minutes a day will do it, while a golden retriever needs 45 minutes of exercise daily.) Chihuahuas can even be litter-trained.

    Other popular toy breeds include Pekingeses, Papillons and Yorkshire terriers. Jeff Klug, 38, a therapist in Towson, Md., owns a 5-pound Yorkie named Jingle.

    He admits there are down sides. Yorkshire terriers are notoriously difficult to train, he says — and that includes housebreaking.
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  • Dane Lover

    A Chihuahua is a Chihuahua…there is really no such thing as a teacup..it is only a term irresponsible breeders use to sell dogs bred smaller then the standard allows or that are runts. Dogs delibrately bred smaller then the breed standard often have serious health issues and shorter life spans. They are also more prone to having structural deformities.
    If you want a Chihuahua look for a responsible breeder don't fall for BYB/Mill gimics.
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    veterinary tech for 34 years

  • anwen55

    A breeder of "Teacup" Chihuahuas is out for $£$£$£$£
    There is NO SUCH BREED.
    The maximum weight for a Chihuahua is under 6lbs, buying a particularly small example may mean it will health problems all its life.
    Find yourself a responsible breeder of Chihuahuas who is breeding to the breed standard and forget these silly names.
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  • snezhanna

    one of them is smaller the other is bigger
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  • LoveMyLabs

    Teacups aren't real. It's NOT a size, I really wish people would quit saying that. All they are is poor puppies and dogs that have been overbred by runts of previous litters or born too small to create this "new tiny dog" that is full of more health problems than normal chihuahuas.
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  • iheartbassets3

    teacups are smaller
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  • Pam

    They are the same breed of dog, however, someone started keeping the runts and breeding them to a runt of another litter, hence producing a so called "teacup" variety.

    Stick with a standard size or regular sized.
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  • Stephanie P

    ok first of all u should not get a teacup chihuahua cuz u will be ripped off. they arent real chihuahuas they r mixed with other dogs to make them smaller
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  • sassy girl

    the teacup is slang, there is no such thing as a teacup.
    peolple call any chihuahua under 3lbs a teacup. but the world is slang. akc does not reconize the world teacup chihuahua.
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    i work for a vet and have chihuahaus

  • Kate M

    Okay there is no such thing as a teacup anything . It is a term used by disreputable breeders to get more money out of unsuspecting people such as yourself . and it is the weight difference from the small sized ones and the larger sized ones. good luck to you.
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The Chihuahua Manual