Teacup Dogs for Tiny-Canine Lovers

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    10 of the Most Popular Teacup Dog Breeds

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    As tiny representatives of their breeds, teacup dogs have become popular pets. In general, teacups are markedly smaller than their breed standard, with many only weighing 2 to 5 pounds. That small size can bring several health issues, including problems with the skeletal and immune systems. Plus, unscrupulous breeders often breed runts to produce tiny, unhealthy dogs. If you're interested in adopting one of these dogs, here are 10 breeds that have teacup varieties.

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    Pomeranian

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    Although today's Pomeranians have a reputation as lapdogs, they were originally bred to herd animals and pull sleds. These early Pomeranians weighed around 30 pounds. But they were bred to be smaller during the 19th century, so they could be kept as companions rather than working dogs. Since then, they've only gotten smaller. 

    Breed Overview

    • Height: Under 7 inches
    • Weight: Under 7 pounds
    • Physical Characteristics: Fluffy double coat; colors include black, chocolate, orange, and more
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    Poodle

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    Known for their intelligence, athleticism, and sociability, poodles make amazing family dogs. Teacup poodles usually weigh about 4 pounds, while their standard-sized counterparts weigh 45 to 70 pounds. One convenient trait of poodles? They're low-shedders. Their curled coats don't drop much hair, which is great news for your allergies and your vacuum cleaner. 

    Breed Overview

    • Height: Under 10 inches
    • Weight: Under 6 pounds
    • Physical Characteristics: Curly, dense coat; colors include white, apricot, black, and more
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    Beagle

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    What they lack in size, teacup beagles make up for in friendliness and energy. Most of these beagles only weigh around 15 pounds, which is relatively large for a teacup dog. They can be stubborn when it comes to obedience. But they respond well when you make training fun with treats and games.

    Breed Overview

    • Height: Under 15 inches
    • Weight: Under 20 pounds
    • Physical Characteristics: Solid build; colors include black and tan, brown and white, and more
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    Maltese

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    Not only is the Maltese one of the world's oldest breeds—originating almost 3,000 years ago—but it also was considered royalty back in the day. The teacup variety generally weighs between 2 and 4 pounds. Because of their small size and low energy, these dogs can be a good fit for people who just want a cuddle buddy.

    Breed Overview

    • Height: Under 7 inches
    • Weight: Under 7 pounds
    • Physical Characteristics: Dark, alert eyes; silky, single-layer, white coat
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    Pomsky

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    As its name suggests, the Pomsky is the result of breeding a Siberian husky with a Pomeranian. Pomskies tend to vary in size depending on how much of each breed they have in them. Regardless of size, the mix tends to have a high energy level, so be prepared for lots of walks and play.  

    Breed Overview

    • Height: Up to 10 inches (toy)
    • Weight: Up to 9 pounds (toy)
    • Physical Characteristics: Mini wolf-like appearance; colors include white, silver, black, and more
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    Yorkshire Terrier

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    Yorkshire terriers were already popular dogs at their standard small size, and the teacup variety is a favorite, too. These tiny dogs can weigh just 2 to 3 pounds, but they still have big-dog personalities. Yorkies tend to be vocal, protective, and confident. They're also very loyal and loving with their families.

    Breed Overview

    • Height: Under 7 inches
    • Weight: Under 7 pounds
    • Physical Characteristics: Compact body; silky coat; colors include black and tan, blue and tan, and more
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    Bichon Frise

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    Bichon frise roughly translates to "curly lapdog" in French. And teacup bichons definitely live up to their name. They were bred to be loving companions that some people refer to as living stuffed animals. But while bichons are quite snuggly, they do have moderate exercise needs and love to play.

    Breed Overview

    • Height: Under 10 inches
    • Weight: Under 12 pounds
    • Physical Characteristics: Dark, alert eyes; soft, dense coat; colors include white, white and apricot, and white and cream
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    Chihuahua

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    Between starring in fast food commercials and being toted around in celebrities' purses, teacup Chihuahuas have had their share of fame. But it's not all glamour for these tiny dogs. Chihuahuas need proper training and socialization, or they can become fearful and defensive around strangers. They also need regular exercise and mental stimulation.

    Breed Overview

    • Height: Under 5 inches
    • Weight: Under 6 pounds
    • Physical Characteristics: Alert expression; smooth or long coat; colors include black, tan, and more
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    Pug

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    Teacup pugs can be great apartment dogs. Their small stature (weighing around 3 to 7 pounds), chill demeanor, and low exercise needs make them ideal for small living spaces. Some pugs can be stubborn, but they tend to respond well to training, especially if treats are involved as a reward.

    Breed Overview

    • Height: Under 10 inches
    • Weight: Under 14 pounds
    • Physical Characteristics: Short legs and face; smooth coat; colors include black and fawn
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    Shih Tzu

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    Teacup Shih Tzus are generally regarded as divas of the dog world. But these pooches are also incredibly athletic. Underneath all of their long, silky hair, Shih Tzus have quite muscular bodies and were basically built for agility courses. But don't overwork them, as their flat faces make them prone to breathing issues and overheating.

    Breed Overview

    • Height: Under 9 inches
    • Weight: Under 9 pounds
    • Physical Characteristics: Long, flowing coat; colors include black, blue, gold, silver, and more