Teacup Chihuahua – 8 Facts about these Adorable Mini Chi-Chi Dog Breeds

Teacup Chihuahua facts

Dogs are favorite pets for many people today. There is a wide variety of dog breeds available for anyone who wants a dog as a pet, especially a Teacup Chihuahua dog breed. Small-sized dogs are some of the favorite dog pets for dog lovers since their tiny size makes them cute as well as cuddly, and it is essential to know the various facts about these Teacup Chihuahuas.

1. What is Teacup Chihuahuas and Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are one of the smallest breeds of dogs globally, and they are named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The Teacup Chihuahuas are also their kin though they smaller in size compared to their Chihuahua cousins.

Chihuahua dogs have two distinct varieties: the Smooth short-haired coats and the long-haired Long Coats. Another division among Chihuahuas and Teacup Chihuahuas is about the shape of their heads. There is the “deer head” Chihuahuas and the “apple head” Chihuahuas. The apple head Chihuahuas are more popular than the deer heads due to their superior lineage.
Chihuahuas come in any color combination ranging from splashed or solid to marked. One can see solid black, white, spotted or sabled variations of their coat colors and pattern. The most common coat colors are black, fawn, white, red, brown, cream and chocolate. No pattern or color is superior and valuable to another pattern of color.

Big Chihuahua breed, Name Sobel

The dog’s temperament often depends on the genetic character of its forebears and its owner. Chihuahuas with short tempers are easily provoked, making them unsuitable for small children. A Chihuahua with a good personality will be loyal and protective of a person, especially if older children adequately manage them. The dog has a “clannish” attitude when it comes to other dog breeds and would prefer to mix with its fellow Chihuahuas or even a Teacup Chihuahua. These dogs are fond of pillows, blankets, and clothes hampers. They will often burrow into them, making them into dens. They prefer the under of covers, under or beneath a bed bottom. From time to time, Chihuahuas enjoy exposure to the sunlight.

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White Big Chihuahua

2. What Kind of a Dog is a Teacup Chihuahua?

Chihuahuas that are called Teacup Chihuahuas are smaller sized versions of the original dog, and it is also an American term to describe the size of the dog. These Teacups are named after the fact that they can fit inside a teacup. They are also called Toy Chihuahuas by some people.

When born, teacup Chihuahua puppies are tiny and can also fit inside a teacup, but in time, they will grow out of their size when they reach adulthood. Bear in mind that Chihuahuas are considered as Teacups are adult dogs despite their small size. Teacup Chihuahua puppies that are undernourished (intentionally or not) will not grow to their full size.

To meet the requirements of being called a Teacup, a Chihuahua must be full-grown and have reached their maximum size. The Toy Chihuahua dogs and Teacup Chihuahua puppies must be handled gently and delicately by their owners due to their size. Because of their small sizes, they often will be a target for other animals much larger than them, so it is wise to keep an eye on them when they go out. Don’t forget to read our review on the best bicycle basket for dogs.

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3. The Teacup Chihuahua’s History

The Chihuahua’s origins are long lost to time. There many theories about its origins, but the truth of the matter is unknown.
However, archeological finds and folklore indicate that the Teacup Chihuahua breed (or rather their progenitors) came from Mexico. A common theory on the dog breeds’ origin is that they are descended from the Techichi dog.

The Techichi dog was a favored companion pet of the Toltecs. Evidence of their relationship is found depicted on the various pottery and statues that the Toltec civilization left behind. More proof that gives this theory credence comes from the wheeled dog toys that show the “deer head” and the “apple head” Chihuahuas. Some of them seem to resemble the modern-day Teacup Chihuahua (though their size may not be the same), and these wheeled dog toys were found all across Mesoamerica. Make sure to read our list of small dog strollers.

Teacup Chihuahua Size of a Coke

The Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez, who came to Mexico in 1520, saw these dogs breed the Aztecs now own that. He mentions in his letter to his king that the Aztecs used the dog as a food source. They are raised by breeders and sold in the market. The dog breed was plentiful in the region that is known today as Chihuahua.

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In life, the Teacup Chihuahua dog breed ancestors were used as food, but in death, they make excellent companions. When an Aztec dies, it is customary to cremate the body along with a dog. The dog is said to accompany the deceased’s soul and help him/her pass the Underworld to the soul’s final destination.
Today, the Chihuahua and the Teacup Chihuahua dog breed are used as pet companions rather than food sources, much like the relationship between the ancient Toltecs and the Techichi dog breed.

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4. Teacup Chihuahuas Lifespan

On average, the Chihuahua lifespan is up to 12 and 20 years. It is possible to extend the Chihuahua lifespan by making sure that its health is good. Most dogs have a short lifespan, but the Chihuahua can have a long life compared to a Chihuahua lifespan.

5. Teacup Chihuahuas Health Problem

One thing that cannot be avoided in a Chihuahua is the ever-present health problems that the dog will experience. Here is a listing of those health problems:

  • Hydrocephalus – A common health problem even among other toy dog breeds. A Chihuahua dog who has this problem is lethargic and possesses an abnormally large head while having a slow growth compared to its siblings.
  • Collapsed trachea – Caused by the weakening or incomplete formation of a Chihuahua’s cartilaginous rings in its trachea. The condition is either acquired or congenital. Other small dog breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian, Maltese Pug, Toy Poodle, Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu are affected by this problem.
  • Pulmonic stenosis – When the dog’s blood outflow from its heart’s right ventricle is being obstructed, then this is the result.
  • Molera – A molera is a soft spot found in the skull of an apple-head Chihuahua. The Teacup Chihuahua breed is the dog breed born with this condition. A molera is not a defect, but a normal adaptation since it facilitates the pup’s passage through a birth canal and helps the growth and development o the puppy’s skull. As the Chihuahua ages, the molera will eventually close, but great care must be done during the first six months to ensure the animal does not suffer from a head injury. In some cases, the molera will close incompletely.
  • Hypoglycemia – Also known as low blood sugar, the signs of this problem are neck muscle spasms, fainting, seizures, sleepiness, lethargy, unfocused eyes, uncoordinated walking, and head pulling back and to the side. This particular health problem can be solved by using a simple sugar supplement like honey, Nutri-Cal, and Karo syrup.
  • Obesity – Often, a result of overfeeding from the Teacup Chihuahua’s owner. Discretion must be used as to how much food the dog must be feed.
  • Chronic bronchitis – also another side-effect of Chihuahua’s obesity.
  • Shortened lifespan – This is a side-effect of a Chihuahua’s obesity.
  • Susceptible to cold – The Teacup Chihuahua dog will shiver or tremble when exposed to cold weather. This factor can affect the short-haired Chihuahua significantly. The dog may need to wear a sweater and boots during cold weather. Other means to keep them warm are the sunshine, on furniture, under blankets and human laps.
  • Heart-related disorders – Examples are heart murmurs and pulmonic stenosis.
  • Eye infection or injury – This happens to Chihuahuas with protruding eyes since they will experience watering as a response to airborne allergens, dry air, and dust.

The health problems of a Teacup Chihuahua are not hard to mitigate or prevent. Some can be dealt with by simple methods; the right vet can handle the more dangerous ones.

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6. The Weight and Size of a Teacup Chihuahua

There is no standardized measurement for a Teacup Chihuahua dog, but in general terms, the dog’s height is between 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 cm). Still, some Chihuahuas are 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 cm) tall though it is debatable if they could be considered as Teacup or Toy Chihuahuas. Regarding weight, a Chihuahua is a 2.7 kg (6 lbs), and this is a requirement for confirmation.

Teacup Chihuahua with big Eyes

7. Can a Teacup Chihuahua be Trained?

Training this dog is breed can either be easy or hard depending on what kind of training you intend to do to the dog. To make things easier, you should start training the dog when you bring him home. Teach the Chihuahua to do rights in the right ways.

The essential things you need to teach your pet are potty training and not barking sharply at everything. Instill in your Chihuahua that doing potty inside the house is a bad thing and, at the same time, makes it get used to the habit of doing potty outside the home. As the barking, the same thing applies. Let the dog learn that you will not tolerate any excessive barking. Be firm but gentle in your training method.

Teaching the dog respect towards its owner (that’s you) can very helpful in the long run since this makes other training methods easier. This aspect makes the Chihuahua obedient to your command, especially when it comes to behaving or toning down its improper behavior.
Socialization is another excellent training method. At best, a Teacup Chihuahua is reserved when meeting strangers or other dogs; at worst, it can be outright hostile. By socializing the dog, it will become more friendly and accepting. Make sure to check our new list of poodle mixes.

You could also teach your dog to overcome its separation anxiety. Separation anxiety happens when the dog is left alone in the house with no one to keep it company. A Chihuahua, who experiences separation anxiety, will bark a lot and chew things around the house.
Finally, when training discipline on your Teacup Chihuahua be sure that you are not too harsh or too soft. Be strict with the dog, and it’s fear instead of respect you, be quiet on it, and you get one spoiled pet who will not obey you.

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8. How Much Does a Teacup Chihuahua Cost?

A puppy can cost from USD 700 to USD 1500. Yes, it is quite expensive, but then again, you’re getting a high-quality pet. A warning, though; make sure that you buy from a reliable and certified breeder of Teacup Chihuahua puppies since it is guaranteed that they are selling the real thing. You can be assured that the puppy has no other extra health problems (sans the ones listed in the topic: “The various health problems of a Teacup Chihuahua dog”) or any deformities for that matter.

Aside from the usual problems owning as well as caring for a Teacup Chihuahua is fun. With their cute small size and funny, comical, as well as entertaining personality, the Chihuahua is one of the best kinds of dogs to own as a pet. Just make sure that you love and care for the dog without spoiling it.

88 thoughts on “Teacup Chihuahua – 8 Facts about these Adorable Mini Chi-Chi Dog Breeds”

  1. The shelters are filled with these little pups. I think people think of them as cute toys and don’t realize they need caring for just like any dog with lots of love, training, etc. You have some great articles about caring for small dogs here. So important to know how to care for your dog before you get one.

    1. I lost my toy chihuahua 4/24/2017. I’m still struggling with her loss. I got her from the local humane society. She only had 2 teeth, there was no history on her so the vet had to guess her age (8-10yrs). She died very suddenly from heart failure. I knew she had a bad heart, but you couldn’t tell because of her upbeat, feisty personality. I suffer daily without her. I want to rescue another one
      but can’t find one

      1. Beth….where do you live.?…..
        Someone dropped a miniture chihuahua on our doorstep 2 days ago…
        We have to many dogs. ..
        This is yours if you want it..
        It is a male dark brown with dark stripe down its back…
        Do not know how old or anything else about it

          1. I bread a apple head chi with a
            The Westphalian Dachsbracke
            The pups weigh from 7 to 9 lbs with sturdier paws and a bit more muscle mass they are a less nervous with the dash being a hound untrained the barking would be a problem i have a new litter and one is in need of a home please research both breads and you will understand why i chose to mix the breads the outhgoing ready for anything broch small chi stature and tude and that is what i call a chabrocken so if interested in this combo contact me


            There is no such thing as a teacup animal!!! They are runts!! Breeders sell them for more money but dont tell you how problems can arise in time!! Shame on any breeder that calls them a teacup!

          2. If he/she needs a home and it is a teacup I’m very interested to provide love and patient.

        1. hi there, i am looking for another tea cup chi, preferably a rescue. I already have two males, one is a deer head, 8yrs old,not neutered and the other is a apple head tea cup,male and fixed,14yrs old. I guess depending on where you are, i hope to hear back. Im in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada,….email is…[email protected]. I am hoping this reply reaches you and i hear back…..thanks much

      2. Beth I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart for your lost I just lost my baby three weeks ago The pain is unbearable she was my best friend my reason for breathing I am looking to find dogs in need to be loved. If you know info please contact me names Kayla [email protected].

        1. Me too!! 😉 jennmink@ gmail.com. Although I can’t afford the $2000.00 to $6000.00 some “breeders” want , so please don’t contact me if that’s you.

        1. I am quite interested in a smaller Chihuahua . I own one I rescued frim Alabama who came by truck to Maine, where I live. I love Molly so much, who is so now 8 years old and still full of energy and so adorable to play with and to watch her have fun. She is part Chihuahua and part terrier. She is very smart and quick to learn. I would like to try to find a smaller breed Chihuahua. I would prefer a female if possible abd a baby one. Could you let me kniw of any. I live in Kittery, Maine which is close to Portsmouth, New Hamshire. If you know where I can look to attain one I would greatly appreciate it.
          Thank you.

      3. Beth are u in texas ? i have a toy chihuahua hes 7 weeks old . i love him but he deserves much more and I have 2 kids and cant give him what he deserves.. i know you can

    2. I can’t find one here in Ohio. I’d love this small dog and have been looking at the shelters for a year now. They are gone as soon as they come in. Send me one, it’ll have the best home possible.

    3. I agree, I adopted a toy poodle 21! years ago and he just diedin Sept. I now have a adopted teacup Chihuahua who’s just one year and very fragile..Toys are great companions for me and low maintenance..

        1. A Chihuahua is a creature of habit. If they are taught where you want them to eliminate and you control the food and water intake to regulate when they eliminate. The biggest mistake made by a Chihuahua owners is inconsistency. first choose the method of housebreaking appropriate for you and your pet and secondly stick with it. Remember the three P’s -persistence, patience and praise. Inconsistencies will confuse the Chihuahua and not understanding which are appropriate and inappropriate places to eliminate. Some Chihuahuas are so confused they will go out for hours only to come in and leave a present in the middle of the floor. This is probably not the Chihuahuas fault. Make sure that your Chihuahua does not have a medical problem. Good luck females are easier than males. Yes 11 wk. can be potty train. Remember Chihuahua loves attention and praise.

        2. I just got one last weekend. Over the past week, potty training is going very well. She has only had 3 accidents. I take her out every 2-3 hours during the day. At night I crate train her. She wakes me up to let me know she needs out — usually every night between 2-3 am.

    4. “The shelters are filled with these little pups.” Sorry no one buys a 4,000$ dog to decide they don’t want it and drop it off at a shelter.

      1. It happens all the time. People get overwhelmed and don’t look at other options for their $4000 profit. Anyone who pays that is foolish. There are good dogs for much cheaper.

      2. I just lost my baby she was 13 yrs but that did not take her it was a very bad Seizure she never came out of it,it was a week 1/2 ago,I Rescued her from the streets 2011 She gave me 11 wonderful wonderful years,she was a short hair and short legged Chihuahua, my mornings are the hardest for me,my brother passed 2011 2 mos after on my way to church there she was in the streets, I believe that she was meant for me to save her so I can take care of her,we both took care of each other, I can’t pay High $ but I have a good home and Lots of Love if you need a home for a lil one [email protected] my email, thank you God bless you.

  2. Hi I am a biker and my chihuahua louis rides with me , iam chasing helmet and googles can anyone lead me in the right direction

    1. They have these protective eye wear for dogs. Called ” doggels ” google them!! They also protect your pups eyes




    1. Absolutely correct! My purebread long coat is 2 kg at 7 yo and I refuse to allow anyone to refer to him as teacup!! Utter bullcrap! No such thing!!! Xo

    2. Thank you . I have a rescue long haired chihuahua. He is big for the breed at 12 pounds. He is a feisty delight! I hit him st 7 months and he is now 3. Always rescue never buy from puppy farm or pet store !!!

    3. THANK YOU! I’ve been saying this for years (before Google!) and people are finally starting to believe me after 30 years of owning Chihuahuas! I just want slap the people writing this crap and assisting all those scam breeding puppy mills! Makes my blood boil!
      Thanks for posting! Clearly you’re one of the good ones!
      Keep ejukatin the dummies! Sheesh.

      1. alice lafromboise

        you should also bring up scams i got scamed for about 2.000 now im short on funds to buy a new or adoupt
        . people should take NOTE they are out there and find out whom ever your dealing with! thx alice lafromboise [email protected]

    4. You are wrong Delores. Tea cup Chihuahua is a nickname for Apple head and deer chihuahuas. There weight does not exceed 6 lbs (unless you overfeed them). I owned 2 apple head ‘teacups”. I recently had to put one to sleep due to heart problems. She was almost 14.

      1. Wrong!! Teacup is a term that started in the 90’s by breeders who came up with the name to charge more money for the ones smaller than normal & then decided to breed as small as they could not caring about the dangers & risks to the mother & the babies. Do your research.

    5. We call them tea cup chihuahuas only bc its just a cute name for them….thats alll, no reason to be upset, its not like its a negative thing being called tea cup or toys, im sure we all know that they arent actually toys,only an idiot would see them as toys an not a living being…..no reason to be upset over this simple cute reference for a tiny dog okay….as for the rest of your comment, i agree with you %100.
      take care

    6. OMG thank you!! I have 2 Chi’s right now that are both under 3 lbs. They’re not teacups!! They’re just Chihuahuas

    7. Amen…rescues just love us MORE! ADOPT don’t SHOP! Many small dogs available for rescue.. I went from a rescued Bichon,rescued at age 5, he passed 8 yrs later, now to a dauschund/fix terrier and a deer head chihuahua…love all animals equally

  4. Thank you all for your comments.If you would like a teacup ,go to your kichen cabinet!!These Chihuahus are a TOY breed.There is no such Chi breed as a “teacup.”It is a designer name. The Toys are very delicate and should be bred by responsible breeders with association and registration with AKC and accredited Chihuahua dogs..Yes,some can be very EXPENSIVE! Do your research,call AKC for reputable breeders.Sometimes,you can find a Chi who has champion blood lines, but don’t always qualify for show.They will be for a lower fee.Be sure you have papers that quarentee the pup has not inherited eye ,heart defects , or subluxating patellas.Ok,really…I DON’T KNOW ALL there is to know about these wonderful companions,but don’t fall for the backyarders.If Only it were illegal.This is how they pay their bills if they are on “disability!”Then these poor,loyal and loving dogs are bred out and discarded to shelters.Yes,they need homes,too!(We saved two amazing chis).On the other hand,there are alot of home breeders who care very much about their new pups, and raise them with a lot of love and care. Some will only breed 2or3 times a year for quality, healthy pups. This is why they may cost more.THANK YOU VERY MUCH for reading my comments.Make the decisions you think are right for giving a chi a happy home.

    1. we only call them tea cup bc its just a cute way to describe the tiny dogs, nothing more So no need to get upset over this

  5. Natalie Charlton

    I have 5 chihuahua , a chi x yorkie and a chi x dachund and recently bought a tiny chihuahua baby .. shes 19 week and weighs ..580g .. she is a smootbcoat called Elsa … this post has been helpful to me . As all ny other dogs are a good generous weight . Elsa is my first tiny . I wouldnt be without any of my chi babies x each have their own personality .. are lovable and loyal x

    1. Hi Natalie,

      I recently purchased a chihuahua from Craig’s list. She referred to the puppy as a teacup chihuahua., That was not what appealed to me. My last chihuahua died in August, 2019. When I saw the puppy’s face, she resembled my Chiquita so I contacted the seller. We met and I gave her the money. She handed me a paper she said was information on her immunizations. My new fur baby supposedly is 16 weeks old and weighs 1 lb. I took her to the vet today (3 days after getting her) and the vet has doubts the puppy has had vaccinations because the shot record said immunizations were given in Piedra Negras, Mexico.

      I tried to reach the lady while I was waiting for the vet to come back to the exam room and her phone was disconnected! Do you know if there is a way to tell the dog’s age? The vet said she will be able to let me know when my fur baby loses her first baby tooth.

    1. Just a heads up. The author of this article is incorrect. “Teacups” are not a breed. This is name given by breeders to smaller than usual chihuahuas. They know labelling their dogs as “teacups” will bring in more cash. Some claim the puppy is a “teacup” and then it grows into a ten pound chihuahua. There is no such thing as a “teacup” breed of chihuahua.

  6. Purchasing my first small Chihuahua. Going to weigh 2.5 pounds . Just trying to find out if this not a good idea. My friend said they have alot of health issues. Ive read pores an cons. Looking for some feedback.

    1. My little Penelope is 6 years old and weighs 3 lbs. She has been my best friend since she was born! She hasn’t had a sick day in her life. Anyone or any animal can have health problems but as long as you do your part in providing a happy, healthy and safe home, problems, IF ANY, will be minimal and you will love him/her so much it wont matter! Besides, YOU could be the one that ends up with health problems (although I hope not), and I can promise you that your little friend will love you through every minute of every day. My little Penelope is the best thing that has come into my life and yours will be too! Good luck and love him/her with all your heart!

  7. My chihuahua is a little over 2 pounds. When people ask if she is a teacup I always tell them there is no such thing. Regarding temperment, she never bites, never barks and is all about loving and snuggling, unlike the stereotypes I’ve heard about Chihuahuas. She is healthy. I just have to make sure she is always in a safe environment because of her size.

  8. Where can I get a smaller apple head long hair chihuahua!! With color?? Please help I want to wait until I retire so I will be home with her or him!!

    1. Hello, my apple head Chihuahua is going to have her puppies the end of June 2017. The mom is black/ white and the father is orange / white.

      1. I am very interested in a Chi puppy. I have a female that is 2 years old and I want her to have a sibling. I need one that will be 4lb or under. I am not worried about papers as this will be just a baby for me and a sibling for my AbbyThanks

        1. Bonniejean A Poggenpohl

          I have a small chihuahua girl, born 5-28-17. Im trying to find her a home if anyone is interested , selling her for $1200 obo. She apple head short hair. Like a dirty blond color. Super sweet. Trying to potty train her right now.

      2. We had 2 chihuahuas,we lost Taco last October,she was 17. And we lost Chichi a month ago, she was 16. They were our hearts,and we miss them dearly but have so many wonderful memories. We are wanting to adopt a small chihuahua,but not sure where to start, Sonja, where are you located?

        1. Please let me know if you are still looking for a teacup chihuahua. I have an elderly friend who had to move into an apartment for health reasons. Must find home for her beloved pet a.s.a.p

          Veelderly friend who had to move into a aparmental for health reasons. Must find a home for her beloved. Pet

  9. Sharon Blake
    I have had 4 longhair Apple Head Chihuahua’s Dogs from 1980 to now 2017. .My little chihuahua is 3lbs now, she was 1.5 lbs.. when I got her at 8weeks old. Sabrina is still alive,she is like a child to us.she is kept warm and goes to the bathroom in her paper, in her little box,also out side ,I always take her to gothe bathroom.I watch for halks & Ciotie. .She is a good dog, she loves to be cuttled and sleeps in are water bed,& on her pouches on the couch..That I have made her..Sabrina is 17 years old now.
    I will always love Chihuahua ‘s.

  10. Lizabeth Giordano

    So many chi’s are dieing in our local high kill shelters in southern California. No such thing as a teacup chi. It is just a name backyard breeders have given to try and make $$$. Then they dumped the dogs that no longer produce.
    Adopt and don’t shop. Save a life spay and neutere your animals.

  11. My Teacup is nearly 4 pounds, and loved by all. Everywhere she goes she steals the show, and takes the attention away from any number of dogs near by, this makes other dog owners feel envious, and jealous, so they will say things like, ” I don’t like small dogs”, Or “there is no such thing as a teacup”. No matter!, my teacup brings joy to all who see her. It’s her gift.

  12. Colette Stroffolino

    My first pet was a Chihuahua and I loved her so much that the only thing that made me feel better after she passed away was writing every memory I had of our time together. It’s actually a published book now. She was feisty, playful, fun and the best buddy ever.
    The Chihuahua I have now is so very different – he LOVES people and dog parks…It’s so funny how, just like people, each dog’s personality is so very different…and 100% loveable!

  13. Amanda Cundiff

    I have my little puppy that still don’t weigh a pound. I also got a 90 pound American Staffordshire Terrier. The Amstaff is a rescue. The little puppy was giving as a friend for the bigger dog he loves little dogs.

  14. Are there any recommendations on what kind of food, amount, and frequency for an 8 wk old small chi puppy?

  15. I bought my wife a teacup chihuahua. She is 6 years old and very lovable. When we come home she will jump up on our leg and be whining and it sounds like she is saying mama and daddy and i love daddy. It is so cute. We love her alot. She is one of our kids. Our pomeranian/fox terrier loves her as well. They are spoiled rotten. Best money spent.

  16. We (my husband & I) are retired with no human children in our household. We have a 2 year old purebred teacup long haired chihuahua, named Elle, that weighs 3lbs. She is very ready to be a mommy! Having problems finding a smaller male to breed her with! Any assistance locating a prospective male chihuahua, under 3 lbs would be greatly appreciated. We live in Slidell, Louisiana. Elle is tri-colored.

  17. I lost my 15 year old last August on National Dog Day. He was a long hair, white, apple head Chihuahua named Studley. He was my best friend and akways in good health until about 3 years ago when he would have occasional seizures. He was in medication and doing fine that morning. He suddenly had a severe seizure and died in my arms. I now have a rescue Chihuahua, deer head and long hair. 4 years old. I miss Studley so much and get sad still about losing him. But when you rescue a dog they show their love and loyalty almost immediately. They know you saved them. Please rescue your pets when possible. There are plenty of all breeds who are dying for a good loving home. RIP Studley. I know I will see you again one day.

  18. Hi ,
    Are Mini/Teacup Chis. generally good with cats . Our little kitty is afraid of everything ! We have tried a few
    dogs we thought would work out , so far no luck . It breaks our hearts to have to return them but it wouldn’t
    be fair not to since our kitty was here first & we don’t want her quality of spoiledness to suffer ! ( Poor thing
    hides under the Grandfather clock until the offender is gone ! ) Last time even our big kitty didn’t like the dog !That dog would pee in the house no matter how many walks he got & our kitty went behind him & pooped !
    We got the message !
    Also where is a good shelter or rescue for these pups in the Phx. Az area ? I heard some were rescued from a local Hoarder last week & need homes . I’m a bit concerned they might have issues though due to malnourishment , etc. . And don’t know if they have been trained or socialized much .
    How do you feel about kenneling them ? Like when we’re out & they are not going along .
    I wouldn’t mind a mix so long as there was a mild , non-aggressive temp . & I don’t want a Barkahaulic !

    I was thinking of a puppy but not a deal breaker . Should we bring our kitty along to meet the dog or better to bring the dog briefly to the house before deciding ? Because we might not get a true impression of how our kitty feels since she’ll be stressed out over being out & about !

    All info. will be helpful & appreciated !

    Thanks all , Kim

  19. I just wanna say to those of you who get uptight over people using the term tea cup…..we use tea cup because its just a cute and silly way of describing the cute and silly tiny dogs, thats all it is. So there is no reason to scold the people who choose to use tea cup when describing these dogs. Whats the harm in this word? I think its absolutely adorable to think of them as tea cup and i dont care if its an actual recognised term of description or not but the fact is that they are all just so tiny and lovable…..tea-cup or soup cup-or measuring cup…..its all the same in the end. Just tiny and cute. Enough said…..

  20. I have a teacup chihuahua boy called gizmo he is 8m old and weighs 1.4kg he is not snappy at all and gets on with our two cats he loves babies and children. He is house trained now and goes to dog training you can see he’s very intelligent. He’s not too keen on other dogs but ok with them and shy at first with strangers he loves to play and loves snow he’s funny and affectionate and never leaves my side for long. Everyone makes a fuss of him where ever we go. The vet referred to him as a teacup!

  21. We have a male black and brown teacup sized Chi named Nacho who is now 18 years old. Our little buddy has always been between 4 to 6 pounds, he has lost all of his teeth, his eyesight now, is a little hard of hearing, and due to his teeth being gone, his lower jaw has rescinded back almost halfway which allows his tongue to hang out most of the time. We baby him, bathe him only when he needs it due to his age now, and we put a heating pad set on low over a bath towel when he is in his bed to give him some warmth for those aching bones now. We got him around 6 years of age from someone who had large dogs back around 2005, and he has been a trooper for our 3 boys who have now all grown, and are out of the house living their own lives now. He still eats well, drinks his water, and although losing a little bit of bowel control now, we are slowly seeing him getting to the point whereas we will probably have to let him go soon. His spine is becoming arched, but he isn’t showing any signs of pain or not being able to walk on his own. My wife and I have told each other that when he stops being a dog, is the time that we must make the right decision for this little guy who has given this family so much love over many years. The longevity a Chi has is truly amazing, and after we have had labs most of our lives, and now a 3 year old Border Collie who we had gotten as a puppy in 2015, Nacho has always ruled the roost at our house. These little dogs have the heart of a lion when provoked, and if you live in the country area like we now do, away from the city, the only thing you have to watch out for are birds of prey with a teacup size Chi. But what a dog. Over the years we have taken many photos with him with our family, and he will definitely be missed in our house when it does come that time.


  23. who are you to set the standard for chihuahuas akc and cca have already said there is no such thing as a teacup then you come along and say it is , BS

  24. I am not sure why people say adopt don’t shop.. We looked and looked to find the right dog for us, so I call that shopping and now have adopted. I wouldn’t take the first dog I saw as they have to fit into our lifestyle and ability to lift when needed etc. We now have a sweet chocolate brown chi who weighs 3 lbs. She is gentle and cuddly. Still adjusting to her new environment, we have to pamper her to get her to eat and still working on the signals to go outside. Loving our new furry member of the family.

  25. My grandmother raised chihuahuas for over 30 years. It took her ten years to get the smallest Chihuahuas and breed them together and would only get one puppy. She called them teacup because that’s what they would sit in full grown and be half out of the cup. They are just chihuahuas regular chihuahuas. She had a waiting list of over 10 years and was getting $5,000 minimum and up to 7500 for certain looks of the Chihuahua. It was a lot of hard work and effort and love to care for them they lived 12 to 20 years without health issues all the dogs got to run and play every day and got loved. And after their fourth litter she would give them to a good home after she’s spayed them. My sisters and I used to love to go over to Grandma’s and play with the dogs all the teacup puppies were sold immediately after being weaned. And all of the teacup started with a big regular Chihuahua years of breeding got the tiny ones out so she could breed them these are true words Happy New Year to everyone

  26. Be careful what you wish for, pet owners. These doggies are seagull food. One was just carried away from an English garden this weekend while the owner watched helplessly. It has not been found. No kidding.

  27. My female akc chi just had her pups she is on the small side so she only had 2. Dad is pure bred akc as well and he is smaller than mom at about 2.5-3 lbs. It is true that their is no such “breed” as a teacup, however smaller sized ones have been labeled “teacup” not just chis but yorkies, Pam’s. The toy breeds. I live in the midwest and chis are difficult to find here not like when I lived in California, where I could find a Chi right away. I am a breeder but, my girls, health and well being are more important to me than to have her keep putting out litters.

  28. I myself just lost my teacup chihuahua small babyboy papito someone had pick him up and kick him so so bad that my papito died in my arms and I cant live with out him next to me I cry so so much for him I dont no what to do with out him so am asking please please help me I love my babyboy papito and I miss him so much.
    Thank u

  29. Hi Elizabeth,

    I am so sorry for your loss! What horrible person could do something like that to a helpless dog?! I have had 3 chihuahuas and all have passed away. I cry more for my last one, Chiquita. Someone told me to get another dog but I refused to do that because I felt that I was trying to replace her. My sadness turned to depression and I felt so alone. I gave in and got a new fur baby. I enjoy her so much! She resembles my Chiquita and that makes me happy. I hope you get a new chihuahua and enjoy her and life too.


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