Teacup Myth


BUYER BEWARE – The Tea Cup Chihuahua             


(Chihuahua’s have never been cross bred with crockery!)

The official 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 or the Smooth Coat) is the only official description used to identify a difference within this breed.  Our Standard does not categorise the Chihuahua by size – only by weight.

As with all living things, there will be a size variance between individual dogs within this breed.  Within the human family, brothers and sisters will differ in height and in weight, as well as other physical attributes.  They are described as humans, male or 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, Male/Female.

Unfortunately, the additional adjectives used to describe the size difference and physical appearances are many; and have been misused for so long they now seem legitimate.  Tea-cup, Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature or Standard - are just a few of the many tags and labels that have been attached to this breed over the years.  There is a concern that these terms may be used to entice perspective 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 puppy 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 animal as something that is rare or exceptional and causes a great deal of confusion among those fanciers who are looking for a Chihuahua.

We recognize that many Chihuahua fanciers do want the very small puppy.  While they are adorable and can be perfectly healthy, the buyer should be cautioned as to the extra care and costs that may be required with regard to their general health and well-being.

Talk to your local veterinarians for the health concerns for unusually small Chihuahuas.


Contact Details

The Secretary
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Phone : 0423209771
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