If you’re looking for a Morkie, you might be attracted to the idea of a teacup Morkie. And no wonder – we love things that are tiny and vulnerable. They’re just so cute!
BUT… teacups are not a breed or type of dog. They’re simply first or second generation runts. Too-tiny dogs bred to too-tiny dogs. They have all sorts of health issues and don’t live as long.
Tiny dog: big scam
On top of all that, there’s a scam circulating among unscrupulous breeders:
Breeders will advertise – and sell – puppies as young as 5 or 6 weeks old, as 12 week or older puppies. The result, the dog is MUCH smaller than you’d expect, so you believe it is indeed a so-called teacup.
Problems of dogs weaned too early
If the pup is not really a teacup — and that’s good after all– there’s still a big problem. Puppies removed too soon from their mothers have lots of physical and behavioural problems. Puppies taken away too early can be biters – because their litter and mother haven’t had time to socialize them against biting. They can also be:
- attention seekers
- aggressive with strangers
- obsessive paw licking
- very possessiveness with food
- obsessive tail chasers
- overly fearful
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Teacup Morkies – good idea?
They’re so tiny and adorable, who wouldn’t want one, but before you decide, please read up on so-called teacups, teensies or baby dolls and the problems in “miniaturizing” purebreeds like Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese and Morkies.
National kennel clubs around the world set out the breed standards for all purebreed dogs, and those standards state that the Yorkshire Terrier is “ideally four to seven pounds.” Even professionals dog handlers who show Yorkies for a living prefer their dogs around five or six pounds, so smaller isn’t better. The Maltese breed standards are a tiny bit heavier – the ideal specimen weighs in at about 5 to 8 pounds.
When dogs are too small – under four pounds – owners face at least five serious problems including:
- feeding – very sensitive stomach, plus tooth problems – too many in a small mouth
- house-training – very, very tiny bladders so don’t expect much when it comes to being potty-trained
- organs are often underdeveloped and can suddenly fail
- sudden low blood sugar that can lead to shock and even death!
- One of the big concerns in a super small dog is just how delicate the dog is. Their bones are VERY fragile and can be broken by jumping off of a couch, falling off of a bed, being stepped on or worse. They’re not for children of course because of their fragility.
Besides their size, are Teacups different than the ‘regular’ or ‘standard size’ version of the breed?
Breeding runts to runts
No — “teacups,” “teenies” and “baby-dolls” are just cutesy labels for Yorkshire Terriers that are far too small. Puppy mills and unscrupulous breeders are “miniaturizing” popular toy breeds and using these adjectives to make them sound even more adorable. Meanwhile they’re selling genetic misfits, fragile dogs who will probably have lifelong health problems.
Toy dogs under 4 pounds are at risk for the diseases above, but can also have a very short lifespan. Sometimes they live only 5 or 6 years.
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