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:

teacup puppy scam

 

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
  • barkers
  • aggressive with strangers
  • obsessive paw licking
  • very possessiveness with food
  • obsessive tail chasers
  • overly fearful
  • destructive

 

Read more about the Korean Puppy Scam 

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