A Chihuahua Is A Chihuahua - No Size Categories Exist Within The Breed
Chihuahuas are a "Toy" Breed - There is No Such Thing as a "Teacup" Chihuahua.
AKC Breed Standard describes the Chihuahua as a small dog that comes in
two varieties or coat types and ranges up to 6 lbs. The only different
"variety" or dinstinguishing characteristic within the breed standard
is this difference in coat variety (long and smooth). There are NO size
categories within the Chihuahua! These made up descriptions you see on
websites explaining how they have different size categories of
Chihuahuas - such as "family" or "standard" or "toy" or "teacup" sized
Chihuahuas - show an utter lack of even the most basic knowledge of the
breed. If you see this type of MISinformation on a Chihuahua website
RUN in the other direction and find a KNOWLEDEABLE breeder!
Unfortunately, these gimmicky made up names, used by uninformed or
greedy Chihuahua breeders to describe their puppies, have been misused
so long they can "seem" legitimate to the general public! This is a
concern not only because those who choose to breed should realize that
in addition to breeding responsibly they are also responsible for
disseminating correct information to the public on their breed - and
most definitely should not be spreading false or misleading breed
information - but also because there are those who use these gimmicks as
a way of fooling potential buyers into thinking their puppies are worth
more money and use these terms merely as marketing ploys. Again, this
is incorrect and misleading and the breeder selling Chihuahuas in this
manner is either uninformed or greedy - and in either instance you will
want to look elsewhere for a more educated (and/or ethical) breeder.
Again, the Chihuahua is categorized by the American Kennel Club as
belonging to the TOY group - NO size variety or distinction exists;
therefore ALL Chihuahuas are categorized as a TOY dog, whether an
unusually tiny two lbs. or super chunky six lbs! They are still all TOY
dogs. Period. Any other label is incorrect and misleading and can be
confusing to those looking to acquire a new Chihuahua.
A word of caution: While extra tiny Chihuahua puppies are extremely
adorable and endearing - and they CAN be perfectly healthy (some "lines"
of Chihuahuas do naturally produce smaller sized offspring than others)
- there MAY be other underlying causes for such a small sized puppy
(yet another reason to seek out a KNOWLEDGEABLE and ETHICAL breeder)
and, even if the puppy is completely heatlhy, there is extra care and
diligence required for the health and well-being of such extra small
If you are considering a new Chihuahua, no matter the size, please do
your homework, read up on the breed to get an idea of not only how a
Chihuahua should look (NO, NOT the Taco Bell dog - ugh!) but also the
breed's general personality characteristics (of course this can vary
with individual dogs). Once you have decided the Chihuahua is for you,
find a GOOD breeder that is not only educated on breed related issues
but who will back up their dogs with WRITTEN health & genetic
guarantees; a good breeder will also be able to provide you with
important instructions for the care of your new Chihuahua and help
provide you with the tools you need to give your new best friend a long,
happy, healthy life!
P.S. No matter HOW cute that pet shop puppy is PLEASE DO NOT BUY INTO
THE CYCLE OF GREED & MISERY THAT IS THE PUPPYMILL - PET SHOP
CONNECTION! Remember that for every one of those cute little puppies in
the window there is a poor precious momma dog living a life of cruelty,
neglect, physical and emotional abuse, forced to continuously pump out
puppies until her little body gives out, in order to fulfill the desires
of those willing to continue this horrific cycle of pain. If no one
buys these pet shop puppies then those greedy millers who make their
livings off the flesh of the innocent dogs in their care will get the
message quick and where it matters most to them - their pocketbooks!!
NO DEMAND EQUALS NO PET SHOPS CARRYING PUPPYMILL PUPPIES!!