Blame it on Paris Hilton, nowadays everyone wants a "T-Cup" pup! Officially, no registry recognizes "T-Cups" as a separate classification. In fact, breeders and vreed clubs often frown on the terms "T-Cup" and "pocket sized". The medial and consumers have created the work "T-Cup" to describe very small versions of the most popular toy breeds which include: Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, Japanese Chins, Maltese, Chinese Cresteds, Papillons, Toy Poodles, Silky Terriers and Toy Terriers. Every pure breed dog has a "Standard of the Breed: which describes the ideal size for each breed. Within each breed, there will be some dogs that will be bigger or smaller than the breed standard allows. In the show ring, these smaller sizes are sometimes considered a fault, but this has no bearing on their ability to function as a companion. A four pound Chihuahua will love you just as much as a 10 pound Chihuahua!
Although a tiny pup is tempting, they are not recommended for an inexperienced dog owner. They require an enormous amount of care, especially during the first months of ownership. Occasionally, some very tiny pups may require weekly vet visits, and we recommend that new owners be aware of the financial commitment, should your new puppy fit into this category. In addition, housebreaking should be done inside, on wee wee pads or in a litter box with doggy litter (cat litter is dangerous to pups), espeically in cold weather. Furthermore, toy breeds are not generally recommended for households with young children due to their delicate frames and their lack of patience with small children.
Toy Breeds can suffer from a condition known as hypoglycemia, commonly called low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia occurs when a tiny puppy doesn't eat enough food to compensate for the calories they burn during activity. This loss of appetite is most frequently brought on by stress from over handling or by a change in environment, and is completely preventable. Because of their susceptibility to hypoglycemia, it may be detrimental to tote your new puppy around with you. Toy breeds are the longest living group of dogs, so you will have plenty of time when they are older to bring your little friend with you in a fashionable carrier on the train, to the mall, or any other placae you desire. A toy breed is a ful time job in the beginning, but the results of all your hard work will be a loving companion that can go everywhere with you!
Listed below is a charge of the most popular toy freeds and the approximate size for an adult T-Cup of each breed.