Have you decided that it’s time you purchased a good pet for you and your family? You may be considering what type of animal to get – A cat? A dog? Something small and fuzzy? It all depends on your needs. Apartment living is a common situation in which a family – or an individual – doesn’t have a lot of room to own an animal. But should you give up on your dreams of being a pet owner simply because you rent an apartment?
Introducing the Teacup Chihuahua
The Teacup Chihuahua first gained popularity in the 1990s. It is not an accepted term for the breed as a whole, and probably gained popularity when an owner referred to their smaller-than-average pup as a teacup Chihuahua. A “teacup” Chihuahua is the same as a toy or micro Chihuahua, and the owner is best informed when they are aware that these are all the same kind of dog.
But before you jump on the bandwagon and leap at the chance to purchase a teacup Chihuahua for sale, you should know that their tiny bodies are more susceptible to diseases such as hypoglycemia, heart disease, joint problems, and bone fractures. By purchasing a puppy at a pet store, you may find that they have more health problems than they would if you purchased them at a traditional breeder.
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t purchase a Teacup Chihuahua though. The choice of purchasing a pet is a very personal one. They take a lot of time and energy to keep healthy – maybe more so than other pets – so be certain you’re willing to accommodate their many physical needs. Additionally, you’ll have to bring them to the vet regularly to ensure that they haven’t suffered from fractures or muscle strains.
Teacup Chihuahuas can be hurt far too easily. Sleeping with them in your bed can be a risk – if you roll over on them, it can fracture bones. If you handle them too roughly, you can pull muscles, tear tendons, or even cause a bone fracture. Their small size makes it absolutely necessary to handle them with extreme care. Chihuahuas in general are small – but teacups are even smaller, and therefore need extra-special care.
An Expansive History
The Teacup Chihuahua is, like his normal-sized peers, a descendant of the small, affectionate dogs of Chihuahua, Mexico. In the mid-to-late 1800s, they were spotted by Americans traveling to the region – and the rest is, quite literally, history. Nowadays, the modern Chihuahua is recognized as an AKC (American Kennel Club) official breed, and the first Chihuahua was registered in 1904. The breed’s popularity has soared in the last century, and the miniature breed has been owned by celebrities and exotic breeders alike.
Before they were found in Mexico, The teacup Chihuahua is thought to have possibly originated in the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean. There are a number of scientific reasons that the dog is thought to be related to the ancient breeds on Malta, including skeletal similarities. They’ve also appeared in ancient art. The breed is diverse and has a rich history – if you find a Teacup Chihuahua for sale, you can think it as owning a piece of living history!
Grooming a Teacup Chihuahua
One of the most important aspects of owning a teacup Chihuahua – whether teacup or normal-sized – is bathing it. Smooth-coats and long-coats both require grooming, although long-coats require a significant amount more. The small dogs can get dirty easily and the long-coats get tangles that are difficult to remove when left ungroomed for a long period of time. Unfortunately, as an owner, it’s easy to let the grooming go unattended for long periods of time. Whether you’re too busy to keep up or you’re simply forgetful, it can be a nuisance to groom the teacup Chihuahua.
However, this is not to say that the breed needs bathing on a weekly basis. If you bathe a teacup Chihuahua too often, his coat may get dry and stripped of healthy oils. A good rule of thumb is to bathe him or her once every two or three weeks, or once a month if that’s easiest.
Keeping a Teacup Chihuahua Happy and Warm
Teacup Chihuahuas are small. Most weigh only 2-5 pounds. They probably shiver simply because they’re tiny! As with most small creatures, Chihuahuas are more susceptible to the effects of chilly winter weather. Similar to humans, the tiny dogs shiver when they’re cold so that they can warm up their bodies. After all, they wouldn’t want to fall victim to hypothermia! But to keep your Teacup happy, you’ll want to keep him warm before anything else. And you may assume that he’s never warm – he shakes all the time. Why else would he do that?
They may shake because they’re anxious as well. If your teacup Chihuahua is constantly shivering, he or she may not actually be cold, but actually anxious. Because your cute little teacup doesn’t know how to tell you when he’s cold, anxious, hungry, or excited, you must be astute and observe his behaviors. If he wants to go outside, he’s probably excited and shaking with anticipation. If he shakes after he comes inside, he’s probably cold. Keep an eye on your teacup to see what his behaviors tell you about his personality. You’ll learn a lot simply from spending time with your puppy.
Looking for a Teacup Chihuahua for Sale
Searching for your teacup Chihuahua doesn’t have to be difficult. You can look at a number of local adoption agencies or local breeders. The way you choose to purchase your new friend is completely up to you. As long as you have done your research before investing, you’ll be off to a great start with your pet.
Whether you choose to adopt or find a Teacup Chihuahua for sale elsewhere, you’ll be happiest with your new pet when you’ve done your research. Armed with the proper knowledge, you and your teacup will be happy for years to come!