Tea Cup Poodle or Chihuahua Myth
Pictured : "Nigel" Elluje Bullet Proof and his mother "Dee" Joiedevivre White Heat
If you are seeking a "Tea-Cup Poodle or Chihuahua", search no longer, this creature does not exist!Any one claiming to breed "Tea-Cup Poodles or Chihuahua" are not registered breeders, they are backyard breeders.
The term Tea Cup Poodle is a common misconception, in sort it is not recognised as a variety of Poodle anywhere in the world, it is a marketing terminology used to facilitate the sale of the animal in question. In Australia we have 3 Varieties/Sizes in Poodles from the largest Standard, Miniature and Toy, Europe do also have the Dwarf which is in between the Miniature and the Toy.
The Toy Poodle is a small dog and according to our breed standard should be up to 11 inches at the shoulder, quite often individuals will exceed this height. Within the breed there will always be a variation in size, just like any other breed of dog and for that matter humans.
There are smaller Toy Poodles and larger Toy Poodles, but there are no tea-cup poodles. Within a litter even, the sizes of individuals when adults can vary considerably from the very small to the very large, so even viewing the parents will not necessarily give an indication of the eventual size of the young pup.
When puppies are 8 weeks old, of course they are small, but they grow and at 8 weeks, no one can tell you what size they will eventually grow to. While conscientious breeders endevour to breed within our breed standard, size is the hardest thing to breed for or predict.
Most photos or "Tea Cup Poodles" are very young pups that will actually fit into a tea cup. They will not always stay this size. Or do you notice how out of proportion they look i.e., their heads seem to big for their bodies. Some will even charge by the ounce, the smaller the puppy the higher the cost to you, health and welfare should come before cost. Very small Toy Poodle pups are possibly that size because of health problems, others though live long healthy lives. It is the ones with the health problems that can cause distress to new owners when they either die at a very early age or become a financial burden requiring constant veterinary care.
Potential buyers be aware of health issues.Remember smaller is not always better.
When buying a Poodle, seek out a breeder registered with the governing body in your state (Dogs NSW, ACT Canine Association, Victorian Canine Association, Canine Control Council of Queensland, South Australian Canine Association, Tasmanian Canine Association, Canine Association of WA or North Australian Canine Association). They will be able to refer you to the appropriate club for information and details on breeders with available pups. See also the Dogz Online Breeder Listing for registered breeders.
Julie & Erin Henville
Tahmoor, NSW, Australia
Email : [email protected]