The Adorable Truth About The Teacup Pug
The teacup pug is a cute little pup that has been given that name as a description of its super tiny size. The "teacup" distinction is not officially recognized by most official dog breeding groups and kennel clubs. These tiny creatures actually belong to the toy group of dogs, which makes up most small dog breeds.
As with nearly all “teacup” dogs, it is widely believed that the teacup pug distinction is meant to attract potential dog owners who want a pup so small it could – at least theoretically – fit in a teacup. The name snags those doggie parents who desire a pooch that will stay small throughout his or her whole life. Basically, one that will never grow out of the puppy size, at least not physically.
There are a number of popular dog breeds that can come in a teacup size, including the Chihuahua, Dachshund, English Spaniel, Fox Terrier, Maltese, Poodle, Pomeranian, Pug, Shih Tzu, Silky Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier. Like the teacup pug, not one of these dog breeds are recognized by the official kennel clubs and dog breeding associations. Nevertheless, teacup dogs are a reality, even if they are not a true breed of dog.
In most cases, a dog that would be referred to as a “teacup” is generally one of two things:
It is just an extremely small version of a breed of dog that is already really tiny
It is a dog that has been cross bred
Remember, the teacup pug is technically a part of the toy group of dogs. The toy group is made up of dogs that are bred to be small – think of the toy poodle. It is basically just a much smaller version of the standard poodle.
A pug dog is not a large dog, and whether it is a teacup pug or not, these dogs rarely weigh more than 15 pounds. A teacup-sized pug will probably weigh even less – not more than 10 pounds. This is a muscular dog; strong and smart as well. The pug dog is known to be a very good companion that sticks quite close to their owner and is an excellent choice for someone who is looking for a typical lapdog.
One of the most attractive things about a pug dog – teacup or full-size – is its wrinkly, pushed-in face. Unfortunately, this is also one of the pug’s biggest problems because it can cause breathing problems throughout their lives. The shorter snout makes it a bit harder for pugs to breath, especially in strenuous or extremely hot situations. This can also make it hard for a pug to cool down properly, so they must be attended to carefully and never left in the heat for a very long period of time.
In cases where the teacup dog is a cross breed, it is common for the pug to be paired with a Chihuahua to create a smaller sized pup. Along with the tiny size, this pairing can result in the pug having a longer snout that may actually improve their breathing and prevent some of the respiratory issues that are common to this breed of dog.
Whether they are a full-size pug or a teacup, no one can deny the attractive adorability of this small breed of dog.