Teacup Dogs and Puppies - An Unofficial Term
All of the dogs listed below belong to the collection of dogs which are often referred to as Teacup Dogs and Puppies. The term 'Teacup' is not recognised or endorsed by any of the major Canine Associations such as the AKC (American Kennel Club) or the British KC ( Kennel Club ). It is a purely descriptive term for a Toy dog which might, or might not, be smaller than the official size standard. Whether the term is recognised or not people obviously like using it and regardless of varying Associations the phrases Teacup Dog or Teacup puppies are, no doubt, here to stay! The Teacup Dogs Agility Association is open to all dogs, regardless of breed or pedigree, measuring 17" or less, and who are at least 12 months of age. Toy dogs are also referred to as Pocket Size, Tiny Toy, Miniature, Lapdogs and Sleeve Dogs (Oriental Emperors and courtiers carried them around in their copious sleeves!).
Teacup Dogs and Puppies - A Clever Marketing Term?
Criticisms of the term "Teacup Dog and Puppies" are quite strong. Owners of Toy Dogs believe that these dogs should be referred to by their correct Group name and that the phrase Teacup Dogs and Puppies are just a clever and cute marketing term. There is probably some truth in this and prospective owners of Teacup puppies should be very clear about the pro's and cons of buying a Teacup Puppy.
Teacup Dogs and Teacup Puppies - These are not 'Special' Toy dogs
The smaller canines are called Toy Dogs. A full list of AKC recognised Toy dogs may be accessed via the Site Map. The size of these small dogs are as a result of selective breeding and were initially developed to ease the lifestyle and provide pleasure to rich people. These dogs were initially owned by the wealthy and were viewed by others as status symbols - a luxury item with little apparent purpose. Dogs in other groups had specific working roles and played a major part in providing food for the table and therefore justified the cost of their upkeep and care - working dogs were those which were commonly owned by the lower classes. The diminutive size and appearance size of Teacup puppies or Teacup Dogs does not indicate that a particular dog breed type is either rare or special.