Dog 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!).