Teacup Pomeranians - Fact or Fiction?
What does the term Teacup Pomeranian mean?
A teacup Pomeranian can also be referred to as a miniature Pomeranian and a toy Pomeranian. The general defintion for a teacup Pomeranian - and any teacup dog for that matter - is that the Pomeranian is born small enough that it can fit inside of a teacup. If you can imagine this for a moment, you'll realize how small that is.
A teacup. That's tiny.
And the allure of a teacup Pomeranian is just that - it's extremely small, can fit anywhere, and - you could even say - it's very portable. A strange term to use for a living, breathing creature, but in the current day and age it's a very common phenomena; for some reason we love the fact that we can carry all our essentials with us - cell phone, iPod, jewelry... and even a Pomeranian.
The question that remains, however, is is there such thing as a Teacup Pomeranian or is just another animal myth we as humans have conjured up?
Pomeranian's are full of energy
Traits of a Pomeranian
If you are searching for a teacup Pomeranian then you probably know all about a Pomeranian. But if you don't, and I'm sure there are a few of you, then read on. You may want to first know what you're getting yourself into.
Pomerania's are already one of the smallest breeds of dog in the universe. They rarely exceed seven pounds and range between a height of 10 to 20 centimeters; so, as you can guess from these specifications, they are really small. In fact, as we will discuss later, they are already considered to be teacup size; almost all Pomeranian puppies will be able to fit inside of any kind of teacup. A Pomeranian comes in four main colors - orange, brown, white and black. They are famous for their fluffy fur, as well as their fox-like appearance; this is one of the main downfalls of having a Pomeranian. They will need a lot of grooming.
They have a very easy going personality, and one of the easiest breeds of dog to train. They have an attitude, at an early age, to eagerly learn, which can be a good thing and a bad thing. If you aren't careful in their training they may develop many bad habits, as well as good ones. They take in all of their surroundings and reaction of the environment very matriculate, and therefore are very mailable at an early age. Take your time when training them; be stern and strict when you need to be and you won't run into many problems.
They are a great companion to have. They are constantly full of frantic energy, jumping and running around willing to play. This makes them a very human-centered dog, meaning they are very content to spend the majority of their lives with humans; compare with other dogs which need, and rejoice in being able to spend time with other dogs, makes the Pomeranian a very easy to please dog. Play with it once a day and it will remain happy and obedient.
Health of a Pomeranian
The most important factor when picking a dog for you or your family is health. Will the dog be healthy? Will it remain healthy? What kind of health problems run in its family? How long will it live? How much special attention does it need? The list of questions can be endless so it's important you do your research before you invest in an animal.
Here is a list of the health pros and health cons of a Pomeranian:
- Can inherit eye infections and skin issues from parents. Check with breeder about the parents health.
- Prone to having problems with teeth.
- High metabolism and therefore ideal for small, enclosed spaces; apartment homes, or homes with a small backyard are ideal.
- Needs much grooming of the fur; if left untidy, it may result is some issues later on in life (tangling, infections, ect).
- Socialization is key for the mental health of a Pomeranian. At an early age let it get to know its surroundings - meet other dogs, people, children, for example.
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Teacup Pomeranian - Do They Exist?
It just depends on how you look at it. The fact is that all a teacup dog is is a dog which fits a certain size criteria; there are no other features for it to be considered a teacup animal, no special requirements or rarities it needs to have. It just has to be able to fit in a teacup and be around a certain weight. And a Pomeranian fits just the criteria. It never reaches a weight over ten pounds, usually ranging between the five to seven range. As a puppy almost all Pomeranian's can fit inside a teacup.
The reason why I named off the traits and health of Pomeranian before is because a normal Pomeranian is also a teacup Pomeranian - they are interchangeable names. When people go searching for a teacup Pomeranian they should really just be looking for Pomeranian puppies. A runt of a litter will be even smaller than a normal Pomeranian, and that may truly be what a teacup Pomeranian is: the runt of the litter.
So the answer to the question, do they exist? Is it fact of fiction? It depends on your perspective, but if your are looking for a really small dog - one that is perhaps teacup size - than normal Pomeranian is the dog for you.