The word “teacup” has no official significance, but it is a common description used among breeders and dog owners. Dachshunds smaller than miniature dachshunds (less than 11 pounds) are often labeled as teacup.
One thing to keep in mind before getting a teacup dachshund is to evaluate the breeder. Like with all dog breeds, breeding for one characteristic (such as size) can lead to health problems. Responsible dachshund breeders are those who know what they are doing, get their dogs tested for health ailments, and want the best for their dogs.
Most of the dachshund’s characteristics will remain in the bloodline no matter how small the breed gets. Bravery and fearlessness are two of the traits teacups have kept despite of their small size. Teacup dachshunds are not afraid of animals larger than them and will chase just about anything.
Teacup doxies are full of life, and regardless of loving their owner’s companion, they are always up for an adventure. Teacup dachshunds require regular exercise and plenty of attention. If left alone for long periods, they may develop anxiety issues or display poor behavior. With plenty of affection, early training, and good leadership, however; teacup doxies make ideal pets.
Teacup Dachshund. Small Breed Dogs. Retrieved August 3, 2012, from http://akc.smallbreeddogs.net/teacup_dachshund/teacup_dachshund.html
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