Things You May Not Know About The Teacup Dachshund
The Teacup Dachshund is definitely not a special type of Dachshund. The name is a result of sellers attempting to profit on their smaller than average sized dogs. Teacup breeds are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, in fact, there is only one Dachshund that is recognized. Dachshunds can then be divided into two categories being standard, that is between 16 to 32 pounds or miniature that matures at less than 11 pounds.
The title of the Teacup Dachshund is simply a marketing ploy that can fashionably fit into the rising trend of designer dogs. These dogs serve as some type of status symbol when they are nothing more than smaller than average dogs. Commonly they are a result of breeders mating two of the smallest Miniature Dachshunds that they have and then selling them as a Teacup Dachshund. Nothing about this is responsible on the breeder's part. Anyone who is advertising this species is strictly in it for the money and cares nothing about the health and well being of the animal.
When a breeder consistently breeds dogs to create puppies that they can sell as Teacup Dachshunds, they are creating dogs with serious health problems that a standard size Dachshund would not generally have. Since many of these so-called teacup dogs are in their first generation, future health issues can really not be predicted, nor can their longevity.
The Dachshunds breed was traditionally created as a hunting breed. They have long bodies and short legs that are ideal for flushing underground rodents to the service. They are aggressive and bold and just because they are being bred to be extra small, does not mean that they their feisty side is decreased. Very tiny dogs with this aggressive hunting behavior can be harmed going up against average backyard rodents.
The Dachshund breed in general can be stubborn and difficult to train when it comes time to housebreak them. You will need to be positive and persistent while letting them know that you are in charge. When Dachshunds are bred very small into a Teacup Dachshund, their demeanor tends to change, they require an incredible amount of attention and cannot be left alone too much or they will let you know that they are displeased with you. These tiny bred dogs are known for chewing on furniture or going to the bathroom in the house.
The Miniature Dachshund is small enough that there is no good reason to attempt to find one that is any smaller and not expect health issues. When looking for a puppy, shop around for a reputable breeder and visit the premises. Ask to see the parents and be sure that they are friendly and approachable. You should inquire about health problems and request a bill of health as well as veterinary reference information. Because a Teacup Dachshund is not a recognized breed, you cannot trace the dog's history or learn about any genetic flaws.
It is always recommended to have your puppy examined immediately by your vet, even if it has had its worm treatments and vaccinations. Many extra small breeds tend to be snappy with children so be sure to take caution if you have any. Sometimes breeders can tell you how their dogs are around children if they have any, which can also be helpful.
Dachshunds in general can gain weight quite easily so if yours is tiny, you need to really be cautious that this does not happen. Any extra weight on their small frame can be very dangerous. To avoid a lot of heartache and vet bills in the future, stick with a Standard or Miniature Dachshund and avoid the marketing ploys of buying a Teacup Dachshund.