Toy vs. Teacup

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Toy and Teacup are terms used to describe the size of certain dog types. Toy breeds belong to a group of small dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, Teacup dog’s, are the unofficial name simply given to very small dogs – often small enough to fit into a “teacup” or even your pocket – this group is not recognized by the AKC. Whether Toy or Teacup these little cuties have their similarities when it comes to size, appearance, and exercise requirements just as they have their differences, especially when it comes to where they originated from.


Size Range: 4 to 14 inches at shoulder
Weight Range: 9 to 35 lbs.

The dogs in this group can be categorized together as the term miniature and toy is often used interchangeably. A miniature or toy breed is a dog that is a smaller size of the original dog breed. This can be accomplished through genetic modification or from breeding the smaller dogs out of the litter.

The toy group of dogs consists of small dogs, and quite often designer cross breeds that are thought of as a perfect companion pet for owners with smaller homes or apartments. They make excellent family dogs especially for those with active members and children as they love to play or seek out new adventures. Some of the most common dogs of this size include the, Yorkshire Terriers, Shih Tzus, Poodles, Italian Greyhounds, Pomeranians, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Havanese, and Chihuahuas.


Size Range: 14 inches or less (though some can be as big as 14 inches)
Weight Range: 9 lbs. or less

Teacup dogs are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, breeders name and categorize this breed size as any dog that is extremely small in stature. Teacups are often those that were born prematurely or those that were bred from two exceptionally small parents. Due to their delicate bone structure and tiny frame teacups are more prone to injury and should be handled with extreme care. Though teacup dogs are very sweet and gentle in nature it is not recommended to have a dog of this size when there are young children in the home as this little one can be easily hurt. Some of the most common Teacup breeds include the, Cavapoo, Morkie, Maltipoo, German Spitzer, Maltese, Brussels Griffon and the Papillon.

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