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Teacup Puppy FAQ's

What is a teacup puppy?
What is a toy breed puppy?
Are teacup puppies sick and unhealthy?
What is the average lifespan of a teacup puppy?
What are the prices of your puppies?
Do you ship your puppies?
How old are your puppies?
Where do you get your puppies?
What is your health guarantee?

 

What is a teacup puppy?
A teacup puppy is any dog that weighs 4 lbs. or less fully grown. Teacup is not a breed, it is merely a term used to describe the size of a particular dog.

What is a toy breed puppy?
A toy puppy is any dog that weighs 7 lbs. or less fully grown. The word 'toy' is not a breed, but it is a group recognized by the AKC and other registries.

Are teacup puppies sickly and unhealthy?
This is a very common misconception, but the answer is NO. Not all teacup sized puppies are sickly and unhealthy. They do, however, require a bit more care than larger breed puppies. Often times, it is not the puppy that is sick, but rather the puppy did not receive the proper care that it required. Due to their tiny size and delicate nature, teacup puppies are very similar to newborn babies in the way the way that their immune systems are not yet fully developed. It is for this reason that they should be handled with extreme caution for the first few months of life, especially until all vaccines are complete. It is more difficult for a teacup sized puppy to fight off a cold than it is for a larger dog - just as it is more difficult for a human baby to fight off a cold than it is for an adult. Public dog parks and exposure to heavily populated areas should be avoided at all costs. Parasites are easily transmitted through contaminated soil, and viruses may be spread from one dog to another. In a few months' time, their immune systems grow stronger, just as a baby's does, and they are just as healthy as any other dog. It is also crucial for a teacup sized puppy to eat every few hours, as their bellies are much smaller and, as a result, hold less food. Improper care and feeding may lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can be fatal if left untreated. Hypoglycemia is easily avoidable, and all customers are properly trained in the care of teacup sized puppies and the prevention of hypoglycemia. All of our puppies are thoroughly checked by a licensed veterinarian and issued a health certificate before going to their new home. We also require all of our customers to attend a puppy orientation, in which they are educated on the health and caring for their teacup or toy sized puppy.

What is the average lifespan of a teacup puppy?
The average lifespan of a teacup or toy sized dog is 15 years, whereas the lifespan of a large breed dog is 10 - 12 years.

What are the prices of your puppies?
Each puppy is priced individually according to breed, size, and desirable characteristics. Toy sized puppies typically begin at $1,295. Teacup sized puppies are more rare and begin at $2,495. If you are interested in a particular puppy, please call 954-985-8848 for more information.

Do you ship your puppies?
Due to safety concerns, we never ship our puppies alone in cargo, nor do we recommend it. We do, however, offer a safe and sound hand delivery service for an additional fee. Such small and delicate puppies require a great deal of care and attention, which they are unable to receive in the "basement" section of an airplane. Hypoglycemia is a great concern. Similar to a newborn baby, teacup puppies must eat every few hours to maintain stable blood sugar levels. But flights can be long, and if no one is there to make sure the puppy is eating, things can go horribly wrong. For qualifying customers, we do offer a hand delivery service in which we carefully deliver your precious cargo to you and provide you with all the knowledge you will need to care for your new puppy and prevent hypoglycemia.
For more details on puppy delivery, please call Donna at 954-985-8848.

How old are your puppies?
Our puppies vary in age, but must be at least 8 weeks old before arriving in our care. However, it is not unusual for a teacup puppy to arrive a few weeks or months later than the rest, since nursing from mom may take a bit longer.

Most puppies are ready to go after being checked by a veterinarian, but sometimes the tiny ones must stay a bit longer, so we can make sure they develop good eating habits to avoid hypoglycemia. Our teacup puppies must weigh at least 1 lb. before going home.

Where do your puppies come from?
All of our puppies come from private home breeders within the United States, most of them local to the South Florida area! For those who are local, the puppies are hand delivered to our boutique by the breeders themselves. For our out-of-state breeders, the puppies are picked up by our driver and hand delivered to our boutique
. Our puppies never fly in cargo.

What is your health guarantee?
Our 1 year health guarantee protects against any hereditary or congenital defects. All of our puppies are up to date on vaccines and are examined by a licensed veterinarian before they are able to leave. During the exam, the vet will check the heart, lungs, eyes, ears, and joints to ensure that your puppy is in good health. We also have a vet technician on staff 7 days a week!
Our puppies are tested for parasites on a weekly basis.