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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 sick and unhealthy?
This is a very common misconception, but the answer is no. Not ALL teacup sized puppies are unhealthy. Because of their tiny size and delicate nature, their immune systems may be a bit more compromised than that of a larger puppy, so we need to be extra careful about what they come into contact with (e.g. no dog parks until all vaccines are complete) and how they are handled (e.g. too much handling or any stressful events such as their first bath or vaccine can contribute to hypoglycemia and/or a compromised immune system). As they get older their immune systems grow stronger, just as a baby's does, and they are just as healthy as any other dog. Hypoglycemia can be an issue, but is easily avoidable, and all customers are properly trained on how to prevent hypoglycemia during puppy orientation. All of our puppies are thoroughly checked by a licensed veterinarian and issued a health certificate before they are able to go home. We also require all of our customers to attend 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 10 to 15 years! That's longer than the lifespan of a large breed dog!

What are the prices of your puppies?
Each puppy is priced individually according to breed and size. Toys are usually around $1295 and up. Teacups start around $2495. If you are interested in a particular puppy, please call 954-985-8848 for more information.

Do you ship your puppies?
We never ship our puppies alone, nor do we recommend it, but we can provide a hand delivery service. Flying on an airplane alone can be extremely frightening and stressful for such a small puppy. This type of stress can cause hypoglycemia, a drop in the sugar levels of the blood, which can be fatal if it's not caught in time. Just one hour of low blood sugar for a small puppy is enough to kill it. Hypoglycemia can easily be controlled with sufficient feeding and supplements such as Nutri-Cal or Karo syrup. Just like a newborn baby, teacup puppies must eat every couple of hours, but flights can be long, and if no one is there to make sure the puppy is eating and its sugar levels are normal, things can go horribly wrong. For qualifying customers, we provide a hand delivery service in which we carefully deliver your puppy to you, and conduct an orientation in which you will be taught everything there is to know about caring for your new puppy.

For more details on shipping puppies, 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 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 you get your puppies?
Our puppies come from only USDA licensed and regulated breeders within the United States, most of them from right here in Florida. All breeder information is given to the customer during orientation. All of our pure bred puppies come with registration papers and pedigrees.

What is your health guarantee?
Our 1 year health guarantee protects against any hereditary or congenital defects. All of our puppies are updated on vaccines, and are examined by a licensed veterinarian before they are able to leave. During their exam, the vet will check their 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.