Myths & Tips


The Tea Cup MYTH:

I want a TEA CUP CHIHUAHUA please...



~~~EVERY Chihuahuas is classified as a Toy Breed ONLY~~~

Please read the AKC Standards for Chihuahua!

If you are working with anyone who tells you otherwise, they are ignorant, uneducated and uniformed.

A Tiny Chihuahua is JUST that....a TINY Chihuahua.

There is no separate classification as TEA CUP CHIHUAHUA.

I like to POLITELY explain when people call requesting a 'Tea Cup' Chihuahua!

There is no such classification as 'Tea Cup Chihuahua" There are only two classifications ~~ short or long coat variations ~~

Please don't call me asking for Tea Cup Chihuahuas...that is a term used by irresponsible breeders that care more about breeding for a TINY dog for BIG BUCKS than they care about the health of either the mom or the pups. "Tea Cups" are runts...plain and simple. TINY "Tea Cup" Chihuahuas should NOT be a breeders target size...due to health issues, injury and/or compromised vet care due to the frail size.No one can guarantee you the adult size of your Chihuahua puppy, until of course your puppy IS an adult. A growth/weight chart can be used to gauge or estimate how big or small a puppy may be, but that's just a tool to use as guide. Healthy Chihuahuas can range from 3 lbs to 9 lbs or even more. Weight is not the only factor of a healthy Chihuahua. Many other factors will affect your puppy's health including: type of food, exercise, general environmental conditions.



HYPOGLYCEMIA (or low blood sugar) CAN be deadly if left untreated and tiny dogs are notoriously vulnerable to this phenomena. Tiny dogs, tiny puppies in particular, do not have an adequate supply of internal fat to maintain a constant blood sugar level. Hypoglycemic episodes can happen in times of stress, illness, or most often, going too long without food. This is MOST often the case. New owners take for granted a puppy has eaten or has eaten enough and they fail to monitor adequate food intake. It is IMPERATIVE your little puppy eats least 4-5 times a day until you grow accustomed to his pattern and routine. The puppy does not need to eat a LOT each feeding...depending on the size of the puppy...maybe several teaspoons...but he/she MUST eat. Make sure your new puppy has food available at all times, or is offered food several times throughout the day, for the first few weeks and never leave the puppy alone for extended periods of time until he has fully adjusted to his new environment and is eating on a regular basis. Always keep honey or Karo syrup on hand in case of an emergency. Plain white sugar dissolved in warm tap water will work as well to quickly boost the low blood sugar.

The first signs of hypoglycemia are usually staggering, lazy eyes (meaning more of the whites of the eyes are visible and the eyes are slow to follow or focus) unsteadiness, weakness, bobbing head, lethargy, awkward whining...imagine a diabetic person trying to talk or stand or balance when having a sugar crash. If left untreated, this condition will lead to unresponsiveness and seizures. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY AND YOU MUST ACT QUICKLY! Cover a fingertip in honey and get it into the dogs mouth, rub into gums and try to pry mouth open if he will not lap it up on his own. Once he gets the taste of it, he should start to lap on his own and come around fairly quickly. Make sure the pup starts eating adequately! You can offer plain yogurt, egg yolks, meat baby foods, raw or boiled chicken or beef, bits or raw liver...anything to induce an appetite. I find most puppies, after having a severe sugar crash, are highly motivated by raw chicken, beef, liver...something that triggers the back of the brain instinctually to eat as it would in nature. Do not just feed sizable quantiles of meat though, this can cause diarrhea and soft poops. The pup will also need fiber. I find using a mallet of some time to bust up small pieces of raw chicken cartilage and bones work GREAT! Not sure what or how to do it, CALL ME! If pup is refusing all food, YOU MUST SEEK VETERINARY CARE.

Some additional Chihuahua factoids!

Though not painful at all to the puppy, starting around 8 to 12 weeks of age, the new owner may wonder why his once erect eared fuzz ball is now looking patchy and flop eared. Some pups will have sparse or bald patches, one or both ears may flop or curl. The pup is going through a normal growing phase, he is shedding his puppy fur and will grow new hair quickly. His adult teeth are starting to come in and for some reason that seems to take the spirit out of their ears for awhile. All pups are different and this may last weeks to months but soon enough they will have a full coat and erect ears again. The only medical concern would be a rash on balding skin.


A Molera (or Fontanel), or a soft spot, is a very common trait in Chihuahuas due to their dome "apple shaped" head. The presence of a Molera is a perfectly normal and can vary in presence and size.


A reverse sneeze is fairly common in toy breeds, it is thought to be caused by an elongated soft palate that becomes temporarily misaligned. Though the short bouts of sneezing, snorting, honking sounds can seem a little scary, it is nothing to be concerned about and will last only a short time and stop on it's own. You can help stop the episode by getting the dog to breath through his mouth or swallowing. Usually this is brought on by getting overly excited or drinking too fast. This is not to be confused with another condition called collapsed trachea.


Keep honey or Karo syrup on hand at all times, most likely you will never have to use it, but in the event of a hypoglycemic emergency it is a must have!


Food and water should be available at all times including over night for awhile. Gradually work out a feeding schedule as the puppy grows.


If you are facing a pup with a decreased appetite, help to stimulate an appetite by dipping a fingertip in honey, Karo syrup, or NutriCal gel and rub on the pup's gums. You may try meat baby food or boiled chicken too.


If a pup has diarrhea - provide clear liquids, fresh water, Pedialyte. Plain yogurt containing acidophilus will help to add good bacteria into the GI tract. Use a bland diet, rice with boiled chicken bits briefly.


All puppies need to be contained when not being supervised. A crate or playpen is a safe place. Crates work well for helping with potty training also, as the puppy will not want to go to the bathroom where he sleeps. Just remember he can't hold it very long and must be taken out to relieve himself often. The crate should not be used as punishment, most dogs consider that their den and feel safe there. There must be adequate room for food and water during the first few months.


Chihuahuas love children. Children must be taught to handle them with care, being dropped or stepped on could cause injuries. With supervision and gentle care, a chihuahua will do wonderful with children. With young children a 6 pound dog would be a better choice than a tiny one.