Top 10 Cutest Teacup Dogs That Can Fit in Your Pocket

Posted by Christy Caplan
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Smaller may be cuter! 

The term "teacup dogs" refers to tiny versions of some of the most desired small dog breeds. Some of these small breeds have big personalities and certain health problems, so while adorable, you need to do your research on the types of teacup breeds before you bring a pup home. 

Teacups are basically the smallest dog of the litter.

According to The American Kennel Club (AKC):

"When it comes to Teacup breeds, there is a lot of controversy, too. The AKC does not classify or register Teacup dog breeds at all. Teacups are the smallest puppies from a litter of Toy breed dogs. For this reason, many say they are just the unhealthy runt of the litter."

Here are some popular tiny teacup dog breeds.

1. Teacup Pomsky

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Teacup Pomskies are a crossbreed between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky. This designer mixed breed is gaining in popularity with dog lovers as breeders continue to fine-tune to achieve the perfect look - a Husky but smaller in size, like a lap dog!  

2. Teacup Chihuahua

The Chihuahua's origins are ancient specifically in Mexico. It was the pet of the ancient Toltecs and later the food source (gasp!) of the Aztecs. The Chihuahua is known as the smallest breed by some organizations.  

3. Teacup Yorkie

The Yorkshire Terrier breed's original purpose was to catch rats! Bred during the 19th century as rat catchers in Yorkshire, England - they were later recognized as a companion pet in the years to follow. 

4. Teacup Poodle 

Originally bred in Germany, the teacup Poodle was popularized in France and pampered by French nobility, especially by the Sun King Louis XVI.  

5. Teacup Maltese 

A regular Maltese according to the American Kennel Club's standards should be expected to weigh under seven pounds. Teacups weigh significantly less, and are expected to generally weigh somewhere in between two to four pounds!

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6. Teacup Pomeranian 

According to the Teacup Dog Daily:

"Pomeranian Teacup Puppies became popular thanks to Europe's royalty who used to own them. Britain's Queen Victoria owned a small Pomeranian whose size would become the modern standard for the dog breed."

7. Teacup Shih Tzu

Oftentimes, when a breeder breeds for dogs on the lower end of the weight scale (closer to the nine-pound weight), they will use the term of Imperial or teacup Shih Tzu. Experts recommend you do a lot of research when it comes to tiny Shih Tzu dogs as certain health issues arise.  

8. Teacup Maltipoos

The teacup maltipoo (or the teacup Maltese Poodle mix), is in high demand because of how adorable it is. This is a cross of a Poodle and teacup Maltese. 

9. Teacup Beagle 

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Elizabeth I (1533-1603) kept packs of "Pocket Beagles" (teacup Beagles) who stood only nine inches tall. These small dogs were depicted in paintings as short-legged and pointy-nosed. This breed quickly lost their popularity as they weren't very fast while on the fox chase! 

10. Teacup Pug

Teacup Pugs are just tiny pugs- compact, muscular dogs with square features. They have a heavily wrinkled face with a black, snub-nosed snout. These dogs have an even temperament and are very friendly in nature but don't get confused, Doug the Pug is not a teacup breed! 

Other small breeds that can be considered teacup not on this list include the Brussels Griffon, Fox Terrier, Boston Terrier, the Morkie, and Japanese Chin. These tiny dogs are in some circles considered to be toy dog breeds. 

Teacup breeds are especially famous on Instagram in case you were hoping to jump on that bandwagon. Finding a reputable breeder goes a long way if you're considering living with a healthy teacup breed, so dog owners should do their research when looking for puppies.

Do you live with a teacup breed? Add in the comments below which breed is your fave!

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Top 10 Cutest Teacup Dogs That Can Fit in Your Pocket