The following are some facts about tiny pups:
1) Teacup Dogs: Tiny pups have a smaller body size than their big brother.
They usually weigh between 5 and 10 pounds. Their eyes are rounder than those of regular dogs, but they do not appear to be fatter or slimmer than other dogs.
2) Tiny Puppy Breeders: Most miniature puppies come from puppy mills where they are bred with human babies.
Some breeders sell them as pets. Others keep them at home until they grow up.
3) Tiny Puppy Prices: There are many different kinds of tiny puppies for sale.
Some of these include:
a) Miniature Pinscher Puppies : These little pups are sold from puppy mills and often suffer from health problems such as hip dysplasia (an abnormal condition where the pelvis does not fit properly), eye diseases, and heart defects.
b) Miniature Dachshund Puppies : These pups are very popular among pet owners because they are friendly and playful. However, they may be prone to skin infections, ear mites, and other health problems.
c) Miniature Husky Puppies : These little pups are also known to suffer from health issues like hip dysplasia, eye diseases, and heart defects.
d) Teacup Pomeranian Puppies : These sweet pups are prone to having breathing problems. This is because their nostrils are very small and they have a tendency to wheeze.
They can also develop a condition called trachea stenosis, which is a narrowing of the windpipe. It causes a Pom to gasp for air. In the most serious cases, it can cause death.
e) Teacup Poodle Puppies : These pups can develop a whole range of medical conditions that are caused by inbreeding. Some of these include: dental problems, hair loss, epilepsy, heart disease, hearing problems, and skin allergies.
f) Shih Tzu Puppies: Like the Pomeranian, the Shih Tzu is prone to having breathing problems. They are bred to have a flat face with large eyes, which limits the air that can flow into their nostrils.
As a result, they often need to breathe through their mouth.
Before you buy a teacup puppy, you should know:
The Better Business Bureau has received more than 170 complaints about online pet stores in the last three years. These stores sell sick and dying puppies to people who thought they were paying hundreds of dollars for a healthy pet.
Many of the puppies arrive at their new homes already dead or soon die after arriving. The stores tell people to dispose of the dead pets by flushing them down the toilet.
The puppy mills that supply these stores are some of the worst in the country. They keep dogs in small, filthy cages.
The dogs have no exercise, human contact, or compassion. They suffer from untreated health conditions and are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them.
Protect yourself from these stores and puppy mills by doing your research first. Here are some tips on what you should do before purchasing a pet:
1) Research the breeder of the puppy you want to buy:
a) The Better Business Bureau maintains a list of complaints against businesses.
b) The U.S.
Department of Agriculture also maintains a list of complaints against dog breeders.
c) The Dog Breed Info Center provides breeders’ names, addresses, and web sites.
d) The American Kennel Club does not maintain a list of all dog breeders, but it does provide a list of its members.
e) Online search engines like Google and Bing can also help you find information about dog breeders in your area. Simply enter the phrase “(breed) breeder” along with the name of your city or state.
f) The Humane Society of the United States provides a list of questions to ask any breeder you are considering using.
g) It is a good idea to contact local pet stores and find out where they get their puppies. If a pet store is selling sick dogs, that’s a sign that they are getting those dogs from unhealthy and inhumane sources.
h) If you have friends or family members with dogs, ask them where they got their puppy. Reputable breeders frequently have a long list of families waiting to buy puppies, so your friends may have waited for months before getting their puppy.
2) Never buy a puppy from a pet store:
a) Pet stores make most of their money from selling puppies, which means they are often unhealthily bred by people looking to make a profit.
b) Only buy from a responsible breeder.
c) If you want a certain breed, contact local breeders and ask them if they are expecting any litters in the near future. Then, when the time comes, you can pick out the pup yourself.
This eliminates shipping costs for you and ensures you get a healthy puppy.
d) If no responsible local breeders exist, you can always look into adopting a rescue dog instead. There are many dogs waiting for a loving home.
e) Be wary of websites, like Craigslist or OLX, where people sell their puppies. These people may be mass-producing puppies in order to make money.
f) If you find a website advertising a long list of different breeds with puppies available, avoid it. These are puppy mills, mass-producing dogs to make a profit.
g) Don’t be fooled by promises of “AKC registration.” There are many online websites that allow you to register your dog with the American Kennel Club for a price.
However, it is easy to find out if this breeder is reputable just by asking questions listed above.
h) Don’t be fooled by websites that offer “rare” or “exotic” puppies for sale. These are usually just common breeds with a higher price tag placed on them by the breeder.
3) Be prepared to spend money:
a) Owning a dog isn’t cheap. You’ll have to buy food, treats, toys, collars, leashes, bedding and more.
b) Food costs can be between $10 and $20 a month.
c) Toys, collars and leashes will be essential when you first bring your dog home. These will cost at least $40.
d) Bedding can range from $20 to $100. Or you can make your own DIY bed.
e) Be prepared for vet visits, which average at about $50 a visit. However, some surgeries can cost thousands of dollars.
f) If your dog has puppies, be prepared to spend at least $1000 in vet bills.
g) Be prepared to take your dog for regular walks and outside for playtime.
h) Owning a dog is a big responsibility. If you are away from home for more than eight hours a day, you will need to hire a pet sitter or leave food out for him.
4) Before bringing your dog home, be prepared to house train him.
a) Crate training is a great way to housebreak your dog. It involves rewarding good behavior and isolating the dog when he is behaving badly.
b) You’ll need a crate, which can be bought at any animal supply store or online. A medium-sized one will cost around $50.
c) Buy a package of treats to reward good behavior.
d) You can start by letting your dog into the room where his crate will be. Encourage him to enter, and reward him with a treat when he does.
e) Place several treats at the back of the crate to encourage your dog to enter. When he goes inside, close the door and offer him a treat through the bars.
Repeat this process until he goes inside on his own.
f) Once your dog is comfortable in his crate, start feeding him his meals inside it. If he refuses to eat, stand outside the crate and ignore him until he’s done.
Then, close the door and give him a treat as a reward. Over time, begin leaving him in the crate for brief periods of time while you do other things. Eventually, your dog will be house trained.
g) If you have trouble with any of these steps, there are online videos available that can guide you through the process.
5) If you have any other pets, like cats or rabbits, make sure your dog gets along with them.
a) If your dog has had previous experience with these animals, then it is most likely that he will get along with them.
b) If you’re adopting a puppy, you might not know if he has had previous experience with other animals. If this is the case, keep an eye on him when you introduce him to others.
Do this by keeping them in separate crates, and then slowly move them closer together until they are side by side. If there are any signs of aggression, do not continue. Work with a professional to prevent possible attacks in the future.
c) Dogs that appear to get along will probably remain friends for the most part. However, if they are both males or both females, there is a chance they will mate and have puppies.
If you do not want puppies in the future, it is best to get a dog and a mate of the opposite gender.
d) Also, dogs will retain any aggressive behavior they learn from other dogs. Make sure your dog gets along with others before bringing him home.
If you bring a new dog into your home Make sure it gets along with your current pet(s).
6) Once you’re ready to bring your dog home, be prepared for some awkward moments.
a) Your dog will need time to get used your home and family. He may be nervous or afraid, which could lead to some whining or barking.
Make sure you give him a day or two before taking him outside to train him.
b) Also, make sure to introduce him to everyone in the house. Let everyone pet and play with him, because if there is any bad blood between anyone in the household, it could cause fighting and biting.
c) The first few days will probably be a little rocky, but everything should settle down soon.
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