Teacup Pomeranian are basically an undersized version of a Pomeranian.
Poms are a Spitz type of dog that hail from the northern region of Poland and Germany along the Baltic coast.
The Pomeranian breed were bred down to be smaller than their larger ancestors.
In fact, Teacup Pomeranians are often described as the smallest variety of Spitz dog.
In this article, we’re going to take a close look at the Teacup Pomeranian, how big they get, their temperaments and how much they cost.
With the brief introduction over, let’s take a closer look at the Teacup Pomeranian.
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What is the smallest breed of Pomeranian?
Although you’ll find a lot of results for a Teacup Pomeranian on Google, what we’re really talking about is a small-sized Pom.
The Spitz dogs are ancestors of ancient Arctic dogs. They originally hail from the northern region of Poland and Germany along the Baltic sea aptly called Pomerania.
Queen Victoria is thought to be responsible for reducing the size of these dogs from around 30 inches to between six and seven inches.
According to the American Kennel Club, Pomeranians are the 23rd most popular breed in the United States as these northern dogs are increasingly common.
Here’s the American Kennel Club’s breed standard for Pomeranians:
The Pomeranian is a compact, short-backed, active toy dog of Nordic descent. The double coat consists of a short dense undercoat with a profuse harsh-textured longer outer coat. The heavily plumed tail is one of the characteristics of the breed. It is set high and lies flat on the back. He is alert in character, exhibits intelligence in expression, is buoyant in deportment, and is inquisitive by nature. The Pomeranian is cocky, commanding, and animated as he gaits. He is sound in composition and action.
Teacup Pomeranian size
Like we mentioned above, technically there isn’t a Teacup Pomeranian breed. Instead, we’re talking about a small or undersized Pomeranian.
Website Pomeranian.org offer some good advice for potential dog owners who are looking for a Teacup Pomeranian:
A puppy buyer looking for a teacup Pomeranian breeder is probably really looking for a show or preservation breeder. Always purchase a Pomeranian from SHOW Pomeranian puppy breeders. A Show Pomeranian breeder breeds dogs conforming closely to the Pomeranian breed standard.
Taking a look at AKC’s breed standard for Pomeranian, the Spitz dogs can grow to a height of between six and seven inches (15 to 17 cm). These lively dogs usually weigh between three and seven pounds (1.3 to 3 kg).
If a breeder is advertising a Teacup or Toy Pomeranian, it could be referring to a Pom that is on the smaller size around six inches and on the lighter side around three pounds.
Teacup Pomeranian colors
These small dogs can come in a variety of different colors. In fact, all colors, patterns and variations are allowed, according to the AKC’s website.
You’ll often encounter a Pom that is orange or red. This is the most common variety.
An undersized Pom could also be white, black, brown, cream, blue, sable, black and tan, brown and tan, spotted, brindle, and parti.
Are Teacup Pomeranian good pets?
The Spitz dogs have a reputation for being good pets.
They’re affectionate and loyal to their dog owners. Poms are sociable with other dogs and people.
Needless to say, it’s a good idea to socialise your pup as much as possible from a young age.
While they’re friendly dogs, a toy-sized Pom may not be a good fit for a home with small children given their delicate frames.
Poms are usually good watchdogs as they’re alert to animals, noises or people coming from outside the home.
One issue that is quite common with Pomeranians is separation anxiety. Bred to be companion dogs, they can become very attached to their owners, which could create problems when your Pom is left at home alone.
Separation anxiety can take a variety of different forms, including excessive barking, howling or whining, or destructive chewing or digging.
Teacup Pomeranian hypoallergenic
As we’ve already mentioned, there’s no such thing as a Teacup Pomeranian per se. However, they’re are Poms that are on the small size.
Needless to say, no Pom, irrespective of the size, is hypoallergenic. If you’re looking for a pup that is less likely to trigger allergies or don’t shed a lot, Poms aren’t the dogs for you.
Teacup Pomeranian shedding
Poms are usually moderate to high shedding dogs. These small puppies will blow out their coat at the changing of the seasons.
It’s a good idea to brush your Pom – no matter the size – at least a couple of times a week to remove dead hair and debris.
How long do Teacup Pomeranian live?
Pomeranians can live around 12 to 16 years. It can vary from dog to dog.
Do Teacup Pomeranian have health problems?
Like we mentioned already, Teacup or Toy Pomeranians are just undersized versions of these Spitz dogs. The AKC consider the Pom breed to be “generally healthy little dogs”.
Pom owners should keep an eye out for the following health conditions: luxating patellas, tracheal collapse, canine cataracts and Severe Hair Loss Syndrome (SHLS).
Some less common health conditions include: Entropion, Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, allergies and epilepsy.
Teacup Pomeranian breeders
You won’t find many – if any – dedicated Teacup Pomeranian breeders online. That’s because Pom breeders for the most part are trying to adhere to the breed standard.
Pomeranian.org offer sound advice for anyone lured in by an advertisement in a pet store or online for Teacup Pomeranian puppies:
We have all seen advertisements for teacup Pomeranian puppies for sale, or mini Pomeranian puppies for sale. You can be sure that anyone who uses these term to sell Pomeranian pups is not reputable.
So if you see a website offering Teacup Pomeranians, you should approach with caution. We don’t recommend buying a Pom puppy from a pet store or a third party dealer.
How much is a Teacup Pomeranian cost?
While Teacup Pomeranians aren’t really a thing, some breeders may charge more money for smaller sized Poms. It depends on each individual breeder and what attributes they value more.
Usually, it’ll be coat color rather than size that ramps the price up. On average, a Pomeranian puppy costs between £500 and £1500. However, a smaller than normal Pom could cost more than £1500.
Teacup Pomeranian rescue
If you’re thinking about buying a Pomeranian, you can always contact your local rescue shelter to see if they’ve got any Poms or Pom mixes that need a forever home.
You can also find some dedicated Pomeranian rescues that are looking to rehome Poms.
Teacup Pomeranians on Instagram
There are over 106,000 results when you search Teacup Pomeranians on Instagram. That’s a lot!
Now, as we mentioned, officially Teacup Pomeranians aren’t a breed. However, undersized members of the breed often get branded as Teacup Pomeranians or Toy Pomeranians.
If you’re looking to learn more about Teacup Pomeranians, you can always ask some owners on Instagram about their little dogs to learn more.
Here are some Teacup Pomeranian accounts to check out:
1) Tofu (@teacuppomtofu)
2) Gucci (@teacupgucci)
3) Sasha (@sasha_the_pomeranian)
Anything else to consider?
If you’re looking for more information about Poms, you can check out the AKC’s website for more detail.
You should look to purchase a Pom puppy from a reputable Pomeranian breeder. Generally, we recommend to ask the breeder to see official documentation, proof of health checks, as well as the puppy interacting with it’s mother.
So there you have it! We’ve given you a brief introduction to Teacup Pomeranians.
They’re not a breed of dog per se, but they could be undersized or small Pomeranians. They should adhere to the Pom breed standard.
You should use caution if you see pet stores or websites advertising Teacup Pomeranians for sale.