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Teacup Pugs: What You Need to Know About these Irresistible Tiny Pugs

Teacup Pugs: What You Need to Know About these Irresistible Tiny Pugs

Could there be anything cuter than a Pug? We didn’t think so until we learned about Teacup Pugs!


They are every bit as adorable and lovable as a standard size Pug, but they can fit in the palm of your hand or a teacup. That is one tiny Pug pup!

These miniature guys are very unique and positively precious. It’s no wonder everyone is interested in owning them. Who doesn’t like a miniature version of something? We know we sure do!

However, before we get you too excited, there are some things we should mention first. Teacup Pugs have all the wonderful traits and Pug personalities. But they can have more health issues. 


As with any dog, you should take the time to research what it takes to own and care for these rare wrinkly little cuties. There are additional considerations you should take seriously before getting a Teacup Pug.


Once you do your homework and decide to dedicate yourself to being a wonderful Pug parent, you are in luck! There is no end to the playfulness, affection, and joy your Teacup Pug pup will bring into your life.

Here, we hope to help guide you to the right decision for you, your family, and your potential future fur baby. Standard Pugs are a unique breed of dog, and the Teacup version is no different. It can take some dedication to have one of these tiny cuddle buddies as part of the family.


We don’t wish to discourage you from owning a Teacup Pug. However, it’s important to be aware of several serious health considerations. Educating yourself is the first step to being a fantastic Teacup Pug owner.

Why are Teacup Pugs Are So Small?


There are a few ways that breeders can come out with these super small Teacup Pugs. They can crossbreed a standard Pug that is on the small side and a Teacup Chihuahua. They can also breed two runts together. 


Crossbreeding a small Pug and a Teacup Chihuahua is the ideal situation. These puppies aren’t purebred Pugs, Teacup breeds, and are not recognized by the AKC anyway.  Teacup Pugs are no different.  These crossbred pups will have slightly skinnier legs and a bit longer snout. This is due to their Chihuahua mix. 


Breeding two runt Pugs together is not a good idea. There are often major health issues with the litters. The runt of a litter isn’t always the most healthy puppy. They usually have a lot of problems and sometimes don’t survive to adulthood. Therefore breeding two runts together can lead to a potentially very unhealthy puppy. That is why this is not the preferred way to get tiny Teacup Pugs.


Very commonly, Teacup Pugs that come from runt parents have trouble birthing puppies. They usually need a C-section, and often some puppies do not survive. In general, it is best not to breed a Teacup Pug. Breeders have learned that this is an issue. They are becoming better at taking precautions about not breeding already tiny Pugs. 


The reason that some Teacup Pugs are so small is actually due to a genetic defect. It is known as dwarfism. It causes improper development of bones and organs. They are an unusually small size compared to their littermates. This is not a desirable trait, even though it does result in tiny puppies. They are plagued with health issues beyond what standard Pugs already have to deal with.


Pituitary dwarfism is the most common form of dwarfism in dogs. This results from a lack of growth hormones produced by the pituitary gland. A lack of growth hormones creates a puppy that is about a third of their littermates’ size. 


There is also skeletal dwarfism, which causes disproportionate bone formation. Like the short and stout German Shepherds, you see on the internet. As a matter of fact, dogs like dachshunds and corgis are selectively bred to be short.


Having dwarfism is inherited or passed down from the Pug’s parents. It is a pituitary gland defect. Both parents must carry the recessive gene for this.


Even well-bred Pugs can produce a dwarf pup without the breeder knowing. The trait that causes the lack of growth hormone doesn’t show up in every generation. So it’s challenging to predict, which makes these puppies a bit of a wild card.

Are Teacup Pugs Different from Standard Pugs?

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Besides being a fraction of the size, Teacup Pugs have the same square, muscular and compact frame. The miniature versions also have the same various colored coats. Most common being fawn and black, with some being white, silver and brindle. 


On average, a standard Pug weighs about fourteen to eighteen pounds. They are ten to thirteen inches tall full grown. On the other hand, a Teacup Pug is only about six inches tall and weighs in at only two to five pounds. And that is as big as they get! Even as an adult.


Being a smaller version, Teacup Pugs do not change their tiny temperament in any way. So you can expect a mischievous yet loveable and loyal little companion. The AKC describes standard Pugs as “Charming, mischievous and loving,” Teacup Pugs are is no different. 


Just like any other Pug, Teacup Pugs are lap dogs as long as they can get themselves up on the couch, that is. These dogs are not even close to a working breed. Instead, they are the exact opposite. Teacup Pugs want to laze about and smother you with kisses in-between snacks and playtime.

A Lot of Dog in an Even Smaller Package

A little lesson on Pugs’ history will give you a lot of insight into these precious pups. The Pug dog is one of the oldest breeds ever recorded. They are understandably a favorite, with their sweet, smooshed faces and easy-going temperament. They were a companion to Buddhist Monks as well as Chinese Emperors. 


By the 16th century, they became a beloved dog breed among the European royals. Emperors and royalty alike utilized Pugs as little lap warmers. They were bred to be loyal companions that had no problem lounging around the palace all day. 


The American Kennel Club recognized Pugs as a distinct breed in 1885. Now, as we mentioned before, Teacup Pugs are not a recognized breed. That doesn’t mean that you’ll get any less Pug personality with the standard Pug’s tiny cousin. 


The Pug motto is “Multum in parvo,” which is Latin for “a lot in a little.” That sure is an accurate statement! You can expect all of the same giant personalities in Teacup Pugs. Don’t let their size fool you. 


As their motto suggests, these tiny bundles of joy are a whole lot of dog wrapped in a super small package.  A Pug is always going to be the first one to be a playful goofball. They will be the class clown in their puppy training class and make everyone laugh.


Pugs have the best sense of humor and like to show it off as much as possible. It’s no wonder that they want to be in the middle of everything because boy, do they love attention! Other breeds can be distant and independent. Not a Pug! These guys are known as “velcro” for a reason.


Pugs are also known for being one of the more intelligent breeds of dogs. This is both wonderful and challenging. Since all they want is attention, they indeed will find a way to get it. However, it can also make them easier to train. But be warned, they can have a stubborn streak. Luckily another great trait of Pugs is wanting to please their owner. Their desire to make you happy generally convinces them not to be too difficult.  Teacup Pugs are no different from standard Pugs in this regard.


Most owners of Teacup Pugs describe their pups as social and devoted tiny companions. Being a little mischievous, but never getting into too much trouble. Trotting around looking for snacks and belly rubs.

General Care

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It is important to be aware that their size does change some of their care requirements. Though generally speaking, caring for Teacup Pugs are the same as standard Pugs. If you have any questions or concerns about the care of your little one, always ask a veterinarian.


For a Teacup Pug puppy, you’re going to want to feed them fifty calories per pound of body weight. Since your Teacup Pug puppy will only weigh maybe a pound or two, they will need tiny portions.


All puppies need more calories to grow. Once they are fully grown, the calorie requirement is closer to forty calories per pound. Only weighing two to five pounds, your tiny love bug won’t need huge portions. Though, they will tend to disagree. Pugs are famous for being little chowhounds.


With this super small breed, the first ingredient in their diet must be meat. Protein needs to be the primary source of nutrients, especially for puppies. Since they have such small stature, you also want them to get enough vitamins and minerals.


These little Teacup Pugs are still going to shed. It is easy to let their small size fool you, but just like their larger Pug cousins, Teacup Pugs have double-coats.


Keeping up on brushing them is crucial to keep the fur under control. Brush them at least every two to three days. Brushing daily is even better.


Teacup Pugs are pretty clean little creatures. You can get away with bathing them on average every three months. Bathing them too much can be harmful and change the balance of natural oils on their skin. Those oils are what make their coats so silky and smooth. 


Nail trims are a grooming necessity but can be a real challenge. This is more true with small dogs that have such tiny paws. Pugs become difficult at nail trim time.


It is best to start working with your Teacup Pug’s feet as soon as possible. Use it as playtime and reward them with lots of love and some treats. Hold their paws in your hand. Let your Teacup Pug become comfortable with it. Mess with their super cute tiny toes. This will get them used to people touching and handling their feet.


Also, be aware of is their skin folds that make those adorable little wrinkles on their face. Standard and Teacup Pugs produce a lot of “tears.” Excessive tears are due to having such large eyes. But don’t worry, it is totally normal. 


With fawn-colored Teacup Pugs, you can see a slight discoloration in the folds of skin. This comes from their excessive tear production. That moisture can also cause yeast development and infections. Dirt and debris can also get caught within the wrinkles.


So with all Pugs, it is crucial to clean those skin folds regularly. You can easily make it part of your home grooming routine. For cleaning in between those folds, the AKC recommends using a warm, damp washcloth.


Unscented dry shampoo or any gentle shampoo that is veterinarian-approved can work. Clean the skin folds on their adorable Teacup Pug face. Be extra careful not to get any cleaning product in your Pug’s eyes. Their big eyes make easy targets.

House Training

A Teacup Pug’s bladder can’t be much bigger than a quarter if you think about it. If that, maybe just the size of a nickel. That will mean many more potty breaks and likely more work when it comes to house training your puppy. 


It is essential to start right away with training. Before you decide to get a Teacup Pug, be sure that you can dedicate the time potty training may take. Remember, sometimes they can be stubborn, and that might make the process a bit more tedious.


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With any super small breed of dog, you need to be aware of their ability to deal with cold temperatures. That’s why you see so many Yorkies and Chihuahuas in sweaters. If you live in an area of extended and frigid winters, you must be willing to crank the heat up consistently.


A Teacup Pug’s body is so small; it doesn’t generate a lot of natural body heat. During the winter months, expect them to want to snuggle under the covers a lot. Even more than usual! 

Thankfully, there are many options out there for tiny pups: sweaters, rain jackets, and little booties for their feet. Think of how cute they will be! All bundled up in a cozy sweater, happy to cuddle in front of the fire with their favorite human. 


Alright, we’re ready to talk about some health considerations. We don’t wish to alarm you, but there are a few things you should know before falling in love with one of these tiny Teacup Pugs. First, we’ll go over the basics.


Teacup Pugs need exercise, just like all dogs. Obviously, Teacup Pugs have more limits. Due to their precious smooshed faces, they can sometimes have a hard time breathing.  A Teacup Pug that was crossbred with a Chihuahua might not be as much of an issue, but still, be cautious. 


Pugs are brachycephalic. This means they have shortened skulls so that breathing can be difficult. This applies to teacup Pugs and any type of Pug. 


Because of Pug’s sweet short little face, they also have short little noses and tiny airways. Those are even smaller in the teacup version. This makes it hard for them to breathe enough oxygen. It can really become a problem if they get winded or need to cool down when they get hot.


You can do a really important thing for your Teacup Pug’s health to keep their weight down. This will help with exercise tolerance and just keep them healthier overall. 


Unfortunately, Pugs are more likely to become overweight than most other breeds. Mainly because of their couch potato status. Who needs to go on a walk when it’s a perfect time for a nap? Additionally, as we mentioned before, they tend to be somewhat of a chowhound. 


Make sure everyone in the family understands how essential it is not to sneak table scraps. If you have multiple dogs in the house, don’t let your Teacup Pug sneak leftovers. Feed everyone separately. Supervise if you have to and if the other dogs leave food in the bowl, pick it up right away. Remember, Pugs are very smart and will do what they can to get extra snacks. 


If you are training your pup, make sure that you are using low-calorie treats. Maybe even try using their kibble as a treat, or small pieces of carrot or celery.

The More Serious Stuff

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The nature of Teacup Pug’s small size can lead to some rather severe health issues. These are just a few things to be aware of. If you suspect there are any issues with your tiny fur baby, consult a veterinarian immediately. 


This is low blood sugar. Because they are so small, Teacup breeds use up the equally small amount of food they are given. Low blood sugar can cause many scary issues. Some of these problems include disorientation, unconsciousness, and even seizures. 


You can avoid this by feeding your little one portions of their meals throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner should be sufficient.

Luxating Patellas

Slipping kneecaps or luxating patellas are unfortunately very common in micro-breed dogs. It accounts for roughly seventy-five percent of the orthopedic issues small dogs have. You will notice your pup holding up their back leg in-between steps, or “toe-touching.” Barely putting any weight on the affected leg. 


It’s important to watch out for this in Teacup Pugs. Down the road, it can lead to arthritis as they get older.

Dental Issues

Since Teacup Pugs are incredibly small, they have a little mouth but no fewer teeth. This can cause overcrowding, especially if their baby teeth don’t naturally fall out. Scheduling regular vet visits and dental checkups help prevent problems.

Pug Myelopathy

This issue is a neurological problem that is unique to Pugs. There is a deficit in the way the bones and components of the spine develop. It is something to be informed about when getting any Pug, but specifically Teacup Pugs. Since they are bred to be somewhat underdeveloped on purpose, this disease can be more common.


If you see them having trouble with their hind limbs and weak back ends, this could be the problem. They may also have trouble walking and jumping.  Regular vet visits are a must for Teacup Pugs.

Fragile Bones

This is an unfortunate side effect of their breeding as well. Their small size means they are very fragile. With such small bones, Teacup Pugs can break or fracture bones easily. Thankfully, as long as you are delicate and careful with your little one, it should be fine.


Make sure not to let them jump off furniture. If they are up on the couch with you, remember they want to always be with you. So when you leave the room, don’t leave them up on the couch unattended. Your Teacup Pug will want to follow you and can hurt themselves. 


Also, as tempting as it can be, it’s not a good idea to let your mini Pug sleep in bed with you. We know they want to be close to you, stay warm, and snuggle. However, if you accidentally roll over on your Teacup Pug in the middle of the night, you can cause harm easily.

Think About Pet Insurance

All of these factors certainly don’t deter folks from owning Teacup Pugs, and it shouldn’t. However, it’s even more important to educate yourself with all of the information you can. You want to make the best decisions for your tiny love muffin.


We recommend investing in pet insurance as soon as you bring your Pug home. On average, you can expect to pay $30 to $50 dollars a month, depending on the plan. Trust us that is going to be a worthwhile investment if there are ever serious issues. You can usually find information on providers through your vet or online.


Breeding these little angels can be so challenging. Breeders often charge a hefty price for them. On average, you can anticipate paying between $750 to upwards of $2,000. Make sure you do your research to confirm that the breeder makes the health of their puppies a top priority.

So Small, So Adorable! Who Can Resist?!

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We know tiny Teacup Pugs are impossible to resist. With those big brown eyes and mini wiggly corkscrew tails, they are just too darn cute! After all of the information in this article, are you still interested in owning a Teacup Pug? If so, that’s great! You’ll reap the rewards of endless snotty kisses and happy wiggling butts.


Some things are uniquely special about Pugs. They are typically social, playful, goofy, and charming. While at the same time, a little stubborn and opinionated. Don’t expect the mini version to be any different. They can be a significant investment of time and energy.


When you bring your Teacup Pug puppy home, get ready for some real work. Training takes time and effort. Training a Teacup Pug puppy can be challenging under the best of circumstances. All Pugs are eager to please but can be strong-willed too. You are also responsible for making sure they are healthy. See your veterinarian as soon as you can to make sure they received a clean bill of health. 


After reading this article, take some time to consider your lifestyle carefully. Do you have the time to take your tiny companion out for multiple potty breaks a day? Do you live in Alaska, where it’s dark and cold a sizable portion of the year? These are all essential things to think about. 


Though we promise it is worth every bit of energy you put in.  Pugs are incredibly loyal dogs. They want to please their owner and bring your endless life joy. A Teacup Pug puppy is hands down one of the most darling things you will ever see. There’s nothing quite like their small sweet face and curly-q tail wagging away. 

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