The Teacup Pomeranian is a miniaturized version of the standard Pomeranian that has been shrunken down to make him smaller. Teacup Pomeranians are also known as Mini or Micro Pomeranian.
In general, Pomeranians are popular dogs, and if you like “balls of fluff” as I do then the teacup Pom version might just be what you have been looking for.
In recent times we have seen miniature versions of popular dogs such as German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers cropping up.
Visit this Mini German Shepherd breed guide to learn more about the pooch.
This is because many dog owners love puppies but there comes a time where the puppy matures and changes both in personality and appearance.
However, with mini or teacup versions of these dogs, you simply have a forever puppy that maintains his innate puppy cuteness.
But there is much more that you should learn about this dog before deciding to get him.
So, let us look at all that you need to know.
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- About the Teacup Pomeranian
- Appearance and general characteristics of the Mini Pomeranian
- Personality traits and temperament
- Frequently asked questions
- Mini Pomeranian puppies
- Grooming requirements
- Teacup Pomeranian nutritional and dietary requirements
- Exercising a Mini Pomeranian
- Training needs
- Health concerns
About the Teacup Pomeranian
Pomeranians are classed as Spitz-type dogs.
These intelligent, alert, friendly, and lively dogs have also enjoyed their fair share of royalty and were highly adored by Queen Victoria.
They have risen in popularity and is now one of the most loved dog breeds.
Their qualities are bigger than their fluffy bodies and are endearingly bossy and loving toward their family members.
You see, Poms are already puppy-like and small dogs being a bit handful and mischievous at time.
So, their small size is already a reason for their increasing popularity but some breeders decided to further make them smaller retaining their puppy-like cuteness through and through.
But how are these dogs created?
Let us look at some of the ways that breeder that manged to create Teacup Pomeranians.
1. Crossbreeding Poms with smaller breeds
When a Standard Pomeranian is crossed with a smaller breed is one of the ways that a Mini Pomeranian can be created.
However, when this is done, you are not always guaranteed to get a Teacup Pom with the qualities and looks of a Pom.
This is because mixing genes from two different breeds produce offsprings that are varied from the original breeds.
The new puppies could look like an entirely new breed.
And because the Pomeranian is one of the smallest breeds out there, this method is not viable for the creation of Teacup Poms.
2. Breeding of runts
In a litter, you can sometimes find puppies that are smaller than the rest, and these pups are known as “Runts.”
Pomeranian Runts can be bred selectively and repeatedly to create a line of Teacup Pomeranians with consistent results.
When this is done the Pom retains the characteristics of a Pomeranian.
However, there are also drawbacks to the use of this method;
- It can take several generations to achieve a huge size difference.
- The pups may be susceptible to health issues associated with the shrunk size.
When getting puppies from runt Pomeranians, always make sure that you are getting them from a responsible and intelligent breeder.
Here is s guide on how you can find a good and reputable breeder that minds the welfare of the puppies.
3. Introduction of the Dwarfism gene
This is the third method of Pomeranian miniaturization.
The introduction of the dwarfism gene in a Pomeranian shrinks his size by reducing the length of his legs which makes him appear smaller.
He gets to look more like a Dachshund or the royal Corgi.
And just breeding of Pom runts this method of Teacup Pomeranian creation has its drawbacks. It makes the pooch prone to severe health conditions associated with the shortened length of his legs.
This can cause strain on the canines back and can cause debilitating issues and joint problems.
7 Pomeranian fun facts
- These dogs originated from a region Northwest of Europe known as Pomerania.
- Pomeranians were not always small as they are descendants of big sled dogs. They became smaller after being bred to be smaller by Queen Victoria of England. She owned a total of 35 Poms at once in her kennels.
- Martin Luther owned a Pomeranian that went by the name Belferlein which he mentioned in his writing often.
- Teacup Pomeranians may be small by they have high grooming requirements.
- These mini dogs are great service dogs and can be trained to be therapy dogs and even hearing assistance dogs.
- 2 Pomeranian survived the infamous Titanic tragedy.
- In 2014, a Pomeranian by the name Jiff was set the world record for the fastest dog on two paws.
Pros and cons of a Teacup Pomeranian
✓ Great looks.
✔ Their small size comes with many perks such as a lower feeding budget.
✓ These canines are very intelligent and thus highly trainable.
✔ This is h happy dog that you will enjoy having.
✗ Their great watchdog abilities make them frequent barkers.
✘ Teacup Pomeranians can be very persistent always want to have their way.
✗ They can be challenging to housebreak.
✘ Mini Pom Poms are fragile dogs and should be handled with a lot of care.
Appearance and general characteristics of the Mini Pomeranian
|Teacup Pomeranian summary table|
|Height||under 8 inches|
|Weight||under 4 pounds|
|Lifespan||12 to 16 years|
|Purpose||Companion and therapy dog|
|Suitable For||Couples, seniors, and families in general|
|Color Variations||Orange, sable, merle, brindle, cream, red, beaver, lavender, white, chocolate and black|
|Health concerns||Tracheal collapse, heart defects, Joints problems, Injuries|
|Temperament||Willful, bossy, playful, confident, lively and Inquisitive|
|Other names||Mini Pom, Teacup Pom Pom, Teacup Pom, Miniature Pomeranian|
Height and weight
A fully grown Teacup Pomeranian should weigh between 2.5 and 4 pounds.
The height should be under 8 inches.
The physical appearance of the Miniature Pom Pom
The Teacup Pomeranian is often described as a Spitz-type dog due to his fox-like appearance.
He has erect ears with bright and dark eyes.
The tails should lie flat on his back and is should be high.
These dogs have a square appearance and have short backs with sturdy and medium-boned bodies.
Mini Pomeranians have cat-like paws which are mainly attributed to the sled dog heritage as they needed to move efficiently and easily through the snow.
Shedding and coat appearance of the Teacup Pomeranian
The Miniature Pomeranian is a double-coated dog with an outercoat made up of long guard hairs and a dense undercoat.
They have hair around their necks that give them a lion-like appearance.
The Anatolian Shepherd also has a similar lion-like appearance. Visit this Anatolian Shepherd to learn more about the breed.
Unfortunately, these pooches shed throughout the year and have two blowout seasons every year.
In the process of shedding the Mini Pom produces dander which is an allergy trigger making him unsuitable for allergy sufferers.
The teacup Pom Pom is a small canine that comes in a variety of colors that include;
|Brown shades||Black||Blue||Tan and black|
Other colors that this dog can come in are;
- Lavender appears like a mixture of purple and gray colors.
- Beaver is a chocolate coloring with some pigments on the coat.
Personality traits and temperament
The miniaturization of the Pomeranian does not affect his temperament or personality. He gets to retain his behavioral traits but in a smaller body.
Mini Poms are active dogs that are ideal for you if you live in an apartment.
However, if your neighbors may find his barking excessive but you can manage this through consistent and early training.
These are also great companions and love being around their human friends cuddling, playing, or even going for walks.
They may be small but they make great watchdogs and are not know to be aggressive.
However, if they are not correctly trained and socialized they can become yappy and even snappy.
They are also at risk of developing small dog syndrome which is associated with them becoming stubborn.
The Teacup Pomeranian is also known to have a high prey drive and like to chase smaller animals.
Fortunately, you can manage this by using some of the tips in this guide on how to control a dog with a high prey drive.
Is the Mini Pomeranian a great family dog?
|Ease of care||
This extremely loving and loyal Teacup Pom is a great family pet and is great for homes with children.
He is, however, better suited for homes with older children who understand how fragile the dog is and how to take care of him.
You keep in mind that younger children tend to rough-house small pooches and this can be problematic for the Mini Pom Pom.
This dog should never be left alone as he is prone to separation anxiety and the dog must always have someone to stay with him.
Frequently asked questions
How long do Teacup Pomeranians live?
The average lifespan of a Teacup Pomeranian is between 12 and 16 years.
Are Mini Pomeranians good dogs?
Teacup or Mini Pomeranians are happy and playful dogs but are also alert which makes them excessive bankers. They are great with children but their interactions and play and should always be monitored as this is very fragile dog that is prone to injuries.
What is a Micro Pomeranian?
A Micro Pomeranian is a term that is used to describe Pomeranians that have been shrunken in size and not a separate breed. These dogs should weigh under 8 pounds to be classified as miniature or Micro Poms. They are also known are Mini Pomeranians or Teacup Pomeranians.
Mini Pomeranian puppies
1 to 3 puppies.
These puppies take around 12 months to reach full maturity. However, several factors can play a part in how big the puppies will get and they include;
- Activity level
A Teacup Pomeranian can cost you anywhere between $2000 and $4000.
You should avoid breeders that create these Mini canines without care of how healthy they are going to be.
Do fall for dubious advertisements from backyard breeders and puppy mills.
The Mini Pom’s adorable coat should be groomed frequently and consistently to keep it looking great.
Teacup Pom Poms should be brushed regularly(daily brushing is recommended) to remove any dead and loose hairs from the coat which in turn helps to minimize shedding.
This will also help to reduce matting and tangling which can be a problem for this ball of fluff.
Bathing this dog is also important but should only be done once a month.
Check the dog’s ears regularly and clean them to remove any wax and reduce the risk of ear infections.
You should also monitor the length of their nails and make sure that they are trimmed when needed lining it with the pad. If the nails are longer than the paw pads it could cause problems as they walk and may also be painful for the pooch.
Also, don’t forget to check and clean their teeth weekly.
Teacup Pomeranian nutritional and dietary requirements
The Mini Pom is a small dog and does not eat much.
|Teacup Pomeranian Daily Food Consumption|
|Cups of Kibble||🍗|
However, as you are choosing his diet you should make sure that you choose food that meets his nutritional and energy needs.
Fats and proteins are essential parts of the dog’s diet as proteins help in the repair, function, and growth of the dog while fats are an important source of energy.
You should split the meals into 3 portions and avoid overfeeding this tiny dog.
Exercising a Mini Pomeranian
These dogs may be small but they are active and lively.
They require about 30 minutes of daily mental and physical stimulation to keep them healthy and happy.
A walk a day followed by a play session will help meet this dog’s exercise needs.
|Number of walks||2(10 minutes each)|
|Exercise needs||30 minutes|
The Teacup Pomeranian may be an intelligent and very trainable dog but you should not confuse him for being easy to train.
Training this dog can be challenging, especially housebreaking, and should be done with a lot of patience and consistency.
Here are some tip on how you should train a Miniature Pom;
- Come up with a training schedule.
- Take this dog out to potty after every meal, play session, in the morning, and before he goes to sleep.
- Praise them every time they potty in the same spot they did before.
- In case of any accidents make sure that you wipe them and clean the area with a disinfectant making sure that you are not leaving any traces of the accident or smell.
Learn how you can come up with the best training schedule according to the dog’s age.
Reward-based training and positive reinforcement are the best ways to training a Teacup Pomeranian.
Encourage, praise, and reward the dog for positive behaviors while ignoring and redirecting any behaviors you may not like.
Teacup Pomeranians require special care
- Make sure that this Mini Pom Pom is always kept warn all the time, especially during winter. This dog may need to have clothes on more than other dogs for temperature regulation.
- Use a harness instead of a dog collar while walking this dog as he is susceptible to tracheal collapse.
- Puppy proof where the Mini Pomeranian spends most of his time making sure that you remove any objects that may cause any harm or injuries to the dog.
- A Teacup Pomeranian should not be allowed to jump off chairs, beds, or to go up and down the stairs.
- When driving always place the teacup Pom is a safe canine care seat.
Pomeranians commonly suffer from tracheal collapse where their airways are weakened making it difficult for them to breathe.
These dogs are also injury prone, something that you should keep in mind if you are planning to add this dog as the next member of your family. Stepping on this dog and even allowing him to jump from high areas can lead to life-threatening injuries.
Teacup Pomeranians are prone to joint problems such as patellar luxation a condition where the kneecap fails to sit in the right position.
A Teacup Pomeranian is a miniaturized version of the already small standard Pomeranian with a fox-like appearance.
Whether this dog is right for you or not is dependant on you.
I would not recommend this dog to anyone with a tight schedule or anyone with a family that has young children.
You should also keep his special care needs in mind before deciding on whether you should get this Teacup Pom Pom.
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