The Teacup Pug is a miniature version of the popular Pug that is not recognized by the major kennel clubs such as the American Kennel Club. These dogs are muscular, compact with wrinkled faces just like the standard Pug.
You must keep in mind that Teacup Pugs are not a different breed but a term used to describe small-sized Pug most of which can fit into a teacup.
Pugs are ancient Chinese dogs that have been in existence for over 200o years.
These dogs are great and charming companions are devoted to their family members which have increased their popularity significantly over the years.
Miniaturization of these pooches is done to make the already small toy breed smaller putting them into a smaller package.
Have you ever wanted to own a mini or pocket Pug? Stick with us to find more about this teacup dog.
About the Teacup Pug
Mini Pugs are full of character, adorable, and loving making them very popular companion dogs.
You may also be interested in the Miniature Bulldog. Click on the link to learn more about the dog.
This is a great dog for a first-time dog owner and families with kids.
Originating from China, these dogs were highly valued by royalty and soon found their way to the Buddhist monasteries.
Over the centuries, they grew to become one of the most popular companion dogs due to their loyalty and devotion to their owners.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, these dogs were mainly associated with rich Europeans ad reached the US in the 1800s.
Pocket Pugs can be developed through several ways that include;
- Breeding of runts.
Chugs, mixes between Chihuahuas and Pugs, are the ones most commonly referred to as Miniature Pugs. These mixes are also known as Pughuahuas.
You can learn more about the Chihuahua Pug mix by visiting the guide in this link.
7 Fun facts about the Teacup Pug
- Pugs have been endorsed in many movies and by many celebrities leading to over-breeding.
- Due to their value in ancient China, they were protected by soldiers.
- There is a secret Pug organization known as “the order of the Pug.”
- A Teacup Pug with 2 tail curls is considered perfection.
- These dogs cannot tolerate extreme weather.
- Queen Victoria was a passionate Pug lover and was known to own several.
- A group of pugs is known as a grumble.
Pros and cons
✓ They are highly adaptable.
✔ These dogs are great for dog lovers that live in apartments.
✓ They are intelligent and therefore very trainable.
✔ Teacup Pugs have moderate exercise needs.
✓ They are super playful.
✗ Teacup Pugs are very fragile.
✘ They are prone to suffering from separation anxiety when left alone for extended periods.
✗ He may be small, but he is a frequent shedder.
✘ Due to their endearing short muzzles, they are known to have breathing problems.
Appearance and general characteristics of the Teacup Pug
|Teacup Pug summary table|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Breed Type||Toy breed|
|Suitable For||All families|
|Color Variations||Black, White, Brindle, Silver, and Fawn|
|Health concerns||Dystocia, Pug Myelopathy, Breathing problems, Screw tail|
|Temperament||Affectionate, Loving, Mischievous, Charming, Playful, Stable, Even-tempered|
|Other names||Chug, Miniature Pug|
Height and weight
The Teacup Pug is a Toy dog that should weigh between 3 and 7 pounds and have a height of between 4 and 8 inches.
The Physical appearance
Mini Pug’s appearance will mainly depend on how he was bred.
If he was bred by crossing a Chihuahua with a Pug, the appearance of the dog might be slightly different from that of a Standard Pug.
However, not all Chugs can be referred to as miniature Pugs. They have to look more like Pugs than Chis and should weigh under 7 pounds.
But if the Teacup Pug is bred through the introduction of the dwarfism gene or continued breeding of runts, he will be smaller but have the Pug’s breed standards.
Crossbreeding is the preferred method of Teacup Pug breeding because dogs bred through this method tend to be healthier than those bred through dwarfism and from runts.
These dogs should have stocky bodies with short legs.
Their muzzles are blunt and short but should never point upwards. This is because the Teacup Pug is a brachycephalic dog and should have a wrinkled face.
Preferably, the corkscrew tail should have a double curl.
Shedding and coat appearance
These dogs have double coats that should be straight, short, and smooth.
And despite having a short coat, the Miniature Pug is a heavy shedder and will need frequent brushing to minimize the amount of shedding.
Read of other ways that you can minimize shedding in dogs.
The most common Teacup Pug colors are;
Mini Pug temperament and personality traits
|Ease of care||
These dogs are bred to be human companions and are playful and friendly.
Although the Miniature Pug is an even-tempered and stable, he may have a stubborn, especially if he is bred from cross-breeding with Chihuahuas. This may make training them a bit difficult.
These dogs are sassy and love to be the center of attention but will always show you, love.
Naptime next to their owners is their favorite time which makes them great lap dogs. They also love to play with their owners and they will often be seen playing and running after their favorite hooman.
These dogs are prone to suffering from separation anxiety and should never be left alone for extended periods.
Barking and snoring are also common in these dogs. They will occasionally bark at moving objects and strangers but they are never aggressive.
You should, therefore, socialize them consistently by introducing them to as many people and new environments as possible.
Is the Teacup Pug a great family dog?
The Teacup Pug is a friendly and affectionate pet that makes him an incredible family dog.
However, he is better suited for families with older children because of how fragile he is. Too much rough play from young children could easily injure him.
Miniature Pugs also get along well with other animals including cats and rabbits as they have a low prey drive.
Frequently asked questions
How long do Miniature Pugs live?
Mini Pugs have a lifespan of between 12 and 15 years.
What do Teacup pugs eat?
Dry food formulated for toy breeds is the best for a Teacup. The diet should be rich in protein, fatty acids, and fine but should be low on carbs and fats. You should also avoid feeding the dog on raw diets. Ask your vet what the best diet for your teacup dog is.
Do Teacup Pugs stay small?
Just as the name suggests, the Teacup Pug should maintain the small body forever and should weigh under 7 pounds even after they mature.
Teacup Pugs puppies have the cutest looks.
The litter size should be between 1 and 3 puppies and they should reach maturity at about 12 months of age.
How much are Teacup Pugs?
The average cost of a Teacup Pug is between $800 and $1500. However, the final cost of the Teacup puppy will depend on the breeder, pedigree, and location.
You also need to be aware of other costs such as vaccinations cost, visits to the vet, and other costs that you may incur for this dog’s special care.
At around 6 to 8 weeks, this pup will be ready to leave the care of his breeder.
Teacup Pugs have moderate grooming needs.
The coat will need to be brushed at least 3 times a week using a bristle brush to minimize shedding and keep the coat in great condition.
Bathing should only be done when necessary ideally once a month with great care.
The dog’s wrinkles should be frequently taken care of and should be cleaned using baby wipes and cotton balls then property dried. After every meal, you should make sure that you clean all the food remains from the face.
Without proper care, dirt and bacteria could build up in between the wrinkles and cause skin infections.
You should also remember to clean the dog teeth, ears, and make sure that the nails are kept short.
How much exercise do Teacup Pugs need?
The Miniature Pug will need a total of 20 minutes in daily exercise.
Over-exercising this dog can be problematic and the dog may have breathing issues, especially when they are still young. Keep the exercise sessions to a maximum of 10 minutes per session.
Also only exercise the dog when the weather is mild as he does not tolerate extreme temperature or cold.
|Number of walks||2(10 minutes each)|
|Exercise needs||20 minutes|
How much should you feed your Miniature Pug?
Feed your Teacup Pug twice a day using high-quality dry food. One cup of kibble should be enough to provide this dog with his calorie needs.
Wet foods are not recommended as they could upset the dog’s stomach and they are also not great for the dog’s teeth.
|Teacup Pug Daily Food Consumption|
|Calories||100 to 150|
|Cups of Kibble||🍗|
These dogs are prone to becoming obese and you should, therefore, make sure that you do not overfeed them. Do not allow anyone to throw in some tidbits and snacks for the dog and stick to the meal routine.
How to train Miniature Pugs
The Teacup Pug is an intelligent dog that is highly trainable but this does not always translate to being easy to train as he can be stubborn and willful.
But once you get to know what he loves it gets easier to train him.
Make the training sessions short as this dog could easily lose interest in what you are teaching him. A good rule of thumb is to keep the sessions at a maximum of 5 minutes per session.
Use high-quality treats for reward-based training and include a lot of praise to encourage the dog for positive behaviors.
If you do this teaching this dog new tricks and commands becomes easier.
Known health issues
One of the most common health issues with this dog is breathing difficulties. This is mainly due to their brachycephalic appearance that causes a condition known as brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome.
Their flat faces and short muzzles also make temperature regulation for this Teacup Pug difficult which means that they can easily overheat.
Never by any means exercise a Miniature Pug when the weather is too hot or too cold.
Other common health problems with this dog are;
- Pug Myelopathy
- Screw tail
The Teacup Pug is a playful and friendly dog whose breeding is controversial, to say the least. However, he still makes a great family dog for first-time dog owners.
Overbreeding and other bad breeding practices have resulted in these dogs having several health problems. But incredibly good and reputable breeders are working hard to ensure that the dog is as healthy as possible.
Before you purchase this dog make sure that you know how to best take care of him.
Select a pup that is in good health for you and your family.
Let us know if you have any questions and also share with us your thoughts on this Miniature Pug.
There you go, WOOF!
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