Pocket Puppies FAQ'S


Q: What exactly is a teacup puppy?

A: A 'teacup' is a dog that weighs 5 lbs. or less fully grown. The word 'teacup' is not a breed. It is merely a term we use to describe the size of a dog that is smaller than average.



Q: What exactly is a pocket puppy?

A:  A Pocket puppy is a toy breed dog that is usually half the size of the larger toy breeds i.e. Shih-Tzus, cavaliers, etc...

It is merely a term we use to describe the size of a dog that is smaller than average.



Q: What is a toy puppy?

A: A 'toy' is a dog  group recognized by the AKC and other registries as very small and almost toy-like there are about 21 recognized AKC toy breeds


Q: Are teacup puppies unhealthy?

A: This is a very common misconception, but the answer is no.  They are, however, equivalent to newborn babies and require a lot more care and attention than your average sized puppy. Because of their tiny size and delicate nature, their immune systems can be compromised, so you need to be a little more careful in what they come into contact with and how they are handled. As they get older, their immune systems grow stronger and they are just as healthy as any other dog. In fact toy breeds live twice as long as larger breeds. All our puppies must pass a veterinarians physical. We also require all of our customers to sit through a puppy orientation in which we educate them on the health and caring for your teacup or toy sized puppy.



Q: What is the average lifespan of a teacup or toy sized puppy?A: The average lifespan is actually 12 to 16 years for a teacup or toy sized dog--actually longer than larger breeds of dogs!



Q: What are the prices of your puppies?

A: Each puppy is priced individually according to breed and size.  Puppies start around $1995 and up. If you are interested in a particular puppy, please call our Arlington Heights location at 224-735-3137 or our Wisconsin location at 262-857-4365 for more information. 




Q: How old are your puppies?

A: Our puppies vary in age, but must be at least 8 weeks old before arriving in our care. Most puppies are ready to go after being checked by a veterinarian, but sometimes the tiny ones must stay a bit longer, so they don't stress and we can make sure they develop proper eating habits.


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