Have you heard about Teacup dogs? They are a variety of dog breeds that are specially bred to be tiny, adorable and maintain their puppy appearance. But before you fall in love with one of these pups, do you know the big health problems of tiny teacup dogs?
I was recently introduced to a teacup Shih Tzu named Ginger that my cousins brought with them for a visit. She was a sweet little ball of energy who will weigh 4lbs. when she is fully grown. Ginger was also born with a heart murmur and a bladder so small she cannot make it through the night without using a pee pad.
Ginger’s size and health issues made me curious so I did some research about teacup dogs. I found these pups commonly suffer from fractures, osteoporosis, dislocated joints, heart defects and other life-threatening problems. [Read more…]