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They're small and they're cute. But what do you really know about the Teacup Pomeranian? First and foremost, the Teacup Pomeranian is not a distinct breed to the regular Pomeranian. It is a miniature version of the Pomeranian that has been bred to be smaller in size. The American Kennel Club states that a Teacup Pomeranian is a Pomeranian that weighs seven pounds or less.

Teacup Pomeranians may also be referred to as Toy Pomeranians, Mini Pomeranians, Pocket Pomeranians, and Teddy Bear Pomeranians.

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Teacup Dogs

Teacup dogs are bred to be miniature in size, usually by breeding the runts of litters together. Some runts of a regular litter can be classified as teacup dogs if they are small enough. Teacup dogs, like many dogs that are selectively bred, can have health issues, so it is better to go through a kennel club that can provide genetic testing. Breeders can also mislead potential dog owners by lying about the age of the puppies. This can lead to people shelling out huge amounts of money for a regular-sized dog by mistake.

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History of the Teacup Pomeranian

The Pomeranian, or Pom, is a toy dog breed from the Spitz family of dogs, descended from a dog called the German Spitz. It may also be related to the Chow-Chow. The breed's name comes from its breeding in the area of Pomerania in Germany and the north of Poland. The breed was first documented in the UK and made popular by Queen Victoria of England. Teacup Pomeranians have recently risen to popularity, bred from the smallest of the regular Pomeranians.

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What the Teacup Pomeranian Looks Like

Pomeranians are small dogs with long, wavy coats. They have small heads with pointy ears and large eyes. Their fluffy tails curl in on the top of their back towards their heads. There are some differences between Teacup Pomeranians in terms of their facial shapes, and they come in a huge range of colors.

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Personality and Behavior of the Teacup Pomeranian

Teacup Pomeranians are playful, cuddly, and friendly. They tend to have lots of energy and can be stubborn, but they are intelligent, which makes them easy to train. Like many dogs, early training is important so that they know who is the pack leader. Pomeranians have a tendency to bark because they are territorial dogs, and this can sometimes lead to compulsive barking if they are not trained properly.

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Children and Teacup Pomeranians

It might seem like a Teacup Pomeranian is a good pet for children, but because of their small size and proneness to injury, this is not always a good idea, as children can easily hurt Teacup Pomeranians. Pomeranians can also bark more around children and are not always friendly towards them, although this will vary from dog to dog.

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Health Issues for Teacup Pomeranians

As with all pedigree dogs and dogs that are selectively bred, Teacup Pomeranians are prone to some health issues. They can have problems with their knees, testicles, skin, windpipes, and skeletal systems. Teacup Pomeranians are more likely to go deaf, and Pomeranians can lose their teeth earlier in their lives. Additionally, teacup dogs are very prone to accidental death as a result of an injury.

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Life Expectancy of Teacup Pomeranians

Pomeranians tend to live between 12 and 16 years, and as long as a Teacup Pomeranian is properly cared for, there is no reason that they will not live as long. Making sure the dog gets proper exercise and a balanced diet will help it to live longer. It's also important for Teacup Pomeranians to keep up with regular health checks so that any health issues can be dealt with.

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Caring for Teacup Pomeranians

Because of their small size and fragility, it is vital to take excellent care of a Teacup Pomeranian to prevent injury, such as broken bones, and accidental death. Always be careful when handling a Teacup Pomeranian and be aware that rough play or dropping them can kill them. Exercise and training are also very important for Teacup Pomeranians so that they stay healthy and develop a great relationship with their owners.

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Feeding Teacup Pomeranians

Teacup dogs can struggle to keep their blood sugar high enough, so it is important to feed Teacup Pomeranians frequently so that they do not have seizures due to low blood sugar. They don't need a particularly special diet; however, tiny dogs can have trouble getting enough protein with dog food that does not have a high enough meat content. Owners should also be careful about which treats they give to their Teacup Pomeranians. Human food is not suitable, but tiny amounts of fish, meat, or liver are appropriate for this type of dog.

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Grooming Teacup Pomeranians

Of course, you need to take care when brushing a Teacup Pomeranian as they are fragile, but it is important to groom them regularly. They have both an undercoat and a top coat, and both must be brushed to ensure that there isn't a build-up of matted hair over time. Use an appropriately sized brush for the dog. A professional dog groomer can help with advice on grooming if needed, as well as clip the dog's nails and hair on a regular basis.

The trimmed look on a Pomeranian is fashionable, and some owners find their dog's fur easier to manage if it is cropped shorter.

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