THE TRUTH ABOUT TEACUP POMERANIANS
I have had people calling and asking if I produce "Teacup Pomeranians". I do not breed especially for Teacup Pomeranians as they really are not specifically a "standard" in our breed. Say in the Poodle breed there is the standard of teacups, toys, minatures and giants. Early last centuary, there was a distinction of standard and toy pomeranians in dog shows but AKC eliminated the standards many years ago. THAT is why many poms may end up larger than the seven pounds. Pomeranians are actually bred DOWN from 35 pounders. Actually AKC will not allow you to show a pomeranian that is smaller than three pounds. I think people actually are using this as a term to refer to smaller-sized Pomeranians. This term is not an actual breed recognized by any association, especially AKC. It is more of a description of the dog's size. Pomeranians are already a toy dog breed that only weigh 3 to 7 lbs. on average. Many Pomeranians would actually be teacup Pomeranians, comparing to say the Teacup Poodles. However, you should watch out for breeders who will commit unethical practices to ensure a smaller "teacup"-sized animal.
We try to breed according to AKC standards, of which our dogs are registered. According to the American Kennel Club, 4 to 6 lbs. is the ideal weight for a Pomeranian. More important than size, the Pomeranian show dog must have a nice solid bone structure and feel "sturdy." There is no official size or weight to define a teacup Pomeranian because there is no official pomerianian by that name. In fact, many breeders will call a 7-lb. Pomeranian a teacup Pomeranian. In general, when the public asks for teacup Pomeranians, they want their adult dog to be on the low end of average weight, say three to five pounds.
When searching for your dog, the easiest way to ensure a "teacup" adult is to buy an adult dog. Just be sure not to purchase a dog that is less than 3 lbs. or you may be getting a dog with some serious health problems. We have produced some that have been healthy under three pounds BUT we will not release one like that until they are three to four months and I KNOW they are healthy. If you want a puppy, you should to find a reputable breeder who has been breeding for a long time and REALLY KNOWS their lines. Make sure that the puppies consistently grow into adults who are on the smaller end of the Pomeranian size-spectrum. In general, we use male Pomeranians that are smaller than females. If a female is too tiny for breeding, there is more of a possiblity of whelping problems during delivery of her pups. I have used small females BUT only if they have a pelvis the size of at least a five pounder. I have seen seven pound girls with tiny pelvis' too that I would not breed.
Be very careful purchasing a dog from a breeder who claims to sell nothing but "teacup Pomeranians." First of all, there is no such breed, and a reputable breeder will know this. Some breeders will use this term for ordinary Pomeranians in order to increase sales, and some breeders will actually attempt to breed smaller dogs. They often do this by inbreeding or by breeding runts. These unethical practices can cause serious health problems for the puppies.
Pomeranians are already a toy breed. People who breed below average-sized Pomeranians are creating a recipe for disaster. Adult dogs that are smaller than 3 lbs. are literally breakable. Their legs can be broken from jumping off of furniture, and they can even be killed if someone accidentally sits on them. Also, inbred dogs are more susceptible to congenital diseases such as hypoglycemia, slipped kneecaps, underdeveloped organs, thyroid problems and increased risk for internal and external infections. If you buy a dog from an unethical breeder, it is possible that your dog will not live very long. Much safer to purchase puppies from linebred or outcrossed breedings. Dogs of all breeds age at different rates. Your Pomeranian may take seven to 12 years before beginning to show signs of age. Because of their size Pomeranians tend to have a longer life span than larger breeds. Your Pomeranian may live until his late teens as long as you properly care for them.
Champions produced by Pombredens but not owned or shown by Pombredens.