In recent years, teacup dogs have gained lots of popularity, making them highly sought after by individuals who want an animal that is miniature or pocket-sized. You’ve heard the names, like Teacup Yorkies, Teacup Poodles, and Teacup Pomeranians, just to name a few. Another such tiny canine is the Teacup Pug. In this article, we will discuss the Teacup Pug lifespan and various concerns regarding the health and longevity of this animal. Check out our other post: How long do pugs live on average?
Lifespan Of Teacup Pug Puppy – Miniature Pugs
A Teacup Pug, and in fact Teacups in general, is considered to be in a weight classification that is less than the Toy group of dogs. What does this mean? Teacups are generally anywhere from 2 to 4 pounds in weight when fully grown. This tiny weight causes Teacup dogs to be in high demand, which breeders have embraced wholeheartedly. Most breeders charge insanely high prices for the tiny puppies, asking $300 in the low range and even up to $4,000 per dog in the higher range.
Because of the demand for Teacup puppies or miniature pugs and the huge potential profit that sits in front of breeders, many of these individuals have gone to extreme lengths in order to manipulate the natural breeding process for smaller and smaller animals. This, in turn, has caused many health problems to plague these unfortunate tiny Pugs and other Teacup dogs, especially when inbreeding comes into the picture.
Purebred animals are already at a higher risk for health problems that can significantly lower their lifespan. In fact, it has been shown that canines made up of at least two different breeds suffer from fewer illnesses and have longer life spans than those that have been produced from a single breed. It makes sense why a purebred animal that has been manipulated to be smaller than normal would have an even shorter lifespan and a higher risk for health problems and further complications. Inbreeding is not always to blame for these defects. The most common health issues that teacup pugs or even other breeds of teacup dogs like the lack of moisture, respiratory and blood sugar irregularities are mostly because of the organ size inside their bodies.
It is better to look into the Toy group rather than Teacup. Toy Pugs live for much longer. In fact, the average lifespan of a Pug is 13 years, although they can survive well into the later teen years. Teacup Pugs, on the other hand, are expected to live up to 6 years. Sadly, many Teacup canines do not even make it to that age.
To say the least, Teacup pugs and other miniature dogs are in high demand but if you want a furry best friend that can be with you for much much longer, we recommend getting a regular-sized dog. Teacups have many health issues that results to a very short life span.
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