As a crossbreed, the Maltipoo can be made in a few different sizes. In addition to the regular Maltipoo that grows to around 14 pounds, Maltipoo breeders can also create a teacup Maltipoo. The teacup Maltipoo is an incredibly small version of the dog that weighs under five pounds. These dogs can fit in the palm of their owner’s hand and are considered desirable for their cute appearance.
A black teacup Maltipoo is the rarest type of the breed and can be extremely rare to find. When searching for a black teacup Maltipoo it is important to choose a Maltipoo breeder that uses ethical standards when breeding.
Teacup maltipoos are just the smaller version of a Maltipoo. They do happen naturally when a litter has a dog on the smaller side. These teacup maltipoos are natural and completely ethically bred.
Maltipoo breeders will sometimes try very hard to breed full litters of teacup maltipoos despite the health risks that come with it. Try to source a Maltipoo breeder that can ensure that your dog was ethically produced. If possible, Maltipoo adoption is the best way to go. However, it is incredibly difficult to find a Maltipoo rescue that is up for adoption.
Are teacup Maltipoos healthy?
Although exceptionally adorable, teacup maltipoos have a higher chance of having many additional health issues due to their size. Teacup maltipoos often suffer from fragile bones that can be easily broken with minimal amounts of force.
Teacup maltipoos may also be more at risk for hip dysplasia which can cause the dog to feel a lot of pain and may hinder its ability to walk properly. If you use the wrong collar on a teacup Maltipoo, it could suffer from a collapsed trachea that may kill the dog.
Most often teacup maltipoos suffer from hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar is common in many toy or teacup-sized dogs especially when they are puppies. Hypoglycemia can come on at any point in the dog’s life and symptoms may start without warning and progress rapidly.
Your teacup Maltipoo may start to act sluggishly and may even sleep for the majority of the day. Their food consumption may become abnormal and they may be overly thirsty. If you see these signs it is important to contact your veterinarian as soon as you possibly can.
When obtained ethically and maintained properly, teacup maltipoos are adorable pets that are incredibly friendly and love affection. These dogs are good for families provided that the children are old enough to understand how fragile the dog can be. If taken care of well, a teacup Maltipoo can live for up to 13 years.