Buying a Teacup puppy is unlike any other purchase you will make. The puppy buying process is a big decision, after all, your new puppy will be with you for a very long time. And while temperament and personality are very important, price can also be a deciding factor.
However, if you are looking for a cheap teacup puppy,
you may be setting yourself up to be scammed!!
Below are some buying tips to help you during the puppy purchase process.
Understand the Value of a Teacup Puppy
As you may know, teacup puppies are very fragile and delicate and require extra care and attention, especially during infancy. And while a teacup puppy can grow to be an independent and healthy dog, even adult teacup dogs weigh less than 5 lbs full grown. This means that teacup mother dogs can only support 1 to 2 puppies per litter and many mothers cannot give birth naturally and must endure a C-Section. Breeding true teacup puppies requires knowledge and expertise that takes many years to master.
Find a Reputable Breeder
Reputable breeders that you can trust are licensed and certified by the state. To be a licensed breeder one must submit their establishment to inspections by the state to ensure that all dogs receive adequate care and attention. Ask your breeder if they are licensed to ensure that you are not purchasing from a puppy mill or a backyard breeder. Licensed breeders take pride in their puppies and ensure the best quality of care for every dog they sell.
Teacup puppy health is dependent on genetics, nutrition, exercise, nourishment, and overall care while with their breeder. If your breeder is confident in the care and health of your puppy they will always offer a health guarantee. Most puppies that die within the first 5 days are related to Parvovirus or Distemper. At the minimum, you should be receiving a 10-day health guarantee to get you past the danger zone. Health Guarantees should always have a legal name, address, and contact number.
“A cheap teacup puppy can be
the most expensive purchase you ever make.”
Puppies that are diagnosed with Parvovirus can produce outrageous vet bills and very rarely survive. Do not ever purchase a puppy without a written Health Guarantee, no matter how low the price.
If size is important to you, ask for a Size Guarantee. Breeders that are confident in their puppies can offer a written Size Guarantee to provide assurance that your teacup puppy will stay a true teacup puppy. Many fraudulent breeders will offer you a puppy that is 3-4 weeks old and too young to leave their mother and assure you that it is a teacup puppy. Of course, at that age, any puppy looks tiny! However, at full growth it will go well over true teacup size. We have heard many stories of people purchasing a “teacup” puppy that grew to be 20 - 30 lbs full grown. Again, if size is important to you, and if you are serious about purchasing a true teacup puppy, ask for a size guarantee! Reputable breeders will stand behind their puppies, their health, and their size.
Counterfeit teacup dog breeders and internet scammers prey on people that are looking for cheap teacup puppies. Puppy mills and fraudulent breeders use fake names and disposable cell phones to convince customers they are a real breeder. Counterfeit teacup puppy scams are so prevalent that they are now under FBI watch!!
“The FBI website estimates that 99% of pet sellers that request payment via Western Union or Moneygram are scammers!”
How to Avoid Teacup Puppy Scammers:
Never send money via Moneygram or Western Union - These payment methods cannot be tracked and do not provide invoices. You will never get your money back and you may never see a puppy if you send payment via Moneygram or Western Union.
Only purchase from Licensed Breeders - Truly reputable and trustworthy breeders have endured vigorous inspections by the state to ensure the highest quality of care for every dog in their facility. Licensed Breeders are not only ethical with their customers, but provide the same level of respect to their dogs.
Always ask to visit the breeder - If they say they are out of your state, call their bluff! Tell them you will be visiting their state soon! See how long they stick around after a planned visit
Ask for a Health Guarantee - The health and care of your new puppy is of the utmost importance to avoid puppy mills and backyard breeders
Ask for a Size Guarantee - if size is important to you, ask your breeder to guarantee it!