How small is too small?

United States
August 16, 2010 3:51pm CST
I'm mostly talking about teacup yorkies because they are the really popular ones right now. I just dislike the idea of having a dog that is so small that you have to give it pills to boost its immune system and watch its blood sugar. If you want a small dog that's fine, but to breed a dog down to a size where it has health issues seems kind of dumb. Also, why would you buy a dog that small? You know it's not a healthy dog, so why not buy a dog that weighs a pound or so more? Why are these runts so popular? I was looking at breeders online and people pay thousands of dollars for these teacups when there is a huge possibility that it will get stepped on, fall and break something, or get sick and die. All yorkies are relatively small. The AKC standard says their weight can exceed no more than seven pounds. When looking for a dog, why not choose one for temperament and health instead of size?
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@smartie0317 (1611)
• United States
16 Aug 10
I have a teacup Yorkie, but she's 5lbs. I got her because, I was promised she would only be 3lbs and she grew to be 5lbs. I didn't want to buy a dog that would had a promise of less than 7lbs that grew up to be more than 7lbs. So, I knew the smaller the dog I was promised, the less chance it would grow to be huge. I live in a small apartment and can't have huge dogs. I think the smallest a dog should be is two and a half pounds. No smaller.
• United States
16 Aug 10
Also, size shouldn't affect temperment. Unless, the breed is not breeding for good quality.
• United States
16 Aug 10
That's different. If you live in an apartment there's a limit to how big your dog can be. I understand that. I just don't understand why you would want one smaller than that if you don't even live in an apartment.