Teacup Pitbull

The Truth about the Teacup Pitbull

In a world where a common belief is “bigger is better”, something small has become very popular indeed; miniature dogs, such as the teacup pitbull.   These so called “designer” dogs are specifically bred to achieve the smallest size possible in response to the demand set by individuals who fall in love with the miniaturized versions of the breed.  It is possible, however, that these individuals are not aware of what they may be getting in this pet.


The pit bull variety of the terrier breed is a dog that has been cast as a villainous and dangerous dog.  It is true that they carry a natural aggressive tendency; a characteristic that was actually one desired when rounding up free range cattle and hunting down wild hogs was a commonplace activity in US history.  Their natural ability for this type of activity led to specialized breeding of pit bulls as fighting dogs.  This, unfortunately, has branded the breed as undesirable.  In truth, when these dogs are properly bred they feature loving and friendly aptitudes within their family circle.  Involving the dog in obedience training and socializing at a young age can temper the aggressiveness, as will using a firm masterful control over the dog.


Miniaturizing the dog so that it can be advertised as a teacup pitbull may be one attempt to reverse the bad reputation this breed has acquired over the years.  Doing so will not eliminate natural tendencies and characteristics of the breed, however.  It is important when considering taking on one of these dogs as a pet to ensure that breeding has been performed by a reputable breeder.  Careful matching of stable parentage results in the best puppies.  This can be a difficult process when breeders attempt to miniaturize a breed, as it involves breeding the smallest and youngest of a litter; in other words, the “runt” of the litter with another runt.  Because these puppies are the result of late conception and early birth, they may not have had adequate time in the womb for development.  Developmental issues can lead to unstable puppies, and in the case of pitbulls, may exacerbate the aggressive streak.


It is a possibility that the adorable appearance of the teacup pitbull could lead to a kinder approach to the breed in general; however, it is vital to consider all of the ramifications before bringing one into your family.  While the dog itself is not a natural predator, if the natural aggressive tendencies and possible developmental issues are not recognized and taken under control, there could be serious problems down the road.