Teacup dogs are as small dogs as possible. Many of these dogs weigh no more than 5 pounds and are less than 12 inches tall. It costs thousands of dollars to raise a teacup dog. This particular breed gained mainstream attention a few years ago when Paris Hilton unveiled her veil on a TV show called “The Simple Life.” Although most veterinary experts have criticized the breeding process for these dogs, many people are still interested in owning at least one teacup dog. However, even for miniature breeds like teacup dogs, hair loss is still a concern for many pet owners.
For potential dog parents who are concerned about their allergies or the extra effort required to care for a breed that sheds a lot, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best teacup dog breeds that don’t shed a lot. Read on to learn all about them.
1. Teacup Chihuahua
This is a special teacup dog breed that was introduced on television by socialite and American businesswoman Paris Hilton. These dogs are some of the cutest teacup dogs on the market today. They are also widely considered affectionate and suitable for small apartments. Their mainstream popularity in the pet world means they can be more expensive than other teacup dogs, but the best part is that they don’t shed.
This breed weighs just under three pounds and stands just under six inches tall. Teacup Chihuahuas were specially bred by breeding some of the smallest Chihuahua breeds in a standard litter. Although much smaller than the average Chihuahua, it still has the lively personality the breed is known for. Best of all, the compact size makes it easy to care for.
2. Brussels Gryphon
Contrary to most of the dogs on this list, this hyperactive non-shedding dog is actually street and smart. It’s a step ahead of most other teacup dogs. Strikingly, it has human features such as almond eyes, eyelashes, beard and mustache. This dog will demand that you satisfy its needs before yours, as you have to keep up with its inexhaustible energy, and it is easily distracted during training. Once they are properly trained, they are loyal and protective for life.
Brussels Griffons come in four colors. They can be red, black, beige (black and reddish brown) or black and tan. The nature of their coats also varies. They have smooth coats like pugs and coarser coats like schnauzers.
3. Teacup Poodle
The Teacup Poodle sheds little because the dog’s body is a mass of tightly curly fur. In addition to their non-shedding advantages, they are also revered for their intelligence and love of water. If you want an easy-to-train dog who can learn the easiest tricks and perform tasks without shedding all over the place, the Teacup Poodle is your best bet.
Due to the unique nature of its coat, this breed does require some extra grooming and care. In addition to regular brushing, it is recommended to take them to a professional beauty specialist at least once every two months.
4. Shih Tzu
Originally a Chinese breed, these teacup dogs are known for their charming and outgoing personalities. They are considered perfect pets for first time owners. Thankfully, they don’t shed, but they do require regular brushing and cutting for maintenance.
The Shih Tzu’s furry appearance and charm make it a great teacup dog for children and the elderly. Their name translates to “little lion,” but you don’t have to worry about this nine-pound dog tearing anyone to pieces. The Shih Tzu is primarily an indoor dog, but also requires occasional exercise.
5. Scottish Terrier
Affectionately known as “The Diehard,” this shaggy-looking, lively little teacup dog is widely admired for his efficient and down-to-earth demeanor. No, it does not shed, but it needs regular brushing. While they don’t show the same friendliness as easily as most other teacup dogs, it’s this quality that makes them excellent watchdogs that can instantly alert intruders.
In terms of training, it needs to be trained to get along with its owner, because it has an independent attitude by nature. Due to their high IQ, this breed requires creative training sessions. Scottish Terriers can get bored and distracted if training becomes too repetitive. Given time, it can become a faithful and effective companion.
6. Teacup Pekingese
Nicknamed the “princess dog” for its stubborn disposition, this dog originally came from ancient China and served as the nobility’s pug dog. Unlike a poodle or shih tzu, they need to be trained to be charming and well-mannered.
However, the one thing you don’t have to worry about with this breed is unwanted shedding, as they naturally have a straight coat. Plus, dogs don’t have high energy levels, so they’re easier to keep and care for.
7. Bichon Frize
The American Kennel Club does not consider the breed a true traditional teacup dog. However, the bichon frize quickly became a favorite of American teacup owners. Its adorable fluffy white fur ensures it won’t shed around your apartment.
Naturally warm and friendly, these dogs can be groomed in the most creative ways. You just need to give them warmth and affection, and you have their lifelong loyalty.
8. Teacup Yorkshire
If you live in the tightest apartment in any city, but you still need a teacup dog who is charming, easygoing, affectionate, confident, and loving, then this Yorkie is a great choice. He has a bad habit of barking excessively, but don’t worry, it’s something a professional dog trainer can fix, especially when he’s young and barely developing any real habits.
They need regular brushing to keep their hair from becoming matted, but other than that, despite their long hair, these dogs shed very little. You’ll also want to trim their hair regularly to keep hair from poking your dog’s eyes.
9. Teacup Schnauzer
Many people want a dog for companionship. But if you’re also looking for a dog that can double as a mini vigilante, this versatile breed serves both purposes. Common Schnauzers were bred for agricultural purposes, and their hybrid ancestors were equally active and efficient.
They don’t shed and are super easy to touch up. The breed is naturally outgoing and outgoing. In addition to performing tasks around your home, they can alert you to unwanted intruders.
10. Chinese Crested
This puppy is of the hairless breed, making it the perfect pet for you if you are hypoallergenic. With a hairless dog, you don’t have to worry about shedding at all. Of course, having no hair at all comes with some complications, such as skin irritation.
This breed is the perfect companion pet because it is effortlessly friendly and finds it easy to adapt to new surroundings and people.The Chinese Crested is also attentive, playful and loyal to its humans
11. West Highland Terrier
This might be one of the friendliest teacup dogs ever. These guys are friendly with strangers, owners, children and even other dogs. Their lively nature is very endearing. Because of their active nature, they need lots of love and plenty of room to play.
Rest assured, they barely shed as long as you brush them properly. They are also easy to train due to their high IQ. In fact, training is highly recommended, as these dogs’ high energy levels make them want to be independent.
12. Bedlington Terrier
Versatile, these shedding teacup dogs make great TV companions, roommates, and mini vigilantes. They are fast, charismatic, energetic and love the limelight. So, if you don’t have time to spend with your potential teacup dog, then this might not be the best option for you.
Bedlington terriers need weekly grooming and brushing, and their nails need frequent trimming. One key thing to note is that they don’t respond to harsh training, but rather to persuasive training sessions where they are lulled into food and other favors.
you have it. These are the top 12 shedding teacup dogs with good lifespan, numerous companionship benefits and fewer headaches. Remember that owning a dog is a responsibility, as these dogs are dependent on their owners for almost everything. So feed them properly, groom them, care for them and train them and they will serve you and your family as efficiently as possible for a lifetime. It’s also important to remember the fragile health of teacup dogs and their susceptibility to large dogs and large predators compared to larger dogs.
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