Top 10 Teacup Dog Breeds

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First of all, what is a teacup breed? No, your pooch does not have to fit into a teacup, although they probably will. A teacup breed is a dog that weighs less than four pounds and is less than 17 inches tall. However, since they are not an official breed according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), this is not a hard and true fact because many of the teacups weigh more than four pounds. Many say that a teacup breed is just the runt of the litter and, while that may be true, they are still adorable, easy to carry, and don’t eat much. Looking for a bite sized furry friend of your own? Check out these top teacup breeds that just may be your pawrfect match.


At just three to six pounds fully grown, the Chihuahua is the smallest breed in the world. They are also adorable and come in both long and short-haired types. These lap dogs have a gentle disposition and a big personality within that tiny body. And you can put them in your purse or backpack.

Toy Poodle

This is pawsitively one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world, and at four to six pounds, they’re also itty-bitty pocket-sized pups. Their curly coat does not need much care and doesn’t shed much, so they’re considered hypoallergenic. And with their intelligence, you can teach them anything you want.

Yorkshire Terrier

Another tiny tot is the Yorkie, which was originally bred to hunt vermin, but was found to be a sweet and cuddly lap dog. They only weigh about six pounds, so many people carry them in a pocket or purse. These cuties are also really funny and smart too, so they’re easy to train.
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A mix of the Yorkie and the Toy Poodle, the Yorkiepoo has the best of both breeds. Their pawesome perkiness and silly sentiments will keep you smiling, and they will keep your lap warm on cold days. They don’t get much bigger than five pounds and don’t shed, so their ease of care makes them a great choice.


Another teensy tail-wagger is the Maltese, which is only about five pounds and stands about nine inches high. This bitty breed is friendly and loves kids as well as other pets, including cats. They are happy-go-lucky little furballs who will snuggle with you on cold days, or any day for that matter.


This designer breed is a mix of the Maltese and Toy Poodle that typically weighs five pounds and is about nine inches tall. The curly little pooch is a bundle of energy with a silky coat that doesn’t shed and is hypoallergenic. The Maltipoo also fits in a pocket or purse as well as a teacup. 


The Pomeranian is known for its fluffy coat of gorgeous fur that weighs less than five pounds fully-grown. Intelligent and feisty, this furtastic pup is lovable and loyal with the courage of a much larger breed so they will try to be your guard dog whether you want them to or not.


The Pekingese has always been treated as royalty and has been a lap dog since the 8th century in the T’ang Dynasty. They only weigh about six pounds and have a silky coat with a furry mane like a lion. Their cuteness isn’t their only good trait as they are gentle and loving pups good for any family.


The Pekepoo is an adorable mix of the Pekingese and the Toy Poodle so they are not just furry and cute, but smart and tiny. They don’t get much bigger than five pounds, and their silly personality will keep you in a good mood all day long, and at night their cuddles will keep you warm.


If you want a canine kid with a funny face, this is your pooch. The Pug has the most expressive looks on their tiny faces, and their antics will have you cracking up as well. They are only about 10 inches tall, so they are great lap dogs with a cuddly side.