So you’re considering getting a Teacup Husky.
Now, you all know just how much we love mini huskies — but these darling Teacup Huskies are even smaller.
We’re talking… tea cup size.
This dog — also known as the Toy Husky — is much rarer than your standard mini husky, but there are a few things to consider before you buy one.
Here’s everything you need to know…
Are Teacup Huskies Real?
Yes – but the name is used interchangeably with toy huskies.
Teacup breeds are miniature-sized dogs that are bred for the novelty of their small size, as opposed to health reasons.
Breeders have experienced great difficulty in breeding the Siberian Husky down to the standard size of a Teacup dog.
The standard size of a Toy breed weighs relatively 4 pounds at 12 months and is 17 inches. Most Toy Huskies weight much more and are larger than a typical miniature dog, but they are still adorably small.
If you and your family are interested in the love and devotion of a Siberian Husky without the overbearing size and stature, the Miniature Husky could be the right choice for you instead.
Since Teacup Huskies are bred from Siberian Huskies, they have the same pedigree, originating from the Spitz genetic family and descendant of sled dogs.
Purchasing a Toy Husky is a bit of an investment; the cost can range from $750-$1200 depending on where you get it from.
This is not the kind of dog you can adopt for cheap from a shelter: this is a dog that will cost money and require going to a specialist breeder to adopt.
Sometimes the Mini Husky will be bred with the Pomeranian or a similarly small dog in order to bring it down to the size of a Teacup Siberian Husky — although, of course, it won’t then be pure bred.
Toy Husky Behavior and Personality
Just like its parent breed, the Teacup Siberian Husky is just as energetic, friendly, loyal, and curious as regular-sized huskies.
These attributes make them a great pet for environments with children or other pets. They are also not known to be territorial or aggressive with other dogs, as some breeds can be.
Teacup Huskies are an entertaining and engaging breed which loves attention from its owner. But their curious nature does make them a little mischievous! They can find ways to get into and around things they aren’t supposed to.
They are also known to howl more than other dogs — just like normal huskies and their wolf ancestors!
How to Care for a Teacup Huskie
Huskies in general are an active breed – they love to play and get lots of exercise! In fact, they actually require it in order to keep their behavior in check.
Teacup Huskies won’t need as much exercise as a normal husky, but you should commit to daily walks and playtime to keep them in tip-top shape,
As an active breed, Toy huskies will live a healthier life if they are fed an active dog food formula. Though there are dog food formulas tailored for miniature dogs, this formula is not recommended for Toy Huskies.
As Teacup Huskies are just smaller versions of Siberian Huskies, their diet requirements are closer to that of a Husky than a usual small-breed dog. Though it may be slightly more expensive, your Teacup Husky will thank you in the long run.
Their high-energy levels require a good amount of physical and mental exercise on a regular basis; without it, the teacup husky could develop less than desirable habits like chewing, digging, or barking. Remember to combine exercise with training for the best results in taming their behavioral patterns.
If you’re an active person, this dog might be the perfect fit for you, and if not, it could be the perfect excuse to add a little fun and exercise to your everyday routine.
The Teacup Husky is a breed that is very susceptible to training. They are an intelligent breed with a fantastic memory, which will really come in handy when you attempt to train them.
Their only hindrance in the dog’s vast amount of energy, which can cause them to lose focus.
The best way to combat their loss of focus is to create a regimen of daily, 5 minute, 3 times a day, training session.
Risk and Drawbacks of Teacup Huskies
As with anything in life, there are of course some drawbacks you should know when considering getting a Teacup Husky.
Due to the unnatural nature of their small size, these dogs often experience hypoglycemia, which is caused by chronic low blood sugar. This can lead to seizures and possibly even death when not monitored.
It is imperative if you are parent to a Toy Husky that you take it to a vet for treatment and medication if you see any signs of seizures. Yearly vet visits are also recommended to ensure that their health is still in good condition.
On a less serious note, much like the Siberian Husky, one complaint from Miniature Husky owners is that the breed does shed frequently. But regular baths and grooming can reduce the level of shedding.
Should I Get a Teacup Husky?
There’s a lot to consider when approaching the idea of adopting a Teacup Siberian Husky, but overall, the loving and loyal dog will no doubt be a welcome addition to your home and family!
Would you want to adopt a Teacup Husky?