The smallest version of schnauzer is the miniature variety. Most breeders consider the ‘Tea-cup’ variety to be a breed which does not fit the normal categorization of the schnauzers and hence, term such breeding as unethical. They regard such breeders as uninformed and irresponsible.
According to the stranded of smallest schnauzer breed, the weight of the miniature version range from 6.4 to 9.1 kg with a height of 12 to 14 inches. But the tea-cup variety is claimed to weigh between 1.4 to 3.2 kilograms. This makes them just about one-third the size of the miniature version.
This might be well suited for a puppy meant for its novelty value alone. Even at the age of 8 weeks which is the time that most puppies are adopted for being a playful company for the children, the tea-cup version will be completely unsuitable for this purpose owing to its size.
Such dogs are very prone to a condition termed as ‘hypoglycamia’. In this state, the dog will completely run out of energy. This can get triggered by long and excessive playing, missing a meal, cold climatic conditions and so on. Many prospective buyers do not find it comfortable to handle such small dogs since they are extremely delicate and end up leaving the puppy behind with the seller for many months till they become easy to handle.
They easily fracture their legs and a knock on their skull can lead to water retention in the head which is called ‘hydrocephalus’. They are susceptible to damaging their ligaments because of the weak structure of their joints.
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