If you own a Teacup Pom puppy, you might be wondering when do Teacup Pomeranians stop growing and details of the teacup pomeranian size?
Teacup Pomeranians normally get to their mature weights and heights when they are approximately 1-year old and should weigh between three and seven pounds.
What Size is a Teacup Pomeranian?
There is a myth circulating via the internet that there is a variety of Pomeranians called a ‘Teacup breed’ but is not recognized by most Kennel Clubs around the world. Teacup Pomeranians, are usually the correct sized Pomeranians bred by preservation breeders.
When it comes to the other physical features and the Teacup Pomeranian temperament, they are essentially exactly the same as the standard Pomeranian.
They are not smaller than the standard breed specifications and are not at a higher health risk and are prone to genetic disorders. According to most experts, Teacup Pomeranians have an average lifespan of only 10 – 14 years.
When placed side by side, there is a lot of difference between a standard throwback-sized and a Teacup Pomeranian.
How Big do Full-Grown Teacup Pomeranians Get?
The Teacup Pomeranians are toy dogs with small and compact bodies. Unlike many other dog breeds, gender does not impact the overall size and height of a Pomeranian Teacup. Both male and female Teacup Pomeranians grow at about the same rate and have roughly the same adult size.
How Long Does it Take for a Pomeranian to be Fully Grown?
Being a small dog, the transformation from puppy to adult Teacup Pomeranian is not as dramatic as a large breed dog, but they still do grow. Normally, both male and female Teacup Pomeranian puppies should be at their adult size by the time they are 12 months old.
Some Teacup Pom puppies may continue to put on weight for up to 18 months. Remember that these are averages and may vary slightly.
Pet Parent Tip: The best way to determine how big a puppy will get is for potential dog owners to take a look at the teacup dog’s parents.
Factors that affect Teacup Pomeranian’s Growth
Here are some factors that affect the growth of the Teacup Pomeranians:
Your Teacup Pomeranian dog’s genetics can determine whether it will be taller, shorter, or more prone to weight gain. Purebred dog pedigrees which show lots of champions will ensure your puppy will be true to breed type. Some genetic health conditions could also affect your Teacup Pom puppy’s growth.
Nutrition has a huge effect on the weight of your pet. Good nutrition can determine how well your Pomeranian Teacup is growing. Healthy and good nutrition supports normal growth and maintains the Pom puppy at a healthy weight and better body condition.
Intestinal worms are extremely common in Teacup Pom puppies. These worms can steal enough calories from the puppy to slow down its growth. Teacup Pomeranian puppies that have a heavy worm burden typically look small and unhealthy.
Another factor that will affect your Teacup Pomeranian weight is his physical activity. Even though Teacup Poms are not the most active and energetic dogs, they still require a good amount of exercise to keep them healthy. Exercise and prevent them from getting overweight.
Teacup Pomeranian Health Issues
How to Help Your Teacup Pomeranian Grow?
Ideal Diet for Teacup Pomeranians
Diet is a very important point that contributes to the overall health of your Teacup Pomeranian. If you want your Teacup Poms to be in good physical condition and full of energy, it is essential to feed them properly.
Teacup dogs love food and will eat pretty much anything. Their owners need to remain extra vigilant so that their pup doesn’t become overweight. Your Teacup Pomeranian’s diet should be healthy and include all nutrients.
Exercise for Teacup Pomeranian
Getting regular exercise will help your Teacup Pomeranian grow strong but not overweight. If these dogs are allowed to get bored and are not walked regularly, they can become destructive and start to display behavioral problems.
Tips to maintain a healthy weight for Teacup Dogs
Here are some tips to help your Teacup Pomeranian to maintain a healthy weight:
- Make sure you are giving them nutritionally complete food.
- Avoid excessive snacks and treats.
- Adult Teacup Pomeranian owners need to keep mealtimes to twice a day with controlled, limited portions.
- Make sure that your Teacup Pomeranian is not stressed.
- Feed them a diet that is high in protein and healthy fats.
- Include probiotics and plenty of amino acids in their diet.
Risks During Teacup Pomeranian Dog Growth
The Teacup Pomeranian is an overall small dog. These sweet little dogs may be adorable, but some are prone to health issues.
One reason why tiny Pom puppies are so riddled with health problems is because of the way they are bred. They can suffer throughout their lives due to questionable breeding standards and birth defects.
- Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia in Teacup Pomeranian puppies is an unfortunate reality. The problem is that these small dogs are way too tiny to generate enough energy to keep themselves strong. Teacup Pom puppies need to be fed frequently and consistently. That means you can’t afford to skip or extend meal-time by a few hours.
- Patella Luxation: Patella luxation occurs when the knee doesn’t sit properly in the groove and slides out of position. This problem in Teacup Pomeranians leads to pain, difficulty walking, and can eventually lead to arthritis in the joint.
- Breathing problem: Teacup Pomeranians have unique risk factors that lead to a high number of dogs with breathing problems. Respiratory issues in teacup dogs can often be due to heart disease, tracheal collapse, weakness, obesity, and allergies.
- Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a condition known as “water on the brain”. Hydrocephalus is a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid. The fluid builds in the skull, effectively forcing pressure against the delicate brain. Teacup Pomeranians suffering from hydrocephalus can develop brain damage and can eventually die.
- Heart problems: You may think you’re bringing home a perfectly healthy Teacup Pomeranian. However, there is a tiny chances that your adorable pup has heart rhythm abnormalities, murmurs, or even signs of heart failure.
- Hypothermia: These tiny dogs cannot regulate their body temperature and are prone to suffer from hypothermia. Teacup Pomeranians are sensitive to drops in temperature, especially when left in cold weather.
- Prone to Injury: The Teacup Pom’s small bones can break easily. This means owners have to be on alert not to step on them. Also, don’t allow them to jump from too-high surfaces. If the fall is serious, it could even be fatal.
- Tracheal Collapse: Although Teacup Pomeranians aren’t the only dogs at risk for collapsing tracheas, they are particularly vulnerable. Over time, the c-shaped cartilage that holds the airway open slowly begins to stretch out. As it stretches out, the airway slowly begins to collapse. This results in a lot of coughing for your Teacup Pomeranian.
There are other health issues a Teacup Pomeranian could experience in its lifetime. Some of these include severe or mild deafness, skeletal or cardiac issues, reproductive issues, and more.
Having a Teacup Pomeranian in your house means paying special attention to where you step and where your dog is allowed to roam.
Should I Get a Tiny Teacup Pomeranian Dog?
To ensure you obtain a true-to-type healthy dog, make sure that you only buy a teacup puppy from an ethical American Kennel Club breeder.
Make sure that you get Kennel Club papers from your Teacup Pomeranian breeder detailing which dogs your Teacup Pomeranian is descended from. Also, get health clearances from your breeder. Good Teacup Pomeranian breeders will prove their dogs in the show ring and have their breeding Pomeranians tested for all the common Pomeranian health problems.
The proper veterinary health testing and health clearances will contribute a fair amount to the cost of adopting your Teacup Pomeranian. But this is a necessary precaution.
Wrapping It Up
While Teacup Pomeranians are certainly physically small, the Teacup Pom is definitely big in popularity at the moment. Make sure the Teacup Pom you bring home is going to be a good fit for your family and lifestyle.
A healthy diet, a stress-free environment, and physical and mental stimulation will help your Teacup Pomeranian pups develop into a healthy true to breed type dog.
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References and Further Reading:
 Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
 English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard, 2017.
 Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.
 Milo G. Denlinger “The Complete Pomeranian.”
 Kimbering Pomeranians “1891-1991”.
 William Taplin’s “The Sportsman’s Cabinet.”
 E. Parker “The Popular Pomeranian.”
 Lilla Ives “Show Pomeranians.”