Are you watching the Netflix series called The Crown which is about the history of the British Monarch? If you have an eagle eye, you have probably seen the cute little Pembroke Welsh Corgis trotting about Buckingham Palace.
And no, it is impossible for you to see just one in the series because you will feast on a lot of these cute butts!
You guessed that right! Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II adores Corgis!
If Corgis are adorable enough, how much more the miniature version: Teacup Corgis?
Let’s find out more about this little version.
What is a Teacup Corgi?
A Corgi is unmistakable even from afar. With those stubby legs and long bodies, it is not rocket science to identify one.
This very distinct feature is what made it a lovable pet all over the world. Then, if you shrink it more than half its size to be a forever puppy, more hearts are swooning! Indeed, a teacup Corgi is much like the normal version, only this time a smaller one.
And yes, a smaller Corgi is very much similar to its larger counterpart. These dogs are very charming and will remain puppy-like for the rest of their life.
Take note though that American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize miniature Corgis primarily because of the non-availability of this breed.
Curious? Read along.
History of a Teacup Corgi
But first, let’s dive into the history of the cute little Corgis. There are two breeds of Corgis out and about: Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
In terms of appearance, yes they are both adorable and almost the distinctive difference is only that Cardigans have tails and Pembrokes don’t.
Although almost inconceivable too, Pembrokes are a tad larger than Cardigans.
History suggests that between the two, Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the eldest breed traced back as far as 1107 AD. But it was in 1934 when Corgis were recognized by the American Kennel Club as part of the herding group.
And oh, by the way, the name “corgi” is the Celtic word for “dwarf dog” and is very apt for its physique.
Breeding a Teacup Corgi
Now, how can you breed a Teacup Corgi when AKC it’s almost non-available? There are generally three ways and each has its own pros and cons.
Breed with a smaller dog
Among the options, this one is the easiest and the most common way. It is done by simply mixing Corgi with a smaller breed dog!
While this is the easiest, bringing another breed into the mix means that it can look like any of its parents. In addition, the temperament of the mixed breed may also vary depending on whose dominant side kicks in.
That said the offspring is not guaranteed to be miniature!
Compared to the other two options, this option also ensures a relatively healthier breed. This method is also the best way to recreate miniature cuties.
The usual Corgi mix with a small breed is Chihuahua, Dachshund or Pomeranian.
Introduce the dwarfism gene
Yes, that’s right. It sounds complicated and quite scientific because it really is. In fact, it is not feasible to breed any dogs with dwarfism.
This results in random mutation and is introduced through mixed breeding!
Corgi already has a form of dwarfism called achondroplastic dwarfism. Wonder why they have shorter limbs than the average? This is the cause.
This dwarfism gene prevents the turning of cartilage into bones which usually happens during fetal development.
Their stubby limbs risk the Corgis to have back problems like IVDD as it is not designed to support their comparatively long body. Well apart from that, mishandling by kids also results in this condition.
Breed runts repeatedly
Last and probably the least desirable of them all is breeding runts repeatedly. Runts are usually smaller than the average not to mention the weakest. Breeding the runts down until it creates a teacup Corgi poses a lot of health problems and disorders.
It is usually the puppy mills who do this abhorrent practice to mass produce cheaper teacup Corgis.
Again, this option leads to unhealthy pups so make sure not to fall victim and deal only with reputable dealers.
Among the three options, choose the first one which is mixed breeding.
The Appeal of Teacup Corgi
Why does a teacup version of a Corgi appeal so much? Here are just some of the reasons why:
- Perfect for smaller homes and apartment living as it does not need too much space compared to the normal size Corgi.
- Easy to bring anywhere around even on travels! Some hotels even accept this small breed as it meets the weight limit.
- In terms of feeding size, it is economical as it only needs 204 kcal daily.
- Unlike other breeds, teacup Corgis only need moderate levels of daily exercise.
While it is indeed appealing to bring home this little pup, there are also cons:
- Because they are small, they are more prone to accidents even just around the house so careful attention is needed.
- Underlying health issues especially those bred in puppy mills.
- This little breed gets tired easily!
- Not suitable for children who play rough as it will injure this small pup.
The Appearance of a Teacup Corgi
Imagine a Corgi: sweet-faced which looks like it is masked with a black nose and blue or brown eyes; with an alert, fox-like upright ears. Famously, it has a deep barrel-shaped body with short and stout legs.
They come in colors such as blue, black, white, silver, gold and red.
The stark difference between a normal-sized Corgi weighing around 25-27 pounds (11-12 kilograms), a Teacup Corgi is way smaller at only about 5 pounds (2 kilograms).
There you have a teacup-sized dog.
Teacup Corgi Grooming
Corgis are known for their thick, weather proof and double coat layer. Its undercoat is soft to the touch while the outer fur is a bit coarse. As a breed with voluminous hair, it sheds a fair amount especially during late spring or early summer.
To keep its coat shiny, healthy and matt-free, daily brushing is recommended. Especially during shedding season also, baths allow Corgis to loosen dead hairs.
Things to note in grooming a Corgi are also regular cutting of nails, brushing regularly and cleaning of ears for wax and debris to prevent infection.
Temperament of a Teacup Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is also high above the popularity rank at 13th!
The miniature and the regular ones may have a noticeable difference in terms of size but their personalities are very similar. AKC describes Corgis as affectionate, smart, alert and loyal. Generally, this sweet dog is kind, never shy and even-tempered.
They also love to be with their humans and it is not advisable to leave them alone for long hours as they may suffer from separation anxiety. As a result, they may show signs of aggression and bark excessively.
They are all the qualities you love in a normal sized Corgi. However, note too that a teacup version may exhibit irritability and hostility due to the mix of other breeds. In addition, they are less energetic than their Goliath counterpart because they get tired easily due to their stubbier feet. Not to mention their underlying health conditions.
While the normal sized Corgis are great for children, the teacup size must also be given extra care as kids who love to play rough have a tendency to get them hurt.
Teacup Corgi Exercise
Corgis love the rugged outdoors and they are athletic borne by the fact that they used to be herding dogs in the past. Corgis are fit for moderate daily exercise from 20 minutes to at least an hour every day. It can be in the form of playing, walking and whatnots!
In contrast, a teacup Corgi may not be suited to the exercise needs of the normal ones as they get tired easily. A few minutes of walk with lots of fresh water on the side will do.
Training a Teacup Corgi
In the list of intelligent dogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgi is at the 11th spot. It means that it can understand new commands in 5 to 15 repetitions while obeying a common command 85% of the time.
Their older sibling, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is at the 26th spot which is also considered an excellent working dog like its Pembroke version.
It is a smart dog but it has a mind of its own and is also sensitive. Positive, rewards-based training is recommended for this breed which should start at puppyhood.
Socialization should be part of its training like exposing it to different people, places, sounds and situations. Puppy training classes are also well recommended by the AKC.
All in all, when trained properly, Corgis excels very well in agility, tracking, herding and obedience tasks.
Health Issues of Teacup Corgi
Regular sized Corgis are predisposed from the following health risks:
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Intervertebral Disk Disease
- Hip Dysplasia
- Eye problems like cataracts
If it is also not properly bred, it is even susceptible to more health issues. With this, mixed breeding with Chihuahua is the best possible course as it is prone to lesser health issues.
Once you have your teacup Corgi, make sure to run tests for:
- CHIC or Canine Health Information Center Program
- CERF certification – Obtain eye clearances from CERF or Canine Eye Registration Foundation.
Teacup Corgi Lifespan
Corgis have an average life expectancy of a long 12 to 15 years just like other medium sized dogs.
Meanwhile, when well taken care of with a proper diet, regular check-up, good grooming and tender loving care, Teacup Corgis can live from 10 to 13 years.
If they are mixed breed from a Chihuahua, their life span may also be longer and healthier.
How Much is a Teacup Corgi?
It may come as a surprise but a regular sized Corgi may cost you less.
On average, a standard Corgi has a price tag of USD 600 up to USD 1,000. If you want a Teacup Corgi, prepare to pay double at almost USD 2,000. The most important thing is to deal with reputable breeders.
Of course, that is only an upfront cost, taking care of dogs is a lifelong commitment as it is like spending for a child. So make sure to factor that in when bringing in a new pet.
Due to this also, it is good to consider adopting Corgis at a rescue center. They also need a second chance at love and life.
Conclusion: Is a Teacup Corgi for You?
Again, a Teacup Corgi will require more attention as it is so minute. If you have smaller children, now you have to take care of two as usually this type of small dog gets hurt in a play of rash. There are also health issues that you must be ready to anticipate.
If you have read the cons of taking care of a Corgi the size of a teacup and can fully commit to it, then go ahead and enjoy one cute and adorable pup at home for life.