O ne of the most frequently asked questions that we hear is; "How big will these puppies get?" Some people put very high importance in buying a pup that will reach a specific target weight. There are those breeders who claim that their puppies will not exceed a particular weight, however, we are not one of them. We do our very best to give an estimated size range, but we feel it is impossible to predict with certainty what size a dog will mature to. There are many factors which we consider in estimating adult weight. The weight of the parents is very useful, however various pups from the same litter often finish at different sizes. We also follow a weight chart (see below) and find that it is normally fairly accurate. Lastly, doubling a pups weight at 12 weeks plus or minus 10%, should give you a general idea of how large the pup will be.
B e very careful when seeking a 'teacup' pup. The simple truth is that there is no OFFICIAL classification for a teacup size, and it is not a recognized term in any legitimate Kennel Club. This means that the word 'teacup' is open to interpretation, as there is no set size limit. Some breeders have advertised 6 and 7 lb pups as teacups, when in fact, that is an average weight for many toy dogs. That being said, we still use the term to mean smaller than the average puppy, and at Pizzazz Pups, are generally referring to those pups that we ESTIMATE to mature between 2 - 4.5 lbs. Yorkies, Morkies and Maltese do NOT come in miniature or standard sizes either, the average weights for these breeds is between 4-9 lbs, and they are ALL classified as 'Toys'.