Newborn puppy born with no eyes is dumped by breeder who deliberately crossed two runts to try and create the smallest 'teacup' dog possible
A newborn puppy born with no eyes was dumped at a shelter by her breeder after they deliberately bred two runts to try and create the smallest 'teacup' dog possible.
Teacup, who's a cross between a miniature schnauzer and wheaten terrier, was not only born blind, but also with her bladder attached to her uterus.
The tiny pup weighed only 1lb for the first four weeks of her life, struggling to stay warm due to her diminutive size.
‘I couldn’t believe how tiny she was and I was so eager to get some food in her,' said the rescue home's adoption and foster coordinator, Nicole Butler.
‘Teacup doesn’t have any pain and doesn’t know that she is disabled as she has never known life with vision.'
She was dumped by her breeder at the Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Nashville at just a month old, and couldn't even bottle feed because of her lack of suckle response, according to Metro UK.
But volunteers at the rescue shelter, who are imploring potential dog owners to adopt rather than shop through breeders, say the tiny pup's good attitude never wavered in spite of her breeding-induced health problems.
‘Nobody told her she’s special so she gets along like every other happy puppy except she bumps into things from time to time and then just keeps on trucking,' Butler said.
‘We always say 'adopt don’t shop,' but people continue to keep breeders in business in spite of the mantra.’
In order to get her weight up, Butler said Teacup had to be kept on a diet of a wet puppy food and goat’s milk formula, which was fed to her through a syringe, for the first few months of her life at the shelter.
Teacup is now 18-weeks-old and currently weighs 5.2 pounds (2.4kg) having gained over four pounds since arriving at the shelter.
But even despite her new diet, she still isn’t expected to weigh any more than eight pounds (3.6kg) once she grows into a full-sized adult, even though her mother was nine pounds and her father 11 pounds.
Butler and her family are currently fostering Teacup as the shelter looks to find her a permanent home.
She did note that any owners who take the pup in must not have any other large dogs or animals, due to the threat of them potentially crushing little Teacup under their weight.
Teacup's current foster mom also stated that her new future home also can’t have any steps, but must offer her a fenced-in outdoor area to play in.
Meanwhile, rescue shelter volunteers like Butler are warning potential dog adopters about such 'toy' dogs, which often have serious health issues.
‘Runts can sometimes have issues of their own so breeding two of them together seems very counter-intuitive to me, but toy breeds make the public at large swoon and I’m sure they bring big bucks,' Nicole added.
‘Sadly money is all that matters to so many of these breeders and not the health, temperament and overall integrity of the bloodline.’