To adopt a standard Pomeranian for a small fee, visit the websites Petfinder, Adopt a Pet or Craigslist. The word "teacup" is typically used to describe exceptionally small Pomeranians, but teacup Pomeranians are not an officially recognized breed standard. Unfortunately, most teacup dogs are the product of irresponsible breeding practices.
Reputable breeders do not sell any breed of teacup dog. To produce so-called teacup dogs, bad breeders and puppy mills use many inhumane techniques, including inbreeding runts of litters, selling prematurely born puppies, and stunting puppies' growth through early weaning or starvation. These practices cause a number of health issues commonly seen in teacup dogs, such as hydrocephalus, liver shunts and hypoglycemia, which can cause seizures. These fragile dogs can suffer severe bone fractures by simply jumping from a couch.
Teacup dogs are not the only choice for people wanting a cute, small Pomeranian. Healthy standard Pomeranians usually weigh only 5 to 7 pounds, and many of them end up in shelters and rescues due to irresponsible owners. Adopting one of these dogs can both save a life and create room for more lives to be saved. Though rescues usually charge an adoption fee, this price almost always includes the cost of spaying/neutering, shots and other basic vetting, making it cheaper than buying from a breeder. Craigslist is commonly used by owners to find new homes for their dogs, which are sometimes listed for free or a small rehoming fee.