Could your puppy be related to Blake Lively's How a designer dog can sell for $65,000 if it's from the same family as a celebrity pooch
20:12 GMT, 14 March 2012
Tiny handbag-sized dogs have been a favourite among jet-setting stars for years on account of their portability, cute fluffy faces and minimal demands for exercise.
But pet lovers in the market for a new miniature pup can buy even teensier versions of the already microscopic breeds and can reportedly pay up to $65,000 for one that is related to a celebrity-owned pooch.
The 'micro tiny teacup' puppies are reared by breeders like Texas Teacups who keep track of their bloodline and know which dogs were sold to which famous personalities.
Furry friends: Blake Lively (left) takes
her multippoo Penny for an outing while Miley Cyrus (right) walks her
tiny adorable puppy
When one wannabe dog-ower, Annelise Peterson, bought a maltipoo named Winnie who was related to Blake Lively's dog Penny, the new purchase was sent to her new home on a Continental flight, packed in a smart, pink crate.
'A Birkin may have a handle, but not a Twitter handle,' she told the New York Post explaining that she tweets on behalf of her dog with the name WinnieMaltiPooh.
Hollywood sidewalks are journeyed upon daily by these minute puppies, though usually by way of a designer carry bag made especially for their passengers and slung over the shoulder of their famous owners.
Celebrity blood line Teacup puppies like this Yorkshire terrier cost thousands of dollars and more if they are related to pooches owned by stars
Miley Cyrus, Ashely Tisdale and Rihanna are among the celebrities who occasionally appear toting their conveniently sized fluffy while out 'walking' them.
Teacup puppies, Texas Teacups explains, were invented when breeders weened five to six-week-old newborns from their mothers early to keep them undersized.
But breeders at this Texan puppy farm warn potential buyers that 'teacup' is a size description often exploited by pet vendors websites who refer to their puppies this way when they're not full grown.
Desirable dogs: Rihanna (left) and Ashley Tisdale (right) are fans of their pocket sized pooches
PrincessPet for example, does not explain the definitions of their sizes.
But in a list that resembles a children's toy store inventory more than it does a collection of dogs, they claim to 'specialize in Teacup, Toy, Tiny, Micro Mini, Pocketbook, Small, Baby Doll, Teddy Bear, Tiny Toy, Larger Toy, Husky Toy, Petite Pint, Solid Color and Parti Color.'
One such pooch for sale on their site is called Adam Levine Tiny Teacup Maltese Puppy though whether the pop star would approve of the tribute is unknown.
'It’s all about having a strawberry blond maltipoo,' another owner told the New York paper. 'You pay more for certain colors because they’re more rare.'