I know it. It's the same in Yorkies. Ridiculous. IMO the smaller ones, if a different price, should be LESS than the larger ones. They're the ones that are more prone to health issues. I guess people will never learn. Although it doesn't hurt any to try and educate.
The whole, "Tiny," and, "Teacup," thing is off the hook. These people don't want a dog, they want an accessory; something precious and cute that will love them and makes the owner special. It's all about the owner's self-esteem, narcissism, and unmet needs for love. These people don't need dogs, they need therapy. Breeding out of standard does no favor to the dogs, and never when more so when breeding for diminutive stature where there are so many risks to the bitch and her litter for the rest of their lives. How many of these dogs will be destroyed for health reasons just to suit the ridiculous vanity of a breeder?
I'm very glad she listened to her breeder. There's hope yet