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Is There Such A Thing As a Teacup Boston Terrier?

  • June 17, 2021
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Is There Such A Thing As a Teacup Boston Terrier?

Absolutely not.

“Teacup” Boston Terriers Don’t Really Exist

BUYER BEWARE: Beware of sellers who advertise teacup Boston Terriers or teacup puppies. Many unscrupulous breeders are advertising teacup Boston Terrier puppies for sale in an effort to poach on unsuspecting buyers out of their hard-earned cash. 

The truth is that there are no such things as “teacup” Boston terrier puppies or dogs. It doesn’t exist in the breed.

On Who’s Authority?

The parent club for the breed, the Boston Terrier Club of America, states the breed’s standards. The breed standards are the “blueprint” for the breed and nowhere in there does it mention “teacup” as being part of what’s recognized by the club.  

Is There Such A Thing As a Teacup Boston Terrier?

Ok They Are Small, But Certainly Not Teacup

So the person who might be trying to tell you or sell you a “teacup” Boston Terrier is mistaken in their choice of words. They probably have a very small Boston Terrier.  

Boston Terriers come in three weight classes as follows:

Under 15 pounds; 15 pounds and under 20 pounds; 20 pounds and not to exceed 25 pounds.

This Puppy Is Miniature! Are you Sure It’s Not a Teacup?

In some cases, a puppy is born and it usually has a liver shunt or is hydrocephalic.

Another scenario is a very rare case a puppy is born small but any reputable preservationist breeder will tell you it’s small and not use the words “Teacup” to try to sell it to you.

What Do You Do If Someone Tells Your They Have a Teacup Boston Terrier?

If they are your friend, you can either:

  1. Ignore it – why make her upset
  2. Ask her why she thinks that
  3. Share the breed standards with her (my vote is this answer)

If they are trying to sell you a teacup Boston Terrier:

  1.  End the conversation immediately. This breeder is trying to take advantage of you and there is no point in continuing the conversation.  

But You Still Want To Buy The Small Boston Terrier

If you still want to buy this puppy, just know what you’re getting into.

A shady breeder that makes up a phrase to charge you a premium and probably doesn’t know enough about the breed, (or does and chose to deceive you anyway).  

They probably also couldn’t tell you about the health history of the puppy’s parents and grandparents and most likely have not run any of the recommended health tests for this tiny puppy.  

“Teacup” Boston Terrier Puppies is a Marketing Ploy

Because anything that sounds different also sounds exotic. Unscrupulous breeders try to take advantage of a buyer’s emotions and make them feel like they are getting something special when in fact they are not.  

Is There Such A Thing As a Teacup Boston Terrier?

“Teacup” Boston Terriers are probably mixed with a smaller dog.

It’s highly likely that these tiny dogs have another small breed in them, such as a chihuahua or a yorkie. Or they could simply be the runt of the litter.

So How Do You Avoid Getting Scammed?

  1. Join your local Boston Terrier Club
  2. Attend Dog Shows and connect with breeders. 
  3. Find reputable breeders online on 
  4. Read: How to find a reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
  5. Read: How not to get scammed when searching for Boston Terrier Puppies near me 
Is There Such A Thing As a Teacup Boston Terrier?

Final Thoughts

All dogs are great dogs.  

All dogs win when they end up in loving homes.

Buyers need to arm themselves with knowledge in how to properly buy a puppy.    

At the end of the day you make the best decision for your own life and family. And you will know what’s best.

Thank you for reading this far, dear friends. To your own dog’s health and happiness. Best of luck in your journey. Stay steadfast and curious as you gather your own information and form your own opinions on what’s best for YOUR dog.  

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Hannah Zulueta and her two dogs Maggie and Orbit

Hello, my name is Hannah and learning about Boston Terriers and canine nutrition has become my life’s work. 

First and foremost I am a dog owner, a Boston Terrier breed enthusiast and a seeker of the truth.

I started this blog because there isn’t enough space to write on our Instagram.

My mission is to equip Boston Terrier owners and dog owners alike with the knowledge I have so that your dog will live a longer life and better health.

I have two dogs.  Maggie is my socially awkward one; which I find highly relatable because I am completely out of place in large groups myself.  And Orbit is the freebird. She used to have terrible allergies but since she started eating fresh food she’s been symptom free.

You won’t read about cats here… but you will get a fairly large dosage of articles dedicated to the Boston Terrier.   Read more about us. 

By, June 17, 2021
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