The Truth about the Mini Boston Terrier

Mini Boston TerrierHave you seen the advertisements for mini Boston Terriers? It seems to be all the rage at this time. The problem is there is no such thing as a “miniature Boston Terrier.” This article will explain what a mini Boston terrier is and why to avoid buying one.

What is a Mini Boston Terrier?

If you have ever seen a miniature Boston terrier (also known as a teacup Boston terrier), you know that they look like a Boston terrier, but are undersized. Teacup Boston Terriers weigh no more than 10 pounds and are compact with a short tail. Their coloring is famous for the tuxedo look, and their expressions are kind and gentle due to a small muzzle and large, round eyes. A twist on the Native American breed that was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893, miniature Boston Terriers cannot be registered with the AKC. Why is this? It is because mini Boston Terriers are just the undersized runts of a litter. These dogs often have health concerns because of their undersized frame and inbred genes, so it is best to avoid them at all costs.

Why are breeders Advertising for Them?

The term “Teacup Boston Terrier” is given to the runts of the litter, those puppies that, when full-grown, will weigh less than 10 pounds. One reason breeders are advertising for this false breed is to sell their litter runts. These undersized puppies often go unsold because people are concerned about health issues that could lead to an early death. Instead, breeders label them as “mini” to attract customers to these extra small puppies.

Another reason breeders advertise for miniature Boston Terriers is because they have bred the smaller dogs intentionally to produce the too small puppies that some people find adorable. Often they breed two litter runts who already have health issues and are related to each other. This causes the new puppies to be at risk for early death because of their inbreeding.

Why You Should Avoid Buying Them

As stated above, miniature or teacup Boston Terriers often have inbred genes and are breed from unhealthy parents. What other reason is there to avoid buying one of these dogs? You should avoid buying one because it supports unhealthy practices.

The more people buy the sickly runts, the more breeders will produce them. As time progresses, there will be more and more sickly dogs in the breed. This would not only give the breed a bad name, making people think the breed itself is naturally unhealthy, but it will also result in less dogs to breed to produce healthy, full-sized Boston Terriers. If this happens, fewer puppies of this breed will be born healthy and live out a full life. The dog will suffer illness after illness, causing the dog stress and pain. Is this what you want for your dog?

What if You Still Want a Miniature Boston terrier?

If you are still interested in buying a mini Boston Terrier, you will want to follow a few guidelines. First, always buy your puppy from a responsible, respected breeder. This will prevent you from getting an inbred puppy which can have genetic disorders that will not show until later years. Second, check your puppy over from head to tail. If you notice any malformations, the puppy is not the right one for you. Next, you should have the puppy checked at the veterinarian’s office before you purchase it. Insist that your breeder have a certificate of good health from their veterinarian. If this cannot be provided then request to bring the dog to your vet to get a check-up.

You should never buy a puppy or dog that is currently ill. This may mean that the dog is prone to illness. If the puppy or dog is given a certificate of good health, then it is more likely your puppy or dog is a good choice for you. It is not recommended that you get a so-called mini Boston terrier, but if you feel that is what you really want, act responsibly and follow these three steps to ensure your puppy or dog will not die an early death.

Irresponsible breeders these days are trying all sorts of ways to sell their undesirable puppies. Labeling them as miniature or teacup is one way they are doing this. Watch out for these litter runts and either get a full-sized puppy or make sure you follow the three guidelines given in this article. These guidelines will help ensure your puppy is healthy and will not die early. Do you have concerns or comments about miniature or teacup Boston Terriers? Write a comment below about your experiences!