Teacup French Bulldog- What to know before buying + care

The Teacup French Bulldog is the smaller French Bulldog size possible weighing under 25 pounds and standing at between 6 and 11 inches. This Teacup Frenchie also has a life expectancy of between 10 and 14 years and is a great family dog. 

The Teacup French Bulldog is one of the most iconic dogs in the 21st century. This is a dog that will captivate you by his mischief and funny tricks.

However, breeding of these dogs can result in some health complications which we are going to talk about later in this post.

For the past 20 years, Frenchies have increasingly become popular to the point where they are the 4 most popular dogs in the US.

You will often see these dogs in funny videos as they throw tantrums or even in popular Instagram feeds.

But there is a lot to this dog than what meets the eye.

That is what we are going to look at in this post. We will cover all that is love and what not to love about this teacup canine.

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So, why don’t you stick with us as we go through this?


About the Teacup French Bulldog

The Teacup Frenchie is a loyal and loving dog, traits he has developed over the years.

However, they are also fragile and any rough handling of them can result in devastating injuries. Apart from this, they may also have breathing issues because they are brachycephalic dogs.

Generally, the French Bulldog is believed to have originated from England in the 1800s.

Lace workers from England then took these dogs with them to France where it would not take long for the people to love them.

From that time onwards they have become favorites for many dog lovers world over.

Some dog lovers also refer to this dog as the Mini French Bulldog and this is because there is no official name to refer them(micro, mini, or teacup any can do).

Breeding of the Mini or Teacup Frenchie

There are three ways in which the Teacup French Bulldog can be bred;

  • Repeated breeding of runts
  • Introduction of the dwarfism gene
  • Crossing the Frenchie with other smaller breeds such as the Chihuahua

1. Repeated breeding of Frenchie Runts

The breeding of runts happens when a breeder takes the smallest dogs in the litter and breeds them to have smaller offsprings.

Some could argue that this is a very unhealthy method of breeding and they are right. Runts are usually weaker than the other puppies of the litter and breeding them repeatedly is not recommended.

Smaller puppies in a litter are usually unhealthier because as they are often left out as they compete for their mother milk.

The larger puppies just have an advantage when it comes to the mother’s milk.

You should also keep in mind that in most instances, the runt puppies are born like that for a reason, for example, an underlying health complication.

2. Dwarfism in French Bulldogs

This is another method of Teacup Frenchie breeding that can also have effects on his health.

Dwarfism can occur naturally in French bulldogs where the genes mutated to make the legs shorter and reducing the overall size of the dog.

However, there are also cases where the dwarfism gene can be intentionally introduced in an offspring by breeding a dwarfism gene carrier with a normal French Bulldog.

And because this is a dominant gene, the offspring becomes smaller and weighs less.

This can lead to the canine having an abnormal facial bone structure and skull with a shortened spinal vertebrae which brings some health issues.

Breeding these dogs can also lead to chronic pain problems and even worsen any health conditions that are related to their brachycephalic structures.

Teacup French Bulldog

3. Crossing the French Bulldogs with smaller dog breeds

When a Standard Frenchie is mixed with another smaller dog breed such as the Chihuahua the offspring is more likely to be smaller.

These mixes are not true French Bulldogs but rather mixes and breeders can advertise them as Teacup or Mini Frenchies which is false.

Learn more about the Long-haired Chihuahua by visiting this guide.

General characteristics of the Teacup French Bulldog

Teacup French Bulldog summary table
Height 6 to 11 inches
Weight Under 25 pounds
Lifespan 10 to 14 years
Breed Type Mixes and more
Purpose Companion dog
Suitable For Families in general
Grooming requirements High
Color Variations Cream, blue, white, and fawn with black markings
Health concerns Spine malformations, Respiratory issues, and Skin conditions
Temperament Easy-going, loyal, loving, friendly, Playful, Affectionate and can be destructive when they are bored
Other names Teacup Frenchie, Mini Frog dog or the Teacup Clown dog

Height and weight

The Teacup French Bulldog is a tiny dog that has a height of between 6 to 11 inches and should weigh under 25 pounds.

Appearance and color

These canines have flat faces, large erect bat-like ear, small bodies, and short tails.

To add to this adorable look is their flat face which is known as being brachycephalic.

There is also a wide range of colors that this dog can have that include the following;

Fawn White Gray
Black Brindle White & Tan
White & Black Gray & White Blue

Learn more about the Blue French Bulldog in this guide.

Personality and Temperament of the Teacup Frenchie

The Teacup French Bulldog may be a small-sized pooch but he has a big personality.

These dogs are affectionate, patient, and are funny which means you will never have a dull moment when you have him as you canine friend. This is the reason they were nicknamed clown dogs.

They love the comfort of the couch which can be coupled with some playtime. These dogs are great with kids and got along especially well with other smaller dog breeds.

All the French Bulldog owners know these dogs to be not only adorable but are also super cuddly.

This is the reason why they are mostly kept as companion pets coupled with the fact that they are adaptable and agreeable.

There is nothing that the Teacup Frenchie loves more than spending time with his owner through and through, sleeping, and curling up all day long.

To say the least, if you are looking for a lap dog this is the right dog for you.

However, they should not be left alone for a long time as they are prone to suffering from separation anxiety.

Mini French Bulldogs are lazy dogs

The Mini French Bulldog may be a playful dog but he is not much of an exercise dog.

However, they still require some level of daily physical stimulation of about 20 minutes and you can achieve this by taking them for short daily walks.

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 20 minutes
Number of walks 2 (10 minutes each)

You should make sure that these daily exercise quotas are divided into 2 sessions a day.

Teacup Frenchies may have problems with overheating and it is, therefore, important to ensure that you take precautions to prevent this from happening.

One of the precautions that you can take is keeping the session short and the other is by making sure that you are only walking him during the cooler periods of the day.

Another problem with this dog is the risk of tracheal collapse.

This mainly occurs due to the pull pressure when a small-sized dog such as this one is walked using a leash on a collar. It is the reason that you are also advised to use a harness over a dog collar.

French Bulldog Mni

Teacup French Bulldogs care tips

As you already know by now, Teacup Frenchie is a tiny dog which makes him very fragile. It is for this reason that he should be handled with extreme care, especially during play with children.

Play between these dogs and small children should be supervised to make sure that they are not handled roughly.

And contrary to what his coat appearance may have you believe, he also sheds and will require constant grooming.

The coat should be brushed twice a week but bathing should only be done once a month at most.

Teacup French Bulldogs have wrinkly faces that trap dirt between them. You should use a warm and damp cloth to wipe them to reduce the risk of infection and irritation.

Dental hygiene should also not be overlooked because these dogs are prone to dental infections.

This pooch does not do well when the weather is cold and you should take measures to ensure that they are sufficiently warm.

When taking them out during winter, protect their feet from frostbite by donning them using fitting boots. A dog jacket is also necessary during this cold period.

Mini Frenchie Feeding requirements

The Teacup French Bulldog loves to eat and will need an average of 1.5 cups of daily and high-quality kibble.

Daily calories Cups of Kibble Per Day:
600 1.5

You should choose a diet that is formulated for small dogs like him whether it is raw, wet, or dry.

Make sure that they do not snack on human food which can be unhealthy for them.

After every meal, make sure to wipe any food that may be on their faces because food can get stuck in the wrinkles on their faces.

Teacup nutritional requirement tips

Teacup French Bulldog will need a diet that comprises of between 18% and 25% of the diet.

These should be highly digestible proteins that will be essential for the growth and repair of the body and also act as an entry source for this small dog.

The diet should also be rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that are got from high-quality fat sources such as fish oil. Fats should make about 8% of the diet.

These Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids help improve the condition of the coat and skin plus they can also reduce the risk of skin infections that are common in French Bulldogs. Fats are also an important source of energy for this Toy dog.

The diet should also be rich in vitamins and mineral that are required in the various metabolic processes

Avoid foods that are high on carbs, especially from grain as these are not easily digested by this dog.

The food you give to this dog should also not have artificial fillers and other chemical additives, flavors, and coloring that some manufacturers add to their foods.

But most importantly, make sure that this Miniature French Bulldog always has a clean supply of water for hydration.

Teacup French Bulldog puppies are expensive

On average, a Teacup Frenchie puppy will cost you around $2000, however, the cost can range between $1500 and go as high as $9000.

It will all come down to the breeder and the location where you get the pup.

You may be lured to purchase this pooch from puppy mills or backyard breeders but you should avoid them at all costs.

The prospect of getting this dog from a responsible and reputable breeder may seem expensive but it is for the best. Puppies bred in the best condition and by experienced breeders tend to have fewer health issues.

There is also the option of adoption which is also great.

Mini Frenchies are prone to some health issues

The Teacup French Bulldog has an average lifespan of between 10 and 14 years.

But despite having this long lifespan, this dog is prone to some health conditions that are commonly suffered by the Frenchie.

The most common health issues are; 

  • Skin conditions
  • Spine malformations
  • Respiratory issues are mainly caused by the obstruction of the airways. The condition responsible for this is known as Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome.

Mini French Bulldog

They pick up new tricks and commands slowly

The Teacup French Bulldog may be an intelligent and brilliant dog but that does not always mean that he is easy to train.

These canines are slow learners and training them will need you to have consistency and be very patient with them.

Once you master ways to deal with their mischief and to keep them interested in what you are teaching them it should be much easier to train them and they will be happy to pick up new tricks and commands.

So, is the Teacup French Bulldog right for you?

The Teacup French Bulldog is a high maintenance dog that is great for dog lovers looking for companions and lapdogs for all ages.

These dogs are known to be affectionate and form strong bonds with their owners and family members.

They do not require much exercise but they will still require some amount of mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy.

Hygiene is very important when you are dealing with this pooch.

There you go, WOOF!

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