Boston Terrier Dog Breed – All You Need to Know

Boston Terrier Dog Breed – All You Need to Know

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the Boston Terrier is sure to put smiles on your face and steal your heart away.

Perhaps, you just moved into an urban environment or maybe you just want the perfect companion.

Equipped with big, round eyes filled with fun and amusement, a gentle disposition and impeccable manners, the Boston Terrier may be the perfect fit for you.

With their tuxedo-like coat, graceful walk and cute personality

they are the perfect furry buddy and impromptu date. In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the Boston Terrier and what to look forward to.

Let’s meet the Boston Terrier dog breed.

This sweetheart breed is ranked 21st most popular by the American Kennel Club.

The Boston Terrier breed is popular for their good nature and liveliness and this has earned them the title of an exceptional companion.

If you just moved into an urban area or don’t exactly have a lot of outdoor space, you should be considering this gentle canine breed.

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Boston Terrier Dog Breed appearance 

The Boston Terrier is a small dog, with square heads and jawlines. Their ears are upright and their backs slightly bent. They have short muzzles and broad chests, they also have very short and straight tails although in some, the tail is screwed.

They are muscular and though they might look like they can throw and take a few punches, they are lovers not warriors. The Boston Terrier is very alert, friendly and you can take him anywhere. The black and white Boston bull is the most well-known even though the breed provides for a variety of other dark colors.

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This American gentlemen is one of the first breeds originating from the U.S.

Coat Colors of the Boston Terrier Dog

Black and white seems to be the standard in coating colors but the breed is usually marked with white and either brindle, black, seal or a combination of these.

According to the American Kennel Club, any color apart from the specified is not recognized as a Boston Terrier puppy.

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This is because other colors are mostly obtained from cross breeding and this causes them to lose their appearance which is tuxedo like. A typical Boston Terrier, according to the American Kennel Club, should have white hairs on their broad chests.

They should also have a band around the neck, reaching halfway up the forelegs, up to the hocks on the rear legs, muzzle and a white trail between the eyes. It is due to these markings on the terrier and their absolutely well-behaved demeanor that they are commonly referred to as the American Gentleman.

A Boston Terrier with brindle coating will only be accepted and recognized as one if every other feature is in place according to the Boston Terrier Club of America.

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Boston Terrier dog Height and Weight

The Boston Terrier is a small or medium sized dog. The breed is 16-18 inches tall, the ideal weight for a male Boston is 15-25 lbs and for the female is 10-20 lbs.

Though there are exceptions to the norm, your Boston Terrier puppy do not have a tendency to become obese, regular walks and proper nutrition would help keep them in shape.

Life Span and personality of the Boston Terrier dog breed

What’s not to love about this dapper, dashing breed? The Boston Terrier is awesome with all kinds of owners including families, singles, elder citizens especially city dwellers etc.

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They are a pretty well-rounded breed and they are sure to make you laugh with their sly humor and expressions.
They are smart and very intelligent, enjoy attention, and will snuggle and cuddle up with you. They will dutifully follow you around but a well-socialized Boston, while lively and playful, will be for the most part independent.

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The Boston Terrier loves kids. Naturally, they would never harm children, however, supervision is always advised with any dog breed to avoid nips or injuries.

The Boston Terrier is very friendly and good natured, they are warm to everyone and everything, they are always ready to make friends. They are sensitive and harsh reprimanding would hurt their feelings and make them sulk. They thrive with positive reinforcement and treats, they really love treats.

They are so eager to please, they would do anything and are generally fast learners though each dog has its Individual streak. Some are stubborn and others are more active, you just have to understand your dog and do what works for both of you.

Do you appreciate some peace and quiet? Then the American Gentleman might be for you. They don’t bark very frequently and when they do, it’s for good reason. They are very affectionate dogs and this can manifest in licks and playful nips.

Statistically, the Boston Terrier lives up to 11-13 years. Though they can live upwards of 18 years.

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Boston Terrier History

Sometime in the 1860s, there was a frenzy to cross breed terriers and bull-types so as to produce dogs that would excel at pit fighting and rattling.

Due to this, a cross was made between a bulldog and the now extinct English Terrier and it produced the first Boston Terrier named Judge. Although the dog may have been bred for fighting, along the line they became lovers and not fighters.

Taking care of your Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier puppy is a happy, fun loving dog that has to be groomed and well taken care of.  The instructions below will guide you just right in doing this.

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The Boston Terrier is not prone to obesity, so high-quality dog food, whether store bought or home prepared with the vet’s supervision and approval would suffice.

A close watch on your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level is advised though.

Any diet should also take into consideration the dog’s age whether puppy, adult or senior.

Boston Terriers like treats but it should be given with caution as too much can cause health problems. Check which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not.


The Boston’s coat sheds but not so much. They don’t need to be bathed very often except when they get dirty.

They can be brushed once or twice a week with a soft bristle brush. If they are shedding, use a grooming mitt to remove excess hair. Their nails will have to be trimmed regularly because really long nails can hurt the dog.

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Apart from the regular every dog breed grooming such as ear cleaning and teeth brushing, for good hygiene and dental health the Boston Terrier dog breed does not require much.

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Care and exercise

The Boston Terrier dog breed needs exercise, most will need walks once or twice a day, others might need more time and play every day.

These dogs love toys and enjoy playing fetch. Just letting the dog out doesn’t count as exercise, you have to participate.

They have high energy and suitable for athletics. You can take them anywhere, but they can catch a cold very quickly.

This is why it is best to have them wear an extra layer like a dog hoodie or dog pajamas made especially for the Boston Terrier built. They thrive more in cool environments.


Early socialization and training classes are recommended as with all breeds of dogs.

No matter how well-behaved a dog is, socialization will help in developing them into well-adjusted adults.

Bostons are very sensitive, corrections should be mild and followed with praise.

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The Boston Terrier is a very healthy dog, although the major concern is with their prominent eyes.

Special attention should be paid to their eyes and these should be checked daily for irritation.

Some owners carry eye drops and this is quite effective. The breed is prone to eye problems like cataracts, corneal ulcers and glaucoma.

Another thing that affects this breed is deafness, they may become deaf in one ear or both.

Like all brachycephalic breeds(flat-faced and or scrunched up muzzles), they have breathing problems which can result in snuffling, grunting or snoring.

Surgery may be required to widen their nostrils just so they can get in more air. Ensure that your breeder tells you everything about the dog and the lineage before you make a commitment.

How do you get your hands on of these dandy canines?

Well, there are a couple of ways to get a Boston Terrier. You can either buy a puppy from a reputable breeder or you can adopt or rescue from an animal shelter.

The Boston Terrier Club of America is a good place to start.

You’ll find good breeders and resources. If you are looking to adopt, checking online sites like Petfinder will lead you on the right direction.

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Now you have been equipped with all the knowledge you need about the Boston Terrier dog breed. You can make an informed decision on whether the American gentleman will be your perfect companion. If you’d like to know more about caring for your Boston Terrier dog, or other helpful dog tips sign up to our Pets Blog.

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October 03, 2022

We as a family have had dogs from the start, from X breeds, Vizslas and now proud owners of two beautiful Boston terriers (girl & boy) and we will never get any other reed from now on! We absolutely adore our Boston’s , they are playful, loving and seem to understand your every thought as they look into your eyes with those gorgeous dark brown shining lights. Best dog breed…. Period!

Jesús Pável
Jesús Pável

February 11, 2021

Mi perrito es Un Boton Terrier

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