Boston Terrier Dog Breed

Boston Terrier Dog Breed Facts, Information and Pictures

The Boston Terrier breed has been widespread since it was created more than 100 years ago. They were originally bred for fighting, but are now gentle, affectionate companions with a tuxedo-like coat that’s earned them the nickname “American Gentleman.

Boston Terriers are loving dogs who get along with just about anyone. They make excellent apartment dogs. However, these dogs need to be taken on walks a lot. If you can give your dog the love and exercise it needs, it will become your loyal best friend.

Boston Terrier Dog Breed Profiles -Quick Facts

Boston Terrier Puppy


Height9–15 in 
Weight6–25 lb
Lifespan13 – 15 years
ColorBrindle with White / Seal with White / Black with White
Temperamentlively, smart, and affectionate with a gentle
Sheddingnot heavy-shedding dogs

Boston Terrier’s History

Unlike most breeds, the Boston Terrier has a documented ancestry. Beginning in 1865 or so, wealthy people of Boston had their coachmen employ themselves to breed their purebred dogs with the help of their fellow working dogs.

Crossing one English Terrier with a Bulldog, in 1865, resulted in a dog called Hooper’s Judge. This was the start of the Boston Terrier and its descendants provide a range of coat colors for show dogs.

The American Bull Terrier was gaining traction in Boston and inspired the founding of the American Bull Terrier Club. This wasn’t always as appreciated by British Bull Terrier fans, who suggested their own breed name.

The breed’s nickname, roundheads, was also inappropriate. Shortly after that, the Boston Terrier was named after its birthplace.

Boston Terrier’s Size

Boston Terriers

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The Boston Terrier comes in 3 weight categories: under 15 pounds, 15-19 pounds, and 20-25 pounds. No matter what they weigh, their appearance should be sturdy; never skinny or spindly.

Boston Terrier’s Personality

Another well-known breed is the American gentleman, the Boston Terrier. They have a lively, energetic and affectionate temperament. This makes them suited to households with people of all ages because everyone will find them amusing! However, sometimes they can be stubborn so back off when needed and don’t give up.

Boston Terriers need early socialization. This can include being exposed to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences. If a Boston Terrier isn’t well-socialized when they’re young, they might not grow up to be a well-rounded dog.

Children And Pets Compatibility

The Boston Terrier has always enjoyed playing with children and thus he makes a good playmate. He’s on the small side so he doesn’t knock them down, but on the larger side so they cannot hurt him. They generally get along well with other dogs and cats as long as they are socialized well

Health Issues

Boston Terriers are generally healthy, but like most breeds they can develop certain health conditions. Not every Boston Terrier will get any or all of these diseases, so it’s always best to be aware of them when considering adopting a new pet.

Watch out for the most common health conditions of Boston Terriers:

  • Cataracts:
  • Cherry eye
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Heart murmurs
  • Deafness
  • Brain tumors.
  • Allergies
  • Megaesophagus
  • Reverse sneezing

Boston Terrier’s Coat Color And Grooming

Boston Terrier Grooming
Boston Terrier Grooming

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The Boston Terrier always looks smart in its sleek, fine-textured coat that comes in black, seal, and brindle. Their face will be either black or white & muzzle with a chest that looks like it is wearing a tuxedo.

Boston Terriers come in many different colors. Be careful of places that try to sell you one of these dogs on the premise that it’s some kind of color even though there are no solid colors such as black, gray, liver, or white. Not sticking to the breed standard is a warning sign of a low-quality breeder

Boston Terriers are very low-maintenance dogs. A weekly brush with a firm bristle brush is all you need to keep their coats glossy and clean. For bathing, use dry, powder shampoo – just make sure to wipe them down with a damp cloth afterward or give them an occasional bath when needed.

Since their eyes are so large, it’s important to wash their face every day. They may also have eye irritation, so check them for any signs.

Though they do shed, it’s not a lot and can easily be controlled by brushing them often.

Your Boston Terrier’s teeth should be brushed at least two times a week and three times if you want to remove tartar buildup. Daily brushing is ideal for good dental hygiene and the prevention against gum disease. Trim your dog’s nails once or twice a month to prevent painful tears, stains and other problems. If you can hear them clicking on the floor, they’re too long.

Dog nails have blood vessels in them, and if you trim too far it can cause bleeding. So, unless you are experienced trimming dog nails, get a professional groomer or vet to do it for you.

To check for potential infections, your dog’s ears should be checked weekly for any redness or bad odor. You should also clean them with a cotton ball dampened with pH-balanced ear cleaner to prevent infection.

Frequently Asked Question

Are Boston Terriers a good pet?

Yes, They are good family pets.

Is Boston Terrier a Pitbull?

No, its not a Pitbull.

Are Boston Terriers cuddly?

Yes, Boston Terriers like to cuddle with their owners. They are loyal and affectionate.

Do Boston Terriers like cats?

Yes, Boston Terriers and cats get along.

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