Boston Terrier Alternate Names
Boston Bull & Terrier
Boston Terrier Appearance
Body: Solid and well-built with a slightly arched neck, sloping shoulders, broad chest, short back, and well-muscled thighs
Coat: Smooth, shiny coat with a fine texture
Color: Any combination of black, brindle, or seal (black with red highlights), with white markings
Ears: Small thin ears that are carried erect
Eyes: Round, dark, very large and expressive, and wide-set
Feet: Small, round, and compact with arched toes
Head: Square-like head, flat skull, with a short muzzle, black nose, straight forehead, and well-defined stop
Legs: Forelegs are straight and muscular and set wide apart. Hind legs are powerful with muscular thighs and bent stifles
Neck: Moderately long, somewhat arched
Weight: 10 – 25 pounds (4.5 – 11.5kg)
Height: 15 – 17 inches (38 – 43cm)
Tail: Short, low set, and tapers. Can be carried straight or kinked
Boston Terrier Behavior
Recommended for Novice handlers
Loves children – best if raised with them
Difficult to housebreak
Will drool – common in flat-faced dogs
The Boston Terrier is a high-spirited, intelligent, gentle, well-mannered dog native to New England and highly popular throughout North America. His appearance is more to the likeness of a Bulldog than a terrier. He is a more relaxed dog than most terrier breeds lacking in the desire to hunt but having a passion to play and clown around.
Boston Bulldogs are an affectionate dog with large, expressive eyes and a strong desire for human companionship. He has a sturdy, solid build and playful, charming personality that will easily win you over.
This is a sensitive breed of dog who will respond well to positive and reward type training, but will not respond well to being harshly handled. Treat them gently, reward them with treats and praise, provide them with companionship, and you will have yourself a wonderful, protective, and loyal pal for life.
Boston Terrier Breed Type
AKC Group: Non-Sporting Group
The Boston Terrier is the result of cross-breeding the English Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Boxer, and White Terrier.
Boston Terrier Care and Grooming
Exercise: Moderate exercise is sufficient. Be careful of over exercising him in hot weather. He may have difficulty breathing if overexerted which could lead to heart problems.
Grooming: The Boston Terrier is a very clean dog who requires minimal grooming. Wipe him down with a damp towel or a chamois every other day or so. Because of skin sensitivities, be sure to check him daily for any external parasites such as ticks or mites.
Boston Terrier Health
Life Expectancy: 13 Years
Curvature of the back (Roaching)
Demodectic Mange (skin disease related to mites)
Caution should be taken when considering any medications for the Boston Terrier as they can be very sensitive to anesthetics, vaccines, and other drugs.
The Boston Terrier may suffer from heatstroke in the hot and more humid climates.
Boston Terrier Country of Origin
Unites States – 1800s