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Boston Terrier

Earnest, amiable and affectionate

About the Boston Terrier

In the 19th century, the Boston Terrier was called the American Gentleman, a name the breed continues to live up to, even today. Their irresistibly cute facial expressions and charming demeanour make them a favourite among urban dog lovers.

Their happy personalities are evidenced by the big goofy grin that they often have on their faces. Boston Terriers bond closely with their family, and absolutely love playing around with children.

The Boston Terrier can be intense, which can make them intimidating to shy or sensitive dogs. Socialising and training your Boston Terrier will be important for them to learn proper doggy etiquette.

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Boston Terrier Breed Characteristics

38 to 43 cm at the shoulder

10 to 25 pounds

Life Expectancy
11 to 13 years

Coat Colours
Black, brindle, seal

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Boston Terrier, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Boston Terrier Breed History

Even though it’s named the Boston Terrier, that’s not actually where this breed started. The roots of the breed can be traced back to Liverpool, England. It’s thought that the breed was the product of crossbreeding an English Bulldog and a White English Terrier.

One of these dogs by the name of Judge would be brought to America and become the ancestor of all modern Boston Terriers. The Boston Terrier Club of America named their dogs that way to avoid conflict with other bull terrier and bulldog clubs.

At one point, they became the most popular dogs in America. To this day it is still the official dog of Massachusetts. However, the breed has successfully gone global. Dog lovers the world over know of the Boston Terrier and its larger-than-life personality.

Caring For a Boston Terrier

How to Choose a Responsible Boston Terrier Breeder

If you are thinking of buying a Boston Terrier puppy, then you should look for reputable Boston Terrier breeders who know how to raise their dogs. Do research into the breeder before committing to a sale, and always ask about any genetic issues the breeder’s dogs may have.

It’s also good to visit the breeder’s premises since this will see the conditions in which your puppy will spend the first eight weeks of their life. A puppy that has sufficient enrichment in a clean, comfortable environment will turn out to be healthier, happier and better-behaved. If possible, ask to meet the dam and stud as well, so that you can better gauge what the puppy’s temperament will be like.

Boston Terrier FAQ

No. They do not shed heavily, but they do still shed and produce dander, which is the real cause of the allergic reaction.

No, they are not naturally prone to aggression, despite their ancestors being bred to be pit fighting dogs.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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