Boston Terrier

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The Boston Terrier is a delightful little dog which despite its name is not one of the terrier dog breeds. Boston Terriers are one of the most popular breeds in the United States because they are easy to look after and very affectionate dogs. This breed is compact, muscular and is distinguished by a square and flat-topped head with a very short muzzle and deep jowls. The Boston’s coat is composed of short and fine hair that is shiny in appearance. This breed’s color is usually brindle with white markings or sometimes black with white markings. Boston Terriers range from 10 to 16 inches at shoulder height and can come in three weight classes: lightweight is under 15 pounds; middleweight is 15 to 20 pounds; and heavyweight is 20 to 25 pounds. Boston Terriers are actually members of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Non-Sporting Dog Group.


Boston Terriers are one of the few ‘developed in America’ dogs. The breed is a mixture of English Bulldog and the white Bull Terries and later modified by crossing it with the French Bulldog. Because of the shape of the Boston’s puppy’s head, many have to be delivered by Caesarean section. Bostons retain very few of the ferocious characteristics of their ancestors and have become charming companions. Boston Terriers are very popular in the United States and were ranked 17th out of 154 registered dog breeds in 2004.


Bostons are affectionate and lively house pets and good companions. This breed is very intelligent and loves to learn new tricks. Early socialization and obedience training will ensure this dog will develop good manners. These dogs seem to do especially well with older people. Most Bostons are good with children and other pets if they have been raised with them. This breed makes good pets for older children who can appreciate their sense of humour and funny antics. Bostons like to learn and are easy to train. These dogs may be somewhat difficult to housetrain. Boston Terriers make good watch dogs without excessive barking. This breed is quite suitable for a novice dog owner.


Boston Terriers can adapt equally well to apartment living or country living but should have daily exercise. Avoid outdoor exercise in very hot or cold weather. Bostons, especially the light weight variety, can be classified as ‘indoor dogs’.


Bostons require minimal grooming. These dogs just need a rub down with a damp towel several times per week. This breed is clean and has little doggy smell. Boston Terriers are very low-shedding dogs and are often referred to as ‘hypoallergenic’.

Health Considerations:

This breed lives for 11 to 13 years and tends to have allergies and skin tumors. These short-muzzled dogs can have breathing difficulties when being exercised – especially in hot or cold weather. Bostons also have a tendency to snore and drool. During the birthing process (whelping), this breed often requires a Caesarean section delivery for large-headed puppies.

FAQ about boston terriers:

Do boston terriers shed?

Boston terriers are considered low-shedding dogs. There might be minimal shedding, but comparing to other dogs boston terriers are on a lower scale of most shedding dogs.

What color is a boston terrier?

Usally boston terriers are of black and white color.

Are boston terriers smart?

Yes, boston terriers are considered smart pets. In fact they are known for being very intelligent and might have a stubborn nature. Albeit their possible stubbornness they are lively and lovable.

How much does a boston terrier cost?

Price of a newborn boston terrier might vary. Starting from around 300$ they can go as high as 3000$, but the average price of a boston terrier is around 1000$.

Do boston terriers drool?

Drooling is not common for boston terriers. They may drool occasionally, even more so when they smell or see food, but drooling, albeit their simingly deformed face, is not common for this breed. If they do without a reason this might mean they have a medical condition.

What is boston terrier life span?

Boston terrier can live up to 15 years or more, but usually their average lifespan is 11 – 15 years. Their life span depends on genetics, pureness / pedigree and other possible health conditions they obtain during their lifetime.

How big do boston terriers get?

It is not unusual for male boston terriers to weight up to 25 pounds (up to 11 kilograms). Naturally, males will be larger than females. Average size of a male boston terrier is 17 inches tall whereas females are bout 15-16 inches tall (38cm – 40cm). Male boston terriers will also weight more than females. They are compact and well built.

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