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Boston Terrier Dog Breed Info & Pictures

Also known as the American Gentleman because of their tuxedo-like color patterns, the Boston Terrier is a unique dog in both appearance and manner. Their large, pointed, almost bat-like ears sit atop a square skull with a squashed-in muzzle.

The Boston Terrier's extremely expressive face is helped along by their large, dark, and round eyes. Their body is compact and muscular with a straight back and strong hindquarters, giving them rhythmic, confident gait. They have small, round feed and a naturally very short tail. Their distinct, short-haired coat comes in white and either black, brindle, or seal.

Boston Terrier Fast Facts

11 - 14 years
United States
19th century
15 - 25 lb
10 - 20 lb
16 - 17"
15 - 16"
Bosten Terrier, Boston Terier, or Bosston Terrier


While their name and lineage may suggest they are a fighting dog, the Boston Terrier is just a big softie!...

The breed is well known for their sweet and sensitive nature. While Boston Terriers can be classified at companionable dogs, one may vary greatly from the next in terms of personality. Some of these dogs are chronic barkers, while others are very quiet; some enjoy cuddling, while others like having some personal space.

All Boston Terriers, though, are very sociable and can be raised to befriend children, other pets, and even strangers. If let out of the house by themselves, Boston Terriers are likely to wait to be let back in because they want company. Many owners say these dogs are happiest when they have another dog they can be buddies with. Socializing Boston Terrier puppies is necessary to help them acclimate to new environments, people, and animals, but itll be easy this dog naturally loves interacting with others!

Because Boston Terriers can be stubborn, obedience classes are recommended. However, this breed loves to make their owner happy, so they are easily trainable!

Caring For a Boston Terrier

Some Boston Terriers are very energetic, while others prefer to laze around the house....

Regardless, they need daily exercise, though not as much as other breeds. A short walk or play session in the house or yard should be enough to do the trick.

Their short coat is easy to keep up with and only requires occasional brushing. Since they have both a short coat and squashed nose, the Boston Terrier doesn't do well in either cold or hot weather. It's important for owners to keep a close eye on their dog when out for walks in the winter or summer.

Boston Terriers are fairly healthy, but owners should still watch out for patellar luxation, allergies, constricted nostrils, deafness, and seizures.

Boston Terrier History

Breed History

Born and raised in the United States, the Boston Terrier is an all-American breed....

The first Boston Terrier was born in the early 1870s to Boston resident Robert C Hooper. Commonly known as Hooper's Judge, the father of Boston Terriers was much larger than his modern descendants. Hooper's Judge weighed in at over 30 pounds, while today's Boston Terriers tend to weigh only around 20 pounds.

It didn't take long for people to flock to this new breed of dog. In 1889, fans of the breed formed the American Bull Terrier Club, but they quickly realized that name wouldn't do, since there was already a Bull Terrier breed. The club experimented with different names, including Round Head, before settling on the Boston Terrier.

In 1893, less than 20 years after the breed was established, the American Kennel Club recognized the Boston Terrier as a breed. The adoration for this dog still holds strong as it's considered one of the most popular breeds in the United States. After all, let's face it no one can resist the face of this American gentleman.