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Boston Terrier


With their irresistibly cute facial expressions, Boston Terriers are a lovable breed. Their playful and goofy personalities have earned them the title “The American Gentleman”.

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The Ultimate Guide to Boston Terriers

Key Characteristics Of Boston Terriers
How Can I Take Good Care Of A Boston Terrier Puppy?
Most Asked Boston Terrier Questions
Similar Dog Breeds

With their irresistibly cute facial expressions, Boston Terriers are a lovable breed. Their playful and goofy personalities have earned them the title “The American Gentleman”.


Boston Terrier Origins

Boston Terriers are named after their city of origin: Boston, Massachusetts. 

One of the dogs considered to have a major influence on their development is Hooper’s Judge. This was a dog imported from England to the United States in 1865.

Judge was the result of crossbreeding an English Bulldog and a White English Terrier. The English Terrier is now extinct. The resulting Boston Terriers weighed about 20 kg compared to the current standard of 6 – 11 kg. 

These Boston Terriers were bred to take part in bullfighting. But after the sport was banned in a majority of states, the breed’s popularity diminished. 

Dog fanciers started to breed the smaller dogs with French Bulldogs. This is how they obtained their current smaller stature. 

Despite their background as fighters, the Boston Terriers of today are very friendly. This can be attributed to the fact that they turned to humans to be their pack members instead of other dog breeds. 


Key Characteristics of Boston Terriers

Are Boston Terriers Family-Friendly?They are caring, loving, intuitive and get along well with everyone.
Daily Exercise Needs?A brisk walk 1 to 2 times per day.
Common Health Issues & ConsiderationsHealth problems commonly experienced by Boston Terriers include:
● Brachycephalic Syndrome.
● Hemivertebrae.
● Luxating Patella.
● Food allergies.
Lifespan11 - 15 years
Nature / Temperament
Well-mannered, playful, determined and strong-willed.
6 - 11 kg.

38 - 43 cm.
Suitable EnvironmentIdeal for apartments or houses.
GroomingA weekly brushing is needed to keep them in good condition.

Other considerations:

Being a flat-faced dog breed, they’re prone to experiencing breathing difficulties. To prevent this, avoid exposing them to high heat and humidity.
Their prominent, protruding eyes may look cute but they also have a drawback. They make these pups prone to eye conditions such as cataracts and cherry eyes.
The shape and size of their muzzles means that they can be big snorers. They also have a habit of grunting and snorting.
As mentioned earlier, most Boston Terriers have black and white coats. But a few also come in brindle.
● These dogs get affected by extreme cold and heat. So, they fare well in temperate climates.



How can I take good care of my Boston Terrier or Boston Terrier Puppy?


If you’ve ever adopted a Boston Terrier before, then you know they are a ‘gassy’ breed. Their stomachs are quite sensitive, which is why you should partition their meals. Ideally, they should be fed 0.5 to 1.5 cups of dog food divided into two meals. 

Also, look for only high-quality dog food formulated for small to medium size breeds. Giving them low-quality food is one of the aspects that contributes to their bloating.


While Boston Terriers are low-maintenance, they still need weekly brushing. When brushing these breeds of dogs, you have to be very gentle because their coats are thin. 

Ensure you’re brushing in the direction of their fur’s growth, that is, from head to tail.

Recommended grooming tips:

Only bathe your Boston Terrier when needed. This can be as rarely as 1-2 times per year.
Trimming your dog’s nails whenever they grow long. Since doing so can be a little difficult, you can seek help from a professional groomer.
During grooming, be sure to inspect their teeth. Brush their teeth to prevent tartar build-up.
Clean their ear flaps using a moist washcloth.
Wipe the area below their eyes using a damp cloth. This is because their prominent eyes are prone to eye discharge.


Boston Terriers are a non-sporting breed. As such, they only need about an hour of exercise each day. This also means that long walks are enough of an exercise for this breed. 

But, you can challenge your Boston Terrier to different activities on occasion. Some of the interactive games you can try are tug of war, fetch and find the treat.


Boston Terriers are smart and eager to please. These attributes come in handy during training. Still, they are terriers at heart; hence stubborn at times. The secret is to exercise patience and teach them one command at a time. 

Also, it helps to keep the training sessions short. These sessions should not go for more than 15 minutes since they have short attention spans. Lastly, speak to your Terrier in a positive tone. Speaking to them in a loud or harsh tone can intimidate them.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Boston Terrier Questions

Why are Boston Terriers mistaken for French Bulldogs?

If you’ve ever mistaken Boston Terriers to be French Bulldogs, you’re not alone. One of the reasons why this happens is because they look very similar.

The similarity arises from the fact that they both descend from the English Bulldog. Still, if you examine the two breeds closely, you’ll notice some subtle differences. For instance, the Frenchies are a little shorter and stockier builds. Also, the Terriers are lighter, taller and with a slim build.

Do Boston Terriers make good guard dogs?

These dogs lack the large build required of guard dogs. But, they are very territorial and protective of their owners. This coupled with the fact that they take up little space means they’re  good choice of guard dog for apartments.

How much do Boston Terriers cost?

The average Boston Terrier cost for sale is between $800 and $1200.

Do Cavoodles make good watchdogs?

Yes, because they are alert and watchful. Cavoodles will notify you when there’s a stranger at your doorstep. However, this is not the type of dog that are likely to intimidate or bite intruders.

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