Boston Terrier


A small to medium sized Boston Terrier
Boston Terrier Quick Summary
Also Known AsAmerican Gentleman
Height (at withers)12-17in (30-43cm)
Weight14-25lbs (6-11kg)
Hair Colour(s)
Lifespan10-14 years
Energy LevelLow-medium
Litter size3-4
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsLow
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityHigh
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The Boston Terrier is a compact and well-muscled dog. The body is short and square with a broad chest, the head is square too with a flat top, and the limbs are straight and muscular and fairly wide apart. It has a short muzzle with a dark nose, dark, slightly protruding eyes and small erect ears that can be cropped or left natural. It wears a meaningful, almost worried expression, despite its happy disposition. The Boston Terrier's short and low-set tapering tail is either straight or screw-shaped but never docked. The coat is short and sleek, and colouring is usually brindle, black, or seal, with a white chest and blaze.


Boston Terriers are mild mannered, gentle, and affectionate little dogs, and their good and sociable natures have earned them the nickname of the American Gentleman. Highly intelligent and sometimes determined and self-willed, Boston Terriers are eager, always ready to please, and extremely loyal. As a result, they make great companions and family pets and are suitable for novice and experienced dog owners alike. They get along very well with children and also do well with other animals and pets. They can be a little too trusting at times around strangers, and may even willingly go off with one, which is something to bear in mind. Despite this, they make good little watchdogs and will bark to let their family know if someone is at the door. These dogs crave attention. and do not like being neglected. They are very active and love to play, but need some basic training to prevent them from jumping up and giving little nips while playing.


History & Skills

Boston Terriers originate from the USA and are thought to be descendants of the French Bulldog and the White English Terrier. Orignally bred for fighting, they were at the centre of controversy in the 1800s when bulldog lovers tried to discredit the breed. Despite this setback, they went on to become one of the most popular breeds in the USA. They also do very well in obedience, agility, therapy work and even Weight pulling.

Breed Specific Ailments

Boston Terriers tend to live between 10-14 years. They come with a number of health problems to watch out for, including luxating patella, epilepsy, heart problems, deafness, heart problems, allergies, thyroid problems, seizures, skin infections, eye diseases, and sensitivity to chemicals and medications. Their very short hair also means they can be susceptible to sunstroke, and their large and slightly protruding eyes should be protected from over exposure to the sun too.


Boston Terriers are low shedders and their short, sleek coat doesn not require much in the way of grooming. Occasional brushing will get rid of any dead hair, and the odd rub down with a damp cloth will keep the coat shiny and glossy. Bathing should only be carried out as required, and the nails can be trimmed when needed. The eyes and skin should be checked over regularly to reduce the chances of infection or other problems.

Exercise & Environment

Boston Terriers need to live indoors and only require short walks and indoor play, making them suitable for small homes such as apartment flats. They may suffer respiratory problems if over exercised because of their short muzzle, so exercise should be moderated and not undertaken in extreme temperatures. These dogs need a lot of attention and will languish without human contact.


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