Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier


Just as their name implies, Boston Terrier puppies were originated in Boston, Massachusetts. They started out weighing as much as 44 pounds but were bred down from the terrier and bull pit fighters. They’ve long held the distinction of being the first non-sport dog to be bred in America.


Boston Terriers are pretty inactive indoors and are happy just to be with their family all the time. They do require daily exercise to stay fit and healthy. They like securely leashed walks, free play in safe area, and family play sessions. They do fine with city living in apartments or condominiums as long as they get enough attention, exercise and stimulation.


Use a firm bristle brush to minimize loose hair on Boston Terriers. They don’t need to be bathed unless completely necessary with a mild shampoo. They have a tendency to drool so they need to have their faces wiped frequently. Check and clean their eyes and ears regularly. Boston Terriers tend toward such health concerns as eye injuries, breathing problems and heart and skin tumors. They don’t adapt well to extreme weather.


Boston Terriers are small, compact and sturdy but not fragile or delicate. They’re kind and have a gentle nature, often being called the American Gentleman. This breed is high spirited, playful and lively. With Boston Terriers, you’ll get a combination of balance, strength, gracefulness and determination.


The coat of the Boston Terrier has a fine texture, is short, smooth and glossy. They come in colors of black with white markings, brindle and seal. Sometimes the coat will be brown with white markings. They’re average shedders.


Boston Terriers are very intelligent, affectionate, alert, loyal and enthusiastic. They’re also very animated with a great sense of humor. This breed thrives on human interaction and it’s vital that they’re an integral family member. They function best in a home with children older than 8 years and are excellent with elderly people. They’ll usually get along with non-canine pets but males might fight with other dogs. Boston Terriers have a highly sensitive nature and will be affected by a tone of voice and home environment.


Boston Terriers are eager and fast to learn. They might be hard to housebreak so the crate method is best. Because they’re very sensitive, never use heavy handed and harsh techniques. They respond best to patience, praise, consistency, firmness and fairness.