Boston Terrier laying down black and whiteThe Boston Terrier is a little dog with large bulging eyes that looks like it is wearing a tuxedo. They make snorting and snoring sounds and they always want to be with their family.

They enjoy playing inside as they are sensitive to hot and cold weather. With a comical personality, they can be very entertaining.


The Boston Terrier originated in the United States in Boston. An English Bulldog and a White English Terrier were bred. Later a French Bulldog was added to the mix resulting in the Boston Terrier.

The American Kennel Club admitted the Boston Terrier dog breed back in 1893, after 2 years of trying to get recognition for the breed.


The Boston Terrier is a member of the American Kennel Club’s non-sporting group. They were bred to be companion dogs.


The Boston Terrier is a short and compact dog. They are 15 to 17 inches tall at the shoulder and they weigh 10 to 25 pounds.


Boston Terriers can be one of five standard colors according to the AKC. The colors are black and white, black brindle and white, brindle and white, seal and white, and seal brindle and white. They have no standard markings.


Boston Terriers are friendly, comical, adaptable, playful and good with children and they love attention. Your lap will be the perfect place for a nap.

They will bark to alert you of a person or animal in their sight whether they are approaching or walking by.


Boston Terriers have a moderate energy level. A couple of short walks each day will be enough for your Boston Terrier. They make good dogs for urban or rural living.


The average lifespan of a Boston Terrier is 13 to 15 years. With their short noses they are susceptible to overheating and are prone to cataracts and other eye problems, heart murmurs, deafness, brain tumors and allergies.


The Boston Terrier is a low shedding dog breed. Brush your Boston Terrier once a week to remove loose hair and dirt.

Other Grooming

Their nails should be trimmed regularly and you should brush their teeth several times a week. Check their ears and clean them as needed.

Some people use eye drops to flush dust and debris out of their large eyes. Clean and dry the folds of skin on their face.


Boston Terriers are eager to please their owners but they can be stubborn at times. Be patient and use positive reinforcement with a gentle voice and be consistent with training.

Boston Terrier puppy brown and whiteSeparation Anxiety

Since Boston Terriers love to be with their people, they are prone to separation anxiety. They can display bad behaviors such as excessive barking, chewing and scratching. Providing interactive toys and providing proper exercise can reduce separation anxiety.


If you are interested in the Boston Terrier dog breed, please consider adoption. There are many purebred dogs and puppies that are available for adoption.Search for a Boston Terrier rescue group in your area by starting here at PetFinder.

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