Origin and Brief History

The Boston Terrier was bred shortly after the U.S. Civil War as a fighting dog. Despite its inauspicious origins, the breed was developed toward a more domestic lifestyle. It’s a truly American crossbreed between the English Terrier and the English Bulldog, named after the city where it began. It was acknowledge as a non-sporting breed by the American Kennel Club in 1893. It has since grown to be a popular breed among pet owners as well as those who show them in competition.



The Boston Terrier often has a mild temperament and is known to be a good pet for the home. They were bred to be personable companion dogs that enjoy the presence of people. They are friendly and trainable, as well as generally good with children. However, if exercise is neglected, the breed can become overly energetic.  Furthermore, they tend not to bark excessively. This is a breed that loves attention and is quite energetic and intelligent. They are confident and affectionate dogs, though occasionally stubborn.



Boston Terriers require comparatively little grooming. They have short hair that does shed, though not exceptionally. The short coat means that the breed needs brushing once or twice a week to remove stray hairs, depending on how a particular dog is shedding. Baths are needed on an annual basis, or as needed, but Boston Terriers tend not to attract much dirt or debris that will get stuck in their coat. This breed’s nails are delicate and must be trimmed with caution. Brushing the Boston’s ears, gently washing their inner ears, and wiping away discharge from their eyes are also good habits to keep them in prime condition.


Specification of Breed

The Boston Terrier usually has a compact muzzle, large eyes, and small ears. Their heads do not usually have wrinkles. They have short tails and very between 15-17 inches tall and 10-25 pounds. This breed is usually quite intelligent, and, on average, they live between 11 and 13 years. Boston Terriers can be trained to exhibit tremendous agility. They are a medium-sized dog ideal for small houses and apartments as they are indoor dogs that should not be left outside for very long.


Buyer Beware:

Some Boston Terriers may present difficulty in house-training. Though this breed requires exercise, they do not make good jogging companions because they can get too hot in warm or humid environments. In addition to other health issues, which anyone owning a Boston Terrier should ask their veterinarian about, this breed can have issues with gas. This must be avoided by carefully selecting a proper dog food. Also, their short noses are prone to result in breathing problems. As companion dogs, Boston Terriers require time and attention to be properly loved and cared for.



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