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Boston Terrier


Boston Terrier Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 15" - 17"
  • Weight
  • 15-25 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Black / White
    • Black / Brindle
    • Red-Brindle
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

round-headed bull and terrier, Boston bull, bullethead, American Gentlemen


The Boston Terrier was created in the United States.

Date Of Origin

This breed was developed in the late 1800's.


The Boston terrier is a downsized version of the bull and terrier types so popular in early America. There are differing versions of its history, disputing weather it is a descendant of the APBT, boxer, bull terrier, French bulldog and English bulldog, or the descendant of an English bulldog and white English terrier cross. Regardless, it was developed in the late 1800;s and is one of the first breeds created in the U.S. It was the first American breed recognized by the AKC.


The Boston terrier is a small, compact and muscular dog. Its body is short and square. It has a square skull and a short, wide muzzle that is about one third the length of the skull. There is a wide, black nose and large, round, dark eyes that are set far apart. The small ears are natural or cropped erect. The tail is short and may be straight or screw. The coat is short and smooth.


The Boston terrier is lively, intelligent and alert. It is determined and strong but with a kind, even-tempered disposition. It gets along with almost everyone, including children and other dogs.


The Boston terrier is a perfect companion dog that behaves wherever it is taken. Its gifts as a guardian of the house are also noteworthy. It is very popular in the U.S. above all due to its excellent character.

Health Concerns

Brachycephalic syndrome, cataracts, deafness, hypothyroidism, luxating patellas, mange.

Additional Information

This dog is very attached to its owner or family and requires a lot of attention and training.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

The All Breed Dog Grooming Guide

Publisher: Aaronco, 2002

Website: http://www.aaroncopet.com

Author: Sam Kohl

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