Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier originates from...

Boasting a variety of nicknames, including the 'American Gentleman,' the 'Round Head,' and the 'Boston Bull,' the popularly-known Boston Terrier is believed to have descended from the original English Bulldog - frequenter of the fighting pit - and the English White Terrier - a breed that is now extinct. Notably one of the only breeds developed in the United States, the Boston Terrier originates from Boston, Massachusetts and was primarily bred as a fighting dog, although the modern Boston Terrier has grown in popularity as a friendly and affectionate family pet.

The Boston Terrier is characterised by...

Despite its small size, the Boston Terrier is classified under the non-sporting 'utility' branch of canines, alongside the Bulldog, Poodle and Dalmatian. The breed is easily identified for its small form, high-set ears, well-defined black and white colouring, short, wide muzzle and straight, muscular legs. Common in colours of white, seal, black and brindle. The ideal companion dog for a modern family or dedicated sole owner, the Boston Terrier possesses an easy, amiable temperament, is obedient to instruction and enthusiastic in exercise and play.

The average Boston Terrier...

Highly compatible with children and other pets, the Boston Terrier is portable enough to be taken anywhere. With a cool, calm and collected temperament, the breed is well suited to relaxed family life. Weighing an average of 4.5-11.3 kg with discrepancies across gender, the breed has a life expectancy of 10-15 years, although it is not uncommon for a Boston Terrier to outlive this.


Due to its flat-faced appearance, the Boston Terrier is susceptible to various respiratory complaints, including difficulty breathing, snoring and bronchitis. Additionally, the breed is prone to optical disorders such as corneal ulcers, cataracts and glaucoma. A significant number of Boston Terriers suffer with early-onset deafness, either in one ear or both, something which is helpful to recognise early. In general, smaller dog breeds are prone to exhibiting some degree of behavioural problem, so early and consistent obedience training is essential.

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Our Boston Terrier owners' thoughts

Added on 24/06/2018
Joined 24/06/2018
From Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Like an ever ready battery on speed. Crazy but in a good way. VERY loyal and will guard you with their life. Love adventures, sun, mud, getting into trouble.
Do not cope well being shouted at and hate raised voices. Kind and very loving. Need as many cuddles as is possible. Can snore but that doesn’t matter, it’s loveable. Will be under your skin and you cannot live without one 😁

Added on 20/10/2021
Joined 17/05/2017
From Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Wonderful , versatile breed that are highly energetic and sensitive .

Bred as a companion dogs over the past 1/2 century or so so very tactile and quite a “Velcro” breed , great lap / bed warmers and honestly are never happier or more content than when touching their human .

Very needy on the exercise front , 5 km walk through rough and tumble terrain , 5 minutes at home and they’ll bring you a ball 🤣 they just love to interact with you .