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Boston Terrier Profile

Other Names : Boston Bull

Country of origin: United States

Dog Group Kennel Club : Utility

General Appearance:

The Boston Terrier is a small, compact and well proportioned dog with a smooth coat. They have a vague Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Bulldog look about the face but have erect ears.This breed is an average shedder. The Boston is a small happy dog that can be a little boisterous at times. They have a short, square muzzle and a square skull.


Boston Terriers come in brindle and white and black and white.


Bitch              38cm - 43cm

Dog                 38cm - 43cm


                                Min                      Max

Bitch               4.5kg (10lbs)    11.5kg (25lbs) 
Dog                 4.5kg (10lbs)     11.5kg (25lbs)


The Boston Terrier was originally bred for fighting but now has been bred for companionship.
They're lively and intelligent with a determined and strong willed approach to life although they can also be gentle and well mannered. They are very good with children and make ideal house dogs. They can be quite boisterous and do love to play. They also make excellent watch dogs, and are not yappy with it. If introduced to other household pets when young there will be no problems. Care must be taken that games are not too rough as they can be prone to injury, especially the eyes as they bulge out slightly. They thrive on human interaction and on being an integral part of the family. The Boston Terrier has a very sensitive nature and will be affected either positively or negatively by tone of voice or the home atmosphere and environment.


Despite their smaller size, Boston Terriers have an elegant, straight pace with a powerful movement.

Care and Training:

This breed should be bathed only when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo.
The Boston Terrier has a tendency to drool so frequent wiping of the face is recommended.
Regular brushing with a firm bristle brush will minimize loose hair.This is a clean breed with no doggy odours.

Overall Exercise : 20 - 40 minutes per day.
They do not yearn for long walks, but they do like to go everywhere with their owners.
They benefit from and enjoy securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and free play in a safely fenced area.

Feeding Requirements:

They are not very demanding in their feeding requirements but can be prone to being greedy.

Exercise: Med

Grooming: Low

Noise: Low

Personal Protection: Medium

Suitability As Guard Dog: High

Level of Aggression: Low

Compatibility With Other Animals: Medium

Suitablity for Children: High

Often docked? No

Average litter size: 3-4

Life Expectancy (yrs): 13

Health issues:  Bostons tend to have breathing difficulties because of their short face. Whelping is often difficult due to the large head and puppies are often delivered by C-section


History:  The history of the Boston Terrier is unclear. Developed in the 1800s by English dogs, Boston Terriers are ironically considered one of the true American dogs. In a mix of American dogs developed to fight in the pit, the Boston Terrier was born of all or a few of the following: the French Bulldog, White English Terrier (now extinct), American Pit Bull Terrier, Boxer, Bull Terrier, and the English Bulldog. Most sources agree that the Boston Terrier came from crossing the extinct white English Terrier and the English Bulldog. The story goes that a few wealthy businessmen began interbreeding some of their employers' dogs in 1865, and eventually resulted in a certain dog named Hooper's Judge, this being the dog to become the archetype for all other Bostons. They bred this dog with similar others to achieve the small size. In 1889 the breed gained popularity and a club was formed called the American Bull Terrier Club--which was not the same breed! Later, they changed the name to the Boston Club, renaming the breed after the birthplace of the Boston Terrier, obviously to avoid confusion. Other versions say there was not a single Boston, but a pair of original "roundheads" in 1893 that served as the progeny. These were named Hooper's Judge and Burnett's Gyp. Yet another version states that the original example of the Boston in 1865 was named Barnard's Tom and was the first to have the longed-after screw tail. Whatever version is true, the Boston Terrier was officially the first dog to be registered by the AKC, and was registered in 1893. The Boston Terrier was used for ratting and fighting in the pit. It was also one of the first breeds created within the U.S. The Boston Terrier was developed in Boston, Massachusetts.



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