Boston Terrier Information

The Boston Terrier is a charming, lively little dog. They are a member of the non-sporting group in the American Kennel Club. They are very intelligent, clean dogs, with a good temperament. Some people compare them to cats. They were developed in the United States in the late 19th century by crossing Bulldogs with white English Terriers.


The Boston Terrier Information is one of the few breeds that was actually developed in the United States. They were developed in Boston, as their name suggests, around 1870. They were originally intended to be a fighting dog, as was often the case when Bulldogs were crossed with terriers. The breeds used to create the Boston Terrier were the English Bulldog and the white English Terrier. Nearly all Boston Terriers today are descended from a dog named Hooper’s Judge. Bostons originally weighed up to 45 pounds but most dogs today are much smaller. The Boston Terrier soon became very popular as a companion dog and today he is a beloved family pet. The first club for the breed was formed in 1889 and the breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1893.


The Boston Terrier Information is often referred to as “the American Gentleman” because he looks like he’s wearing a tuxedo. He has a white chest and markings with a black, seal, or brindle body coat. Dogs usually have a white blaze on their face and muzzle. Bostons have erect ears, a short tail, and a brachycephalic (short-nosed) muzzle. The breed is compact and very dapper-looking. They are neat and clean in appearance.

The Boston Terrier is a small dog but they come in three sizes: under 15 pounds; 15 pounds and under 20 pounds; 20 pounds and not to exceed 25 pounds. The Boston is usually 15 to 17 inches tall at the withers.


The Boston Terrier is a gentle, devoted pet. They can bond very closely to one person, though they also make a good family dog. They are lively and active in the home but they don’t require a lot of exercise. The Boston would rather follow you around or curl up next to you on the sofa while you read instead of going outside. Bostons usually get along well with other pets and with children if they are well-socialized when they are young. They are usually friendly to strangers and love to please their owners.

Boston Terriers are usually well-mannered dogs and they don’t bark much. They make a good apartment dog because of their small size and because they are quiet.

Boston Terriers are usually reasonably easy to train.


Boston Terriers do have some health issues you should be aware of, as with most breeds. They can experience juvenile and adult cataracts as well as cherry eye. Luxating patellas can be a problem, as can deafness. Heart murmurs can occur in the breed. And some dogs can have allergies. Because they are a brachycephalic breed (short-nosed) you need to be careful with your Boston with regard to higher temperatures. They are also sensitive to cold weather. Some Bostons can also have digestive problems and problems with flatulence. Some Bostons snore.

Bostons usually live up to 13 years or longer. It is not unusual for a Boston Terrier to live well into their teen years.


The Boston Terrier makes an excellent pet for someone looking for an indoor dog, especially if you live in an apartment. They are gentle, devoted dogs who usually get along with everyone.

picture of boston terrier
Picture of Boston Terrier