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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

Beagle Boston Terrier Mix

A Beagle Boston Terrier mix is also called a Boglen or Boggle (from a combination of the breed names).

Mixed Breeds, Hybrid Dogs, Designer Dogs

Many people use the terms “mixed breed,” “hybrid dog,” and ‘designer dog” interchangeably but they are not exactly the same thing. In general, a mixed breed dog, or mutt, is any dog that is not a purebred. Usually the parents are unknown and the breeding was accidental. A designer dog or hybrid dog usually refers to an intentional breeding between two purebred dogs of different breeds. The goal is usually to breed something cute and novel or to make money. As with anything else, there are all kinds of designer dog breeders. Some breeders are better than others. Some provide excellent care and homes for their dogs. Some don’t. You should always make inquiries before you buy any dog or puppy to make sure you are getting a healthy puppy from a good source.


Many designer dog breeders and mixed breed advocates will tell you that mixed breeds and designer dogs are healthier than purebred dogs. This is not true. The truth is that no one really bothers to keep records about the health of mixed breeds and most designer dog breeders do not health test their breeding stock. There is, by contrast, a great deal of health testing done for purebred dogs which makes all of their health issues well-known to the public. This doesn’t mean that purebred dogs are unhealthy. It means that breeders do everything possible to test their dogs, spend money on tests and research, and try to breed healthier dogs with each generation. The American Kennel Club has contributed more than $25 million to the Canine Health Foundation since 1995 for research into canine health issues. This research has benefited all dogs, both purebred and mixed breed.

Beagle Boston Terrier Mix

If you are interested in getting a Beagle Boston Terrier mix then there’s no way to know what the puppy will look like. It could resemble either the Beagle or the Boston Terrier parent. It could be brown and white, brindle and white, black, or some other combination of hound colors. Both of these breeds are very sweet so the dog’s personality will likely be very kind and sweet. However, the puppy/dog may also inherit some traits from the Beagle parent such as baying and howling, which make them a bad choice for people who live in apartments.

Beagles are also known to shed a great deal and your puppy/dog could inherit this kind of coat shedding.

Although Boston Terriers are terriers, they have been considered non-sporting dogs for a long time. Your puppy/dog may or may not inherit the Beagle and terrier’s tendency to dig.

The Boston Terrier is a brachycephalic (short-nosed) breed. Your puppy/dog could inherit this short-nosed face.

Boston Terriers are considered clean like cats and relatively easy to train. Beagles are considered a little hardheaded and hard to train. There’s no way to know how your puppy/dog will turn out in this area.

As far as size goes, your puppy/dog will probably be small to medium in size, weighing 25 pounds or less.


The Beagle Boston Terrier mix can be a sweet, gentle dog and you may enjoy this puppy/dog. There’s really no way to predict what many of the puppy/dog’s traits will turn out to be since the two breeds are so very different.

Small Dogs that Don’t Bark

Many small dog breeds have a reputation for barking quite a bit.  Some small dogs are known to be downright yappy and will bark non-stop.  Therefore, finding small dog breeds that don’t bark much can be challenging.  However, here are a few breeds that are usually quiet and don’t bark much.

Shih Tzu

Most owners agree that the Shih Tzu is usually quiet in the home and doesn’t bark much.  These are sweet, playful dogs that are quite friendly. They are generally trusting and they don’t spend their time looking for intruders. They are a wonderful companion dog.  The Shih Tzu stands up to 11 inches tall and weighs up to 16 pounds.  They have a beautiful long, flowing coat.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a sweet, gentle breed.  They are devoted to their owners and love being with them. Owners say that these dogs don’t bark much. They are more interested in what you are doing and spending time with you.  This is a beautiful breed with a long coat.  They stand about 13 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 18 pounds.


The Bulldog is larger than the Toy dogs but they make an excellent family companion. They are sweet, loving dogs who are devoted to their owners.  They love children.  They do not bark much.  They prefer to cuddle up and nap.  The Bulldog can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a quiet, gentle dog who prefers to stay close to his owner.  These dogs don’t bark much.  They are almost cat-like in their grooming habits and very clean.  They make a devoted pet. They come in three size ranges:  up to 15 pounds; 15-20 pounds; and 20 to 25 pounds.

Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound is an intelligent, playful breed that doesn’t bark much.  Like his larger cousins the Greyhound and the Whippet, the Italian Greyhound is rather laid back and peaceful.  They are a gentle breed. They are affectionate and they do like attention but they are not loud or noisy. They prefer to be with their owners.  They do need a daily walk.  The Italian Greyhound stands up to 15 inches tall at the shoulder.


Small Dogs that Don’t Bark All of the breeds discussed here are generally quiet breeds, although there can be individual exceptions. The best way to find out about a breed and whether it barks a lot or not is by talking to people who own the dogs.  It is also possible to train many dogs not to bark. Try to talk to a breeder about their dogs before getting a do and ask questions about whether the dogs bark.  If you can visit someone who owns one of the dogs you can see for yourself if the dog barks much or if it becomes quiet when the owner tells it to do so.  There are many Toy breeds who have quite a bad reputation about barking so this is an important issue to consider, especially if you live in an apartment.  In general, many terriers and hounds will be more prone to barking than other breeds, but there are always exceptions.

Small House Dogs

If you are thinking of getting a small house dog, there are many from which to choose.  Your choice may depend on your own personality and what you are looking for in a dog.  Do you want a dog with long hair?  Short hair?  A dog that can go for walks with you?  Or a dog that doesn’t need much exercise?  Do you like a quiet dog or one that is more lively?  You should ask yourself questions like these so you can decide which small dog is right for you. Here are some small house dogs for you to consider, along with some of their traits.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier was originally bred to hunt rats and vermin in the textile mills of northern England but he was too beautiful to remain in this job.  He quickly became popular as a pet.  The Yorkie is small but he still has a terrier temperament.  These little dogs are brave and bold and they don’t back down from anyone. They are also quite devoted to their owners.  Be advised, however, that the Yorkie will take over your house and think he’s boss if you don’t keep reminding him that you are in charge.  The Yorkshire Terrier only weighs 4 to 7 pounds.


The Chihuahua is a Mexican breed and comes from the state of Chihuahua.  Similar dogs may have been used in native religious ceremonies centuries ago.  The Chihuahua is smart and alert.  They are feisty, bold dogs. They are not always good with children, though they should be all right with older kids.  Chihuahuas come in both long-coated and smooth-coated varieties.  They weigh no more than 6 pounds.


The Pug is a clownish, friendly, outgoing little dog.  They are considered one of the oldest dog breeds, dating back to about 400 BC. They are an Asian breed and probably originated in China.  They have some similarities to the Pekingese, another old breed.  The Pug was often kept in Buddhist monasteries in those days.  They were taken to the West in the 16th century and became very popular in the Netherlands and other countries.  Pugs adore their owners and will do anything to please them.  They love children and make excellent family dogs.  Pugs can weigh up to 18 pounds.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier originated in the United States, in Boston, as its name suggests.  These dogs were bred down in size from English Bulldogs and the English Terrier.  The Boston Terrier is quiet, tidy, and very gentle.  They only need a modest amount of exercise and very little grooming.  They are easy to keep and they prefer to always be next to their owner. Boston Terriers come in three different sizes:  less than 15 pounds;  15 to 20 pounds; and 20 to 25 pounds.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is quite popular all around the world.  These dogs are not really spaniels.  Instead, they are considered a Toy breed, though some dogs may point at a butterfly sometimes.  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel resembles the dogs that are seen in British paintings in earlier centuries but this breed was recreated in the 20th century.  The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a friendly dog and considered easy to train.  They are good with children and make a good family dog.  Their long coat does need regular grooming. They enjoy long walks.  This is a sweet and gentle dog. These dogs typically stand 12 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 18 pounds.

Lhasa Apso

These happy, mischievous dogs date back centuries and originally functioned as household guardians for Tibetan nobles and Buddhist monks, especially in Lhasa.  They were finally brought to the U.S. in the 1930s as a gift from the 13th Dalai Lhama. As a small watchdog the Lhasa may be suspicious of strangers so they do need to be well-socialized. The Lhasa makes a very good family dog, especially if you have older children. They like to take long walks with you. The breed has a long, flowing coat but many owners like to keep their dog in a shorter cut. The Lhasa stands about 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs up to 18 pounds.