Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is even-tempered, intelligent, gentle and lively. They are not only playful and affectionate with their owners, but very good with children who can appreciate their clown-like antics. Their intelligence and quick learning ability makes obedience training easy and straighforward. Keeping all this in mind they are also strong-willed and boisterous, but overall they make a thoroughly good-natured family dog.

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Grooming is minimal. Occasionally run a brush or smooth glove over the coat and keep the ears clean and claws trimmed. The facial creases may need some attention from time to time with a special lotion for this area.


Exercise is undemanding. They have no desire for long walks, but do like to go with their owner/family everywhere. They enjoy playing.

Physical Characteristics

General Appearance: Intelligent expression, confident graceful gait and well built.

Color: Preferably brindle with white on designated parts of the body. Black and white is allowable.

Coat: Short, shiny, fine and smooth in texture.

Tail: Set low, short, tapering and is either straight or screw-shape.

Ears: Small, erect and fine. Can sometimes be cropped.

Body: Sloping shoulders, broad chest, prominent ribs, short back and muscular, short loin.


This breed evolved from cross-breeding in America between Bulldogs and Bull Terriers. They were once known as the American Bull Terrier. Their name was changed in order to seperate them from the already established Bull Terrier. The name 'Boston Terrier' was in honour of the city where their breed type was first developed. The progenitors of this breed weighed as much as 27kg (60lb), while today one sees them around 6.8kg with a limit of up to 11.4kg.

Additional Comments

There are associated problems including inherited eye conditions and their eyes are more prone to injuries. However these difficulties are now less of a problem than in the past, also tend to snore loudly and have regular flatulence.
Sometimes natural births of this breed are impossible, due to the large head size of the puppies. Therefore caesarian sections are quite common.

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