The Boston Terrier stands 15 to 17 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 15 and 25 pounds.Developed in the U.S. in the late 1800s from English Bulldogs, white English Terriers, French Bulldogs, and a few other breeds, the Boston Terrier has received many accolades from fans. These dogs have been called “Gentlemen” because of their fine manners.
The Boston Terrier is a great family dog who will become very attached to people.
The Boston Terrier was the first American breed recognized by the American Kennel Club and, for many years in the early 1900s, was one of the most popular breeds. One of the breed’s first nicknames was “roundhead,” for its round skull shape. She has a round head with a shortened muzzle; large, round, dark eyes; and ears that can be either cropped or left natural. The body is short, the legs strong, and the tail either straight or twisted. Unlike many other terrier breeds, the tail is not docked. The short, smooth coat is brindle, seal, or black with white markings.
The Boston Terrier breed is easy to groom; it requires twice weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush. If the dog has skin wrinkles on its muzzle, those should be cleaned daily.The Boston Terrier is not a high-energy dog. It will be happy with a good walk and a playtime or two. Most Bostons enjoy playing fetch, and some will do so for as long as someone will throw the ball. Exercise should be avoided during the heat of the day in hot climates or in the summer, as its shortened muzzle can cause breathing difficulties. In cool weather, the Boston enjoys exercise. Many Bostons have also served admirably as volunteer therapy dogs.
This friendly breed enjoys the socialization aspects with other puppies. Training should begin early, as some Boston Terrier puppies have house-training challenges, but with patience and persistence, they do learn what is expected of them. Leash training is also important, as Boston Terriers are strong for their size and love to pull. Training should be structured yet fun; when motivated, Bostons love to learn, but they can be a touch stubborn.
The Boston Terrier will bark when people approach the house but is not known for being protective. This barking can cause a problem with neighbors, so it should be addressed early with training. It enjoys playing with children as long as they are not too rough. Many Boston Terriers have been dressed up in doll clothes and wheeled in doll carriages, and they put up with it all with great patience.
Boston Terriers generally get along well with other dogs, although playtime with larger dogs should be supervised; Boston Terriers have no idea that they are small, and larger dogs could hurt them inadvertently. If a strange dog challenges a Boston Terrier, it will not back away from a fight. Interactions with small pets should also be supervised. Health concerns include breathing disorders, deafness, and thyroid and knee problems.