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Boston Terrier

Quick facts

Boston Terrier AKC Group: Non-Sporting
Height: Male: 15-17 Inches, Female: 14-16 Inches
Weight: Male: 10-25 pounds, Female: 9-24 pounds
Colors: Brindle, black or seal with white markings (Seal appears black but has a red cast when viewed in the sun or bright light)
AKC recognized in: 1893

The Boston Terrier is a short and stocky dog that grew up from the breed of brachycephalic dogs or dogs with short head taken from the Greek words, Brachy for short and Cephalic for head. Other dog breeds belonging to this category are the short-snouted breeds like the Pug and the Shih Tzu.

Historically in 1870, the Boston Terrier was known to be a crossbreed of a Bull and a Terrier by James Hooper of Boston called Hooper's Judge. It weighed close to 30 pounds. It also interbred with many French Bulldogs which became the foundation for it to be officially recognized in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as the first breed originated in the USA and the first non-sporting dog of the USA.

It is described to have a smooth coat, strong limbs, compactly built, short tails, erect ears, and, because of its markings of white and dark color resembling formal wear, the Boston Terrier is oftentimes referred to as the "American Gentleman".

Learn much more about the Boston Terrier with Boston Terrier Secrets.


Boston Terrier Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children five paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability three paws

It is a pleasant change in the behavior of the Boston Terrier once feared to fight other dogs. This dog has abandoned and lost its natural desire for mayhem and now preferring humans to be its companion. Some males of this breed challenge other dogs when provoked or when they intrude in its own territory.

It is an intelligent dog in reality similar to its facial expression that exhibits confidence and avoids confrontation. It is a very friendly dog. It barks only once when it is necessary.

Health and Exercise

The life expectancy of the Boston Terrier is 13 - 15 years. The most common ailments that should be watched out for are the following:

  • Cataracts
  • Cherry eye
  • Luxating patella
  • Heart murmurs
  • Deafness
  • Megaesophagus

If not checked properly, the dog can have problems of flatulence. The natural tendency of this dog is to breathe in air while it eats. The result is flatulence.

The Boston Terrier has simple needs and very low maintenance. It loves the indoors and can be comfortable with almost anyone. Thus, the owner must keep the dog close to him. But, it has been observed that this dog goes with anyone believing that every person is a companion for her.

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