The Boston Terrier is a small dog breed and one of the few dogs with the distinction of being “Made in America.”
Boston Terrier’s Video
Boston Terrier’s Profile
|Names||Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen|
|Family||Terrier, Companion, Mastiff (Bulldog)|
|Size||Small Dog Breed|
|Life Span||11 – 15 years|
|Height||15 – 17 inches|
|Weight||10 – 25 Pounds (4.5 – 11.5 kg)|
|Color||Black & White, Brindle & White, Seal & White, *Seal (black with a red cast)|
Boston Terrier’s Characteristics
|Trainability||Moderately Easy to Train|
Boston Terrier’s Overview
The Boston terrier is a compactly built, square-proportioned (short head and back), neat dog. Conveying the impression of determination, strength, sturdiness, liveliness, and style, with an excellent disposition. It holds many of the features of its bulldog ancestors, but in a tidy package that makes it suitable as companion and house pet. It comes in black, brindle or seal with white markings. Its short fine coat, with distinctive markings, adds to its dapper appearance.
Truly an “All-American” dog, nicknamed “the American Gentleman”. The Boston is devoted and sensitive to its owner’s wishes and moods. It is gentle and well-mannered indoors but saucy and playful whenever the chance arises. Somewhat stubborn, it is nonetheless clever and highly intelligent. It is reserved with strangers, and some may be aggressive toward strange dogs. Rarely barks.
Boston Terrier’s Health & Care
This is a lively dog that needs daily exercise and interaction with its people. It loves games, and most of its exercise requirements can be met with a romp in the yard or a short walk on leash. It cannot live outdoors. Some Bostons wheeze and snore, and many don’t tolerate heat well. The coat requires only minimal care, an occasional brushing to remove dead hairs.
- Major concerns: none
- Minor concerns: cataract, PDA, patellar luxation, stenotic nares
- Occasionally seen: deafness, hydrocephalus, esophageal achalasia, distichiasis, persistent right aortic arch
- Suggested tests: none
Boston Terrier’s History
Around 1865, following the Civil War, the Boston terrier breed was developed in the stables of Boston, Massachusetts, as a fighting dog. A cross breed known as “Hooper’s Judge” (resulting from a cross between a white English terrier and a bulldog) became the ancestor of almost all true modern Boston Terriers. The breed is an American creation. In 1891, the breed became known as Boston Terriers, taking the name of the city where they originated. It was recognized by the AKC in 1893, less than 20 years after the breed was born. By the early 1900s, the breed’s distinctive markings had become an essential breed feature. The handsome little Boston terrier quickly gained favor throughout America, ranking as one of the most popular breeds in the early to middle 1900s and retaining great popularity today.