The Boston Terrier is a small but sturdy dog breed, easily recognized by its tuxedo-like marking. It is nicknamed the “American Gentleman” because of this distinctive trait.
This breed is favored by many people because of its easygoing, cheerful, and friendly nature. But the Boston Terrier actually started out as a pit-fighting line. All that ferocity is in the breed’s past now as it has become a well-known household companion.
Boston Terrier Dogs and Puppies
What is a Boston Terrier?
The Boston Terrier is the first breed developed in the U.S. that was recognized by the American Kennel Club. This breed may be more popular as a pet but it can also be trained as a therapy dog.
Learn more about the Boston Terrier in this post.
Where are Boston Terriers from?
The Boston Terrier was primarily developed in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1800s. Pit fights were still popular in those days and the breed was created to develop a new line of fighting dogs. This line emerged by crossing Bulldogs and the now extinct English White Terriers. It was also bred with French Bulldogs at some point and the result became the Boston Terrier’s foundation. The breed was then known as Boston Bull Terriers, Bull Terriers, or Round Heads.
The breed eventually became popular as a household companion—not as a fighting dog. It was officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1893. The Boston Terrier is among the few breeds mainly developed in the U.S.
What does a Boston Terrier look like?
Boston Terriers may be on the small side but they are sturdy, muscular, and compact. They usually stand around 12 to 17 inches at the withers. There are three weight categories for this breed:
- Under 15 pounds
- 15 and under 20 pounds
- 20 to 25 pounds.
Boston Terriers are recognized by these traits:
- Smooth and short fur coat in black, brindle, and seal, with a white marking found on the muzzle, between the eyes, chest, around the neck, and part of the forelegs
- Square head, flat face, and short muzzle (brachycephalic)
- Small and erect ‘bat’ ears
- Naturally short tail (set low on the rump)
- Large, round, and prominent eyes that are dark (set apart)
- Broad chest
What is the temperament of a Boston Terrier?
A Boston Terrier is an intelligent, easy going, and playful dog. It has a pleasant, cheerful disposition and can get along with both people and other animals. It is especially fond of children and can be great playmates for them.
This small American gentleman is smart enough to learn quickly. But it is also slightly stubborn and might not always follow its owner.
The Boston Terrier is not exactly a guard dog but it can be defensive in its territory—especially if it feels its territory is invaded.
Are Boston Terriers hard to house train?
Boston Terriers are fairly easy to train. They can respond well to training as they are very intelligent and eager to please their owners. But these terriers also have a stubborn streak and training them can be challenging at times.
With firm but positive and motivating training methods, Boston Terriers will be able to learn basic obedience commands and other more advanced skills.
How much are Boston Terrier puppies?
Boston Terrier puppies cost around USD $800 to $2,000. Prices vary depending on the credibility of the breeder, the quality of the puppies’ line, location, among other factors.
Adoption fees meanwhile tend to be significantly lower than the costs of actually buying a puppy. Costs range anywhere from $300 to $600. But there are some shelters and organizations that charge much lower than this.
How long does a Boston Terrier live?
Boston Terriers live between 11 to 13 years. Factors such as diet, environment, and genes can affect the longevity of a dog’s life. It is possible a Boston Terrier dies before the age of 11 or exceed its lifespan.
The Boston Terrier is a brachycephalic breed and it is prone to having conditions associated with dogs of this type. These includes:
- Sensitivity to extreme weather (too hot or too cold)
- Breathing difficulties (brachycephalic airway syndrome)
- Birthing problems. The puppies heads may be too big for the mother’s birth canal and must be delivered through cesarean section.
Are Boston Terriers hypoallergenic?
No, the Boston Terrier is not considered hypoallergenic.
Hypoallergenic dogs breeds are typically those that do not shed much. The Boston Terrier does shed minimally, being a short-haired breed. But it has a fur coat instead of a hair coat, which hypoallergenic breeds have.
However, no dog breed is completely non-allergenic. Prospect owners first need to be exposed to the breed they want for a couple of days to gauge their reaction.
Are Boston Terriers good family dogs?
Boston Terriers can be wonderful family pets. They are generally good-natured and are pretty adaptable to different living spaces as long as they are not too hot or too cold. They are energetic but they don’t require long and vigorous exercise.
Grooming these dogs doesn’t take much work, too. They only need basic grooming (bathing, cleaning of ears, brushing of teeth, and clipping of nails), plus the occasional wipes on their folds to prevent bacteria buildup.