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Boston Terrier Dog Breed Information

General Information:

Height: 12-15 in
Weight: 10-32 lbs
Life Span: 13-15 yrs
Coloring: Brindle and white, black and white, brown and white
Area of Origin: Massachusetts, United States
Similar Breeds: English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Pug, Boxer

History and Origin:

Bred to be a smaller version of the early Pitbull-type dog, the Boston Terrier was originally a tenacious pit fighter in Boston, Massachusetts. The first Boston Terrier was a cross-breed between the English Bulldog and the extinct English White Terrier, and weighed significantly more than the current breed. The present day Boston Terrier can trace its lineage back to 1865 to a single male called “Hooper’s Judge,” whose male offspring were bred with smaller females of the same mix. French Bulldog blood was introduced soon after, which solidified the physical appearance that the Boston Terrier is known for today.

Personality and Temperament:

Lovable, tenacious, and intelligent, the Boston Terrier of today is a far cry from the pit fighter it was bred to be. As a non-sporting breed, it is now bred solely as a companion – a job it is more than happy to fulfill! It can get excited quite easily, and is prone to developing the “Small Dog Syndrome”: knowing it can misbehave and act as pack leader without discipline. They are, nevertheless, eager to please protective of their owners, and are a joyful and playful family dog. It is a suitable breed for new owners who are willing to be firm leaders.

Exercise & Training:

As an intelligent breed, the Boston Terrier is quite trainable. It responds best to gentle, yet consistent, leadership; creating firm boundaries will eliminate any dominant qualities it may have. Housebreaking may be a bit of an issue with the Boston Terrier, and while its quiet nature makes it suitable for apartment living, it must be house trained early to prevent messes. A daily walk and moderate play time is adequate to keep the Boston Terrier happy and healthy, and it is content to simply lay beside its owner like other non-sporting breeds.


The Boston Terrier has a short, glossy coat, which requires occasional grooming to eliminate lose hairs. Minimal bathing is required as it is a fairly clean breed, however it is advisable to wipe the contours of the face face and around its eyes every day to maintain overall cleanliness.

Similar Breeds:

Resembling a miniature Boxer, the Boston Terrier shares Old English Bulldog ancestry with the larger German breed, and both Bulldog and Terrier ancestry with the Bull Terrier. It is very similar in stature to the French Bulldog, whose small size was bred into the Boston Terrier early in its development. Many people also associate the Boston Terrier with the Pug; it is common for a potential dog owner to consider either the Boston Terrier or the Pug as their perfect companion.

Interesting Facts about the Boston Terrier:

1. The Boston Terrier is one of just a handful of breeds completely developed in the United States.

2. Given the nickname, “American Gentleman,” due to its coloring and friendly demeanor.

3. “Rhett” the Boston Terrier is the official mascot of Boston University.

4. The Boston Terrier is the first “non-sporting” breed to have been developed in the United States.

5. Officially, can be shown under one of three weight categories: under 15 lbs, between 15 and 20 lbs, and between 20 and 25 lbs.

Organizations dedicated to the Boston Terrier:

Boston Terrier Club of America
Minuteman Boston Terrier Club
Boston Terrier Rescue Net
American Boston Terrier Rescue
Boston Terrier Rescue – List of all rescue organizations in the US

Breeds Similar to Boston Terrier Dogs:

Boston Terrier Breed Information

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  • Pat Meyers
    November 14, 2015, 1:54 am

    I am looking for a breeder in Missouri who specializes in very SMALL Boston Terriers. Maybe under 10 pounds. I saw one a couple years ago and her owners told me they purchased her in Missouri. Thank you for any assistence you can give me.

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