Boston Terrier

Boston terriers are fondly called “the Black and White Dog” as they have a tuxedo like coat in these two shades that offers them a gentleman like appearance. However, contrary to their nick name, these dogs have a playful and enthusiastic nature, and are very well-mannered, make them the perfect indoor pets. These dogs love to please their owners and their innocent stare and tail-wagging welcome are their owner’s stress busters.

Boston Terrier Breed Information

Unlike their counterparts, Boston Terrier dogs have a well documented origin in 1865 when the rich and coach men began breeding some of the finest canines they had. Of these, one dog named Judge was borne of breeding a Bulldog and English Terrier. Later AKC (American Kennel Club) recognised this breed formally during the year 1893. This breed was a distinct one as it had specific markings and shades that made them popular in the 1900s. This breed was indeed the first that would challenge other dogs if there was an invasion in their territory.
The Boston Terriers are a bit stubborn and can be sensitive to the moods of their owners. They are well mannered pets known for their saucy nature and love to chase balls anytime. These dogs are quick learners. They are very reserved to new people at home and might be aggressive to new dogs.
  • Activity level: 2.5/5 (some activities lover, but can be picky)
  • Intelligence level: 4.5/5 (quick learner)
  • Curiosity: 3/5 (gets bored quickly)
  • Friendliness: 5/5 (family friendly and loves other pets at home)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (barks if needed)
This short backed dog has a clean cut body with distinct markings, a head that is proportionate, a wide-looking chest, well sprung ribs and well muscled thighs that have bent stifles with short hocks. Their intelligent expression and innocent stare can easily melt many a heart!
  • Fur: Boston Terriers have a bright coat with short hair, fine texture and a smooth finish.
  • Eyes: The eyes of this breed are set squarely on the head and are wide, round shaped, large and dark in colour.
  • Body structure: They are compactly built, with a well balanced body that includes a proportionate head which is square and is wrinkle free. It has a tapering short and low lying tail and has a hock above their lower hind legs.
  • Facial features: The ideal expression found on the face of the Boston Terrier is a blend of intelligence, kindness and alert.
  • Weight: A fully grown adult Boston Terrier with a height of 1 foot or slightly higher can weigh between 15 pounds to 25 pounds.
Health and Care
They have a lifespan of about 14 years and there are no major health concerns. Some dogs might develop minor health issues like stenotic nares, PDA and cataract, deafness, corneal abrasions etc. These dogs tend to eat anything they come across which makes them to succumb to gastrointestinal blockage. So make your homes terrier proof and hide those toys made with raw hide from them. This lively breed requires exercise everyday and yearns for socializing with people. They love to play and are quite content with short walks and a run in the yard. You just need to brush your Boston Terrier’s coat occasionally to shake off the loose hair. Make sure you don’t leave your dog outdoors as they cannot handle heat well. Maintain the health of your Terrier by giving him his favourite dog food twice a day.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at