Boston Terrier dog - American Gentleman Among Dogs

He is an all American breed.

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Breed History:

In the 1860s, in the United States, dog fighting was made illegal. This drove the wicked cruelty underground, where it still lurks to this day, in parts of the country. The breed, later to be named the Boston Terrier was originally bred as a pit fighter, an activity that was very popular in the Boston area in the mid 19th century. They were bred down from English Bulldog - English terrier crosses bred to similar crosses. Following the ban on dog fighting however, the breed nearly disappeared forevermore. Except for the actions of a group of about 30 men, living in the Boston area, the breed most certainly would have vanished. By 1889, these fanciers founded the American Bull Terrier Club, and they exhibited the dogs as Round Heads or Bull Terriers. They were met with a lot of opposition from Bull Terrier and Bulldog fanciers and even by the AKC which found the name unacceptable. The breed name was therefore changed to its present name, Boston Terrier. The AKC recognized the breed in 1893, an incredibly short time after its founding. The breed is one of a few that was developed solely in the United States, in the Boston area. To this day, it is sometimes called the Boston Bull dog, or Toy Bulldog, but wrongly so, those names being disliked intensely, by Boston Terrier fanciers. At first, color and markings were not all that important, but by the early 1900s the breed's singular markings had become a fundamental breed characteristic. By 1929-1935 it was the most popular breed in America. Despite this, overall breed quality has been maintained. It was first registered in Canada in 1888-1889.
Three Weight Sizes:
Under 15 lb. (6.8 kg);
15 lb. and under 20 lb. (6.8 - 9.1 kg);
20 lb. and not to exceed 25lb. (9.1 - 11.4 kg).
Height:  15 - 17 in. (38 - 43 cm).
Living Space:  Small apartment.
Activity Level:  Moderately active.
Daily Exercise:  15 minutes, 3 times per day.
Playfulness:  Quite playful.
Affection Level:  Quite affectionate.
Shedding:  Sheds a little.
Grooming:  Once per week.
Towards other pets:  Very good.
Towards other dogs:  Quite Good.
With children:  Excellent.
Bonding:  Bonds to entire family.
Trainability:  Good.
Watchdog:  Excellent.
Protection:  Low.
Function:  Companion.
Other Names:  Boston Bulldog (Not liked!)
Life Expectancy:  10 - 14 years.


The Boston Terrier is a very attractive smooth coated dog, bright and fine in texture. It is short headed, with a flat skull, free from wrinkles. It is a small dog breed, but comes in three weight sizes as follows: Under 15 pounds (6.8 kg), 15 lbs. and under 20 lbs. (6.8 kg to 9.1 kg), 20 lbs. not to exceed 25 lbs. (9.1 to 11.4 kg). The leg length must balance the body length to give the dog a square appearance. The dog must have sufficient bone and muscle to as to look neither spindly or coarse. Females have a slight refinement to their conformation. The ears may be cropped or uncropped. The color and markings are very important and detailed and so, we refer you to the AKC breed standard for the details. The breed retains many of the characteristics of its Bulldog family relatives. Its short fine coat and distinguishing markings adds to its debonair appearance.


This breed is a lively one, that requires daily exercise and lots of interaction with the family. It is very playful, so games are good! It enjoys a romp around in the yard or a moderate walk on a leash. It must live indoors, and be an integral part of the family. With its short coat, it cannot tolerate extreme cold weather. Extreme heat is also seldom tolerated well. Grooming is quite easy as it only sheds a little, and requires but occasional brushing, to remove dead hairs. Some Boston Terriers, like English Bulldogs, wheeze and snore.


The Boston Terrier is a friendly and lively dog with an excellent disposition. It gets along extremely well with children and it bonds to the whole family, always aware of and sensitive to the owners desires and moods. It make an excellent companion and a good choice for a family with young children. They can be somewhat obstinate, but is nevertheless clever and quick to learn. They are excellent watchdogs. Some bark a lot, so leaving it outdoors too long, is not neighborly. Some do not like strange same-sex dogs, and may be aggressive. They are often aloof with strangers.

Finding Other Breeders:

Want information on this small dog breed the Boston Terrier dog and breeders who have Boston Terrier puppies for sale? See the Boston Terrier breeders. If there are no nearby breeders, see the Canadian dog Club, Boston Terrier rescue, or the American dog Club, Boston Terrier rescue for information on other Boston Terrier breeders.

Health Issues:

Major Concerns:  No major health concerns.

Minor Concerns:  Minor concerns include: patellar luxation. Stenotic nares, Elongated soft palate, Allergies.

Occasionally seen:  Deafness, Seizures, Cataracts,

Suggested Tests:

hips, knees and eyes.