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Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog that originated in the United States of America. The Boston Terrier is also known as the Boston Bull or the American Gentleman. Boston Bulls are small and compact dogs, both sturdy and strong. They have a short, smooth coat, a short tail and large, erect ears. The breed originated around 1870. Today, the Boston Terrier is popular as a family pet, although not as popular as they once were, particularly during the 1920s in the USA.


Despite the stocky, strong appearance, the Boston Bull is a friendly and gentle breed of dog. They bond very strongly to their masters and families and are very affectionate towards them also. They love to play and, with proper socialization, these dogs get on well with small children. The Boston Terrier can be wary and show aggressive behaviour towards other breeds of dog, however, a well trained and socialized Boston Terrier will rarely act in such a way. Owners will need a firm hand and consistency when training their Boston Terrier to get the best out of them.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 15-17 inches (38-43cm) Bitches 15-17 inches (38-43m)

    Weight: Dogs 10-25 pounds (4-12kg) Bitches 10-25 pounds (4-12kg)

  • Health Problems

    This breed can be prone to eye problems such as cataracts, entropion, corneal ulcers and corneal dystrophy. These issues are due to the prominent eyes. Deafness along with heart and skin tumours can also manifest in this breed.

  • Living Conditions

    Boston Terriers do well in apartments. They are usually inactive while indoors, preferring to expend their energy on a walk, and will do fine without a yard or garden.

  • Exercise

    Usually one or two daily walks will be sufficient exercise for the Boston Terrier. Free play off leash will also help to keep the dog in good shape.

  • Life Expectancy

    These dogs can live up to 15 or more years.

  • Litter Size

    Average 3 - 4 puppies

  • Grooming

    Due to its smooth, short-haired coat, the Boston Terrier requires little grooming. Brushing it once a week will suffice. Only bathe when necessary. Clean the area around the eyes carefully.

  • Group

    Mastiff, AKC Non-Sporting

  • Recognition


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