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Boston Terrier

Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood

Family: Canidae Boston Terrier PictureCanis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Marg Dailey
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We just got a 1.5 year old female Boston Terrier and we couldn't ask for a more loving playful dog, although she does have issues being in a crate or being left... (more)  Perry

  The well-mannered Boston Terrier is playful but gentle, a good match for families with small children.

Boston Terriers are popular as pets. Their enthusiasm and sense of humor are two of their most recognizable traits, but the breed is also well behaved and gentle. The Boston Terrier is very intelligent and enjoys learning new things, making training easy. Health problems to look for when selecting this breed include breathing problems and heart and skin tumors.

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: lupus familiaris

Common Name(s) Boston Terrier, Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood

Breed Type The Boston Terrier is a non-sporting breed. Originally bred for fighting, today's Boston Terrier is playful and well-mannered thanks to selective breeding. This breed is best suited to moderate climates, because it doesn't tolerate extreme temperatures well.

Background The Boston Terrier originated in the United States in the late 1800s. A descendent of unknown breeds of bull and terrier type dogs, the breed was much larger then than it is today. The dogs were bred selectively with smaller members of the breed and crossed with the French Bulldog to develop the modern Boston Terrier.
Popular hybrids include the Boglen Terrier, a Boston Terrier and Beagle mix.

Description The Boston Terrier is a muscular dog, with a black and white or brindle and white coat. Their muzzles are short and wide, their eyes large and wide-set, and their ears small and pointed. Their tails are naturally short. Boston Terriers are 15-17 inches tall and weigh 10-25 pounds.

Care and Feeding The best foods for a Boston Terrier contain beef, fish, wheat, and yellow corn. Boston Terriers require minimal grooming. They should be brushed fairly regularly, and bathed only when needed. Their faces should be wiped clean daily, and their nails clipped as needed.
Boston Terriers need yearly checkups. Vaccinations should be administered as follows:

  • 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
  • 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
  • 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
  • Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster

Boston Terriers shed moderately. Regular vacuuming is recommended if you keep this breed inside.

Housing Your Dog The Boston Terrier can live indoors or out, as long as it is not exposed to extreme temperatures. The breed is not very active indoors, and it is suitable for apartment living.

Social Behaviors The Boston Terrier is a friendly dog, both with people and other pets. They do well around children and strangers. Some males may become dominant around other male dogs.

Handling and Training Boston Terriers are, for the most part, easy to train. Some, however, may be difficult to housebreak.

Activities Boston Terriers need a daily walk to stay fit. They enjoy playing outdoors as much as possible.

Breeding/Reproduction When selecting a mate for your Boston Terrier, it is important to be aware of hereditary problems in the potential mate's bloodline. Deafness, heart murmur, and luxating patellas are some things to look for. Cesarean sections are common in this breed, due to the puppies' large heads.

Common Health Problems Boston Terriers are prone to eye injuries, heart problems, and skin disorders. They may also have breathing problems due to the shape of their faces.

Availability Boston Terriers are fairly easy to find due to their popularity. Average prices for puppies are $400 to $800.

References "Boston Terrier", Wikipedia, Copyright 2008
"Boston Terrier", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Boston Terrier", Referenced online, 2008
"Boston Terrier Puppies for Sale", Copyright, LLC, Referenced online, 2008

Lastest Animal Stories on Boston Terrier

Perry - 2010-01-21
We just got a 1.5 year old female Boston Terrier and we couldn't ask for a more loving playful dog, although she does have issues being in a crate or being left alone. She poops in her crate as soon as she is left alone, even if she just went prior to being left alone. Anyone with any advice feel free to advise. She is not going anywhere, it would just be nice to fix these issues.

  • millie - 2010-09-26
    Maybe this will work get a smaller crate.....the one you have may be too large, dogs generally do not go in their sleep area.
  • Beth Withrow - 2015-02-06
    Don't put him in the kennel if he's naughty only use for bed or quite time, I think!?
Beth Withrow - 2015-02-06
Love it!

Beth Withrow - 2015-02-06
My Boston Terrier, is very smart, sweet, but very food aggressive, and needs to be first for everythingor he throws a fit and will cry! Love him

Laike - 2010-04-24
Yes, my dog is the same. He has urine problems since we got him, it started when the previous owner got him spayed... And he whines in the kennel after I put him back in from being outside. But I love him still.!(Spyder)

  • ina - 2014-09-27
    Your dog should have been neutered not spayed. That is if your spyder is a boy. Spaying is for the female dogs and cats and neutering would be for their male counterparts. Bostons are very easy to house break. You just have to be consistent.