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Boston Terrier Breed Information

Boston Terriers are spunky, fun, and comedic dogs who love to play, entertain, and snuggle from dusk to dawn. They adapt easily to any type of lifestyle whether active or relaxed and are great for families, singles, seniors, and novice owners. These perfect pups love to ‘chase’ sprinklers, run in the snow; swim, fetch, and they are very fond of belly rubs and cuddles. As dogs of impressive intelligence, Boston Terriers are easy to train and care for. When it comes to their human family, these pups are highly affectionate and loyal. They are quick to form lifelong bonds and they get along great with kids.  

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Moderate TRAINING Determined TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Friendly, Lively, Playful ADULT WEIGHT 10-25 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 15-17 in LIFE SPAN 10-14 yrs

Boston Terrier Characteristics

  • The Boston Terrier is also known as the American Gentleman
  • A dog like no other, the Boston Terrier has a unique wide-eyed expression and a tuxedo-like coat
  • Boston Terriers are sociable and very friendly. They are quick to make best buddies with other dogs, cats, and even strangers
  • Gentle, patient, and kind, the Boston Terrier loves kids and is an excellent babysitter
  • The Boston Terrier puppies adapt easily to both active and relaxed lifestyles  
  • Highly trainable and easy to groom, the Boston Terrier makes a wonderful companion pet for first-time pet owners
  • Boston Terriers are very fond of people and attention. They are perfect family dogs as well as amazing companion dogs for seniors, couples, and singles
  • Although generally quiet, Boston Terriers will sound-alert approaching visitors. They make great watchdogs
  • The Boston Terrier holds 20th place in the AKC popularity chart and is the mascot of Boston University  

Boston Terrier Breeders

Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. It truly takes a special breeder to assist with nourishing and raising an Boston Terrier puppy properly. Only the nation's best Boston Terrier breeders can provide the best quality of life. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential. We only align ourselves with Boston Terrier breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment.

Boston Terrier Appearance

The Boston Terrier is a unique-looking dog with large bat-like ears, big beautiful eyes, and a tuxedo-like coat. This gorgeous dog appears determined and sporty and has a graceful gait and a kind sweet expression. His demeanor appears warm and friendly, and his disposition is playful. Boston Terriers are medium to small dogs. They weigh between 20 to 25 pounds and stand at 15 to 17 inches tall. They have a compact, muscular, and well-proportioned body, a short muzzle that is square-shaped, a naturally short tail, dark and large round eyes that are set wide apart, and erect ears that are slightly rounded at the tip.  

The Boston Terrier coat is short, smooth, and fine with the breed standard colors black, seal, and brindle, each with white markings.  

Boston Terrier Temperament

Boston Terriers are great family dogs. They are calm and patient around children and they are very loyal and loving of their pet parents. One feature that sets Boston Terriers apart from other dogs is that they are just as happy and comfortable in an active lifestyle as they are in a relaxed one. Although attached to their owners, they are more on the independent side and can be left alone for up to eight hours a day. They are neither overly vocal nor aggressive and they make excellent watchdogs.  

Boston Terriers are very friendly dogs when it comes to other canines, pets, and even strangers. They get along great with everyone they come in contact with and they are more likely to cuddle an intruder than to act in any aggressive manner. They enjoy socializing with other dogs at dog parks and greeting strangers with openness and affection.  
As fun-loving dogs, Boston Terriers have a long list of favorite activities. They love playing with bungee ball toys, canine puzzles, and chew toys. They adore jumping high, running in the snow, fetching their ball in both water and on land, and they are very fond and great at dog sports such as agility, flyball, rally, and obedience. They are also very fond of cuddle-time, belly rubs, and pampering of any kind. Although they enjoy splashing into water, swimming, and jumping in pools, it is always recommended to supervise them near water.  

When it comes to their family, Boston Terriers want to take part in every activity. They don’t mind spending an entire day on the couch or going on week-long trips as long as they are near their humans.  

Boston Terrier puppies are amusing, playful, and mischievous. They test their speed limits many times a day and are very fond of attention.  

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Boston Terrier History

A remarkable dog in both appearance and temperament, the Boston Terrier has enchanted dog lovers for over a century. The breed was originally developed during the 1800s in the United States for dogfighting pits/sports that were highly popular at the time. Although great little warriors in their fighting days, by the 1900s the Boston Terriers had evolved into gentle, loving companion pets that lacked any trace of aggression. These amazing pups were widely known as bull-terriers, American Terriers, round-heads, and even Boston Bulldogs, but because there were already several breeds with similar names, the breed was eventually named The Boston Terrier. There are many claims as to how the Boston Terriers came to the United States and how they were developed as a breed. The most common belief is that they have English Bulldog and White English Terrier ancestors and that most Boston Terriers can be traced back to a Boston Terrier named Judge.  

The Boston Terriers are famously known today as lovable family dogs, excellent playmates for children of all ages, and fantastic entertainers. They are featured in movies, TV shows, and art and they have been the official mascot of Boston University for over 100 years.  

The Boston Terrier Club of America was founded in 1891 and the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983. They are part of the Non-Sporting Group and the 20th most popular dog of 2021. The Boston Terrier was the most popular breed of dog in 1915 in the United States and most refer to the breed as the Official (and favorite) Dog of Massachusetts today.