Boston Terrier Puppies & Breed Information

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier Puppy Characteristics


  • Size:
  • Grooming Needs:
  • Exercise Needs:
  • Good With Dogs:
  • Watchdog Ability:

Boston Terrier Breed Information


Breed Group: Non-Sporting

Weight: 10-25 lbs

Height: 15-17 inches

Color(s): brindle, seal, or black with white markings on muzzle, between eyes, and forechest, and possibly white collar and lower legs

Overview

As their name implies, this breed was developed in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally weighing up to 44 pounds, the Boston Terrier was bred down from the bull and terrier pit-fighting breeds. This breed has the distinction of being the first non-sporting dog to be bred in America.

Character

The Boston Terrier is compact, sturdy, and small but is not delicate or fragile. This breed has a kind and gentle nature and is often referred to as the American Gentleman. They are lively, high-spirited, and playful. This dapper dog is a delightful combination of determination, strength, balance, and gracefulness.

Temperament

Highly intelligent, alert, and enthusiastic, the Boston Terrier is affectionate and loyal. This breed is quite animated and has a lovely sense of humor. They thrive on human interaction and on being an integral part of the family. They do best in a home with children over the age of eight years and are exceedingly good with the elderly. They will generally get along with non-canine pets, although males may fight with other dogs. The Boston Terrier has a very sensitive nature and will be affected either positively or negatively by tone of voice or the home atmosphere and environment.

Care

Regular brushing with a firm bristle brush will minimize loose hair. This breed should be bathed only when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo. The Boston Terrier has a tendency to drool so frequent wiping of the face is recommended. They eyes and ears need to be checked and cleaned on a regular basis. Boston Terriers are prone to such health issues as breathing difficulties, heart and skin tumors, and eye injuries. They do not adapt well to weather extremes.

Coat

The Boston Terrier has a coat that is fine in texture, short, glossy, and smooth. The color of the coat comes in black with white markings, seal, and brindle. Occasionally the coat will come in brown with white markings. This breed is an average shedder.

Training

The Boston Terrier is eager and quick to learn. They may be difficult to housebreak and the crate training method is recommended. Due to their highly sensitive nature harsh and heavy-handed methods must never be used. This breed responds to praise, fairness, firmness, patience, and consistency.

Activity

Relatively inactive indoors, the Boston Terrier is quite content to just be with the family at all times. However, regular daily exercise is a must to keep this breed fit and in shape. They benefit from and enjoy securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and free play in a safely fenced area. Boston Terriers do well in an apartment, condominium, or city dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise, attention, and stimulation.

Ownership

If you are looking for Boston Terrier puppies for sale from reputable Boston Terrier breeders or to adopt Boston Terriers from a Boston Terrier rescue then make sure you understand as much about the dog breeds you are interested in as you can. Every puppy breed is different. Begin your research by reading the breed information about the Boston Terrier puppy above. Search our dog breeds section to find Boston Terrier puppies that make great pets.


Rate this Breed Information - Provided by

Saving...

4.2 out of 5 based on 308 ratings for the Boston Terrier puppy breed profile.

Updated: 8/20/2014
Answer a Question

Breed Questions & Answers

Are you knowledgeable about a certain breed? Share what you know!


We provide the only safe marketplace for Boston Terrier dog breeders to list and rehome their purebred Boston Terrier puppies. Boston Terrier dog breeders listing puppies on Next Day Pets are required to verify their identity for your protection. Most dog breeders with Boston Terriers for sale offer health guarantees and may be shipped worldwide. With over 100,000 active dog breeders, we can assure you you'll find the perfect puppy for your family.