Boston Terrier

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Breed Group: Non-Sporting
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10-25 lbs
15-17 inches
brindle, seal, or black with white markings on muzzle, between eyes, and forechest, and possibly white collar and lower legs
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Boston Terrier puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Boston Terrier varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Boston Terrier puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Boston Terriers sold is $950.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Boston Terrier with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,500 upwards to $5,000 or even more for a Boston Terrier with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Boston Terriers sold is $800.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $950.00
Average Price: $800.00
Top Quality: $2,500.00 to $5,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 21286 Boston Terrier puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Boston Terrier puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Boston Terriers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Boston Terrier Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 21286 Boston Terrier dogs.
  • 1. Boston
  • 2. Bella
  • 3. Buster
  • 4. Daisy
  • 5. Max
  • 6. Billy
  • 7. Oliver
  • 8. Roxy
  • 9. Buddy
  • 10. Toby
  • 11. Penny
  • 12. Sammy
  • 13. Oreo
  • 14. Rusty
  • 15. Molly
  • 16. Harley
  • 17. Holly
  • 18. Duke
  • 19. Lucy
  • 20. Bailey

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Anonymous asked:
Do some Boston Terrier purebreds have a longer snout?

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If the Boston Terrier in question is a registerable or registered AKC, CKC, or UKC dog, then he / she should have the shortened muzzle that is in the set standard. Now, a person could breed two Boston Terrier's together and work towards lengthening the muzzle, but once it is out of the set standard written in the Kennel Club; the dog is considered not registerable anymore. The dog can still be considered purebred, but not of show quality if the confirmation does not match the set written standard.

Anonymous asked:
Good morning, Hope all is well!! I am looking to buy a Boston Terries, and I have a question: How can I trust the person who is selling them? Like to you guys has reviews from certain sellers?

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First off, go with your gut. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason, walk away. Second, go to a local AKC, CKC, or UKC dog show and talk with the breeders/handlers that are showing Boston Terriers. Take notes, cards, and if they are okay with it, pictures of the dogs. You may find a breeder there that you trust and feel confident with. Thirdly, ask for previous puppy references. A breeder whom is proud of the puppies they produce will give you the contact information for some previous puppy owners. Speak with them about their puppies, and their experience with the breeder. Finding a breeder that is registered with the AKC, CKC, or UKC will also give you knowledge that they are held to a higher standard than someone whom just breeds for the sake of making money. Fourth, talk to the breeder. Listen to what they say. If they are gushing about their dogs, explaining why they got into the breed, how their breeding program is bettering the breed and why, then that is fantastic. If they ask you a lot of questions and want to know why you want a dog, that is also great. A breeder should want to know everything about you so they know that their puppies are going to the best homes. Lastly, ask if you can read over the breeders contract. A honest, knowledgeable, responsible, and reputable breeder is going to have a contract with each and every puppy. See what they do and do not guarantee, if they provide life-time breeder support. If a breeder is only asking about when you will send in a deposit, or doesn't have a contract to keep the puppy, themselves and you safe, walk away. All they care about is making money and do not deserve your business.

Anonymous asked:
My Boston Terrier was. I had to put home down due to seizures. Is this common?



First off, I'm sorry to hear about your Boston. It is never easy to lose a beloved pet and best friend. Seizures can be caused by many different reasons from genetics to severe allergic reactions. This breed is not well known for genetic seizures or illness' that cause seizures such as epilepsy; but that does not mean that your Boston could not have had something like that. Trauma can also cause seizures, one of my dogs ( a female), whom is not a Boston Terrier but also a breed that is not known for seizures got a head injury and that caused her to have several seizures in a small amount of time after the head trauma. Making sure your breeder has done their background work and has had their dam and sire tested for health issues is one way to ensure you are getting a pup with the best foot forward in health.


The same happened to my Roxy, determined to be idiopathic- not genetic. I did lots of research that really points to flea, tick, heartworm and some vaccinations...just listen to the commercials. Since we only get puppy vacicnations or titer, rabies and use a product called "Bugs be Gone" for fleas, ticks and misquitoes

Anonymous asked:
Does the color bundle for a Boston Terrier make any difference in quality?



The coloration of the dog does not effect the quality of the dog at all. Coloration is accepted by the kennel club the pup is born into and simply is a breed standard. Of course, being any of the accepted coat colorations for their specific breed is a plus and looked at as positive of the breed. The boat colorations that are accepted for the Boston Terrier are brindle, seal, or black with white markings. Markings can be on the muzzle, between eyes, chest, lower legs and a white collar.


Boston Terriers are prone to seizures, but the Boston Terrier Club Of America is working to try and fund research to find possible genes we can identify so we can eliminate the problem in the breed. I think it's one of the worst problems a Boston can have, and of course it is devastating and heart-wrenching for owners to watch their beloved Boston go through seizures. Seizures in Boston's can have many causes. Sometimes there can be a brain tumor, or sometimes it can be caused by an overweight dog who has sleep apnea and simply putting the dog on a reducing diet can cause the apnea to stop, which then causes the seizures to stop. It can be caused by a high fever or by low blood sugar. It can be caused commonly by vaccines, which is why it is very important to not overvaccinate and to use vaccines that do not contain Lepto. Also, do not use any vaccines your breeder says you should stay away from. Of course any kind of chemical or toxin the dog is exposed to especially yard chemicals and oral and topical flea and tick preventatives, (especially Comfortis!) can cause seizures. Many of these drugs cause neurotoxicity to the bugs and they also cause neurotoxicity to your dog. Head trauma or kidney failure can cause seizures. But very often, there is no known cause, and it is simply termed idiopathic epilepsy. I get so many Boston owners at large writing to me asking about seizures, so I decided to put up a page of info to help anyone who needs it. I had a Boston I had rescued from Japan. Once he arrived in the US and became a "Doggy Citizen" he lobed life. At age of 11 he started to have seizures. I took him to animal ER and kept him overnight that turned into a few days. Even had CT scans. Could not find cause. After three seizures and 10,000.00 later he had his worst one. Did not know who I was and cried in corner. At recommendation of Vet had to put him to sleep so no suffering. I think this is a common problem with tis breed with the research I have done.


We had a something similar with ours which ended up being a brain mast blocking CSF. Treated for ear infections initially and seizures came later before CT. It was heart breaking. Thoughts go out to you ours was 11.5 years and otherwise full of life. All of this happened pretty rapidly.


So sorry for your loss. Mine was put down for seizures at 5. It was our third Boston but this one was so young. No more. Have to find another breed or mutt to love on after we get over this shock.

Anonymous asked:
Would two female Boston Terrier pups get along?



Yes, if both the dogs were puppies when they were introduced and grew up together; they would get along just fine without a problem.


It depends a lot on temperaments, ages and introductions. Most puppies will (in general) get along with each other. Boston Terriers, as with any breed, should be bred with temperament held as a priority...right up there with health and quality. It is possible to have more than one female Boston Terrier and have no issues. If they're introduced as babies, it's typically not an issue and they should get along. However, depending on their temperaments or if they've been spayed, they can eventually start getting into quarrels. Even though they were raised together. It also helps to have a good structure and raise them with proper training in terms of understanding that you're the boss and they are equals. When they see each other on the same level, they tend to get along better than if the pecking order is ever in question. I have had quite a few Boston's over the years that have gotten along wonderfully. I choose my pups based on their temperaments and dispositions (after health and quality is determined). I will not keep a dog or any animal for that matter, in a breeding program if they have an aggression or attitude issue.

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Updated: 7/4/2022