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 2019

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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 $850.00. 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 $1,600 upwards to $4,500 or even more for a Boston Terrier with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Boston Terriers sold is $700.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $850.00
Average Price: $700.00
Top Quality: $1,600.00 to $4,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 18758 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.

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Most Popular Boston Terrier Names for 2019

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 18758 Boston Terrier dogs.
  • 1. Boston
  • 2. Bella
  • 3. Buster
  • 4. Daisy
  • 5. Billy
  • 6. Max
  • 7. Roxy
  • 8. Oliver
  • 9. Toby
  • 10. Buddy
  • 11. Rusty
  • 12. Holly
  • 13. Sammy
  • 14. Harley
  • 15. Cooper
  • 16. Penny
  • 17. Lucy
  • 18. Benji
  • 19. Hank
  • 20. Jack

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

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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.

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Would two female Boston Terrier pups get along?

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

Anonymous asked:
We just had a very bad day yesterday losing our 13yr "miniature" Boston Terrier- Angie. We are going to need some time to get over the lost and before we bring in another family member. But not too long. Is there a "miniature" size or do we just need to look at the parents very closely to get a BT that would grow to the 12-13 lb range. To us, there is no replacing Angie- just would like to have as much same size. Emmet



I am very sorry for your loss. There is no Miniature Boston Terrier. This breed comes in one set standard; but there is a size range. This breed ranges in weight from 10 - 25 lbs. That is a huge range for such a small breed dog. If you are looking for a smaller sized Boston Terrier, the best thing to do is to look at the dam and sire the breeder will be using to create the litter and go from there. But remember that some puppies may take after grandparents as well; so make sure to get the weights of the dam and sires parents as well.


I purchased the runt from the litter. He weighs 20lbs., and is tiny in stature. He's almost 11,+ in excellent health. Di


My three yo male's parents were 12/13 lbs. My dog is a healthy 25 lbs.

Anonymous asked:
Are we experiencing a change in the type of dog breeds owned? I am sensing a switch in particular from traditional pedigree breeds to designer cross breeds ownership

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The Labrador Retriever/Standard Poodle, other wise known as the Labradoodle opened up a huge can of worms for the breeding community. Not only did it start the designer breed fad that has been going on as of late, but it has opened the world up to other cross-bred dogs that are now considered designer. There will always be people who will want traditional pedigree breeds, such as myself as a breeder. There will always be people who prefer to adopt from rescues and then the people in the middle who could go either way. The designer breed-fad that is going on now, I hope is just that, a fad. But it is not something we can predict.

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My 1 1/2 year old Boston started a few months ago with a cough when we come home or when she is excited. It almost sounds like she isn't going to get her breathe is this normal?



Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome is the medical term related to various upper airway problems found in short-nosed, flat-faced dog breeds such as the Boston Terrier. A brachycephalic (meaning to having a short, broad head) breed may experience partial obstruction of the upper airway due to narrowed nostrils, an overly long soft palate, or collapse of the voice box (also known as the larynx). Breathing difficulties may also occur because of an abnormally small windpipe (or trachea). What could be happening when your Boston gets over-excited is that she is breathing too quickly and getting a partial obstruction which is making her cough. Contact your vet and take her in to rule out any medical problem that can be fixed and then start training her to be calm when you arrive back home. Start by ignoring her when you come home, no looking at her and no touching her until she is calm and then give her affection. If she becomes excited again, then stand your ground and ignore her until she has calmed down. This will take some time, but soon she will be able to control her how excited she is when you return.


My Bugsy is so happy when I get home, does sometimes make choking signs. I pick him up, speak softly which quickly relinquishes the episode.

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Updated: 9/16/2019