Boston Terrier

Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier

This magnificent little dog is unfortunately almost unknown outside the American borders. This 100% American product demonstrates the notion of perfection always prized by Americans. However, the Boston Terrier still has his faults, even if they are so minimal that it is easy to forget them. Especially since they are easy to master through patience, affection and time spent in the company of this gentle little companion, always ready to follow his master anywhere and anytime. This is the perfect small dog for all bulldog lovers.

Height 25 to 40 cm
Weight 6 to 11 kg
Life expectancy 13 to 15 years
Hair Loss Low
Excercise Need High
Home country United States (US)

Quick Overview of the Boston Terrier


  • Nice and pleasant
  • Affectionate and faithful
  • Never aggressive
  • Very sociable


  • Robust and very solid
  • Compact and well-proportioned silhouette
  • Strong and lively gait
  • Very harmonious built


  • Generally in excellent health
  • Long life expectancy
  • No particular pathology
  • Eyes need to be cleaned and maintained

Temperament of the Boston Terrier

Super dog, the Boston Terrier is kind, pleasant, affectionate, loyal, never aggressive and very sociable. He is the dog with a good character par excellence.

The only flaw which could displease some people is his tendency to be very "cuddly" because he is very invasive. He simply loves his family and he wants to take advantage of their presence to the maximum.

Bad guard, he welcomes everyone with the same enthusiasm. However, if he senses a potential danger to his family, he may still react by barking, but his role as guardian ends there.

Obedient and very gentle, his upbringing is easy but it must be quite firm because he is slightly inclined to dominate all his surroundings.

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Breed Appearance

Boston Terrier

This robust and very solid little dog has all the allure of the molosses but without their huge size that precisely distinguishes them. His compact, well-proportioned silhouette gives him a strong, lively gait with a beautiful, harmonious build.


Between 25 and 40 cm (9.84 to 15.75 inches) for the male
Between 25 and 40 cm (9.84 to 15.75 inches) for the female


Between 6 and 11 kg (13.23 to 24.25 pounds) for the male
Between 6 and 11 kg (13.23 to 24.25 pounds) for the female


The most sought-after coat is the seal-like brindle, which is black with red highlights, along with white patches on the skull, forehead, muzzle, collar, chest and legs. Black can also replace brindle.


The short coat is very glossy and fine-textured.


His rather square head with a flat skull has a well marked stop. His large eyes are round and very dark colour. His small ears are straight. They can be cropped or natural, but they are carried straight anyway. His nose is broad and black. His straight or corkscrew-like tail is carried horizontally and is set low.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 9, section 11 and is #140

Characteristics of the Boston Terrier

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

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Tips About this breed

This funny little hound can be the joy of many dog lovers. He is very pleasant, faithful, affectionate, jovial, adorable with children and totally devoid of large dogs' guarding instinct. The Boston Terrier is a small hound with a gentle demeanor and no aggression, these are his greatest characteristics.

Even so, he has a slight tendency to dominate. He does have one or two flaws. His annoying habit of wanting to dominate is easily mastered by a good early education. A proper firm but gentle education will enable him to become man's best friend, a job in which he excels.

The Boston Terrier is exclusively a companion dog and prefers indoors to outdoors. He can live anywhere and with all types of owners as long as he can benefit from an indoor space, fearing the cold more than anything else.

Health of the Boston Terrier

Despite his small size, he is solid and robust. His health is generally excellent and he is used to living a very long life. His eyes must be cleaned and maintained to avoid infections and cold is his worst enemy, his coat does not allow him to withstand bad weather and cold temperatures.

The Boston Terrier is not affected by any particular pathology related to the breed.


Apart from the fact that it is best to brush him and check his eyes daily, a Boston Terrier is very easy to care for and his coat requires no particular attention other than regular brushing. Due to his small size, brushing time is very short and easy to fit in your daily schedule.

History of this breed

The Boston Terrier is 100% native to the United States. This pure American creation would come from a mix of English and French Bulldogs, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and various American Terriers.

In the 1870's, a cross between an imported dog named "Hooper's Judge" owned by a certain Robert C. Hooper of Boston and a white Bull type female named "Gyp or Kate" owned by a certain Edward Burnett, produced a specimen named "Well's Elph" which is practically the ancestor of all Boston Terriers today.

It appears that the descendants of "Well's Elph" would have been crossed with a French Bulldog, which had the effect of reducing the initial weight of the breed, originally almost 20 kg (44 pounds).

Despite the lack of formal information on his creation, it is fully official that the Boston Terrier Club of America was founded in 1891 and that the American Kennel Club recognized the breed equally formally in 1893.

The dogs exhibited at the time were known by many names such as "Round Heads", Boston Bull Terrier or simply Boston Bull. The term Bull was misused and irritated the fans of Bull Terriers and Bulldogs.

Despite the irritation of some and the difficulty in establishing a true standard for the breed, it took several years before he was officially recognized as the Boston Terrier in his own right without any further nomenclature.

Around 1920, the Boston Terrier really reached his peak and became one of the most popular dogs among Americans. It wasn't until 1927 that he made his entry into Europe, and more precisely, into French territory.

The Boston Terrier is an admirable little dog that is very much appreciated. He is exclusively a companion dog and bears the title of "American Gentleman", which suits him very well.

In 1979, he became the official dog of Massachusetts, an American state located in New England, and in 1922, "Rhett" the Boston Terrier became the official mascot of Boston University.

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