Boston Terrier

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Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier Overview

Boston Terriers might be small in stature but they’re huge in personality. With a smushed snout, wide-set bug eyes and an ear-to-ear smile, these dogs are full of LOLs. They move with a wiggle in their step and their curly tail makes them the pig of the dog world. Bostons are friendly, curious and people-oriented. These dapper canines have a tuxedo coat markings in a combination of black, white, brown, red or brindle. Because of their compact size—no more than 25 pounds—Bostons make great apartment dogs and do well in urban areas. They have bounds of energy and love going for walks or a spin around the dog park. 

The Boston breed began in 19-century England, where terriers and bull breeds were being crossed to product suitable dogs for blood sports. In the late 1860s, a Bull dog and white English Terrier cross named Judge was sent to Boston, where he was bred with a smaller white female. And there, the Boston Terrier breed became to form. In its formative years, tweaks to the breeding changed the dogs build from bulky fighter into smaller, sweeter and stylish companion. They were originally called Round Head but became Boston Terriers in honour of the city where they were so carefully developed. 

Did you know?

The Boston Terrier is the official mascot of Boston University.

Boston Terrier Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Therapy dog Therapy dog

  • Service dog Service dog

Popularity ranking**
15-17 in / 12-25 lbs (S)
Average lifespan
11-13 years
Activity level
Little to none
Barking level
Little to none
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

1-2 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed Weekly

Dog Food

Feeding your Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier can thrive on healthy dog food, either prepared at home or bought at the store. Be sure to talk to your vet about the right diet for your dog. Treats can be a great incentive when training your Boston, but be careful to monitor how much you feed your pet, since too many can lead to obesity. It’s important to learn which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are dangerous. Be sure to consult your vet about your Boston’s weight and diet. Always make sure your dog has access to fresh, clean water. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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