Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a characterful dog with a short muzzle and erect ears. The Boston Terrier is actually a member of the utility group, not the terrier group as its name suggests.

Boston Terrier breed Group


Size of the Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a small, stocky, squarish, robust and well-muscled dog.

Country of origin

The Boston Terrier was developed in the United States of America in the late 19th century. The Boston Terrier was created from the Bull Terrier and other terrier types in 1893. The breed was originally used to hunt vermin and fighting. Today, it is kept as an increasingly popular companion dog.

Boston Terrier temperament

The Boston Terrier is an intelligent, alert, lively little dog with bags of personality. It can be a little boisterous at times, but generally has a cheerful, enthusiastic temperament. Generally affectionate and loyal within the family group, the Boston Terrier can be suspicious with strangers, and show aggression towards other dogs. It may not be a suitable choice for families with very young children. Contact with cats and other small pets should be avoided.

Early socialisation and ongoing training is highly suggested for the Boston terrier to prevent unwanted aggressive behaviour.

Colour varieties of the Boston Terrier

The breed comes in a variety of colours which include:

  • Black & White
  • Black & White Brindle
  • Black Brindle & White
  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Mahogany & White
  • Mahogany Brindle
  • Mahogany Brindle & White
  • Red & White
  • Seal & White
  • Seal Brindle
  • Seal Brindle & White

Size and weight of the Boston Terrier

Height bitch 38-43cms

Height dog 38-43cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 4.5-11kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 4.5-11kgs

Exercise requirements of the Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier requires around an hour of exercise every day.

Is the Boston Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, the breed is easy to train, and a practical size for most family homes. It can happily live in the city or in an apartment, as long as it receives an adequate amount of exercise.

Boston Terrier coat length

The glossy coat is short and low maintenance.

Grooming requirements of the Boston Terrier

Low. The short no-fuss coat requires little grooming, although a regular brushing with a good quality bristle brush or hound brush will add a lovely sheen to the coat.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infections and foreign bodies such as ticks.


No. The Boston Terrier sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a hardy little dog with few inherited problem, but owners should check with their breeder about the following known health issues:

  • Cataracts
  • Luxating patellas
  • Deafness
  • Heart murmurs
  • Tumours
  • Sensitive to extreme heat and cold

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Boston Terrier

A healthy Boston Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 11-15 years.

Approximate Boston Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £800- £1,000 for a puppy, and litters are often available. There are generally 4-6 puppies in the average litter. 1,956 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Boston Terrier would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing between 10kgs will require around 185gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog or bitch weighing 10kgs will cost roughly £4.50 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment