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.
The Boston Terrier is a small, stocky, squarish, robust and well-muscled dog.
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.
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.
The breed comes in a variety of colours which include:
Height bitch 38-43cms
Height dog 38-43cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 4.5-11kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 4.5-11kgs
The Boston Terrier requires around an hour of exercise every day.
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.
The glossy coat is short and low maintenance.
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.
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:
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.
A healthy Boston Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 11-15 years.
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.
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.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: