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Boston Terrier - Breed Information and Photos
Affectionate and loving, this dog is determined, and makes an excellent companion. This guide contains Boston Terrier - breed information and photos.


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March 20, 20060 found this helpful
Breed Description: The Boston Terrier is a compact, well-muscled and clean-cut dog with a lively temperament and high degree of intelligence. This breed has a broad, flat head, large round eyes and a sweet docile expression. Affectionate and loving, this dog is determined, strong and sturdy and makes an excellent companion.

Group: Non-Sporting

Purpose of Breed: Baiting Bulls, Ratting

Country of Origin: USA

Average Size: Boston Terriers range from 11-14 pounds and 10 - 16 inches tall.

Color(s): Either brindle or black with white markings.

Coat Type: Boston Terriers have short and smooth coats, which require minimal care.

Grooming: This breed is a minimal shedder and its smooth, short coat is easy to maintain. Standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails is required.

Exercise Needs: Boston Terriers are quite athletic, enjoy walks, flyball and agility trials and like all dogs, benefit from regular exercise. Their size makes them suitable for apartment living as long as they are exercised daily. Care should be taken during exercise to avoid overheating them, which can lead to difficulties breathing.

Temperament: This dog breed makes a good companion due to its obedient, protective and gentle nature. Boston Terriers are bright, alert and exceptionally affectionate. Although they are friendly breed, they are initially suspicious of strangers and make good watchdogs.

Common Ailments: Susceptible to eye problems, breathing and whelping difficult.

Life Expectancy: Averages 10-14 years.

Trivia: The popularity of the Boston Terrier swelled so much in the 1920s that the breed represented between 20 and 30 percent of all of the dogs entered in dog shows.

More Information: Boston Terrier Club of America,

Credits: Booth Photography - Dog Owner: Billie Bunch
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Credits: Booth Photography - Dog Owner: Billie Bunch
Ch. B & B's Unique Carbon Copy (Sisser).

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January 6, 201017 found this helpful

Dexter is 7 months old. He is a Boston Terrier. We got Dexter on the first vacation we have had in 10 years with our 2 sons. Dexter was at a friend's house that we were visiting in another state. The boys just love their new little friend and are very good brothers to him.


He likes to poke at his toys till they make noise then jumps away turns his head to the right and the left and then does it all over again. Dexter likes to snuggle up and lay next to his boys beds and when they are at school he takes something off their bed and puts it in his own bed to lay next to.

By Christina from Lansing, MI

Black and white pup lying on arm.

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February 13, 2011

Meet Mia and Triinu, aged 5 years and 2 years respectively. Mia was "inherited" from an old roommate. Triinu was adopted from a breeder. They really enjoy playing with each other.

By Kadi

2 black and white dogs sitting on a windowsill.


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November 18, 2009

Sophie is a seven year old Boston Terrier. I got Sophie from a breeder who had six week old pups for sale. They were born on a farm and were all romping about when we noticed one older pup playing with them. It was our Sophie, leftover from the previous litter because no one wanted the dog with one blue eye! How pitiful! We had to make her our pup!

She likes to lay in the sun, go for short walks, gut stuffed animals and cuddle-pup with her Dad in the recliner on cold Wisconsin nights. In this photo she's showing off her new crocheted collar I made her.

She has bad skin allergies and used to be on cortisone, so she is a little overweight because of that. Now, we control it with benadryl as needed as well as a fish and sweet potato based food, so much better than liver damaging drugs!


By kendy from Milwaukee, WI

Sophie (Boston Terrier)

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January 4, 2010

Mugzee Malone is 2 1/2 years old. He is a Boston Terrier. We purchased Mugzee from a home, it was a 45 minute drive. He likes to play with his friends next door (two much bigger dogs!) He likes to go for car rides and play tug-of-war with an old sock.

He is a great companion dog. He loves to follow the family around and be involved in whatever is going on in the house. Mugzee doesn't have a mean bone in his body! Mugzee doesn't bark at all, I'm not kidding, he doesn't know how to bark!

By Jen from Cleveland, OH

Black and white dog on wood stairs.

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October 21, 2009

Cecil, Winnie and Dave are one, 6 and one (respectively). and are Boston Terriers and Pug/Boston Mix (Bug.) I got Winnie in 2003, Cecil and Dave in 2008. They love to eat and sleep, they are their own little pack. Here they wear their shirts that I bought them after I had surgery in NY. They keep me alive!

By Amy from Dayton OH

three dogs in sweaters looking away from camera

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August 7, 2009

This is Maggie May. Just like the Rod Stewart song. She is almost two years old. Maggie is a Boston Terrier.

My best friend gave her to my kids for a Christmas present. She wasn't quite old enough to come home then. As soon as she was weaned, she had an accident. So the day she came home, she had to go to the vet first. One of her back legs were broken. Thankfully it healed nicely without surgery but she came home with us in a bright pink cast.

She loves her chew toys and tennis balls. Her favorite thing to do is jump under the trampoline while the kids are jumping. It's the funniest thing to watch. Maggie also loves to snuggle under the covers, playing with the cat, relaxing in the sun, and taking a swim.

She's very protective and hates yelling. If someone is yelling she yells back. Even though she loves water the water hose is her enemy. I've had to replace a couple. She is a rotten princess. We love her so much.

By Crystal from Natural Bridge, VA

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August 29, 2008
This is Bella. She was 4-years-old this past April. My girl is a Boston Terrier and can scale a 4-foot-fence without a lick of effort. My daughter bought this girl for me a month after the loss of my Boston Terrier Bubba.

Black and white dog

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January 16, 20060 found this helpful

Spooky is a 3 year old Boston Terrier. I received Spooky as a birthday present. My birthday is in December, but because I wanted him so badly I received him 2 months early in October, close to Halloween. That is how he received his "Spooky" name.

Black and white dog in Christmas outfit.

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May 5, 2006

Wrinkles is the most loving pet I have ever had. He follows me around and sleeps by my side at night. When I'm unhappy, all I have to do is look into his loving eyes and I'll cheer up!

Wrinkles II - Boston Terrier

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April 8, 2008

Buddy is 5 years old and is a Boston Terrier. My husband Scott purchased him from a pet store, he was so small. We've had Buddy practically since he was born.

Black and white dog sitting on couch.

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December 28, 2007

This is Rebel and Dixie. Rebel is 4 and Dixie is 1.5, both are Boston Terriers. We adopted them both from 2 different breeders 8 weeks after they were born

Black and white puppy nussling mother dog.

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September 24, 2007

Oreo is our 1 year old Boston Terrier. We got him the end of May 2007, I had just signed up to our local Freecycle group site and within 3 days he was posted. We had been talking about getting a Boston Terrier after we got married in June. BUT there he was and we brought him home and he is a big part of our family. We drove 125 miles round trip to get him.

Back and white Boston Terrier

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February 7, 2010

Rebel is 6 years old and Dixie is 3. They are Boston Terriers. We adopted Rebel in 2003, and decided he needed a companion so we adopted Dixie in 2006.

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January 31, 201014 found this helpful

Bugsy is currently 1 years old. He is a Boston Terrier. I've been wanting a Boston Terrier since my husband and I got married but I could never find any that weren't too expensive.

Black and white terrier puppy on back

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August 4, 2008

AKA Baby Bella is 8 weeks old and is a Boston Terrier.

Baby Bella - Boston Terrier

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November 14, 2006

Panda (Boston Terrier). Panda is an 8 month old Boston Terrier. We purchased her in June when she was 14 weeks old.

Smiling teenage girl holding her black and white small dog

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January 27, 2014

I got Daisy when she was only a couple minutes old. She was the runt of the litter and no one wanted her.

Dog wrapped in a blanket sitting on the couch.

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February 26, 20050 found this helpful

Winston is a 1 1/2 year old Boston Terrier. He likes to give a hand and is helping his daddy read blueprints. He is a very loveable doggy and is now recuperating from a hip surgery. By Julie

Black and white dog sitting on paper.

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May 30, 2006

Beanie Bummy is my 16 month old Boston Terrier. I bought Beanie at a reputable Pet Store that buys from local breeders, not puppy mills.

Profile of black and white dog.

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