Boston Terrier

Group 7: Non Sporting
Height: 28 – 38 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate
Original Function: Companion
Lifespan: 9 – 15 yrs

Recommended for: Most people & families.

Boston Terrier

About This Breed

The Boston Terrier comes from  America, a cross between Bulldogs and Bull Terriers. It’s named after the city where their breed type was first developed.

They are very good with children and make ideal house dogs. They can be quite boisterous and do love to play. Care must be taken that games are not too rough as they can be prone to injury, especially the eyes as they bulge out slightly.

They do love human company and make affectionate pets. They also make excellent watch dogs, and are not yappy . If introduced to other household pets when young there will be no problems.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Small, sturdy dog and must not appear to be either spindly or coarse. The bone and muscle must be in proportion as well as an enhancement to the dog’s weight and structure. Short muzzle, prominent eyes set far apart. Short, erect ears. Short low set tail.

Temperament: Playful, Devoted, Fearless

Characteristics: Lively and intelligent little dog that can be quite determined and strong willed.

Colour: Brindle, seal, or black with white markings. Brindle is preferred ONLY if all other qualities are equal.

Coat: Short, smooth, bright and fine in texture.

Grooming: They are such an easy dog to care for a grooming mitt used on the coat once a week should be adequate enough to remove any dead hairs from the coat. This is a clean breed with no doggy odours.

Exercise: Regular walks and plays in the backyard are about all the need. Exercise requirements of this dog are quite undemanding. They do not yearn for long walks, but they do like to go everywhere with their owners. As they are not too heavy they can be carried with relative ease.

Health: This breed some can suffer breathing difficulties, being a short-faced dog. They also can have heart and skin tumour problems, and eyes are prone to injury.