- Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
- Basic training required
- Need to be aware of potential health issues
- Enjoys gentle walks
- Needs under an hour of walking a day
- Small dog
- Some drool
- Requires grooming once a week
- Quiet dog
- Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
- Generally friendly with other dogs
- Gets along with other pets with training
- May need additional supervision to live with children
- Needs a small garden
- Can happily live in the city
- Can be left occasionally with training
|Colours:||Short-coated, the Boston Terrier comes in various colours, including brindle and white, and black with white markings|
|Kennel Club group:||Utility|
|Easy to train:||4/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||3/5|
|Likes other pets:||5/5|
The Boston Terrier is a lively, happy dog that can be quite determined and strong willed. They are usually good with children and love to play, but they can be boisterous and care must be taken that games are not too rough, as they can be prone to injury, especially their eyes. They love human company and make affectionate pets and are outgoing and social to all. While they are called a ‘terrier’ they are not in the terrier group and neither do they behave like one, being far happier at home with their owner than getting into the usual mischief!
The Boston Terrier would suit an owner who enjoys their unconventional appearance and who wants a fun, affectionate companion that doesn’t need much exercise but does want to join in with everything that is going on.
History and Origins
In the 1800s, the Boston Terrier dog breed was originally a cross between an English Bulldog and an English White Terrier. Then around 1893, more crossbreeding was carried out, seeing the breed crossed with the English Bull Terrier, Boxer and the Pit Bull Terrier, along with other terriers. Originally the Boston Terrier weighed over 20kg, but was bred smaller and smaller until they became the size we know them as today.
Did you know?
- The Boston Terrier is also known by the nickname ‘the American Gentleman’ due to their tuxedo like markings.
- The most successful and unexplained dog clairvoyant was a Boston Terrier called Missie from Denver in the United States. Missie stunned her owner and experts alike by predicting the results of sports events, the next US president, the sex and weight of babies, and even the date and time of her own death. She could also tell people’s phone numbers. She did this either by barking or by touching cards.
- Helen Keller had a Boston Terrier called ‘Phiz’.
- This breed is great at tricks and a Border Terrier called Dexter has even mastered the skateboard.
- These dogs are big snorers because of the size and shape of their muzzles!