Boston Terrier


The Boston Terrier is a compact breed with a sturdy build. The breed is quickly recognizable by its appearance. It has a head that is somewhat square. The muzzle is also short and broad. Its ears are small in size and stand straight on top of its head. The prominent eyes are a distinct feature of this breed. Its nose is broad and black. The neck extends in an angle to its back that is somewhat short. The breed’s tail is set below its back. Its coat is close to its body and very smooth.


The Boston Terrier is a bred that is gentle and friendly towards everyone. It is its friendliness that prevents it from being a good watch or guard dog. The good nature of this breed usually does not extend to other dogs. If another dog will exist in its household, it is better if the two were raised together. It is affectionate with its family. While it picks up new tricks easy, it can be stubborn.

Height and Weight

The Boston Terrier is an average of 15-17 inches tall and weighs 10-25 pounds.

Health Problems

There are no major health problems associated with the Boston Terrier. The breed may develop eye problems and patellar luxation. Some types may develop become deaf or develop hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition that is characterized by a build up of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. The condition can occur in both young and adult dogs. The outlook is better for adult dogs.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Boston Terrier can live both indoors and outdoors. However, it is recommended that the breed remain indoors if the weather is very warm. Indoor types will require more exercise since they tend to be less active than outdoor types.


Although the Boston Terrier is an energetic breed, it still needs regular opportunities for exercise. The breed loves spending time with its family and will appreciate accompanying a family member during a workout or playing.

Life Expectancy

The Boston Terrier lives 10-14 years.

Litter Size

The Boston Terrier has an average of 3-4 puppies.


The Boston Terrier has a glossy coat that lays flat to its body. All that is necessary to keep the coat’s smooth appearance is regular brushing. The breed does shed its coat twice during the year. It does not shed heavily, but more brushing is required during this time. Basic grooming tasks, such as washing its coat and keeping its ears clean are also necessary.


The Boston Terrier originates from the United States.




There are a few colors that are acceptable for the Boston Terrier. Its coat may have a combination coat of varying shades of brown or a solid coat of black. White markings are also acceptable for this breed.