Boston Terrier

Breed Information

Boston Terrier

"Dogs never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation."

-Jerome K. Jerome

Boston Terrier Bones Chart
How They Score
0 - 5 Bones

General Health
Easily Housebroken
Low Maintenance
Good w/Other Pets
Non-Shedding 0 Bones - Bostons do shed

All the many reasons to love them...

Watch Dogs-They make exceptional watch dogs! Boston Terriers aren't known to bark for the sake of making noise. If your Boston is barking, you can bet there's a pretty good reason.

Size- Typically stands about 15" to 17" high at the shoulders and and weighs between 10 to 25 pounds.

Friendly- Boston Terriers are loving and very "people friendly" and they typically get along well with other animals. This breed also enjoys the company of children.

Trainability-Bostons are very intelligent. Although sometimes stubborn, they are quick learners in the hands of a patient trainer. This athletic breed has proven itself in both agility and obediance trials.

Loyalty-Boston Terriers are faithful, affectionate and loyal companions. They love their people and have a great appreciation for family life.

Excitability- More sensitive than quick-tempered, an adult Boston is normally gentle, well-mannered and easy going.

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A pet store should never be an option if you're searching for a new puppy of any breed. Most pet stores will tell you their puppies come from 'local breeders', but a local breeder could also be considered a puppy mill. Puppy mills are just as bad as the name sounds. Read our FAQ page to learn more.

Side Note:If you're looking to make a BT the next member of your family, why not consider adoption first? There are probably several Boston's near you in need of rescue. To find them click this link and then type in your zip code.

Even More About Bostons…

Snoring and Flatulence- Endearing as they are, the noises that come from both ends of this little dog are nearly constant. Bostons are prone to suffer with breathing difficulties and the shorter their snouts, the worse it gets. I wouldn't recommend sharing a bed with an Boston Terrier unless you happen to be a heavy sleeper.

Heat Sensitivity- Bostons also have some degree of breathing difficulty due to their short snouts, so labored panting could easily kill this dog. Don't leave any dog locked up in a hot car, and especially not a short-snouted breed, like a Boston Terrier. Long summer-time walks should be done in the coolest part of the day and give your Boston periodic rest and plenty of water.

Separation Anxiety-Boston Terriers love companionship, so it's no wonder that they become frustrated when they're left home alone. Click the link above for tips to help minimize the "accidents" on your carpet and destructive chewing of your belongings.

-Health Issues-

Not all Bostons are unhealthy. It's true that they do have special needs and (due to the structure of their face and airways) they require special care, but many health problems can be avoided. Please read our FAQ page. We'll show you all the ways to choose a responsible breeder... And show you how you can help put an end to the torture of Boston Terriers and other small breed dogs in puppy mills.

Breathing Difficulty- Some conditions which can contribute to making this problem worse are Cleft palate and Elongated Soft Palate- This is seen commonly in breeds with pushed-in faces. Even mild cases often require surgery to correct. Symptoms to watch for include labored breathing, coughing, gagging, heavy snorting and fainting.

Stenotic Nares- A softening of the cartilage in the nasal cavity which makes it hard for a dog to inhale air. It's miserable for the dog and surgery is the only way of correcting it. Symptoms are: nasal discharge, labored breathing followed by snorting and lethargy due to lack of oxygen.

Eye Problems- Bostons are prone to Corneal Ulcers and Cherry Eye. Cherry eye appears as a red mass in the inner corner of the eye. These conditions are all painful for your dog and will require treatment or surgery to correct. Bostons are also prone to cataracts.

Hip Dysplasia A dog with hip dysplasia has a hip joint (ball and socket) that don't fit together as perfectly as it should. The popping in and out of place that can occur during normal activities can lead to severe and crippling osteoarthritis, a secondary condition of dysplasia.

Patellar Luxation-A joint condition in which kneecaps dislocate. This is very painful for your dog and expensive to correct. This is a common complication among many small dog breeds.

The use of pet steps has been shown to significantly reduce the wear and tear on joints and can prevent a serious hip or knee injury, like the ones above. Please consider pet steps if you own or plan to own a Boston Terrier.

Many Bostons also suffer due to allergies, Heart murmurs, deafness and Hypothyroidism- Hypothyroidism is a condion of the thyroid gland that can cause hair loss and obesity.

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