Boston Terrier


Breed Information

"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

Watch Dogs- A Boston Terrier makes an exceptional watch dog! They aren't known to be particularly yappy. In other words, they don't bark for the sake of making noise. If your Boston is barking, there's probably 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, but only the company of polite children. A child should never be allowed to mishandle or harass or go unsupervised around a dog of any breed. 

Trainability- They're quick learners and they're eager to please. Training sessions work best when you limit the time you spend teaching new tricks to around 10-15 minutes per session. Although sometimes stubborn, they are very intelligent and athletic. This breed has proven itself in both agility and obediance trials.

 We highly recommend these positive training techniques.

Loyalty- Boston Terriers are faithful, affectionate and loyal companions. They love their people and have a great appreciation for family life. When you adopt a Boston Terrier you will have adopted a contented soul who will truly appreciate the comfort of a warm lap and show you his appreciation daily with the loyalty only a dog could know.

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

General Breed Health- High risk of poorly bred and puppy mill dogs in this breed. Like some bulldogs, their short snouts can lead to breathing difficulties and health issues. Many breeders are making this worse by purposely breeding dogs to have snouts even shorter than normal. See more below in Health Issues, below. 

NOT non-shedding- We do have a whole page devoted to non-shedding small breed dogs, however, the Boston Terrier is not one of them. If dog hair is a huge problem for you, be aware that you will have to deal with some degree of shedding with a Boston Terrier. 

Other Pets and Children- Regarding other pets, you will rarely have any issues with introducing a Boston Terrier into the mix or introducing another animal to your Boston. Socializing early and often never hurts, when possible. And if you choose to adopt an adult dog (from a rescue group or shelter, etc), you'll already know if the dog is tolerant of other animals or children! One of the biggest bonuses of adopting, in our humble opinion!



Sticky 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 petfinder.com, select your desired breed and type in your zip code.



Even More About Boston Terriers…

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.


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 all puppy mills are local to somewhere. Puppy mills are just as bad as the name sounds. Read our FAQ page to learn more.


-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 how to avoid potentially sick puppy mill animals.

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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