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Boston Terrier Facts 
General Facts About Boston Terriers


While many breeds originated in Europe and surrounding areas, the Boston Terrier originated in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A….Making this breed a true American dog.

The Boston Terrier was named the official: "state dog of Massachusetts" in the year 1979.

With that being said, its ancestors are from the UK, the English Bulldog and the white English Terrier.

This breed was originally used as a fighting dog, but that is long in the past…This is one of the most loving, gentle breeds that now exist.

The alternative name for this breed is the Boston Bull. They used to be called Round Heads when first introduced.

They were recognized by the AKC in 1893 and are classified in the Mastiff, Non-Sporting Group.

There are 3 sizes and these are categorized by weight: 1: under 15 pounds, 2: 15-20 pounds and 3: 20 to 20 pounds.

Average sized litter is 4.

Average life span is 13 years.

They are the 20th most registered breed in the United States.

Color and Appearance

This breed can only be found with a few different color options:  Seal (a black color that shows a tint of red when in bright light), black or brindle and all will have white markings.   The markings should be on the muzzle, between the eyes (known as a blaze) and on the chest.  This gives the dog a look of seemingly wearing a tuxedo!

Puppies may be born brown and white and will have a color change by the age of 2 years.

The coat is very short and lays flat against the skin.

This is a compact, study looking, medium sized dog.

The ears are often cropped in counties which allow this procedure.

The tail is not docked and will be either straight or screw shaped.

The nose is always black on a purebred.

The eyes are dark, round and set far apart.

The muzzle is short and the bite will be either straight or a bit undershot, which gives this dog a squared off appearance.
The jowls on either side of the face hang slightly downward.



Like all breeds, it is a Boston Terrier fact that they are prone to some ailments. This includes: Hereditary heart defects and deafness, Walrus puppies and swimmer puppy syndrome, Straight stifles, improper vertebra development and sinus problems.

Behavior and Temperament

They are known to want to stay very close to their human family members, often preferring to be carried.

They crave and live off of attention… To them, the more the merrier as long as someone is petting them or playing with them.

They are known for being quite, either only barking when they sense danger or some hardly ever bark at all…This will be a dog that your neighbors will love!

They are very friendly and normally get along very well with children of all ages, with the elderly and even with strangers.

They do have a bit of a stubborn streak and some are not easily house trained; however with consistency and patience it is a Boston Terrier fact that he or she will become housebroken.

Some are light snorers and others drool a bit.

They are so calm and refined that they are often referred to as the American Gentleman Among Dogs.


While a lot of exercise is not needed and this dog is relatively not extremely active, they do require at least a 30 minute walk each day for optimal health.

Due to their squared off, short face they can have some breathing difficulties if exercised in very hot weather.  While they do need to walk, if the temperature is high, it is suggested to walk him or her I the early morning or in the evening once the sun has begun to set.

They are also sensitive to extreme cold; therefore if an owner lives in an area that receives cold weather and ice or snow storms in the winter, it is highly suggested to shovel a path to the bathroom area, avoid putting ice melt chemicals in any area that the dog will walk on and to put a sweater and/or booties on him or her for outside activities.

Since they do not like being alone, if an owner needs to leave the house for longer than an hour or so, it is suggested to have a friend, neighbor or family member come at least 1 time to check on the dog and to interact.  It can also help to set up a large indoor gated area that holds tons of toys, food & water dispensers, a comfortable area to rest and to set up a radio or television so that they can hear background noises.   Many owners also tape record themselves speaking (reading a book out loud etc) and have that playing for the dog when he or she is alone.


The hairs generally fall into the coat and not out onto the floor, sofa, etc.  Brushing should be done with gentle strokes that reach the skin in order to pull out the dead hairs.

Firm bristle brushes work best.

The eye area should be wiped each day with a soft, damp, warm washcloth.

Baths should not be overdone as it can cause dry skin…. It is best to do this 1 time every 3 or 4 weeks. Dry shampoo is often suggested, it works well and will not cause any irritation to the skin.


While they are not huge dogs, it is a well known fact about Boston Terriers that they love to eat and will often overdue it if allowed to.  For this reason free feeding is not recommended (the method of leaving food out all day)….It is best to have schedule meal times….3 each day for puppies and 2 each day for adults….Plus healthy snacks.


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