Boston Terrier Dog Breed Profile

by Dr. Chris

Boston Terrier Dog

Boston Terrier Dog

AKC Group: Non-Sporting Group

The Boston Terrier is one of the few dog breeds that originated in the United States. A compact dog with intelligence and stubbornness. It was created by crossing various breeds of bulldogs and terriers.


The Boston terrier was initially created in Boston in 1870. In the year 1889, the canine had grow to be so common in Boston that individuals established the American Bull Terrier Club, however this suggested term for the Boston Terrier wasn't appreciated by the Bull Terrier Club. After the recommendation of James Watson, the club altered its name to the Boston Terrier Club and in the year 1893 it had been accepted to membership in the AKC.

Physical Features

Boston Terriers usually possess a face that is very square. Boston Terriers generally stand 15-17 inches high in the withers. The Boston terrier possesses muscular straight legs. Boston terriers weight can vary from 10 to 25 pounds.

The Boston terrier has a very smooth coat. It's characteristically white at the underbelly and either seal, brindle, black, or a mix of the 3 of the back. Seal is a color particularly accustomed to the identity of the Boston Terrier. It pertains to a black color with red highlights when seen in bright light or the sun. If all the characteristics are the same, brindle is the desired color based on most breed specifications. Because of the Boston Terrier's distinct markings and its pleasant and refined character, the breed is usually known as the "American Gentleman." The Boston terrier is recognized for its attentive and attitude.


These dogs are usually not that hard to train because they are very intelligent. However they can be very strong willed, so you have to command respect. Well mannered, if they're correctly socialized, they can be friends with everyone.

Common Health Problems

Health problems plague Boston terriers: Allergies, Cataracts, Cherry Eye, and Curvature of the back, Deafness, Heart Murmur, and Luxating Patellas. The Boston has protruding eyes; some are inclined to corneal uclers.

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