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Boston Terrier

Origin United States
GroupCompanion Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Boston Terrier have? The breed also known as...
Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Boston Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Boston Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Boston Terrier gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

What is the Boston Terrier's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Boston Terrier weigh?
10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
17.5 pounds (8.5 kg)
How tall is the Boston Terrier?
15-17 inches (38-43 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
16 inches (40.5 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Boston Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Boston Terrier's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
How to groom the Boston Terrier and how often?
Effortless: The Boston Terrier requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Boston Terrier is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Boston Terriers shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Boston Terriers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.


What kind of personality does the Boston Terrier have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Boston Terrier?
Average: Boston Terrier's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are Boston Terriers easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Boston Terriers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Boston Terriers, like any other average dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Boston Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle light punishments very well. They don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Boston Terriers are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Boston Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Boston Terriers bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low to Average: The Boston Terrier rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Boston Terriers good watchdogs?
Boston Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Boston Terriers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Boston Terrier do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Boston Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Boston Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Boston Terrier to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Boston Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Boston Terriers have low to average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Are Boston Terriers good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Boston Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Boston Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Boston Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Boston Terriers kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Boston Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Boston Terriers get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Boston Terriers are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Boston Terriers get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Boston Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Boston Terrier can be a great choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Boston Terriers have health problems?
Boston Terriers are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Boston Terriers live? What is this dog average life span?
12-15 years
Is the Boston Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
Boston Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Boston Terrier have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Boston Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Boston Terriers require per day?
Boston Terriers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Boston Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Boston Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average. The Boston Terrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Boston Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Boston Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Boston Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Boston Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Boston Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Boston Terrier have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Boston Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies


  • Grooming: Effortless: The Boston Terrier requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Boston Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Barking: Low to Average: The Boston Terrier rarely barks.
  • Mouthiness: Boston Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Apartment Friendly: Boston Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Adaptability: Boston Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.


  • Hypoallergenic: Boston Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.

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