Boston Terrier

Breed stats

Breed group Utility Size Small Life span Over 10 Years Exercise Up to 1 hour per day Grooming Once a week Coat length Short Coat sheds? Yes
The Boston Terrier may look as if it is ready for a scrap but is actually a well-mannered and trainable little dog.

Boston Terriers are small and muscular with very round heads and pricked up ears. Their eyes bulge slightly and their muzzle is short and square. Their short and shiny coat is often black and white but can come in other colours too.

They were bred from pit fighting dogs in America which were much larger but they have come a long way from there.

They are sociable, intelligent, keen to learn and surprisingly quiet. They are reliable with children, the elderly and strangers. They generally get on well with non-canine pets and can be trained to tolerate other dogs. They are happy with moderate exercise.

The short coat is easy to maintain. Their prominent eyes can be prone to injury and other problems. The shape of their muzzle can result in breathing problems and the largeness of the heads means that puppies often have to be born via cesarean section.


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