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Basics of Dog Breed : Boston Terrier

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Posted on September 27 2018

The Boston Terrier is a small, robust, compact Molossoid dog with a well-welded body and clean lines. Its members are strong and correctly directed, the whole is harmonious, with a lot of ease and grace in its pace. The Boston Terrier gives that impression of a resolute dog, strong and dynamic when you look at it, despite its small size.

Breed Information:

Other names: Boston Terrier
Origin:  United States
FCI Group: Dogs of pleasure and companionship
FCI number: 140
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Carree

Race history

The Boston Terrier breed was created and developed in the United States , specifically in the city of Boston, Massachusetts (northeastern US), as its name suggests. It is the result of the crossing, in the second half of the 19th century, of the English Bulldog and the English White Terrier . The creation of the Boston Terrier Club of America will be in 1891, while the recognition of the race by the American Kennel Club (AKC) will arrive 2 years later. In France, it was not until 1927 to witness the introduction of the first Boston Terriers. Across the Atlantic, the breed is a true symbol , especially in its native Massachusetts which he has been the official dog since 1979. She is also the official mascot of the Boston University hockey team through a character wearing the features of a Boston Terrier named Rhett .

Physical characteristics

His hair: short, shiny, smooth and fine. 
Its color: brindle, dress style "seal" (black at first sight, but with a red reflection visible in the sun) or black variegated with white. With a white band around the muzzle, a white list between the eyes and white on the chest. It has a well-proportioned combination of color and white markings. 
His head: square, flat on the top, with a steep forehead and a well marked stop. 
Its ears:  small, straight and as close as possible to the upper edges of the skull. 
Their eyes :large, round in shape, dark in color and well apart. Arranged perpendicular to the axis of the skull, displaying a waking expression, intelligent and benevolent. 
His body: short, with a horizontal top line, a back short enough to fit the body in a square, a slightly curved rump towards the tail and a chest well down. 
Its tail: short (preferably not more than a quarter of the distance between the attachment and the hock), thin, tied down, straight or corkscrewed and not worn above from the horizontal.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 7 kg and 10 kg Between 25 cm and 40 cm
Male Between 7 kg and 11 kg Between 25 cm and 40 cm

A Boston Terrier dog is classified as a small dog .

Behavior and character

The Boston Terrier is an active dog, happy, benevolent with children and extremely attached to his master, to the point of being sometimes a little too sticky Intelligent and affectionate , the Boston Terrier is as easy to stimulate as it is to calm down. He always responds when it comes to playing and also shows his advantage to the guard, without abusing his barking.


Active, dynamic and very attentive, the Boston Terrier is  not a difficult dog to educate , quite the opposite. A minimum of firmness and  a good dose of games  make it a companion of very high quality. He  learns relatively quickly  and will do anything to please his master.


The Boston Terrier may suffer from eye irritation due to the prominence of his eyes. Some dogs of this breed may also experience some breathing difficulties and females may experience complicated calving . For the rest, and as long as it is sufficiently protected from extreme cold, the Boston Terrier is a dog overall robust health side.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The maintenance of the Boston Terrier is neither painful nor constraining . It is quite easy to take care of his short and smooth hair, but it must not be neglected because it must remain bright.


The Boston Terrier does  not need to be groomed specifically . Just  clean your dress with a soft glove  to remove dead hair and impurities. His eyes, ears and claws are to be inspected and cleaned regularly.

Physical activity

The Boston Terrier is an active dog that  can not be deprived of daily outings . His exercise needs are not excessive, but they must be met in order to channel his energy and preserve his psychological balance.

Living conditions

The Boston Terrier knows how to adapt to all environments , but largely prefers life inside the house . He can stay close to his master (an almost vital need for this breed) and protect himself from external climatic conditions. The Boston Terrier enjoys family life and gets along very well with his peers . A master available, ready to offer him enough opportunities to stretch his legs and other dogs will suit him perfectly. He will give it back to him a hundredfold thanks to his jovial character and his loyalty.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 1200 € 1700 €

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