The Boston Terrier originated from Boston Massachusetts. This breed was a fighting dog back in the 1800’s. They are now half the size they used to be when used for fighting. They are thought to be a mix of the English Bulldog and the White English Terrier (which is now extinct).
This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1893 and grouped as Non-Sporting.
- Country of Origin: United States
- Weight: 10 - 25 lbs
- Height: 15 - 17 inches
- Color: This breed comes in a variety of colors. The only colors that the AKC recognizes are black & white, brindle & white and seal & white. The white markings are on the chest, face, neck, legs and feet. The other colors can be red & white or liver & white.
Boston Terriers are friendly, gentle, intelligent and alert. They love to please their masters and do well with children and other dogs with proper training. They are usually pretty quiet and only bark when provoked to do so. This breed can be headstrong but overall is a great family breed.
The Boston Terrier life expectancy is between 12 – 15 years. Bostons are prone to eye problems because of their prominent eyes. A few of these problems could be corneal ulcers, cataracts, cherry eye or dry eyes. Some other health concerns are:
• Luxating Patellas
• Heart Murmur
• Breathing Problems
The Boston coat is short, smooth and thin.
Boston Terriers need minimal attention to their coat. Their hair is thin and they do not shed much, so a brushing 1 – 2 times a week is sufficient. Washing their face with a damp cloth every few days would be good for them also. Bathe only when necessary.