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25-38 lbs
United States
American Eskimo
Boston Terrier

The Boskimo is a hybrid breed developed by crossing the Boston Terrier and the American Eskimo. The Boston Terrier is a smart and spunky breed, originating in the United States. The American Eskimo has an uncertain ancestry. The first small, white Spitz-type dogs were found mostly in communities made up of German immigrants. He has spent time as an entertainer and is highly intelligent. The Boskimo is a great companion dog, and he may require more grooming than his Boston Terrier parent. Both the Boston Terrier and the American Eskimo may suffer from separation anxiety, so if you are not home on a regular basis, the Boskimo might not be the right dog for you. 

Date of Origin
Boston Terrier and American Eskimo

Boskimo Health

Average Size
Male Boskimo size stats
Height: 12-17 inches Weight: 30-40 lbs
Female Boskimo size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 25-38 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work

Boskimo Breed History

The Boston Terrier was called the “American Gentleman” due to his smart looks and pleasing personality. Bred in Boston, Massachusetts in the late 1800s, he has ancestors that worked as scrappy vermin hunters, excelling at their job. The instinct of working and looking for prey is still in the Terriers today. The Boston Terrier in particular was  bred from a brindle coated Bulldog-Terrier crossbreed and a white dog of uncertain ancestry. The result was one offspring with very interesting markings who was further refined through breeding to the representation of the Boston Terrier known and adored today. The first Boston Terrier to be registered with the American Kennel Club was named Hector, and he joined the Club in 1893. The American Eskimo was once a featured entertainer with travelling circus shows. His beautiful white coat shined as he performed tricks for the crowd. His time as a circus performer proved to make him a very popular breed throughout the United States. In 1917, the American Spitz was renamed the American Eskimo Dog, although there is no definite explanation for this change. The Boskimo is recognized by the following organizations: American Canine Hybrid Club,  Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, International Designer Canine Registry.

Boskimo Breed Appearance

The Boskimo will vary in color and coat length. He will be bigger than his Boston parent, and he may lose the characteristic smushed-nosed look of the Boston. He may be black and white or brindle and white. The American Eskimo is all white, so the coloring will generally be dependent upon the colors of the Boston parent. American Eskimos come in three variations: toy, small, and standard. The size of the Boskimo is dependent upon the variation of American Eskimo that is used in the breeding process. He is likely to have a medium – long soft coat.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Boskimo eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Boskimo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Boskimo coat
white Boskimo coat
black Boskimo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Boskimo straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Boskimo Breed Maintenance

The Boskimo may require a bit more maintenance that his Boston Terrier parent. He will likely shed a lot, and is not recommended for people with allergies. Brush him weekly with a soft bristle brush and two or three times a week during shedding season. Brushing the teeth of your dog two or three times a week will help prevent tooth decay and bad breath; however, daily brushing is optimal for preventing gum disease. Trim your Boskimo’s nails at least every two weeks. It is important to begin a grooming regimen with your Boskimo at an early age so that he or she becomes accustomed to it. Once used to the attention, your Boskimo will enjoy the bonding time that grooming can become.

Brushes for Boskimo
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Boskimo requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Boskimo Temperament

The Boskimo is likely to be a happy, goofy, lively, intelligent dog. He will be full of energy. Yet, he will also be affectionate, ready to sit in your lap anytime. The Boskimo’s parent breeds both tend to suffer from separation anxiety. Some Boskimos cope by chewing or being otherwise destructive. However, crate training helps in this area. The Boskimo will feel safe and secure in the crate. Crate training may also aid in housebreaking. Boskimos are easily trainable; however, consistency and firmness is key.

Boskimo Activity Requirements

The Boskimo is happy in an apartment or a home with or without a yard. The key is to  give him plenty of play so that he does not become bored. Trips to a local dog park are highly enjoyable for the Boskimo. He may become relatively inactive indoors, so remember to give him toys that challenge his intelligence – just playing fetch will not stimulate the highly intelligent Boskimo’s mind. Short walks or jogs are great for the Boskimo as well.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Boskimo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

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