13-18 lbs
United States, Scotland, United Kingdom
Boston Terriers
West Highland White Terrier
Bostie Terrier, Boston Westie

A Bostie is a determined, energetic, and curious companion dog. They require a moderate amount of activity and a lot of affection from their owners. Their lifespan is average for small breed dogs between 10 and 14 years. They generally weigh between 14 and 20 pounds and grow to be between 10 to 16 inches tall. Bosties have compact Boston Terriers bodies and Westie facial features and coat, which is typically long, black and white in color, and wiry in texture. Not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club, the Bostie makes a great addition to an active family.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Boston Terrier, West Highland White Terrier

Bostie Health

Average Size
Male Bostie size stats
Height: 11-16 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Bostie size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 13-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Cataracts
  • Copper Poisoning
Occasional Tests
  • Biopsy
  • Orthopedic
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Ophthalmology

Bostie Breed History

The name Bostie, also known as the Boston Westie or Bostie Terrier, is a combination of the name of its parent breed, the Boston Terrier, and the nickname of its other parent breed, the West Highland White Terrier or “Westie”. The Boston Terrier is named after its city of origin, Boston, Massachusetts. This canine’s ancestor was brought to the United States from England in 1865. This feisty breed was mixed various dogs, notably the French Bulldog, to produce the beloved American breed we know today. From 1905 to 1939, the Boston Terrier was very popular dog in the United States. Today, it is on the roster of the American Kennel Club and has been since 1893. The Bostie’s other parent breed, the Westie, originated in Scotland back to the time of King James I and was bred to hunt fox, badgers, and vermin. The breed was known by other names in the past such as White Scottish, Little Skye, Cairn, and Roseneath Terriers. In fact, it was registered as the Roseneath in 1908 by the AKC. The next year, the name was changed to the West Highland White Terrier and has been a popular pet and show dog ever since. The product of these two breeds, the Bostie, started to be unofficially bred in the early to mid-1900s. It has only recently been acknowledged as a designer hybrid, but is not widely recognized or registered by the AKC.

Bostie Breed Appearance

Bosties have Boston Terrier bodies and Terrier facial features. The breed is small with a compact torso and muzzle. Bosties have an average weight of around 18 pounds and grow to be between 10 and 15 inches tall. Their coat is long, dense, and wiry – just like their Westie ancestors. Bosties are typically black and white, but can also have impressions of other colors common in Boston Terriers, such as brown and brindle. Bosties are tenacious, which is apparent in their determined and keen expressions. They have erect triangle-shaped ears, dark eyes, and a scissor jaw. Their relatively thin legs end in round, cat-like paws and support their otherwise sturdy, muscular build.

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

Bostie Breed Maintenance

Bosties are not completely hypoallergenic, but produce less allergens due to the hair-like coat that they inherit from their Westie parent. Bosties’ long coat is prone to tangles and matting and should be brushed on a regular basis. Owners should also give their Bosties monthly baths and trim their hair around the eyes and ears to avoid infections in those areas. Some Bosties will require regular stripping and plucking to keep their coat is good shape. Like all breeds, Bosties should have their teeth brushed daily and their nails cut 1 to 2 times a month to prevent painful overgrowth, tearing or splitting.

Brushes for Bostie
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Bostie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bostie Temperament

Bosties are generally happy and social animals that get very attached to their owners. They are outgoing and get along well with children, though are sometimes shy around strange adults. Along those same lines, they should be introduced to new dogs slowly. Once a Bostie makes a friend, however, they will be very affable and playful from there on out. The Bostie’s lovely disposition makes them wonderful house pets and family companions. At the same time, Bosties inherit a sense of staunch independence from both of its parent breeds. As such, they can be difficult to train and relatively demanding, which can be frustrating for owners. Bosties also tend to bark and dig if they become restless. The best way to counteract these instincts is to expose Bosties to diligent training early and consistently. This breed can be sensitive and will quickly become timid or shy if mistreated. It follows that Bosties do best in affectionate and reaffirming home environments.

Bostie Activity Requirements

The Bostie is an upbeat breed that requires moderate exercise and consistent human affection. They enjoy short to moderate walks, casual romps in the park, and/or laid-back playtime with their owners. Bosties have moderate impulses to wander and hunt, so it is best to monitor this breed at all times when it is outside. Bosties will adapt well to apartment life in an urban area if they are provided with this type of regular activity and socialization. It’s important to note, however, that Bosties are primarily house dogs, so quality “hangout” time indoors is just as – if not more – important to this breed. Overall, Bosties will be happy pets if they remain close to their owners and have opportunities to socialize throughout the day.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Bostie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Bostie Owner Experiences

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