11-20 lbs
United States
Boston Terrier

Bostinese are dynamic pets – they can be an affectionate, aggressive, intelligent, and playful all at once. This breed requires a moderate amount of activity and a lot of attention from their owners. Their lifespan is average for small breed dogs at 10 to 15 years. They weigh between 11 and 20 pounds and grow to be 10 to 14 inches tall. Bostinese vary widely in appearance – they can be stout like a smaller Boston Terrier or elongated like a larger Pekingese. Overall, they retain many Pekingese facial features, but have not fully stabilized in looks or personality. The American Kennel Club (AKC) does not include the Bostinese in its roster of dogs.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Boston Terrier, Pekingese

Bostinese Health

Average Size
Male Bostinese size stats
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 11-20 lbs
Female Bostinese size stats
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 11-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Stenotic Nares
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Distichiasis
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Trichiasis
  • Urolithiasis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Persistent Right Aortic Arch
  • Stenotic Nares
  • Elongated Soft Palate
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
Occasional Tests
  • Biopsy
  • Orthopedic
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Ophthalmic
  • Oral

Bostinese Breed History

The name Bostinese is a combination of the names of its two parent breeds: the Boston Terrier and Pekingese. The Boston Terrier is named after its city of origin, Boston, Massachusetts and was brought to the United States from England in 1865. Bred with various dogs, notably the French Bulldog, the fun breed we know today was the result. From 1905 to 1939, the Boston Terrier was the most popular dog in the United States and remains beloved in the county to this day. It was recognized by the AKC in 1893. The other parent breed, the Pekingese, originated in China and is one of the oldest known dog breeds. In fact, it was named after the capital city of China, Peking, now Beijing. The Chinese believed this breed was the manifestation of the mythical “Foo” dog that drove away evil spirits. As such, Pekingese were treasured by the royal families in imperial China. They were fiercely protected until the 1860s when several Pekingese were smuggled out of China by Western European forces during the Second Opium War. The breed quickly became a favorite in the United Kingdom and spread to North America in the late 1800s, where they were recognized by the AKC in 1909. Due to the long history of its parent breeds in North America, the Bostinese is thought to have been breed sporadically for nearly a century. It has only recently been recognized as an designer breed, though not by the AKC. Therefore, Bostinese breeders should be thoroughly researched if you are considering purchasing a puppy from them.

Bostinese Breed Appearance

Bostinese can vary greatly in appearance depending on which parent it takes after the most. That said, they generally look like small Boston Terriers with Pekingese features. The dog has a compact torso and slightly stocky build. It has muscular, yet thin, legs and a short square muzzle – though not as “pig nosed” as it’s Boston Terrier parent. They weigh between 11 and 20 pounds and grow to be between 10 to 14 inches tall. Bostinese coats can be long or short with longer pieces around the tail, ears, feet, paws, and underbelly. They are typically bi-colored combinations of either black and white or brown and white. Some, however, have markings and colors, such as red, brindle, and sable that are common in purebred Pekingese. Bostinese have a flat head with big, droopy eyes, pendant or floppy ears, and a medium length tail.

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

Bostinese Breed Maintenance

Bostinese are not hypoallergenic dogs and therefore, are not suitable for owners with allergies to canines. Bostinese that have longer coats should be brushed occasionally to prevent tangles and matting. Some owners with longer haired Bostinese opt for professional grooming, though this is not always necessary. Regardless of coat length, owners should be diligent about trimming longer pieces around the eyes, ears, and paws to avoid infections or mobility obstructions. Bostinese should also be bathed monthly and have their nails clipped a few times a month as needed to prevent painful overgrowth or nail splitting. Like all breeds, Bostinese should have their teeth brushed daily.

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

Bostinese Temperament

This affectionate breed is playful and people-oriented. Bostinese become very attached to their owners. They are indoor dogs and enjoy relaxing with “family” members. They also get along with other dogs and children well. They can be aggressive at times, so it is best to make new introductions slowly; Bostinese take after their Pekingese parents and are standoffish and prone to barking at strangers – furry or otherwise. However, once Bostinese are acquainted with new friends they are affable companions to people and pets outside of their immediate circle. Additionally, Bostinese are an intelligent breed. This means that they can be well trained, but they can also be willfully disobedient. As such, early and consistent training is particularly important for them. Since Bostinese are not as active as their Terrier parent, this breed will be happy and healthy in apartment and urban environments if it lives in an affectionate and attentive household.  

Bostinese Activity Requirements

Bostinese are true companion dogs that enjoy one on one time with their owners. They are playful and moderately energetic, requiring daily exercise and lots of human attention. These creatures of comfort benefit from a daily short walk or an occasional romp outside with furry friends. Bostinese are suitable for apartment and urban living if the location has walkable areas for this type of mild exercise. Bostinese do have an independent streak and tendency to wander, so it’s best not to leave your pet unattended outside. It’s also important to note that these dogs do not tolerate heat very well and should not be over-exercised in warm climates. Overall, Bostinese are happiest when they are relaxing or engaging in light play with their family indoors.

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

Bostinese 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

Bostinese Owner Experiences

1 Year
5 People
House & Yard
Playing Ball
Very friendly with people she knows exept for my husband she dislikes him for some reason she loves my rotweilers and my 3 daughters but she loves me the most everywhere i go she is with me
2 years, 6 months ago
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