Boston Cattle Dog

34-46 lbs
United States
Australian Cattle Dog
Boston Terrier

There is not a lot of data about the new hybrid Boston Cattle dog so we must look to the parent dogs for their joint characteristics. Both the Australian Cattle Dog and the Boston Terrier have a solid muscular build, so the Boston Cattle Dog will have an athletic but muscular build. These dogs are playful, energetic and very affectionate. They inherit their intelligence and excellent ability to train well from their parent breeds. The Boston Cattle Dog responds well to a firm strong leader, who is consistent and fair at all times- never harsh (they inherit a dash of sensitivity from the Boston Terrier). They have a strong urge to dominate (from the Australian parent) but it is tempered by the Boston Terrier influence. Their inclination to herd comes from the Australian Cattle Dog side, so don’t allow them to nip peoples heels in an attempt to ‘herd’ them to where they think they should go. This dog needs exercise and plenty of mental stimulation (games and tasks to solve) to keep them happy and well behaved. Loyal to their family, they make lively loving family pets who are good with children and devoted to their humans. 

Guard dog, companion dog
Date of Origin
Australian Cattle Dog, Boston Terrier

Boston Cattle Dog Health

Average Size
Male Boston Cattle Dog size stats
Height: 16-19 inches Weight: 40-57 lbs
Female Boston Cattle Dog size stats
Height: 15-17 inches Weight: 34-46 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness in Merle-Colored Dogs
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Eye Tests
  • Hearing Tests

Boston Cattle Dog Breed History

The Boston Cattle Dog is a perfect balance between the Australian Cattle Dog and the Boston Terrier. Although it is a rare breed, the Boston Cattle Dog has become quite popular in the last decade. Their intelligence, loyalty, and affection combined with attractive looks and lively personality drive their success. While their history is vague, if we look at the parent dog history it can provide a sense of what the Boston Cattle Dog has gained from its lineage. The Australian Cattle Dog ancestors were brought to Australian with the early settlers but were unable to handle the long distances and inhospitable climate of the new continent. The pioneer settlers developed the Australian Cattle Dog (during 1800s) by crossing the Dingo-blue merle Collies to Dalmatians as well as black and tan Kelpies. There is a rumour that the Bull Terrier breed may have been added as well. The result was a dog that excelled working on the large ranches herding cattle. The dry dusty hot conditions didn’t affect them, and they had amazing stamina. In 1893 Robert Kaleski wrote the standard for the breed which was approved in 1903. It was in 1980 that the breed was recognized by the AKC. The Australian Cattle Dog is respected for its herding, guarding, retrieving, agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks. The Boston Terrier was bred down in size from the pit-fighting dogs of the bull and terrier types. These stylish little dogs originated in Boston, Massachusetts making it one of the few breeds developed in the USA. The original Boston Terrier was a cross between the English Bulldog and the now extinct English white Terrier. By 1889 the Boston Terrier had become popular, and the American Bull Terrier Club was formed, but the name was not well liked by Bull Terrier owners. It was finally renamed the Boston Terrier after its birthplace. The Boston Terrier has mellowed a lot from his history as a pit fighting dog and now is a loveable popular dog. With all this history, it explains the Boston Cattle Dogs growing popularity.

Boston Cattle Dog Breed Appearance

The Boston Cattle Dog is a well-muscled athletic looking dog, that is agile and powerful. The length of the body varied due to parentage genetic percentage but is generally slightly longer than it is tall. The tail is narrow, held moderately low and has a slight curve. The front legs are strong and straight, with round feet. The skull is broad and slightly squarish, with a wide set dark oval eyes. The ears are wideset and moderate in size, held up and alert. However, these characteristics can vary depending on the percentage of the Australian Cattle Dog to the Boston Terrier. The muzzle is pointed with the teeth meeting in a scissor type bite. The coat is smooth, short haired, and weather resistant (often with a dense undercoat) and it tends to shed its coat once or twice per year depending on the region.

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

Boston Cattle Dog Breed Maintenance

The Boston Cattle Dog requires a good brushing once or twice per week to manage any shedding. They don’t require bathing that often, only if dirty or if they get smelly. When you bath them use a special dog shampoo so that it will not irritate their skin. Make sure any folds of skin are dried properly to prevent inflammation or infection. A damp rag rubdown between baths will be all that’s needed and your dog will love all the attention! While you are grooming your dog, check vital areas such as in the ear, the eyes, and brush their teeth. Also check their nails while you are at it. If you get your Boston Cattle Dog used to the grooming routine when young, it will be easier when they mature. These dogs are good with regular exercise (daily) and consistent training.

Brushes for Boston Cattle Dog
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Boston Cattle Dog requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Boston Cattle Dog Temperament

The Boston Cattle Dog is a loyal, brave and intelligent dog that likes to be actively involved in the family activities. It is alert, easy to train, and makes an excellent guard dog, warning of approaching strangers on the property. While they can have a high dominance level, they respond well to a strong leader who shows consistent management. the Boston Cattle Dog responds exceptionally well to training, with obedience and agility their strongest point. Obedience training can be obtained to a very high level. These dogs have absolute loyalty to their master, and happily fit in with family. They have a wonderful ability to clown around with children, accept and mingle with other animals and pets as long as they are socialised well and trained as puppies. A firm but not harsh hand is best, they respond to praise and treats best. With meek masters, they can become a handful, with their dominance and aggression coming into play. Train them well, exercise them often, make them part of your family and be a strong leader, and these dogs will be your best behaved and loving dog.

Boston Cattle Dog Activity Requirements

The Boston Cattle Dog is a dog that requires daily exercise. They love to run or walk, and enjoy the challenge of hide and seek games or fetch the ball. Without enough exercise and mental stimulation, they can become bored and that is when they get into mischief. They also respond well to training and obedience activities and excel in the ring at competitions. While they enjoy activity, and like to part of what you are doing, they also love to curl up and cuddle on the couch. Socialising them by taking them to dog parks or beaches is an ideal way for them to learn to mix with other dogs and people. It also allows them to burn off some energy.

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

Boston Cattle Dog Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Boston Cattle Dog Owner Experiences

Wally Wally Washington
8 Years
2 People
House & Yard
play ball always
we added wally to our home when new neighbors had him chained up he was barking non stop so my husband went to them and asked if there was a problem with him and they said no but would you take him off our hands and he's been here with us 8 years
6 months ago
5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Walking, sleeping
She loves people but is selective with other dogs. She tries to dominate large dogs and other large animals. She knows no fear except for the vet. She's powerful and extremely agile. She would be perfect for agility if not for her innate need to dominate other dogs. She has a high prey drive and sometimes would harass the cats but we've been able to have her live with four other dogs and a large number of cats.
9 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
1 People
Lexi challenges me to be active and to give her opportunities to show affection. She is high-spirited and energetic. She loves people - the neighborhood greeter - and enjoys playing with other dogs.
1 year, 1 month ago
3 Months
1 People
Dog Parks
people oriented, loves attention, incredibly smart, loyal, good with other dogs; especially ones her age, training is a breeze, loving, independent and attentive.
1 year, 5 months ago
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Laying in the sun
She is the sweetest most loyal loving dog ever! Calm when needed and lively when warranted. Protective of our daughter but in a motherly way, not aggressive. Not a mean bone in her body.
2 years ago
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