Boston Lab

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20-45 lbs
United States
Boston Terrier
Labrador Retriever

The Boston Lab combines the best traits from the Labrador Retriever and Boston Terrier. They are an average sized dog, smaller than the Labrador Retriever yet larger than the Boston Terrier. These dogs have a playful, happy personality and demonstrate affection and loyalty. They will listen intently to what you are saying, although they may not always obey! The Boston Lab is eager to please and will respond well to training, enjoying the attention and the chance to make you happy. They are active when young, joining in games and will be the first at the door waiting for you to walk them. The Boston Lab is good with children, joining in their games and demonstrate patience. They are inclined to want to be with the family at all times and get lonely if left alone too long. Boston Lab dogs are very active and easy to socialise.

Guard dog, companion dog
Date of Origin
Boston Terrier and Labrador Retriever

Boston Lab Health

Average Size
Male Boston Lab size stats
Height: 13-17 inches Weight: 27-50 lbs
Female Boston Lab size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 20-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Urinalysis
  • Full Blood Work
  • General Physical Examination

Boston Lab Breed History

The Boston Lab is a mixed breed dog or hybrid dog created by breeding the Boston Terrier to the Labrador Retriever. Boston Labs are very alert, intelligent and responsive dogs, known for their playful and loyal nature. Looking back into their parentage, the Boston Terrier was bred in the early 19th Century as fighting dogs. They were larger then and through time (once fighting the dogs was outlawed) they were bred to be small and more mellow in temperament. They are popular because of their tuxedo coat style and affectionate nature. They are small in stature and can weigh up to 25 pounds, and have a stocky, sturdy appearance. They are one of 10 American made breeds which are recognised by the American Kennel Club. The Labrador Retriever came from Canada to American and soon became one of the most popular breeds of dog. Their nature is superb; they are affectionate, easy to train, loyal, and very good with family members – even with the very young. The Labrador Retriever was bred initially as a retrieving dog for hunters. They have good judgement and are known for their ‘soft mouths’ which means that they retrieve prey without causing any injury. The combination of the two parent dogs created the Boston Lab which is a designer dog that is fast becoming as popular as its parent breed. The Boston Lab has a protective, loving nature, demonstrates patience, and is loyal and affectionate making it an ideal companion dog.

Boston Lab Breed Appearance

The Boston Lab is a miniature to medium sized dog. Their body is short and stocky and in good proportion to their heads. The breed has a longer muzzle than the Boston Terrier, with scissors or even bite. The ears can either be floppy like a Labradors or short and erect with a floppy tip like the Boston Terrier. A black nose and smiley face is a characteristic of this breed, and they can have a quizzical look when they raise their eyebrows. The eyes are golden to deep brown and very expressive.  The legs are straight and strong, with rounded paws. The Boston Lab has a medium sized tail held low to medium away from their body. Their velvety short silky fur coat that comes in many colors completes the picture of an attractive dog that has an equally attractive nature.

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

Boston Lab Breed Maintenance

The Boston Lab is very easy to care for and is minimum maintenance for the owner. Once a week a quick brush with a firm bristle brush is all that is required, or maybe a loving rub down with a soft damp cloth will make the coat shine. These dogs love attention, so get them used to a ritual grooming each week where you brush them down, check their nails and clip if too long, and check inside the ears – a soft damp cloth wiped gently inside will remove any build-up of dirt and debris. While your dog is a puppy, get them used to their teeth being brushed, rewarding them for their good behaviour afterwards. This practice eliminates any grooming issues when they mature. Other requirements include a good walk each day, and some fun games where they can chase a ball until they tire of it (this rarely happens though) to burn off their energy.

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

Boston Lab Temperament

The Boston Lab is described as a happy dog. They always seem to have enough energy for anything, and love to be part of family life and daily outings. They can get lonely if you ignore them and get into mischief. The Boston Lab considers himself part of your pack, and they like a strong but fair pack leader. Results are achieved through praise and rewards rather than strict, harsh methods. They learn quickly and respond well to kind words and tone of voice. Start their training at a young age as they tend to lose interest as they mature. Make sure they get used to socialising with kids, people, dogs and other pets while they are young. It will make life easier for you if they form friendly bonds early in life. These dogs are very playful but are just as attentive when you are relaxing or not well, they will listen to all your problems with attentive adoring eyes and ears.

Boston Lab Activity Requirements

This unique breed will do best with a regular daily exercise – a daily walk for an hour or so combined with games at home will keep the Boston Lab fit and healthy. They can live happily in an apartment if they are exercised each day and get to explore a little. They don’t like extremes in temperatures and do best in moderate climates. The Labrador Retriever side of their breed loves the water, so it is safe to assume the Boston Lab will enjoy splashing around in water especially in summer. Games that will amuse them for ages includes fetching the ball, tug of war, and hide and seek type games. The Boston Lab loves to please and is a true family dog. Ensure that he is included in family outings. Use a leash when out and about as the Boston Lab can practise ‘selective deafness’ if left free to explore.

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

Boston Lab Food Consumption

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

Boston Lab Owner Experiences

10 Months
1 People
House & Yard
She has been the best dog I could ask for. Never barks unless someone walks into the house and she was not expecting it. Timid at first but a professional kiss giver when comfortable. She is so great that I do not mind the little shedding!
2 months, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
3 People
We adopted Max about a month ago. He has come out of his shell a lot, as he was definitely scared of noises. He has energy that can be engaged when you are ready and is sweet as can be. Is great with our 9 year old daughter and the extended family as well.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
9 Years
4 People
Luna even at 9 years old still acts like a puppy. She is very affectionate. She has a tendency to chew on things that she shouldn't. She does not like to be left alone and is often trying to climb into bed or into my lap.
4 months, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Amazing rescue dog from Georgia. Spunky and full of excitement and love. Still shy and does get anxious but working with her.
5 months, 1 week ago
1 year
5 People
Hide & Seek
An amazing family dog full of energy
5 months, 3 weeks ago
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