Boston Terrier

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10-25 lbs
15-17"
United States
Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a Native American canine breed. The Boston Terrier originated in 1870, by breeding an English Bulldog with a white English Terrier.  It is hard to believe that they were bred to be pit-fighters. The breed is now nicknamed the “American Gentleman” because of their gentle disposition. This attractive breed is a muscular and compact dog. The Boston Terrier is usually a gentle, intelligent, friendly, well-mannered and loving canine. It can be a little rambunctious and does need daily exercise. Boston Terriers can't handle the heat or extreme cold very well. They have a smooth, short coat that does not require much care. It is recommended to occasionally comb them. They do not need frequent bathing. The creases in their face do need to be wiped daily. 

Purpose
ratting, fighting, companion
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
terrier, bulldog, french bulldog

Boston Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 15-17 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Height: 15-17 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cherry Eye
  • Allergies
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Cataract
  • Corneal Ulcer
Occasional Tests
  • Knee
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Allergy Tests

Boston Terrier Breed History

The Boston Terrier breed originated around 1870, when Robert C. Hooper of Boston, who owned an English Terrier; purchased a Bulldog from Edward Burnett. These two dogs had a litter of puppies. Their offspring were then interbred with French Bulldogs, which led to the Boston Terrier.  The breed gets its name because they originated in Boston. The early Boston Terriers were larger and heavier (weighing up to 44 pounds) than the breed is today.  They were used in pit-fighting. Today they are considered lovers and not fighters. By the year 1889, the breed had become very popular in Boston.  In 1893, they were admitted to the American Kennel club. The Boston Terrier was the first non-sporting dog which was bred in the United States. During World War I, a Boston Terrier by the name of “Sergeant Stubby” was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry Regiment.  He served 18 months and participated in 17 battles. He found wounded soldiers, warned his unit of gas attacks and even caught a German spy. Stubby held the spy by the seat of his pants until his fellow soldier found him with the prisoner. He was promoted to sergeant because of his loyalty and bravery in the field of combat. When the war ended he was smuggled back into the States and he got to meet Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Boston Terriers were own by President Warren G. Harding and President Gerald Ford. Boston University made the Boston Terrier its official mascot in 1922. The Boston Terrier also became the state dog of Massachusetts in 1979.  Currently, the Boston Terrier is the 23rd most popular breed in America.

Boston Terrier Breed Appearance

The Boston Terrier is a compact, sturdy little dog with a broad head. The muzzle is short but proportional with his head. The Boston Terrier’s nose is black.  The body is short with a square-like appearance. The bite is either even or may be undershot. The breed has an expression of determination and liveliness. They have large, round wide-set eyes. Their erect ears are small and are either cropped or left natural.  The tail is set low on his body and can be straight or sometimes screwed-shaped.  The Boston Terrier has a short and smooth coat, which can come in black and white, seal and white or brindle and white. The Boston terrier has muscular legs, which are set wide apart. His chest is broad and his neck has a slight arch. He has the appearance of a small tank.

Appearance of boston-terrier
Eye Color Possibilities
Blue
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Isabella
Fawn
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Boston Terrier Breed Maintenance

The Boston Terrier is not a big shedder so he only needs to be combed out once a week and bathing is only necessary when he gets dirty.  The creases in their face must be cleaned and dried daily. Their eyes should be cleaned regularly.  Cleaning their ears and teeth may be done weekly; be sure to get the proper technique demonstrated to you by a member of the veterinary team.  The Boston Terrier’s nails should be clipped monthly. Boston Terriers have a lot of energy and enjoy fun activities such as fetch, running, walking daily, catching discs, and agility training.  Please keep in mind that the breed does not tolerate heat or extremely cold weather. Brachycephalic breeds usually have respiratory problems and should only be walked with a harness. A collar around his neck may cause injury. Because of their short muzzles they snort, drool and snore loudly. The Boston Terrier can easily live happily in an apartment or in a house.  They enjoy being wherever their owner is and can do well in an apartment environment provided that they are walked daily. Boston Terriers are known for having flatulence. Feeding them a diet high in grains can make the flatulence worse. Boston Terriers can also develop food sensitivities and allergies.  It is best to feed them a good quality diet that is high in animal protein and low in grain. It is important to watch his caloric intake.  Obesity can worsen the symptoms of brachycephalic syndrome.

Brushes for Boston Terrier
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Boston Terrier Temperament

The Boston Terrier is usually a gentle breed with a friendly and happy personality. The breed is very intelligent and is easy to train.  They do tend to be protective of their owners, which may result in aggression toward other animals or strangers. The Boston Terrier is not a big barker, which makes them ideal for apartment living.  If properly socialized, they are good with children but should always be supervised. The breed may be small but they are sturdy and playful dogs. The Boston Terrier is a sensitive breed and does not do well with harsh training or being yelled at.  They thrive with positive reinforcement training.  Boston Terriers can be slow at being housebroken (4 to 6 months); crate training is highly recommended. The Boston Terrier is eager to learn and to please.  They make wonderful and loving companions for an individual or for a family with children.

Boston Terrier Activity Requirements


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

Boston Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $1.3
Monthly Cost
$30 - $37.5

Boston Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Height: 15 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Height: 16 inches Weight: 17 lbs

Top Boston Terrier Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Boston Terrier breeders of 2018.
Painted Bostons
Shoals, Indiana
Savanas Boston Terriers
Schriever, Louisiana
Circle J Boston Terriers
Tyler, Alabama
Marti Acres
Lamar, Missouri
Our Brindle Bostons and Japanese Chin
Lexington, Oklahoma
Bremer Kennels
Azle, Texas
Atlantis Boston Terriers
Palm Harbor, Florida
Kayshappytails
Birch Tree, Missouri
Puppy-Tailz
West Plains, Missouri

Boston Terrier Owner Experiences

3 Years
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They are very energetic! They love to sniff everything and when they play they play with there paws "slap boxing" they are very affectionate!
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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toys
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Boston terriers are friendly, but seem to be happiest with their owners. They can be timid and cautious. They're often very playful and have plenty of energy for a small dog.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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Sniffing
Walking
The boston terrier's that I have walked have been pretty up to their own business, but have not been aggressive. They are always excited to get underway on a walk and stay at a steady pace while on the walk. I have noticed that the males do mark their territory often and they do love to sniff everything while en route.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
12 Years
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sniff
Kisses
Hiking
Walking
Her favorite thing to do, at any time, is walk! She could walk for hours even though her legs would get tired. She sleeps a lot. She isn't a cuddler but will give kisses if you get close enough. She is eager to learn for treats. Loves sniffing things. Pretty indifferent to other dogs, can get snippy if they are behind her because she has cataracts, but otherwise super agreeable with them. Loves every person she's ever met! But always fine to just do her own thing, not very dependant.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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Laying in the sun
Sniffing
Dressing up
Walk
Shake
Listened very well. Didn’t really care much for their dogs or anyone else. Was very relaxed but love to prance around like they were the boss. Really enjoyed the open area and to mainly lay in the grass if it wasn’t wet outside. Prefers sunny and dry weather.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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Cuddling
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The Boston Terriers I have walked have been very friendly. They enjoy going outside but not for very long amounts of time.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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Roco is amazing. He loves to sniff everything in site. Will also stop the walk to go back and sniff the things he forgot to sniff. He loves to play. He can be aggressive when you first meet him, but will soon calm when he sees that you are friendly and will to walk him. He loved belly rubs, and loved eating treats. My favorite thing about him was he loved to take his time and experience the adventure in the world.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
7 Years
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Running
Kisses
Jumping
Playing
Belly rubs
Super sweet wanting to say hi give kisses get pets and pretty much the same energy on the walks haha always trying to jet off and smell then jet then smell lol all the while managing to get smells in while making a game out of the walk. Even after still has enough energy for playtime and maybe even another walk! lol
1 month, 4 weeks ago
6 Months
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socializing
Running
Playing
I walked a Boston Terrier puppy and he was so excited about everything! He wanted to say hello to all other dogs and people on the street. He was a curious puppy that wanted to explore in the grass and sometimes stop to roll around on the floor.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
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Pastimes
Running
Jumping
Hopping
Boston terriers are fantastic mid size dogs that have all the characteristics you need in a breed of a dog. They are super sweet, gentle, fun loving, active, runners, full of tricks, very good in obedience training once taught, and absolute cuddle bugs. Once they see you they are nothing but puppy love. I walk in particular that is just a delight to have as a walking companion. I’ve never seen any with aggression and they are always gentle with all dogs and socialization. They are also quite the head turner once you’re walking them around. If you want a mid to small but active dog, Boston terriers are a good go-to. They’re a ton of fun with skateboards and bikes too!
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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Walk
Eating Snacks
The Boston terrier I walked was a lively little guy. I dont have alot of experience with Boston terriers but they all seem happy and friendly. He was really lively on his walk and you had to keep an eye on him because he would eat anything off the ground. He did not startle at noises and like any terrier I guess really wanted to lead the walk. There was some pulling but that has to do more with training than anything. He listened well and paid attention to me when I talked to him, but that did not stop him from taking the lead :) The Boston terrier seems like a really fun friendly small breed dog.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
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So one of my favorite clients, Novak , is a 1 year old Boston terrier. When I first started walking him , he was about 6 months old and I was told her really love grass. Over the months of walking him, I loved seeing how much he enjoyed nature and would always crawl around in the grass after trying so hard to catch a lizard. I have walked a few more clients of the breed and I noticed that no matter what age, they all love lizard hunting and enjoy grass crawling as well. They are very obedient and full of energy. Overall, it has always been a great experience !
1 month, 4 weeks ago
8 Years
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Walk
Catch treats
Chase
Sniff things out
In my experience, Bostons tend to really enjoy people but are not as tolerant of other dogs. They are good on a leash and like to explore on long walks. They can be water friendly. They are highly food motivated, which leads to easier training. Bostons are also fond of long naps and bonding time with the people they are closest with.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
7 Years
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Nap
Walk
Taz is my own Boston, and a grumpy old man. He loves his walk but otherwise won't get out of bed except to eat. He enjoys laying in the sunshine, and laying in bed. He will not listen to most commands, even though he learned them very well as a puppy and he is very smart. He loves to get loved on but does not want to be told what to do. Ever. If you walk a different path then his daily walk he will be upset and yell at you for a few minutes, struggling to maintain his daily routines. He has enough personality for 3 dogs, and is a great companion.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
People
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Energy
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Laying in the sun
Eating Snacks
Cuddles
Play
Run
Walk
This Boston Terrier I've walked is one of my favorite pups to hang out with. She is a bit different in that she has different coloring and she is deaf, so on walks you cannot verbally command her. Despite all that, she is such a sweet, well-mannered girl! She is so wiggly and adorable! This pup is very friendly and affectionate. She does very well at getting her harness on and walking on a leash. Once we're walking, she could go for miles! She truly loves the exercise and fresh air. She is very friendly towards other people. In my experience, she paid no attention to other dogs. She does tire herself out sometimes and will lay down in the sun or shade to rest. Despite this, she still seems to have lots of energy after the walk and will bring a toy to you, wanting to play. She loves scratches and belly rubs. In general, not only is this a beautiful breed, but this dog is just one of the best!
1 month, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
People
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Energy
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Playing with toys
meeting new dogs
Running
I have walked several Boston Terriers and have grown to love them all! I was not a fan until I started walking my client's dogs. They all seem to share the same spunky, friendly and intelligent personality. They have a LOT of energy for their size, and can get very hyper and peppy. I have jogged with them all and they have all kept up just fine. They seem to be very intelligent and loyal, judging by the fact they all knew to come home at the end of the walk, without needing to be forced or guided back through the door. One downside to this breed is that because of their short snout is they have difficulty breathing in extreme temperature and weather conditions.They make a piglike snorting noise when they have trouble inhaling. Usually this happened in high humidity or extremely cold and/or windy weather. Also, because of their short fur, they would do best if dressed up in the winter with cute sweaters or jackets that are fit to their size. Also optional are doggie booties! This not only helps keep them toasty in the winter but will put a smile on passerby's faces when they catch a glimpse at the mini package of cuteness walking past them! The Boston Terriers I walked were very friendly after our initial meet and greet. They did not obey their commands too well, but they certainly did know them. I would say they are intelligent but slightly stubborn. They are very playful and funny looking. They would make perfect apartment dogs since they do not seem to bark at all. I have never heard any of the boston's I walked bark once. Their faces are adorably "ugly". They have the smushed snouts and bug eyed look, which can be endearing or unappealing depending on your tastes. They can make great exercise companions or lap dogs. I would definitely get a Boston Terrier for myself in the future, having had tons of experience walking and interacting with them through being a WAG walker. They are not aggressive dogs but definitely have a strong, confident and dominant personality. They can walk all over you if you are a softie. Shoutout to all the Boston Terriers I have walked in the past: Monty, Mia, June, Lacie, Darla, Kane, Big Boy and Todd. I can't wait to make more experiences with these guys!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
7 Months
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sleep
Eating Snacks
Play
cuddle
Walk
Boston Terrier puppies are super sweet and friendly; they’re excited to see you and go on an adventure, though they can be stubborn. Luckily, Boston Terriers are small and can easily be picked up to maneuver and redirect their attention. They love to walk and sniff, as well as play with other dogs and are super excitable and friendly to humans. Boston Terriers get older, they calm down and take on an “old man” persona - super friendly and agreeable but not in a hurry to do much. Boston Terriers are great family dogs, very low maintenance, and food motivated and, therefore, easy to train. They love to cuddle and play with their toys, but are happy to spend a day inside sleeping as well. Boston Terriers come in different patterns, but are almost always strong willed and know what they want!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
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Play
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My last Boston Terrier walk was a few months ago. This particular pup was rather timid and scared. I am not so sure that it was because I was someone new to him because many of his previous walkers noted this behavior. However, I have interacted with a handful of Boston Terriers outside of Wag and they all appeared to be just the opposite to this dog. A majority of them were happy, outgoing, friendly, and ready to go. They are not extremely active dogs but love to get out and interact with others. Boston Terriers are pleasant dogs and would just as easily sit on the couch and lay around inside. If you see one of these great pups on the Wag app, you can usually be assured an easy walk.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
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Not that much
Didn’t really wanna walk Pullers Stubborn
1 month, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Sniffing
chasing squirells
Running
The Boston Terrier that I walk daily was very timid and scared of everything at first. But once he got to know me better he became very friendly and affectionate towards me. He would greet me at the door and jump on me and give me kisses whereas the first couple times I met him he was shy. He loves walking and running and chasing after birds and squirrels. He does not get tired easily but does not enjoy the rain or snow.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Relaxing
Chasing ball
Cuddling
Playing around
The Boston Terrier doesn't care if you're a toy poodle or an American Pit Bull Terrier, if you're up to play they're up to play. These spunky little guys know no bounds when it comes to playing around. They're very goofy and have an almost child like personality no matter what age. In the house they make great movie partners often cuddling up to your lap and keeping you company. Outside they like to run around and chase objects whether it be sticks, balls or frisbees. I personally find it hard to get them to really bring any of those items back though. They can easily go from chasing a ball to redirection to chase and play with another dog. They have an amazing energy that screams play with me when you're outside interacting with them. But just as easily as they are to play with is just as easy as they are to be lazy with you in bed. They make amazing sleeping buddies aside their little snores. When it comes to family they often get along with children as long as the children aren't pulling or poking at them in a mean way. They're eager to meet new people as well as steal away any toys you may bring. Cute little buggers will keep you entertained whether it's them just being on their back chewing at their paws or out and about acting a goof with the other dogs. All around sweethearts. I personally think these pups would make perfect dogs for your averaged college student. Definitely full of personality and I think they even think they make be human at times. If you're looking to adopt one a Boston Terrier I would look into their (possible) health conditions so that you're aware ahead of time what you may have to face or even prevent! Their short fur makes grooming a breeze so you won't have to worry about running to the groomers every week. You do have to monitor their consumption of food and portions because they tend to gain weight easily and you wouldn't want an overweight Boston Terrier. These versatile dogs will definitely keep you busy especially if you get them young so be ready to have some patience with them as they aren't really the easiest to train since their heads are everywhere around that age but as they mature out you'll definitely have an easier time with them.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Tug-of-war
Eating Snacks
Walk
The Boston terrier I walked was a pleasure. She was well trained and knew to sit at every street corner, and to look up at me when I called her name. She did get a little bit agitated when we passed other dogs, and is currently working with her owners on focusing on her handler rather than on the passing dog. She was very food motivated, and was willing to work quite a bit for a treat, which helped to refocus her attention when needed. She was a good apartment dog, eager to walk, but not in need of a great deal of room. She happily brought me a bunch of her toys when I entered, and was eager to play with them with me both before and after the walk! She was jumpy, which wasn't much of a problem given her small size, but could still startle some people, or get you muddy if she had been outside recently. Like many other dogs of her build, she was stronger than you might imagine, and when she wanted to pull was capable of really tugging. That said, this particular dog was well trained and well behaved, thus this wasn't much of a problem. She was very trusting, even though it was my first time ever meeting her and her owners weren't home. As far as her health, I have only worked with one Boston Terrier. Her eyes did continually produce some goop, but she let me wipe it away without protesting at all. As far as grooming, their hair is very short, but their nails do get sharp the way any dogs will without usual trimming or getting worn down on the sidewalk.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
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Ben was seriously adorable and very excited. He was friendly and really enjoyed his walks, sometimes I would run with him for short distances, but he would tire easily.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
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Tug-of-war
Fun, playful, loves to play tug a war, great size for an apartment. I have a recurring dog walk with a Boston Terrier who's slow to warm up when meeting people and will nip until he knows you. They are a very popular breed in downtown areas. Boston Terriers are small dogs who take time to train. They can be one of the small dog breeds who tend to bark at skateboards and bikes. They also can be calm and happy.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
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cuddle time
Fetch
Tug-of-war
Always super affectionate and excitable. Tons of energy and great with kids, they love everyone and are great people dogs. They love other dogs too and are hardly aggressive. A tiny bundle of energy thats ready to go!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
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Fetch
That experience I had with the Boston terrier was great. He was very good at walking. It was almost as if he was trotting along very proud that he was out and about for his walk. Whenever we go for our walk I can tell the way he looks at other dogs that he is a very important dog. It's almost as if he has this eir about him, but he knows he is special. It's really cute! When I go to walk him he is usually at the door waiting for me excited, jumpy and ready to go! Can be a little difficult trying to get the leash on him because he is so jumpy but he is also very small dog so it's not that difficult. Dogs are amazing at blocks, they are a smaller breed so even if they do call it's not too difficult to manage them. They do you like to run around and play with their friends though so I also like to recommend bringing water when playing at the park, walking long-distance is or running. Such a great breed!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
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Ball
jump
Fetch
toys
Retrieve
Walk
Boston Terriers are smart and very social. They are easy to walk because of their size, but they tend to mark and wee at every light post, hydrant, tree, trash bin, bush, etc. They are mesmerized by critters like rabbits, crickets, field mice and will whine if they aren’t allowed to chase after them. They tend to stand up on back legs to look high or stalk critters. They are easy to groom, because they don’t shed much and my experience is that they enjoy baths. Boston terriers are sometimes difficult to train because they are dependent on their owners. My experience is that they experience separation anxiety easily and are difficult to potty-train. However, even though they do not tend to have the highest energy, they love to play, especially to fetch a ball or pull on a rope. Retrieving and returning is easy to teach to Boston Terriers as they are people-pleasers. Each time I have walked Boston Terriers, they love to meet new people and other dogs. They are very social and friendly and tend not to bark or jump at other dogs. They are a very easy breed for families with small children or living in multiple-dwelling units, as they don’t need a huge yard. They usually walk at a steady pace and do not need encouragement to go on walks outside.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
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Playing in the snow
Play
Run
Tug-of-war
Fetch
Boston Terriers are spunky, fun loving dogs. They are typically high energy and can be relatively aggressive when they play, but they are not violent by any means. They are very physically fit and can move very fast which can make getting them inside a bit of a hassle, but fun nonetheless.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
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Eating Snacks
Dog Parks
Beach
Fetch
Tug-of-war
Run
Walk
Boston terriers are great dogs with lots of energy and wonderful personalities. As puppies, they are almost always excited and their energy seems endless. Around 3 or 4 years old, they start to calm down and only get overly excited on occasion. He is always on guard and protective of his home and mother but not aggressively. His bark is much worse than his bite, especially since he’s never bit me (or anyone). He is highly triggered by other dogs on our walks and the way he barks at them can make him seem vicious. I’ve been making him sit, crouching next to him, and giving him constant verbal instructions while other dogs pass by and he does well like that. He wasn’t leash trained properly as a puppy but is learning quickly now that I’ve been walking him and working with him. He is very loving towards people and animals he knows though. Skin allergies and sinus problems are common in Boston Terriers and this one has lots of allergies to food and the environment. His diet is special so treat selection is very limited, he needs medicine and wipes, and frequent bathing to help with the rashes that develop as allergic reactions. Young Boston Terriers would be good for adult only households or families with older children. Older Boston Terriers would be great for any family — their loving, calm, and devoted manner make them great for older people and young children.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
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Boston Terriers are lively dogs that love to play and be active. They are very sweet dogs and I have never had to worry about an aggressive Boston Terrier. They love people and are very kind. They have never shown aggression on walks. They are easy to control while walking. Boston Terriers are also known to be good dogs to train. Boston Terriers do not require grooming, but they do shed.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
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Walk
He was very excitable. He did not get along with other animals well though, and would bark at them or run at them. He tried to pull, but was usually easy to redirect. At first he was barking at me and did not let me get close enough to put his leash on, but once I took off my mirrored sunglasses, he was affectionate and ready to go walk. He enjoyed treats as well.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
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Walk
He was very excitable. He did not get along with other animals well though, and would bark at them or run at them. He tried to pull, but was usually easy to redirect. At first he was barking at me and did not let me get close enough to put his leash on, but once I took off my mirrored sunglasses, he was affectionate and ready to go walk. He enjoyed treats as well.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Sniffing
Walking
My experience walking with Miss Belle was very enjoyable. She is one that knows where she wants to go, and at a steady pace! She was very friendly to other doggos we passed. She also attracted the attention of many humans, and she was very inviting as they asked to say hello to her. She also appeared to be well trained already, and responded well to commands, and treats. Belle did not pull on the leash, or decide to stop walking at any point, she was amazing! She had tons of energy, I was very impressed with her ability to keep walking for a full 60 minutes with her short little legs, a real champ! It was an absolute pleasure walking with this little Boston terrier, and I would love to walk with Belle, or another Bostonian again soon!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 Months
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The Boston Terrier I worked with was still a puppy, full of energy and she wasn't trained to walk on the leash. She was really friendly with humans and other dogs. I never had any problem with her. She was just a bit lazy on the walks!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
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Playing with toys
Cuddling
Walking
Boston Terriers are really awesome mid-size dogs. They can be active and playful but also don't require as much energy on the part of the walker as some bigger dogs do. Harlow, the Boston Terrier I've had the pleasure of walking many times, is always so much fun to be around. She gets very excited when I come in and will usually jump up a bit to say hello. Even the first few times that I walked her while we were still getting to know each other, she was extremely friendly and would always greet me the way my own dog does! Even though she gets excited easily and has lots of energy, she never barks while we're inside and is very patient about waiting and letting me put on her harness. She never pulls on her leash when we're outside and is very good about following my lead and listening when I tell her to stop or wait. She also responds very well to "sit," which is nice because it makes it easy to get an awesome picture of her! She is happy to pose for as long as you want her to and I've gotten some of the best dog photos I've ever taken with her as a result. Harlow's owner was in the process of training her not to bark at other dogs when we pass them on the street. If I saw another dog approaching, I would show Harlow the treat I had in my pocket and tell her to "sit." If she sat and was quiet while the other dog passed, she got the treat. I could tell she was used to this routine but was still learning to connect the not barking with getting the treat because sometimes even after she barked at the other dog she would still look at me as if she expected the treat. I could tell she would get the hang of it soon though as it worked about 75% of the time and her owner had only begun this training recently. Inside her house, Harlow is very playful and cuddly. She has a few tug toys that she likes to play with and will bring over to me sometimes. She also loves to roll around on her couch and her rug and can be very silly, especially if you pet her and talk to her in an excited tone of voice!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
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In my experience with this breed is they are aggressive with other animals. Always barking and snoring. The Boston Terrier that I walked was a sweet pup but he wanted to attack everything. They are very protective of their owners and/or family members. They tend to get more irritated when they get older and don't want anyone to really bother them. They are also very sensitive to loud items like cars, trucks and someone yelling.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
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The Boston Terrier I have worked with was incredibly amicable, especially since our first meeting was also our only meeting, up to this present day. When I entered the apartment, classical music was playing from a stereo to keep him company while his owners were out for the day. This is a common practice among dog owners, but relative to this breed, it may indicate the level of its social need, so to speak. Dogs are as accustomed to us as we are to them, only they articulate it in their own way. This Boston Terrier jumped from his warm pile of blankets on the couch to greet me extremely amicably, showcasing a mix of both excitement and polite reservation. I was instructed to help him into his winter jacket and he was one of the only dogs I have ever met who understood such a procedure to this degree: he offered me his paws without even being asked to do so. He was happy and calm, excited for him walk. It happened to be the first snowfall of the season, and when we went outside, his demeanor quickly changed: we only got to walk for a few minutes. He proceeded normally down the block, saying hello to other dogs and marking his territory. Once he finished his business, he was magnetically attracted to the front door of his building and I could do nothing to remove him from that spot. I sat with him, my usual custom to let a dog know he or she is safe with me, and he immediately sat in my lap, shivering intensely through his jacket. This immediate and intense trust shown to me under such dire circumstances (relative to the dog in question) allowed me to understand that it is likely Boston Terriers are very aware of their communal relationships with people. I contacted the owner, who said it was OK to return their dog early, and this Boston Terrier was ecstatic to be back in the warmth of the apartment. It is worth noting that during all the changes of circumstance, and amid all the pressure put upon this dog for his brief 10 minutes outside, he never once changed his attitude toward me personally. Verbal cues had lost their sway due to the cold the Terrier was focused on. I personally did not feel that cold but it goes to show how these creatures have highly individuated perspectives that must be respected and understood; especially so, accounting for the fact that Boston Terriers are very understanding dogs of great integrity themselves.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
8 Months
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Explore the city
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Sylvia warmed my heart. She greeted me by running up to me, gazing in my eyes, then asking for a belly rub. What more can a walker ask for? She was young and wasn't completely trained with her leash skills, but her disposition made up for her erratic leash behavior. She was keen in finding snacks on the ground while sniffing everything, greeting strangers, and zig-zagging in front of me (when I would give her enough leash to do so), so keeping a close eye on her and being diligent with her early training skills was imperative. We made it to the park near her house and played with another puppy who seemed to be about her same age and perfectly suited in size. They gnawed on each other and tumbled around the field together frequently making a tangled mess of their leashes. It seems that she will take minimal to no effort to continue her socialization regiment and should be an absolute winning companion for any sort of dog or human social gathering. Another delight about Sylvia is that she is willing to play with any toy and responds incredibly well to treats. At the mere mention of a treat she sits down and awaits further instruction. She's getting her stationary tricks down quite well, but once the added stimulation of a stroll is added to the mix, she tends to have too limited focus to pay attention to the commands at hand. I truly enjoy having the opportunity to walk Sylvia and look forward to watching her skills improve and watch her transformation from puppy to dog. I have met few other dogs with such a winning personality particularly from such a young age. Cooping her up at the end of the walk causes a mild amount of struggle on both of our parts. She will willingly go into her cage but she doesn't go in without a few sorrowful moans and after I leave the apartment I do occasionally hear her barking. I imagine that this is more of the puppy in her than it is her breed, however, and suspect that she will probably outgrow this trait. She's a very smart girl and is making such rapid progress that I have no doubts that she's going to be an absolutely fabulous pup later in her life. Perhaps it's luck of the draw, but my experience with Sylvia makes me consider getting a Boston Terrier someday.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Five Years
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The American gentleman! Also known as the Boston terriers. In my personal opinion, this breed has more variation in physical appearance and size than almost any other breed. Boston terriers can range from the size of tiny French bulldogs (for whom they are often mistaken for) or be over thirty pounds. They have no truly consistent coloration but are predominantly, if not entirely black and white. They have some of the most genuinely loving and altruistic eyes and smile that I have ever seen. The air of no judgment that one perceives is hard to find in another life form. When a Boston terrier smiles at you, it is one of the most heart warming and genuine sensations that can be felt. Despite their appearance and their ancestry, these terriers are extremely active. They are incredibly energetic and surprisingly athletic. They can chase a tennis ball for over an hour before they drop to the ground panting in delight. They can be tenacious and stubborn but in a way that will make your heart melt. They are often sassy and have quite a personality with more than one being prone to showing affection in the form of head butts. Given their genetic background, a penchant for snacking is a surprise to no one. These dogs are notorious for being food driven but extremely intelligent and also love to be rewarded with play. This makes training them easier than the French bulldogs which they are bred from. They are wonderful with children and have a even temperament. Where their intelligence can become problematic is in the pursuit of food. Boston terriers will have a habit of picking up food scraps off the ground. I personally love their grunts and pants. Like pugs and French bulldogs, Boston terriers can have a habit of communicating through grunts and snorts. Boston terriers age magnificently. Due to their diverse genetic background, Boston terriers seem to fare better than pugs or French bulldogs. I have walked an eight-year-old Boston terrier that anyone could be forgiven for mistaking for a puppy. They don’t tend to lose their energy as they age and seem to retain a sense of youthful wonder that never seems to dissipate. They are truly derpy little creatures that rival pugs for the silliest and most entertaining dog breed. They are incredibly easy to maintain and are one of the best breeds to start out with!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Brutus
6 Months
2 People
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Throwing the ball going to different places and
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I had a Bostonterrier for 10 years she was a great dog I loved her and I miss her very much. But now I have my puppy Brutus he is great and sometimes stubern.
3 weeks, 2 days ago
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