Irish Bostetter

30-40 lbs
United States
Irish Setter
Boston Terrier
Irish Bostetters are sweet, intelligent, and playful pets that love to be active and spend time with others. Their lifespan is average for medium breeds at 10 to 14 years, and they generally weigh between 30 and 45 pounds. When full grown, this breed can be between 19 and 22 inches tall. Irish Bostetters generally look like a smaller and stouter Irish Setters with some distinctive Terrier facial features. They are fairly low maintenance pets whose coats take on several characteristics of both of its parent breeds. The date of origin for this hybrid is unknown and it is not yet fully stabilized in form or personality. As such, Irish Bostetters are not recognized by the American Kennel Club roster of purebred dogs.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Boston Terrier, Irish Setter

Irish Bostetter Health

Average Size
Male Irish Bostetter size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 35-45 lbs
Female Irish Bostetter size stats
Height: 19-21 inches Weight: 30-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Cherry Eye
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataract
  • Megaesophagus
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Neurological Examination
  • Blood Tests
  • Blood Work
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Ocular Exam
  • Hormone Analysis

Irish Bostetter Breed History

The name Irish Bostetter is a combination of the names of its two parent breeds: the Boston Terrier and Irish Setter. The Boston Terrier originated in Boston, Massachusetts. His owner, Robert C. Hooper, bred his English Terrier with a Bulldog, and the result was the Boston Terrier we know today. The most famous of the breed was Stubby, a canine hero of World War I. In fact, Stubby's 18 months in the trenches earned him meetings with presidents, including Calvin Coolidge. The Irish Bostetter’s other parent the Irish Setter, is from Ireland and was originally a mix of Pointers, Spaniels, Bloodhounds, and other Setter varieties. They were bred for tracking and retrieving game birds. The Irish Setter began as a shorter, dual-colored dog, but eventually was bred as a solid white or red color in the 19th century. The red version became the most popular, inspiring the Irish Earl of Enniskillen to declare in 1812 he would only keep red Irish Setters in his renowned kennels. The red color consequently became the standard in North America. The AKC officially recognized the Irish Setter in 1878 and it has been one of the most beloved breeds in the United States since the 1970s. The hybrid of the Boston Terrier and Irish Setter may have existed for decades given both parent breeds long history in the United States. However, Irish Bostetters have only recently become recognized as a designer hybrid.

Irish Bostetter Breed Appearance

An Irish Bostetter looks like a smaller and stouter Irish Setter with some Boston Terrier features. It has a muscular and lean build that is slightly longer than it is tall with a deep chest, strong neck, and tapered tail. Its button-shaped ears represent a healthy compromise between the two parent breeds; yet, its relatively square-ish skull and short muzzle are more like a Boston Terrier. The Irish Bostetter’s coat can be short to medium in length, as well as wavy, soft, and fine. It comes in solid or multi-color combinations of black, white, seal, chestnut, mahogany, and red with the possibility of a brindle pattern. Beyond this, Irish Bostetters have small and compact paws with arched toes that help it move with grace and speed.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Irish Bostetter eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Irish Bostetter nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Irish Bostetter coat
red Irish Bostetter coat
white Irish Bostetter coat
black Irish Bostetter coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Irish Bostetter wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Irish Bostetter Breed Maintenance

Irish Bostetters are not hypoallergenic dogs and thus are not suitable for owners with allergies. They shed moderately and need regular, but not frequent, brushing to avoid tangles and look their best – particularly if their coat is on the longer side. These dogs should only be bathed once a month and have their nails clipped once or twice a month to prevent painful overgrowth or nail splitting. They should also have their ears and any face wrinkles that they inherit from their Boston Terrier parent cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Like all breeds, Irish Bostetters should have their teeth brushed daily. 

Brushes for Irish Bostetter
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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Irish Bostetter requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Irish Bostetter Temperament

This unusual breed is lively and sweet; it has the out-going nature of the Irish Setter and spunk of the Boston Terrier. Because Irish Bostetters are so playful and energetic, they enjoy being with owners who have free time during the day to romp around or go on a long walk or run. Irish Bostetters are generally great with other dogs and children. They also tend to get along with adult strangers well. This dog’s combination of intelligence and stubbornness, however, makes it more difficult to train than some other breeds. Owners can combat this tendency with early and consistent training. Beyond this, Irish Bostetters are known to bark occasionally and – like many hybrid breeds – are highly sensitive to their surroundings; it follows that, Irish Bostetters thrive in environments where they have a relatively consistent schedule and company.

Irish Bostetter Activity Requirements

Irish Bostetters have above average energy levels and love to exercise with their owners. They are quite athletic and should have between 45 to 60 minutes of activity a day.  They can live in urban environments if there is access to grassy areas or off leash parks but will thrive in a home with a securely fenced yard and lots of company. Irish Bostetters may like to hunt, so they should always be monitored whenever they are outside. This hybrid does not do well in extreme temperatures so be mindful of this when exercising them. Don’t forget that these dogs need a healthy dose of snuggles and affection at the end of the day to stay happy and healthy.

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

Irish Bostetter Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
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Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Irish Bostetter Owner Experiences

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