Boston Terrier Breed Information with Pictures

Boston Terrier smiling in yard


Surprisingly, the very gentle Boston Terrier was actually bred from a pit fighter. It is called the American Gentleman.

This dog is very intelligent. They can be trained to extremes given the proper environment. They have beautiful, round eyes. Their bodies may be small but it is very muscular.

They have a broad face with a very flat nose. They belong to a breed called brachycephalic meaning short head.

They are even tempered and can easily get depressed when scolded or yelled at.

Fun Facts

    • Respiratory problems occur frequently with Boston Terriers, so avoid placing a collar on them.


    • The body build of the Boston Terrier makes it difficult for them to whelp. Thus, you should not buy one for the sake of breeding. Their body won’t be able to handle it and every deliver will be most likely through Cesarean Section. In addition to this, most boston Terrier mothers will end up having just one litter. They have very small pelvises.


    • Boston Terriers are gluttonous. They will eat and eat as long as there is food.


  • Boston Terriers are quiet dogs and are not that aggressive. Males ones can be a bit aggressive only if their territory is invaded.

Breed Temperament

The Boston Terrier is known as “The American Gentleman”. It is a very fun dog to have. It is lively and smart! It is also very affectionate but is sometimes very stubborn. You will need to be persistent when training the Boston Terrier.

It is best that you adopt a puppy Boston Terrier so you can teach him to socialize with people and other pets. If you do training right, he will grow up to be a very good dog.

Common Breed Health Concerns

Boston Terriers are known to be very healthy but they are still susceptible to a lot of health issues. Thus, before buying one, make sure you look into their medical history to make sure you get to purchase a very healthy puppy.

Boston terriers are susceptible to cataracts. This is when a clouded film forms over the eye lens. Puppies from 8 weeks to 1 year old may develop juvenile cataracts. However, juvenile cataracts are hard to detect. You will need a veterinarian to be able to diagnose it.

Older Boston Terriers may have adult cataracts. Another eye condition that you need to check from time to time is the Cherry eye where in there is a prolapsed in the gland of the third eyelid. This happens on puppies more often than in adults.

Another health issue you need to watch closely is hurt murmurs. Boston Terriers may have a hard time playing or doing other activities because their hearts cannot provide enough blood to the body. The best way to avoid this is to make sure that you give them a low-sodium diet.

Boston Terriers may suffer from many kinds of allergies that may be triggered by food. If you see your dog always scratching and unable to rest properly, then you need to have him checked for allergies.

Last but definitely not the least, you need to observe your Boston Terrier if he experiences reverse sneezing. This is when nasal secretions go inside instead of outside and block the windpipe. This might cause your dog to panic and be very uneasy so make sure to help them calm down. Stroke their throat or neck slowly in order to help them breathe.

Breed Care

In contrast with other dogs, the Boston Terrier does not need that much exercise. He can play and walk every now and then but does not enjoy it very well.

It is also important to know that the Boston Terrier cannot take extreme weathers. Avoid placing them in locations which are either too hot or too cold. Always take them inside your home and make a comfortable spot for them.

Boston Terriers are very sensitive and can easily be depressed if you give them a bad tone of voice. Always practice positive reinforcement instead of negative reinforcement when training them.

These dogs must be fed up to 1.5 cups of high quality dog food in a day which will be divided in 2 meals. Do not present their plate with too much food because they have the tendency to be very gluttonous.

They have a very smooth coat and may come in black seal or brindle. Sometimes, the colors are delivered so perfectly that it looks like the dog is wearing a tuxedo. If someone sells you a Boston Terrier that is pure in color, then it means that it has been mixed breed. So don’t be fooled.

Brush your Boston Terrier’s teeth regularly. Thrice a week is enough to ensure that plaque does not build up and to be able to maintain good breath. Trim his nails as well because this can be very irritable for him. His ear could get easily infected if you do not clean it regularly as well.

While you bathe him and groom him, always look for sores or rashes because, as mentioned, Boston Terriers are very prone to allergies. So signs for any irritation should be checked as much as possible. In addition to this, choose a hypoallergenic soap or dog shampoo.

How the Breed Acts Around Children and Other Pets

Boston Terriers loves kids. However, you must teach your children not to shout or scream at them as they easily get upset. It is also important to supervise playtime with your dogs so that nobody gets hurts.

The Boston Terrier is the kind of dog that gets along very well with other dogs and even cats. So this is the ideal pet to get if you have a lot of other pets at home.

Breed Pictures

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