Boston Terrier – Characteristics, Temperament, Health, & Training


The Boston Terrier was originally bred from a cross between an English bulldog and an English White Terrier or French Bulldog in Boston Massachusetts in the 19th century. It is believed that the name “Boston” comes from where they were first created.


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The Boston Terrier is a small, compact dog with short hair and a sleek black coat. They are also known as the “American Gentleman” because of their friendly personality and intelligent look that makes them very distinguished. The height of an adult male can be between 12 to 15 inches (30-38 cm), while females are typically smaller at 10 to 13 inches (25-33 cm) tall at the withers. The weight of an adult Boston Terrier dog breed ranges from 16 – 28 pounds (7-13 kg). Some Boston terriers have drooping ears, but most will stand up straight, similar to how English bulldogs or French Bulldogs usually carry their ears.

Boston Terriers possess many different color patterns which include black with white markings, seal brown with white markings, brindle (stripes), and solid fallow or red. They have a shiny smooth coat that is easy to maintain. The Boston Terrier’s short-haired coat comes in many colors including brindle, seal, black, blue, brown, silver/tricolor (black/brindle/white), partial-colorparti-color (black/brown), or any variation of these colors.

Boston Terrier Temperament

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The Boston Terrier temperament makes them friendly towards other dogs and strangers alike. Most Boston terriers are good with children as well as other pets if they are raised around them since birth. However, some can be aggressive towards small animals if they are not properly socialized at an early age. They are alert, lively and will quickly become the center of attention wherever they go.

Boston Terriers Training

The Boston terrier training is very simple because it has an eagerness to please nature. They respond well to consistent positive reinforcement like most breeds but do not like to be scolded or beaten for mistakes. Basic obedience can be taught easily in a short time; however, socialization should start when they are still puppies so that they grow up into confident adults that are comfortable with different human beings and situations. A well-socialized Boston terrier is better prepared to handle new situations besides just basic obedience commands in the future.

Another important aspect in Boston terriers training is housebreaking which can be difficult if you wait too long and they can quickly become a nuisance in the house. Crate training with positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to help them understand what is expected and most Boston terriers will happily go into their own space when you give it to them as a gift.

Health Problems

The Boston Terrier dog breed usually lives from 11-12 years but some have been known to live up to 15 years or more, which is quite an achievement for such a small dog. They are prone to having health problems that include: glaucoma, cataracts, deafness, and chronic bronchitis. Obesity is also common in this breed so regular exercise and supervision with food portions are necessary to ensure they do not gain too much weight.

This Boston Terrier dog breed is great for people who are looking for a smaller breed that still has the characteristics of larger dogs, which makes them fun to be around. They are great for families with older children but should be watched around younger ones because they may accidentally get knocked over. Because of their size and weight, they can do well in an apartment if they get enough exercise and also enjoy the benefits of being indoor dogs.

If someone is looking for a small dog with a big personality, they should consider adopting a Boston Terrier. They are an active breed that does not require a lot of space so they are good for people who live in the city. However, they do have requirements when it comes to exercise and care which is why finding the right home for them should be the first priority. Boston terriers are not recommended for people who cannot spend a lot of time with them because they will become bored, lonely, and even destructive if they are ignored.

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