Boston Terrier

 Breed History

Boston Terriers are a mix of an English Bulldog and a White English Terrier. Robert C. Hooper is the person that had the pleasure of getting a dog named Judge that is an import from England.

Judge was bred with Kate who was a White English Terrier and that began the Boston Terrier. All dogs from this blood line come through these two dogs from the 1800’s.

They were originally “Round Heads” and their name became Boston Terrier in 1891. They had a hard time at first becoming a dog that the American Kennel Club would recognize.

Associations with the Boston area is due to the Robert C. Hooper living in Boston and the breed coming together in the city. It is only right to name the dog after the place it is from just like the French Bulldog.

Since the 1900’s they have made distinct features of the breed and now show the separation from all of Bulldog and Terrier cross breeding.

From 1905 to the 1940’s they were the most popular dog breed in America.

Accomplishing different temperament from the Bulldog fighting background and is known as a very gentle animal with a stellar reputation.


All the popular Kennel Clubs around the world recognize the Boston Terrier. Less popular in America than it used to be in the early to mid-1900’s, but still in the top 20.

Here are the Kennel Clubs that recognize the Boston Terrier worldwide.

Boston University has this breed as the college’s mascot. There is a great deal of popularity with this breed and there is no sign of decline. Other breeds have become more popular, but the Boston Terrier is just as popular as they always have been.


Weight: There are three different weights with this breed. Under 15 pounds, 15 pounds to under 20 pounds, and 20 pounds not exceeding 25 pounds.

Height: Is around 10-15 inches. Depending on the sex females tend to be smaller and the males are taller in nature.

Boston Terrier Colors

  • Brindle
  • Black
  • Seal

All these colors must include white markings.

Any of the above colors without white markings isn’t a Boston Terrier by their breed standards.

The white areas must be a muzzle band, between the eyes, and white fore chest.

Blue eyes are not a color that is acceptable with the breed as well.

When looking at one of these dogs you will notice what everyone describes as a Tuxedo appearance. The look like they have on a black suit and a white shirt. That nickname has stuck with them for decades.

Boston Terrier Price

Buying a Boston terrier with documentation of their bloodline, or papers, you will be looking at spending anywhere from $1,000-$5,000 depending on the breeder and level of quality from the dog for sale.

Getting a dog without papers will still cost a lot of money. Somewhere between $500 to $1,200.

Either way you will look at spending several hundred dollars to secure ownership of this dog.


Grooming for this breed is very low maintenance. The coat features are both short and smooth. You will find yourself still having to brush the dog multiple times per week.

Washing the dog when dirty just like for any other breed.

You should also keep the nails trimmed and the ears clean all the time.

You shouldn’t need to call on the assistance of a professional groomer unless you want to personally. The task in small and could easily happen with the owner. Inexperience owners should be able to handle the dog grooming of this breed with ease.  

Boston Terrier Life Span

11-13 years

That is a long time to have a dog. Short lifespan for a small breed but a decade is a huge percentage of a human’s life.

Health Issues

Patellar Luxation – Kneecap condition that happens when the kneecap dislocates. Around four to six months you can tell that the kneecap isn’t in place due to discomfort. Take your dog to the vet right away when you notice it. Small dogs have an issue with Patellar Luxation.

Cataracts – Occurs when the eye cells are showing damages and are not functioning properly. A shade of gray will go over the dog’s eye and could impair their vision. Going to the vet can help you make a decision on having or not having surgery.

Cushing Disease – Increase of appetite is a strong signal that the dog may have this condition. Eating excessively and developing a pot belly will end up hurting the dog’s health. Cortisol levels are high and causes the dog to eat more. See if your vet thinks the dog has this condition when you see this behavior.

Mitral Valve Disease – Heart disease is something that can affect all dogs due to their high protein diets. Boston Terriers are prone to this condition when they get into the older years of their life.

Gas – Being gassy is something that is common with this breed. At times you will need to understand when this is happening and how to deal with it. Get with your local vet if you think the dog is having gas issues. You can use natural methods or some form of medicine to help ease excessive gas.

Breed Group

Boston Terriers are a member of the Non-Sporting Breed Group. Diverse group of dogs that are thrown into the same category featuring different sizes and not having much in common.

In fact, this breed may be thrown into this group because they don’t fit into any other of the groups of dogs. The dogs that are in this group are the following:

Non-Sporting group features many popular and famous dog breeds known all around the world. Since there is no other place to put some of these dogs, they will end up here in the miscellaneous group.

Boston Terrier Exercise Needs

The energy level of this dog is moderate at best. Any dog will have high and lower energy levels so we can’t cast a wide net. Instead we must look at each dog individually and make an assessment based on their current behaviors.

For example, if the Boston Terrier is having behavioral problems increase the exercise. Digging, barking, using the bathroom in the house, and any other issues you have. Exercise is the one thing you can do to make everything easier with training.

Moderate energy dogs will get a case by case analysis. We would start with this type of program

Recommended: Hour run, walk, or treadmill in the morning

Optional: 30-minute run, walk, or treadmill in the evening

You can also look at two thirty-minute splits. We are huge fans of the twice per day method because it always puts the dog in a calm state of mind and is effective with higher energy dogs.

At times you will have a dog that doesn’t respond best with one session. They will go to sleep and rest up but will return to bad behavior again later in the day.

Two sessions make for a tougher program and takes care of the late day activities as well. Remember commands are for tricks but the best way to change behavior is through an exercise program.

Failure to exercise will ensure that you will have a tougher time of being the leader in the relationship and will make it harder to get complete compliance.


Training includes a strong exercise program, commands and proper discipline. The foundation of the training you do should consist of one and a half hours to two hours of exercise per day.

There is no magic formula for dog training it is hard work, but it does work at the end of the day.

Create something that works for your schedule and stick to it. You may have to do something before and after work for nine to five workers.

People who don’t hold a job that requires office hours and all other should have great flexibility to get out and exercise daily.

Commands like sit, stay and lay we always refer to them as something that is done with repetition. Getting the session going with 10 reps is a good way to teach.

The model I like the most is when you use life to train the dog. Sit before we go in the house, put on the leash, before you eat, before you go to the crate, before you come out, and before you get water just to name a few.

You can mix it up and use different commands and watch the difference in the response you get.

Lastly, you need to find out the right way to discipline a dog. The rule of thumb is to correct to the point you get the dog’s attention. 99 percent of the time this is done with verbal. Other times you will need to correct but that is the mission you are looking to accomplish.

Doing all of these in combination will ensure you will have one of the best trained dogs out of anyone that you know.

Are Boston Terriers Good Pets?

Yes! They’re great pets and have a great reputation historically. Known as a smart dog that checks all the boxes of being a good pet. Those boxes are intelligence, good with kids, and good with other dogs.

Information pertaining to if the dog is trainable is irrelevant. Training a dog is a process and takes a resilient owner to figure out what they are doing wrong and start doing it right.

Owners who want a great dog should focus on becoming a great owner and the pack will follow suit.

Do Boston Terriers Bark A lot?

Being territorial of their area is a great trait from a Boston Terrier. One thing you have to understand is that barking can come from multiple directions. You want them to bark if they come across a stranger.

Once a dog start barking excessive for little to no reason you must evaluate the exercise program if one exists at all. On average the less exercise you give the more likely you are to hear more barking.

Receiving an outlet drains the dog from barking all day long and puts them in a place where they want to rest and relax. Barking and other activities aren’t done just because when you approach dog ownership from that angle.

How to Stop Dog Barking

Are Boston Terriers Born with Tails?

The tail you see on a Boston Terrier is the tail they’re born with. Their genetics give them the tail that is shorter than usual and gives the appearance of it being cut by the vet or owner.

One of the few breeds to be born without a tail. Boston Terrier is one of them.