Boston terrier

Other name: Boston Terrier

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The Boston Terrier is a small, robust, compact Molossoid dog with a well-knit body and clean lines. A true pet, he is very loyal to his master, to whom he brings affection at all times. He is both athletic and enjoys staying calm with his family, and at the same time lively and intelligent. It stands up easily and does not require extensive maintenance. Ideal choice for a family with children. In addition, it tolerates the presence of other animals well provided it has been educated in this direction. The Boston Terrier gives the impression of a determined, strong and dynamic dog when looked at, despite its small size.



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Hair type Short
Origin United States
Template Small
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 7 kg to 10 kg From 25 cm to 40 cm
Male From 7 kg to 11 kg From 25 cm to 40 cm
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History of the breed

The Boston Terrier breed was created and developed in the United States , more precisely in the city of Boston in Massachusetts (northeastern USA), as its name suggests. It is the result of the crossing, towards the second half of the 19th century, of the English Bulldog and the English White Terrier . The creation of the Boston Terrier Club of America will take place in 1891, when the recognition of the breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) will come 2 years later.

In France, it was not until 1927 to witness the introduction of the first Boston Terriers. Across the Atlantic, the breed is a true symbol , especially in his native Massachusetts where he has been the official dog since 1979. She is also the official mascot of the Boston University hockey team through a character. wearing the features of a Boston Terrier named Rhett .

Boston Terrier Pictures

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Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Boston Terrier is an active dog, cheerful, benevolent towards children and extremely attached to his master , to the point of being a little too clingy at times . Intelligent and affectionate , the Boston Terrier is as easy to stimulate as it is to calm. He is always present when it comes to playing and also shows himself to his advantage on guard, without abusing his barking. Always in a jovial mood, he will fill his adoptive family with affection, who will have to be careful never to leave him alone for too long.

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Active, dynamic and very attentive, the Boston Terrier is not a difficult dog to train , quite the contrary. A minimum of firmness and a good dose of games make it possible to make a very high quality companion. He learns relatively quickly and will do anything to please his master. However, it will be necessary to start early, to have the desired results. His master will have to show firmness but also great gentleness .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Boston Terrier knows how to adapt to all environments , but greatly prefers life inside the house . He can thus stay close to his master (an almost vital need for this breed) and protect himself from external climatic conditions. The Boston Terrier appreciates family life and gets along very well with its peers . An available handler, ready to give him enough opportunities to stretch his paws and having other dogs will suit him perfectly. He will pay him back a hundredfold thanks to his jovial character and his loyalty.


Ease of gaining weight

The Boston Terrier can suffer from eye irritation due to the prominence of its eyes. Some dogs of this breed may also have some difficulty breathing and females are likely to experience complicated births . For the rest, and as long as it is sufficiently protected from extreme cold, the Boston Terrier is a generally robust dog in terms of health. On the skin, he may have demodicosis , which causes crusty lesions on his skin with some dandruff.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Boston Terrier is, on average, between 10 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The maintenance of the Boston Terrier is neither painful nor restrictive . It’s easy enough to take care of your short, smooth coat, but it shouldn’t be neglected because it should stay shiny.

The Boston Terrier does not require specific grooming . Just clean her dress with a soft glove to remove dead hair and impurities. Its eyes, ears and claws should be inspected and cleaned regularly.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,200
1700 €

The purchase price of a Boston Terrier is between $ 1,200 and $ 1,700.

Annual maintenance cost

900 €
1000 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Boston Terrier is between $ 900 and $ 1,000.

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The Boston Terrier needs a balanced and healthy diet to live for more than a dozen years. It can cope with human food such as meat, rice, pasta and fresh vegetables. High quality kibble can also do the trick. You just have to adjust the portions according to the daily activity of this canine.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Boston Terrier is an active dog who cannot be deprived of daily outings . His exercise needs are not excessive, but they must be met in order to channel his energy and preserve his psychological balance.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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