Boston Terriers are a result of cross-breeding the now-extinct English White Terrier and the Bulldog. The breed was created to be a pit-fighting dog (earlier versions of the Boston Terrier were taller and heavier), but were bred to be smaller by the 1950s.
How Many Types of Boston Terriers Are There?
Apart from color variations, there is just one type of Boston Terrier.
Boston Terriers are small-medium-sized dogs, most weighing 15-25 lbs and standing around 11-17 inches tall.
Boston Terrier Appearance
What Colors Do Boston Terriers Come In?
Boston Terriers are brindle or black with white markings.
How Much Do Boston Terriers Shed?
Boston Terriers have little to no shedding.
Sheds a LittleSheds a Lot
Do You Need to Groom a Boston Terrier?
Boston Terriers have an incredibly low-maintenance grooming requirements, as their coats are short and shiny as is, and are easily kept neat.
Boston Terrier Temperament, Personality & Training
How Much Do Boston Terriers Bark?
Boston Terriers are Terriers, after all, so they are fond of the sound of their own voice in alerting their families of intrusion, potential danger, or just a greeting. They are, however, not prone to yappiness. As with any dog, they can be discouraged from barking as frequently with proper training and exercise.
Are Boston Terriers Good with Kids?
Boston Terriers make great couch potatoes and playmates alike. They are playful, energetic, and great companions, known to be good playmates to children.As with any breed, it is recommended that your child is always supervised when interacting with your Boston Terrier to keep both the child and dog safe.
Needs Lot of SupervisionVery Tolerant
Are Boston Terriers Good Family Dogs?
Boston Terriers are active, alert, and curious, and a great pet for urban living. They thrive on plenty of affection and attention from their human family. They’re playful and fun yet elegant, and they know how to lounge.
Independent SpiritFamily Dog All the Way
Are Boston Terriers Good with Cats?
Boston Terriers are one of the only Terrier breeds that almost unequivocally behaves his gentlemanly self around feline friends. Of course, each dog (and cat) has his own preferences and temperament, but you can feel fairly confident your Boston Terrier, if properly socialized to your cat and/or introduced at a young age, should get along just swell.
Likely to ChaseHey, New Pal!
Are Boston Terriers Easy to Train?
Boston Terriers are highly intelligent dogs, and thus take quite well to training.
Boston Terrier Health
Do Boston Terriers Have a Lot of Health Problems?
Boston Terriers are mostly healthy and have quite a long lifespan.
Prone to IssuesGenerally Healthy
What Diseases are Boston Terriers Prone To?
Elongated Soft Palate: Though the Boston’s head and snout is smaller than other breeds, their soft palates (and tongue) at the back of the mouth are not shortened. A dog of the same size with a normal head shape, would have a soft palate of the correct length, but in the brachycephalic dog, like the Boston, the overlong soft palate is pushed backwards, partly obstructing the larynx (the opening to the airway). An elongated soft palate also causes issues with airflow and rubs against other tissues, leading to inflammation and swelling of airway tissues. The inflammation with often make the soft palate itself become swollen and thickened over time, further blocking your Boston’s ability to breathe properly.
Stenotic Nares:Also called constricted or pinched nostrils, stenotic nares are common in brachycephalic breeds — dogs with extremely short snouts like the pug. Stenotic nares are present at birth and are caused by a defect of the cartilage in the nose. Over time, pinched nostrils can make breathing in increasingly difficult. This is hard on the larynx and could eventually cause it to collapse, making breathing nearly impossible and often leading to death. Symptoms of stenotic nares include a foamy discharge when your dog breathes, noisy breathing, blue gums or fainting. Stenotic nares can be corrected with surgery.
Patellar luxation: Also known as slipped kneecaps, this is a common problem in many dog breeds. Patellar luxation is when slight abnormalities cause the knee joint to slide in and out of place. This can cause pain and occasional lameness. Surgical treatment is available for severe cases although many dogs lead normal lives without treatment.
Eye Problems: There are 20 eye disorders that are known to occur in the Boston. Eye problems are the number one reported health issue in the breed. Some common issues include: corneal ulcers, proptosis (displacement of the eyeball out of the socket), dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and scratched corneas.
Megaesophagus: Megasesophagus occurs when the esophagus becomes enlarged and makes it difficult for your dog to pass food properly. A dog’s inability to pass food properly can cause food and liquid to accumulate in the esophagus. Megaesophagus is not generally life threatening, but can lead to vomiting, cough nasal discharge, and malnutrition. There is no cure for megaesophagus, but diet changes can help your pup get the proper nutrients he needs to stay healthy.
Others: Dental crowding from not having enough space in their small skulls, digestive issues, brain tumors, deafness, and ear infections. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may recommend knee, respiratory, and eye tests for the dog.
Purchasing vs Adopting a Boston Terrier
How Much Does a Boston Terrier Cost?
You can adopt a Boston Terrier at a much lower cost than buying one from a breeder. The cost to adopt a Boston Terrier is around $300 in order to cover the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption. In contrast, buying Boston Terriers from breeders can be prohibitively expensive. Depending on their breeding, they usually cost anywhere from $600-$2,000.
Purchase from Breeder
Where Can I Adopt a Boston Terrier
The easiest way to adopt a Boston Terrier would be through a rescue that specializes in Boston Terriers. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search on Adopt-a-Pet.com. The search will show you all the available Boston Terriers in your area.
Boston Terrier Shelters and Rescues
There are animal shelters and rescues that focus specifically on finding great homes for Boston Terrier puppies. Browse the list of Boston Terrier rescues and shelters near you, below.