What Is A
Boston Terrier?

Boston Terrier Breed Characteristics

Nothing is more dapper than a dog that comes with his own tuxedo jacket, which is exactly the coat that adorns the adorable Boston Terrier.

Named after the city they originate from–Boston, Massachusetts–the Boston Terrier is known for its big round eyes and friendly personality. With his good looks and happy attitude, it’s no wonder that the Boston Terrier is nicknamed ‘The American Gentleman.’

Boston Terriers are sturdy yet small dogs, standing no taller than 17 inches tall and weighing no more than 25 pounds. Although they are on the smaller side, Boston Terriers can be quite active and enjoy interactive exercise. Boston Terriers need to be challenged and will find themselves easily bored if left to entertain themselves alone in a backyard. A game of fetch, a brisk walk, or some agility training should be enough to keep your Boston Terrier happy.

Although Boston Terriers are active, they also have a very short snout, which can lead to breathing difficulties. Always be sure to keep an eye on your pup while he plays, and limit his exercise if you notice labored breathing. On hot or humid days, be even more vigilant in watching your pooch, and make sure he has access to plenty of water.

Like most small breeds, Boston Terriers are good apartment dwellers and adapt well to urban life, so long as they are properly exercised. A bored Terrier is often a trouble-making Terrier. They are also quite social dogs and do well with children and meeting new people. Just be sure to supervise interactions between your pooch and small children.

Boston Terriers have short sleek coats that shed moderately. The short coat of a Boston Terrier won’t need any de-tangling, but you should still brush your dog about once a week to distribute the natural oils his coat produces. Boston Terriers should only be bathed occasionally to avoid drying out their skin and causing irritation and dandruff.