Boston TerrierCare

Boston Terriers require only a moderate amount of exercise and a minimum amount of grooming.

The Boston has been nicknamed "the American Gentleman" because of his dapper appearance, characteristically gentle disposition and suitability as companion and house pet. The breed is easy to train and they are easy keepers, preferring to remain by their owner’s sides.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Boston Terrier is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


A nice soft bristle brush will keep him clean and shiny. He may even enjoy a grooming with a soft hound glove to remove loose hair and dirt. Many Boston owners carry eyedrops to flush out dust or debris that might float into their dog’s eyes. This can be especially true if they live in big cities. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection.Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Short
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

​It’s a safe bet that a breed named for a city—the Havanese or Brussels Griffon, for instance—will make an excellent pet for city-dwellers. The Boston Terrier is no exception. Compact, easily trained, people-oriented, and always up for a walk, Boston Terriers are a perfect pet for urban life. Of course, whether their home is the city, suburbs, or country doesn’t matter much to Bostons, as long as they can be the star of their family. Their many charms have made Boston Terriers a true American favorite for more than a hundred years.

energy level Some Exercise

Boston Terrier &HEALTH

This is a brachycephalic breed so care must be taken that they do not become overheated in warm weather. In cold weather they should have a sweater or coat and must not be outside too long. Building a good relationship with your veterinarian is essential; you will work as a team throughout the dog's life. Bostons should see the veterinarian for an annual wellness visit that will include a check for parasites and may include bloodwork. Bostons' eyes are easily hurt so check them daily and see a veterinarian when any injury is noted.

An effective regimen to keep your dog free of fleas and ticks is important. All Bostons considered for breeding should have an annual eye exam by an ACVO veterinarian and luxating patella exam every two years. A BAER hearing test and a DNA test for the gene causing early-onset hereditary juvenile cataracts should be done once in the dog's life, before being bred.