Boston Terriers are compact, short-tailed, well-balanced little dogs weighing no more than 25 pounds. The breed is famous for its “tuxedo” coat: white and either black, brindle (a dark striped pattern), or seal (appears black except it has a red cast when viewed in sun or bright light). The muzzle is short and the eyes are large, dark, and round, giving Boston Terriers a kind and intelligent expression that can melt the coldest heart.
If simply let out into the yard most Bostons will stand near the door waiting for their owners to join them, especially if they do not have canine companions with whom to play. The type of exercise provided for your Boston may depend on your own activity level and housing arrangements. Bostons love to run and play but should be contained in a fenced area or on a leash at all times. If your Boston enjoys lots of activity and your home has a fenced yard playing fetch, tossing flying discs and playing with a large ball are activities that provide plenty of exercise and allow him to use his energy. Some Bostons prefer less activity but still need regular exercise. Daily walks are a good activity for these dogs. Bostons usually enjoy visits to the dog park where they can interact with other dogs and people and run off-leash. Be sure that you know proper dog park etiquette as well as the rules for your park and always supervise your dog. Many Bostons enjoy the activity and mental stimulation provided by agility or obedience classes. Remember that Bostons are more susceptible to overheating than many breeds so care should be taken, especially in sunny, hot or humid weather. Always have plenty of fresh water available, be aware of the signs of overheating and know how to properly cool your dog quickly if he becomes too hot. Bostons are also susceptible to extreme cold so a sweater or coat is a must.
Did You Know?
The Boston Terrier is a native American breed.
The Boston Terrier is the result of a cross between an English Bulldog and a white English Terrier, later considerably inbred.
In the year 1889, fanciers formed the American Bull Terrier Club (the former name of Boston Terriers), but upon meeting opposition from both Bulldog and Bull Terrier fanciers, changed the name in 1891.
The AKC admitted the Boston Terrier in 1893.
Much of the progress in the Boston Terrier breeding program has been made in the 20th century; it is a relatively new breed.
•The original sire and dam of the Boston Terrier breed (the Bulldog and English Terrier that were bred) were named "Judge" and "Gyp".
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & White||019|
|Black Brindle & White||021|
|Brindle & White||059|
|Seal & White||170|
|Seal Brindle & White||172|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|