The Boston Terrier is sweet, cheerful and above all very pleasurable to live with on a daily basis due to its good character and intelligence. These dogs are sociable, get along well with their peers and appreciate the presence of children. Although very attached to their social group, they are nevertheless still terriers that sometimes do as they please. Seducers at heart, they know how to make people understand what they need and, in particular, how to convince their loved ones to get what they want.
Key facts about the Boston Terrier
Origins and history
Almost nothing is known about the Boston Terrier’s origins, except that they evolved most significantly in the United States, in the city of Boston, from which they got their name. The Boston Terrier seems to have evolved through the crossbreeding of the English Bulldog and the English White Terrier. However, the French Bulldog must have also been involved as the Boston Terrier resembles them a great deal. The American breed evolved in 1891 and two years later, it was recognised by the AKC (American Kennel Club), the equivalent of the Kennel Club in the UK. The breed was introduced in 1901 in the UK.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs
Section 11 : Small Molossian type Dogs
Physical characteristics of the Boston Terrier
Female : Between 10 and 16 in
Male : Between 10 and 16 in
Female : Between 13 and 24 lb
Male : Between 13 and 24 lb
Weight doesn't exceed 25lbs.
The coat of this little molosser can be either brindle, and white or black and white. They have a white stripe at the muzzle, a white stripe between the eyes and white at the breast corresponding to their official standard.
Type of coat
Their hair is short.
Their coat is smooth, shiny and of a fine texture.
The eyes are dark.
The Boston Terrier is a robust, small dog. Their head is composed of a flat, square skull, not heavy, a steep forehead, a well-defined stop and a short, broad, square muzzle. The teeth are slightly prognathic. The eyes, wide apart, are very large, round and dark, with an attentive and gentle expression. The ears, usually cut, are small, thin, and straight. The legs are straight, muscular and well balanced. The tail, short and low, can be straight or oblique; it is carried horizontally. It should be noted that there are three varieties of weight: less than 15 lbs, between 15 lbs and 20 lbs and between 20 and 25 lbs.
Good to know
The Boston Terrier is a truly versatile companion dog, but until recently it was poorly represented outside the United States. The existing breeds are of very good quality, but it is necessary to book the puppies well in advance.
In recent years, this breed has enjoyed great popularity, just like their cousin the French Bulldog to whom they are often compared to or mistaken for.
They are nicknamed the gentlemen of dogs because of their black and white coat which gives the impression that they sport a tuxedo.
They are often cheerful and very close to their social group. They require a lot of attention and can sometimes be very intrusive when they expect an interaction that they can't get.
It should be noted that males are often needier/more attached than females.
Very energetic and enthusiastic, this dog is always ready for a play session, especially with children whom they appreciate enormously.
The Boston Terrier has the ability to get excited very quickly but to calm down as soon as they are asked. In this respect, they know how to settle down, but it is preferable for their needs to have been met in order to facilitate a rapid return to calmness.
The intelligence of this companion dog is reflected in its ability to adapt to many situations, environments and living conditions.
Even if it may not be obvious, the Boston is a terrier that may sometimes chase things, but this is a very modest instinct and you should not expect to hunt anything with this dog, mice perhaps.
Fearful / wary of strangers
Neither aggressive nor fearful, this dog greets guests with enthusiasm but can be a barker (not excessive) when they do not know newcomers.
The Boston Terrier loves its master to such an extent that they would never want to be separated from him or her. The only fault they could be accused of is being too "invasive"; they are always between legs and would always like to be held in your arms! Independence is not a concept that this companion dog easily embraces.
Behaviour of the Boston Terrier
Because of their strong attachment to their adoptive family, periods of loneliness can be complicated for this dog if they do not benefit from an early and progressive habituation to their owner’s absences.
Easy to train / obedience
Sometimes determined, like any good self-respecting terrier, it is necessary to introduce rules and limits at home as soon as the Boston Terrier puppy arrives, to avoid being overstepped.
The advantage of this small companion dog is that they are very energetic and attentive, which makes the different learning processes quick, and all the more so when they are provided in a consistent, coherent and fair manner.
In short, the Boston Terrier is not a difficult dog to train if the educational methods are simultaneously firm and gentle and respect the principles of positive education.
The barking of this dog is never untimely, it barks very little. On the other hand, when they feel that someone is approaching, they may bark, not excessively, but simply to prevent any danger.