Boston Terrier

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The Boston Terrier has a short muzzle, is funny and friendly, and a charming personality.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 0in - 1ft 5in
Weight: 10-25lbs
Lifespan: 11 - 13 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly5/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount2/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount1/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone5/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance2/5
  • Apartment-Friendly5/5

Boston Terrier Information

Made in the USA, the Boston Terrier was created in the United States by crossing an English Bulldog and White English Terrier. Compact and weighing no more than 25 pounds, this breed is known for having a short muzzle, pointy ears, and a “tuxedo” coat made of white and black, brindle or seal.

Funny and friendly, the Boston Terrier is a popular choice these days. It is currently the 23rd most popular breed in the United States. You can see why when you look into his warm eyes and get to know his friendly, charming personality. This dog is also great with kids and other pets and is easy to train.

Boston Terrier Training and Temperament

Boston Terrier training is a breeze. He is eager to please and very smart, so you will have no trouble working with him. Just be sure to start him out early so he can be socialized and get a good foundation for training.

Regarding temperament, this breed is excellent with kids and other pets, but he sometimes likes to play rough. Therefore, you will want to keep an eye on him when he is playing with your other pets or children, especially if they are smaller than he is.

Terrier Exercise

The Boston Terrier is a moderately active breed. He will need about 30 minutes of exercise per day, and he will get plenty of that with a daily walk around the block. If you want to play with him more often, you can take him to the dog park or throw a ball in your backyard. Don’t run him in the heat for too long – his short muzzle makes it easy for him to overheat.


Grooming this breed is an absolute breeze because he has such a short coat that doesn’t shed very much on its own. You will only need to brush his coat once or twice weekly, and you should bathe him only when necessary – this dog is not known for being very stinky! These guys are also known for having brown teeth, so be sure to brush those once in a while.


All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Boston Terriers be apartment dogs?

The Boston Terrier is an excellent apartment dog. They don't need as much space for activity and will be happy in a condo or apartment.

Can Boston Terriers be left alone?

Boston Terriers are a very independent breed. They will typically do well when on their own for longer periods. Just be sure to avoid being neglectful.

Are Boston Terriers good with kids?

Boston Terriers are typically excellent with kids. As with any dog it's important to monitor them around children, however they are often very gentle.

Are Boston Terriers friendly with strangers?

Typically, Boston Terriers are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Boston Terriers get along with other dogs?

Although Boston Terriers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Boston Terriers bark a lot?

A Boston Terrier will most often bark only when alerting about something. They likely need something or see a stranger if they're barking.

Do Boston Terriers shed a lot?

The Boston Terrier rarely, or never, sheds. They're excellent for someone who doesn't want to clean up much dog hair.

Do Boston Terriers need a lot of grooming?

Boston Terriers don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Boston Terriers need a lot of exercise?

A Boston Terrier will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Boston Terriers easy to train?

Typically, Boston Terriers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Boston Terriers handle cold weather?

Boston Terriers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Boston Terriers handle hot weather?

Be careful with Boston Terriers in the heat. They don't do well in hot climates for long periods.

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