Boston Terrier

Read our comprehensive guide to the Boston Terrier breed, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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History of Boston Terrier Dogs

 

 Originating in the USA in the 19th Century, this breed is the first one to be created in the country and is still the Mascot of Boston University today. Nicknamed the American Gentleman, this breed was originally developed from pit fighting dogs and the ferocity was bred out of the dog creating the affectionate Boston Terrier we know and love in the present day. Today they make the most endearing companions that bring endless amounts of fun to any household.

 

What to expect when caring for your Boston Terrier

Common Boston Terrier Health Issues

Are there any breed-related health issues regarding Boston Terriers? Watch out for the following:

Cherry Eye – This breed is adored for its distinctive physical features but unfortunately, their infamous bug eyes can be the reason behind many of the conditions they are susceptible to. As the name suggests, Cherry Eye is a red mass that appears in the corner of the eye and is a result of the third eyelid not staying secured in place.

Glaucoma – Another eye issue this breed is susceptible to is glaucoma. Caused by a build-up of fluid, this is a hereditary condition that can’t be cured but can be managed with medication.

Corneal Ulcers – Often a result of trauma or injury to the eye, Boston Terriers are more prone to corneal ulcers than other breeds due to their protruding eyes.

How Much Grooming do Boston Terriers Need?

When it comes to grooming, Boston Terriers are a low maintenance breed. A bath every four weeks and a nail trim is all this breed requires, as well as good dental hygiene. A low shedding breed, they won’t need daily brushing or a demanding grooming schedule.

How Much Exercise do Boston Terriers Need?

Due to the build and physical traits of a Boston Terrier such as their short muzzle, they don’t tolerate strenuous exercise well. They don’t do well in extreme temperatures either, so when you do walk your Boston Terrier, you should take the weather into account and avoid the hottest time of day and ensure your pet is wearing a coat in the cold months. A walk or two per day plus stimulating games at home will keep this pooch happy.

  1. Boston Terrier Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Boston Terrier

    Boston Terriers are small dogs with huge personalities and are quirky and charismatic. They are cuddly dogs that love to show their owners affection. Another pro for pet owners is that the Boston Terrier is one of the least vocal dog breeds so if you are looking for a dog that is quiet natured, this dog is a great match. On the flip side, this is not a dog that will alert you to a stranger’s presence around your home’s perimeter. So, if it’s a guard dog you are wanting, you may want to consider another breed.

  2. Are Boston Terriers Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family

    Is it a good idea to get a Boston Terrier if you have children and other pets in the house? If you need a dog that is great with children, overall Boston Terriers are a good option. In fact, they are among the most accepting breeds when it comes to children and other dogs. This breed bonds with the whole family and tends to establish an especially strong relationship with whoever cuddles with them the most. Children love the clownish and goofy antics and they quickly become playmates.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
9-15 inches
Weight:
2.24kg-11.3kg
Temperament:
Quirky and Sociable
Lifespan
13-15 Years
Average Cost:
£459-£918

Boston Terrier FAQs:

How Much is a Boston Terrier?

This is an affordable breed if your goal is to purchase a standard Boston Terrier but if you are looking for a dog with Championship bloodlines, you can expect to pay up to £3062.

When is a Boston Terrier Fully Grown?

Boston Terriers are a small breed and even when they mature fully are a manageable size. Females are smaller than the males, but a fully grown Boston Terrier dog will not grow beyond 15 inches.

How Long Does a Boston Terrier Live?

A Boston Terrier’s lifespan can be affected by a variety of factors but on average this breed will live between 13 and 15 years.

Boston Terriers can be prone to certain breed-related health problems so pet insurance is always worth considering to cover against those unexpected vet bills. Find out more about Asda Money Dog Insurance to see your cover options.

 

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