Dog Profiles - Description of Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Description: The Boston Terrier was developed to be a companion and watchdog. He is easy to care for, small in size and has a delightful disposition, he is a odor free dog who rarely sheds. Loves to go for walks or rides in the car, he is one of the most popular breeds in the United States because of his affection nature. The Boston Terrier is a compact, well-muscled dog, his head should be in proportion to his size. A joy to have around, he can sometimes be determined and self willed.

Height: 10-16 inches

Weight: 11-24 lbs.

Colors: Brindle with white markings, black with white markings.

Coat: Short and smooth

Temperament: Lively, intelligent. Good with children. Good with other pets. Good family pet. Good watch-dog. He will sound an alarm if someone approaches his home. Poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Rub down with a damp towel several times a week. Bathe only when necessary. Check ears and eyes regularly. Trim nails from time to time. Easy to house train, he learns well if his owner spends time with him. Regular walks or free play in a fenced yard will keep him in shape.

Training: Very intelligent and responds well to training.

Activity: High

Living Environment: Adapts to urban or country living. A house with a fenced yard, daily exercise and attention.

Health Issues: Juvenile cataracts. Breathing difficulties because of his short face. Whelping is often difficult due to the large head and puppies are often delivered by C-section.

Life Span: 10-12 Years

Litter Size: 3-4

Country of Origin: United States

History: Developed in the 1900's, he is considered one of the true American dogs. He was derived from a cross between the French Bulldog and the White English Terrier. Even though he was originally used for fighting, he should not show aggressive behavior towards people.

Registration: ACA, AKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB), UKC