Boston Terrier Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Boston Terrier Guide, Origin, Characteristics, and Personality

Breed Info Summary

Breed Suits: Families with children, apartment living, companionship

Shedding/Non-Shedding: Little

Size: Small


Around 1865, some of the excellent dogs owned by Boston's rich began to interbreed with those of their employees. Hooper's Judge is the outcome of one of these crosses between an English Terrier and a Bulldog. He and his descendants laid the groundwork for the Boston Terrier.

The American Bull Terrier Club was founded in 1889 after the breed had grown in popularity in Boston. By modern standards, the Boston's climb from unknown to AKC recognition was lightning fast, as the breed was recognized by the AKC in 1893, less than 20 years after its birth. Breeders were still looking for more consistency. Colour and markings were not considered important in the early years, but by the early 1900s, the breed's unusual markings had become an important breed characteristic. The charming little Boston Terrier soon acquired popularity in the United States, becoming one of the most popular breeds in the early to mid-nineteenth century and continuing to do so today.


Boston terriers are often friendly and energetic canines, and make an excellent choice for anyone looking for a cheery companion. They generally get along with other pets, including cats, especially if they were raised together. Bostons are possibly more tolerant of kids than other tiny dogs, as they enjoy romping with children.

Bostons can be fussy eaters, and some even suffer from a sensitive digestive system and are prone to gas. Feeding them is simple after you discover out what commercial meals they prefer and what works for them. 

They require an occasional bath, supplemented by brushing or rubbing to maintain the coat looking good and control shedding. Bostons can shed, but is infrequent and in small volumes.

Pros and cons to consider


  • Apartment friendly
  • Grooming is almost effortless
  • Adaptability
  • Friendly to other dogs and even cats
  • Rarely barks


  • Tends to have a hard time regulating body temperature
  • Impulse to wander or roam around
  • If not socialized early on, may carry a rough play style and can be too mouthy and rough for young kids

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