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Meet the breed: Boston Terrier

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a compact companion to add to your pack, find out everything you need to know about the Boston Terrier.


  • checkGood with kids
  • checkLong lifespan
  • checkEasy grooming
  • checkPleasant temperament
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Born and bred in the US, the all-American Boston Terrier is the first homegrown breed recognized by the American Kennel Club. These four-legged sweethearts are the product of a post-Civil War creation resulting from a cross between an English Bulldog and the now-extinct white English Terrier. With a history rich in our nation’s roots, the Boston Terrier is an excellent family companion that’s as sweet and comforting as apple pie.

Breed standards

AKC group: Non-sporting

UKC group: Companion Dog

Average lifespan: 11 – 15 years

Average size: 10 – 25 pounds

Coat appearance: Short, smooth, fine

Coloration: Brindle, black, seal; all colors have white markings

Hypoallergenic: No

Other identifiers: Square and sturdy body structure, tuxedo-like coat

Possible alterations: None

Is this breed right for you?

Boston Terriers make excellent companions for all types of families and individuals. They have great temperaments and easily adjust to many lifestyles. Bostons tend to get along well with other pets and truly love being around others, both canine and human. Though environments associated with extreme heat are not recommended for this short-snouted breed, a close eye on outdoor activity is enough to keep them safe and healthy. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, it doesn’t get any better than the Boston Terrier; their short coats allow for quick grooming sessions. The shortened snout makes them prone to breathing difficulties resulting in shortness of breath, snoring, snorting and farting. Yes, we said farting. If you prefer to call it “breaking wind” you’d better start looking for a more distinguished breed.

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A dream day in the life of a Boston Terrier

This easygoing breed is happy doing just about anything you’re doing. They’re prone to heat exhaustion, so you may choose to keep the Boston Terrier mostly indoors during hot summer months but other than that, this loving pup is the perfect size for toting along to any pet-friendly location. Easy to train and a lover by heart, you can bet this breed will love a day of socializing with humans and canines anytime.

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