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Boston Terrier

Everything you need to know about Boston Terriers

Size
Small
Life Expectancy
typically 10+ years
Shedding
Short length with low shedding

Boston Terriers are typically less active dogs. They are often nicknamed the ‘American Gentleman’ because of their tuxedo-style markings. Boston Terriers have a short, sleek coat. They are known for their white markings on their face and chest which can make it look like they are wearing a tuxedo. These markings can be combined with a variety of colours including black, brown, red and brindle. 

There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Boston Terriers, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving. 

Thinking about giving a Boston Terrier a forever home? Here are some Boston Terrier facts that might help you decide.  

Caring for Boston Terriers 

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Boston Terrier.  

Health issues 

Before you give any dog a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.    

To find out more about potential health issues for ...

How much food does a Boston Terrier need? 

The amount of food a Boston Terrier needs depends on their:  

  • age  
  • size  
  • activity levels  
  • fitness  
  • weight.   

You can use the in...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a Boston Terrier need? 

Boston Terriers need regular exercise and stimulation, but they might not manage long or strenuous walks or mountain hikes. Boston Terriers are brachycephalic which means they have flat faces. Se...

How much grooming does a Boston Terrier need? 

Boston Terriers have short fur that generally only needs an occasional brush.  Boston Terriers often have skinfolds which require regular cleaning. Speak to your vet for advice on how to do this for your dog. 

What size crate do you need for a Boston Terrier?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to: 

  • sit and stand up at their full height 
  • turn around without touching the sides 
  • lie down fully stretched out&...

Boston Terrier behaviour and training  

Even if you think you know about Boston Terriers, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.  

What’s the temperament of a Boston Terrier? 

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Boston Terrier temperament is different. As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. They dev...

Are Boston Terriers easy to train? 

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s small food treats, toys or lots of praise, tra...

Are Boston Terriers good with children? 

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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