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Boston Terrier Dog Breed

About the Boston Terrier Dog Breed

The Boston Terrier is truly the all American breed. In fact, it was one of the first breeds established in the United States.

Boston Terrier Physical Characteristics

The Boston Terrier is a compact dog with erect ears and a big smile.


Typically black and white, but it can also be brindle.



Boston Terrier Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Boston Terrier gets along with others easily.

Things to Consider

The breed is prone to health issues, including breathing problems.

Boston Terrier Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Boston Terrier will fare well in the country or city.

Special Requirements

The Boston Terrier requires substantial exercise daily.

Boston Terrier Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Boston Terriers:


Boston Terrier History and Background

Fortunately, the origin and history of the Boston Terrier has been properly documented, which is unusual compared to other dog breeds. A true American creation, the Boston Terrier was a result of a cross between an English Bulldog and a white English Terrier, which occurred around 1870. This dog was commonly known as “Hooper’s Judge,” named after the man who purchased the animal, Robert C. Hooper.

It is now believed all modern Boston Terriers can follow their lineage to this 30-pound male. After crossbreeding it further with French Bulldogs, its physical and temperamental characteristics were refined. In 1879, the breed was recognized by the Massachusetts State Legislature as the official state dog, and in 1889, the first dog club for the breed was established, the American Bull Terrier Club.

Because the dogs were often named and classified as Bull Terriers in competitions and shows, English Bulldog and Bull Terrier fanciers began to object to these new entrants because of the similarity of the breed name. The Boston Terrier Club of America was established in 1891 and soon thereafter officially changed the name of the breed to the Boston Terrier, taking the name of the city where the breed originated.

In 1893, after little more than 20 years from the breed’s inception, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). This was rather unusual, as many other breeds take many decades to be recognized by the AKC. The breed’s distinctive markings would later become a vital feature for the breed and is now recognized as its most beautiful characteristic. Today, the Boston Terrier is an elegant pet and a wonderful companion to have.

Boston Terrier National Clubs and/or Organizations

Boston Terrier Club of America
1705 La Costa CT
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-6705

By: Chewy Editorial