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The Boston Terrier puppies are full of personality and are often called the “American Gentleman.” The breed’s origins are well documented and started in Boston, Massachusetts. Descended from mixes of White English Terriers an English Bulldogs, in the early 1800’s, these Terriers were about twice as big as today’s pups. These larger dogs were initially bred for fighting.

Over the years, dog-fighting fell out of favor, and the breed became much smaller. Along the way, aggression was bred out, and companionship traits were favored. In the 1880’s, Boston-area breeders formed the American Bull Terrier Club. Club members referred to the dogs as “Roundheads.” When the club was renamed as the Boston Terrier Club in 1891, “Roundheads” became Boston Terriers.

This is one of the few dog breeds originating in the United States. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1893 and grouped as Non-Sporting.

  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Weight: 10 - 25 lbs
  • Height: 15 - 17 inches
  • Color: The breed standards for color are black and white, with neither color overshadowing the other. Dogs with additional black are considered more desirable than Bostons that are primarily white.

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If you want to buy a Boston Terrier puppy, it’s smart to do a little research first. These popular pups are friendly, gentle, intelligent, and alert. They tend to be good-natured, playful dogs that get along well with other dogs, cats, and pets. These romping Terriers also do well with children and are highly social dogs that warm quickly to strangers.

While they are intelligent, they can be stubborn and require consistent, gentle training. These pups enjoy daily walks, but their exercise needs are moderate. Because they are small with thin coats, they can get overheated or chilled easily. Sweaters and booties may be required for winter walks.


If you’re considering adopting a Boston Terrier puppy, make sure you understand this breed’s special health considerations. The average life expectancy is 12-15 years. Like many bulldog breeds, these pups are prone to eye problems because of their prominent eyes. A few of these problems include Corneal Ulcers, Cataracts, Cherry Eye, or Dry Eyes.

A small but significant number of Bostons are deaf in one ear, and some are completely deaf. It’s important to discover this when the dog is as young as possible, because it will affect his training and socialization at a critical age.

Some other health concerns are:

  • Luxating Patella
  • Heart Murmur
  • Allergies
  • Breathing Problems

Because this is a brachycephalic breed, beware of overheating, since it may cause serious breathing issues. Snoring is common but not a medical concern. This tiny Terrier can get chills easily and should be protected from extreme cold.

All dogs should be kept current on shots and vaccinations. Schedule regular checkups with your vet.

Coat & Coat Care

The coat is short, smooth, and thin and is easy to maintain. These pups are moderate shedders. Brush 1-2 times weekly.

Wipe around eyes every few days with a clean damp cloth, taking care to remove any buildup. Wipe ears with a separate clean, damp cloth every few weeks. Bathe only when necessary.

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