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Boston Terrier

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #212015: #222014: #23
Name Boston Terrier
Other names Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen
Origin United States
Breed Group Non Sporting (AKC:1893)Companion Breeds (UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament AffectionateAggressiveFriendlyGentleIntelligentLivelyPlayful
Height 15-17 inches (38-43 cm)
Weight 10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Colors Black & WhiteBlack Brindle & WhiteBrindle & WhiteSeal & WhiteSeal Brindle & White
Litter Size 3-5 puppies
Puppy Price Average $600 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 5 starsBoston Terriers are good for apartment as well as country living. They are relatively inactive indoors and do okay without a yard. This breed is sensitive to weather extremes.
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 5 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Exercise Needs 3 starsA long daily walk and sessions of free play in a fenced-in yard are all the Boston Terrier needs to stay in shape. They are fairly lightweight and can easily be carried.
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: The debonair Boston doesn’t have a doggie odor and he shouldn’t need a bath more often than every few months. The rest is basic care. Trim the toenails every few weeks. Long nails can get caught on things and tear off. That’s really painful, and it will bleed a lot. Brush the teeth frequently for good dental health.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #54. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 4 stars
Trainability 3 starsModerately Easy Training: The Boston Terrier is very intelligent and will learn quickly from a consistent pack leader. It is very possible for this willful breed to develop Small Dog Syndrome, so it is necessary to exert yourself as the pack leader from a young age. The Boston Terrier will respond best to a firm, yet affectionate approach to training.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Cooper Daisy
02 Duke Sadie
03 Toby Chloe
04 Jack Layla
05 Tucker Zoey
06 Dexter Gracie
07 Oliver Sasha
08 Winston Abbie
09 Marley Molly
10 Zeus Callie
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Overview

The Boston terrier is a compactly built, square-proportioned, short-backed, clean-cut dog. It should convey the impression of determination, strength, sturdiness, liveliness, and style, with a graceful carriage. It retains many of the attributes of its bulldog ancestors, but in a clean-cut package that makes a handy house companion. Its short fine coat, with distinctive markings, adds to its dapper appearance.

The Boston is devoted and sensitive to its owner's wishes and moods. It is well-mannered indoors but saucy and playful (especially enjoying ball chasing) whenever the chance arises. Somewhat stubborn, it is nonetheless clever and learns readily. It is reserved with strangers, and some may be aggressive toward strange dogs. Some bark a lot.

History
The Boston Terrier is truly an American breed, being a down-sized version of the Bull-and-Terrier types that were so popular in the early days of our country. Breeds thought to have had an influence in the development of the Boston Terrier include the American Pit Bull Terrier, Boxer, English Bull Terrier, French Bulldog and English Bulldog. In the early days of the breed they were often referred to by various names, including Round-headed Bull and Terriers, American Bull Terriers and Bullet Heads. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1893.
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