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Boston Terrier (Black & White, Standing)
Black & White, Standing

Breed Information


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2020: #21

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2017: #21

2016: #21

2015: #22

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








Height 15-17 inches (38-43 cm)
Weight 10-25 pounds (6-11kg)

Black & White

Black Brindle & White

Brindle & White

Seal & White

Seal Brindle & White

Litter Size 3-5 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1000 - $2000 USD

Usually, the average cost of purchasing a pet quality puppy from a reputable breeder is about $1,000 to $2,000. However, for a Boston Terrier puppy with top breed lines and a superior pedigree, you may need to pay between $3,000 and $5,000.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

Boston 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 stars


Cat Friendly

5 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good 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 stars

A 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.


1 stars

Low 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 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


4 stars

Ranking: #54 Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Minimal 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


3 stars

Moderately 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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Boston Terrier Puppy (Face, Black & White)
Face, Black & White

Boston Terrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
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
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


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.


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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