Boston Terrier - Characteristics, Personality, Origin, Health, Appearance, Exercise, Nutrition, Color, Photo, Video

Boston terrier
The Boston, strong and well-muscled, is a small dog with a short, square muzzle and erect ears. His eyes are quite large, round and wide open. Its short coat comes in various colors, including brindle and white, and black with white markings. For more information, see the breed standard. The adult Boston measures between 38 and 43 cm. Its weight must never exceed 11.5 kg. They are divided into three classes depending on their weight. Light: below 6.8 kg; average weights: above 6.8 kg and below 9.1 kg, and heavy weights: between 9.1 kg and 11.5 kg.

Boston was, in the 19th century, a cross between an English bulldog and a White English Terrier. More breed crossings were held and the Boston was further developed. This happened in 1893 approximately. The breeds used for these other crossings were the English Bull Terrier, the Boxer, and the Pit Bull Terrier, along with other terriers. At first, the Boston weighed more than 20 kg, but it was bred to be smaller and smaller until it adopted the size with which we know it today.

The Boston is a happy and happy dog ​​that can be quite determined and stubborn. They are usually good with children and love to play, but they are boisterous and care must be taken that the games are not too abrupt, because they are prone to injury, especially in the eyes. They love human company and are loving pets. They are also excellent guard dogs and are not outrageous when they play that role.

The Boston terrier’s squashed face, if extremely extreme, can lead to airway obstruction and breathing difficulties. Like many other breeds, they may suffer from inherited knee and occult problems that temporarily become out of place (patellar dislocation).

You don't need to exercise too much. An hour a day will suffice. They are not passionate about long walks, but they do like to go anywhere with their masters.

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, which means they burn energy at a very high rate. This means that with such a small stomach they should eat little but often. Small breed foods are specifically engineered with adequate proportions of key nutrients and smaller feed grains to fit smaller mouths. This, in addition, stimulates chewing and improves digestion.


Boston can be easily cared for. It is enough to pass a special mitt to brush once a week to remove dead hair from the coat. It is a very clean breed that does not give off the typical strong dog smell.

They are dogs that respond well to training and properly socialized will be friendly. They are mainly used as companion dogs. Among the main qualities that make this breed of dog the favorite of many are its cheerful character and its small size, optimal for small spaces and apartments. Furthermore, they are easy to maintain animals, because their short hair and size make them easy to brush and train. They live for about 12 years.

The Boston Terrier is a small dog with a compact build and square features. It has a flat snout, similar to that of the Bulldog, but without folded skin. The length of the muzzle is about one third of the total length of the skull. Its ears are small and erect. It has a wide black nose, with wide and well separated nostrils.

It has large, round, dark eyes, located at a right angle to the skull, well separated from each other. Its tail is short, as are its limbs, which are angled and strong. It is a robust dog, and its limbs must be proportionally related to the size of the animal's body. They should bathe once a month because their skin can become too dry and cause dandruff. It is a breed that does not lose much hair.

Characteristics in competitions
In dog show competitions, participating animals must meet certain standards defined by the organization in charge of the contest. Although these standards vary according to that institution, most of them are common to all, and are listed below:

In competitions, dogs are divided into three categories depending on the weight of the animal:

Less than 15 pounds (6.8 kg).
Between 15 and 19 pounds, inclusive (6.8 to 8.6 kg).

Young Boston Terrier
Between 20 and 25 pounds (9 and 11.35 kg).

Physical characteristics
To obtain a good score, it is necessary that the specimen meets a series of previously defined physical characteristics, among which are:

Skull: The dog should have no wrinkles on the skull, which should be square and flat on top. Abrupt forehead, with flattened cheeks and with a defined frontal-nasal depression.

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Face: it is important that the eyes of the animal are dark in color, without the slightest trait of blue. The dog's muzzle must be free of wrinkles, and must be wider than it is long, without its depth exceeding 1/3 the length of the skull. It must also be parallel to the skull from the frontal-nasal depression to the tip of the nose.

The animal's jaw is wide and square, of regular bite, and the lips must completely cover the mouth so that the teeth are not visible when the animal has its mouth closed. Since an important characteristic of the breed is its intelligence, the expression of the dog should be alert, alive and preferably affectionate.

Neck and Body: The neck should be of a length that prints a balanced image to the body.

The animal's back should be short, so that the body is square, and it should be horizontal and straight, with a slight curve in the rump towards the tail. The shoulders of the animal should be inclined, well extended back. The limbs of the animal should have straight elbows and knees, and small round feet with short nails. The animal's elbows, knees, or feet must be twisted inward or outward. The specimen's coat should be short, smooth, shiny and strong, with no hair loss.

Color: The dog's color can be brindle, black, or black with white markings. There is also a valid variety of black color that looks reddish when exposed to the sun. It is necessary that the dog has a white mark on the muzzle and between the eyes, and the white sill in order to participate in official competitions. A dog that has a predominance of white color on the body or on the head must have a notorious amount of merits that counteract this problem.

Major fouls
A very thick aspect of the animal.
light blue eyes
Tongue or teeth visible when the dog's mouth is closed.
Signs of disease of the specimen.

Any disproportion of any part of the body or head of the animal is considered a fault. These include a crooked mouth, very large or small nostrils, and ears that are disproportionate to the rest of the head.

The movement of the animal must be balanced. Rocking movements of the body or crossed steps on front or rear legs constitute fouls.

In addition, some characteristics are considered "disqualifying", eliminating the horse from the competition in case of presenting them:

Blue eyes
Meat colored truffle
Do not present the white marks characteristic of the breed.

Greyish fur

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