Developed in the 1900’s, Boston Terriers are considered one of the true American dogs. They were derived from a cross between the French Bulldog and the White English Terrier. Even though the Boston Terrier was originally used for fighting, they should not show aggressive behavior towards people.

Our Price:  Registered:  $250; Non-Registered:  NA

Height: 10 – 16 inches

Weight: 11 – 24 lbs.

Colors:  Brindle with white markings, black with white markings.

Coat: Short and smooth

Temperament:  Boston Terriers are lively, intelligent

With Children: Yes With Pets: Yes Special Skills:  Family pet. Watch-dog:  High, they will sound an alarm if someone approaches their home. Guard-dog: Low

Care and Training:  Rub down the Boston Terrier with a damp towel several times a week. Bathe only when necessary. Check ears and eyes regularly. Trim nails from time to time. Boston Terriers are easy to house train. They learn well if their owner spends time with them. Regular walks or free play in a fenced yard will keep the Boston Terrier in shape. 
Learning Rate: High, very intelligent and responds well to training.

Activity: High

Living Environment:  Adapts to urban or country living. A house with a fenced yard, daily exercise and attention.

Health Issues:  Juvenile cataracts. Breathing difficulties because of their short face. Whelping is often difficult due to the large head and puppies are often delivered by C-section.

Life Span:  10 – 12 Years Litter Size:  3 – 4

Country of Origin:  United States

First Registered by the AKC: 1893

Group: Non-Sporting

Class: Non-Sporting

Registries: AKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC (GB), UKC

Breed’s Grooming Demand Rating: Low

Grooming Demand Rating: Low

Grooming Interval: 8 to 12 Weeks

Maintenance Interval: Monthly

BLADES & TOOLS: Natural bristle brush and scissors.

COAT & GROOM TIPS: A short, smooth and bright coat is appropriate.  Thinning shears are only used to remove any hairs that distract from the smooth appearance and dark hairs invading the white haired areas.

MORE GROOMING TIPS FOR PROFESSIONALS:  A spray coat conditioner can give a touch of brilliance to a finished styling on this breed.  Wrinkles in the facial area should be carefully cleaned with moistened cotton balls or a soft lightweight wash cloth. Dry the wrinkles and lightly powder to prevent moist skin irritation.

Feeding is one of the most important areas in a Boston Terrier’s development; it begins very early when the puppy is weaned and continues throughout its life. The food that a dog is given plays an important role in its muscle and bone development. When purchasing a puppy, it is important to find out from the previous owner what type of food the puppy was eating; any sudden changes in diet can cause digestive problems. If you wish to change its food to another well-balanced diet, do so gradually. Begin by mixing small portions of the new food with the one being replaced, until it is completely switched over. Remember to do this gradually, over a period of seven to ten days.

The amount of food that a dog eats and the number of times per day that a dog is fed changes as it matures. As a puppy, it should be fed small portions frequently. While it is young, the puppy’s activity level is high and you will want to be sure that it is eating enough to develop properly and steadily gain weight. Basically, a Boston Terrier should be fed four times a day until it reaches three months of age. Between the ages of three to six months, give the puppy three meals a day, the portions being slightly larger than before. After six months, there should be two meals a day; and at one year of age, there should be only one meal. You could also feed your dog some dry biscuits in the morning and evening if it is having only one meal per day.

Once the Boston Terrier becomes an adult, it’s important to keep in mind that it does not need to be given as much food; obesity can be a problem if not monitored closely. When your dog is a year old, you may decide to feed it in the evenings when your family has its meal. The dog’s meal can also be divided into two smaller portions, one given in the morning and one at night. Never over-feed your dog; since it will not turn down food, it’s up to you to monitor its eating habits and provide a reasonable amount. Remember to keep a bowl of fresh clean water near your dog’s food bowl at all times.

In order to develop good eating habits, allow your dog its own dining area. Feeding times should be at the same time and in the same place everyday. Your dog’s food and water should be served at room temperature so that the food is neither too hot nor too cold. Snack foods such as cake, chocolate, and other junk foods are not for dogs and should never be given to them. Other unhealthy foods include spicy, fried, starchy or fatty foods. Chicken, pork, and fish bones can also be very dangerous to a dog if eaten since they can cause intestinal damage and tear the stomach lining.

There are many good commercial foods on the market that are nutritionally complete for your Boston Terrier. Most of them contain the ingredients listed on the packages. Remember that providing a variety of meats and cereal grains is very important in maintaining a balanced diet for your pet. Your dog should get the daily requirements of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water from its diet to develop properly. You may need to make some dietary changes depending on your dog’s age, growth, and activity level; your veterinarian can assist you in making these adjustments, if necessary. If your Boston Terrier becomes pregnant or sick, the nutritional needs will change. Consult with your veterinarian to make the proper dietary adjustments; vitamin and mineral supplements can also be given.

There are a variety of feeding dishes to choose from hard plastic, stainless steel, and earthenware dishes, available in many shapes and sizes. Choose one that is large enough to hold each meal, but will not tip over or spill as your dog eats. It is very important to keep your dog’s feeding and watering dishes clean on a daily basis. Once the dog has finished it meal, throw away any uneaten food and clean the dishes. They should be washed using hot water and soap, and then rinsed and dried.