A tuxedo-clad little dog, the Boston Terrier is a native American breed. The breed was developed as a cross between a British Bulldog and a white English Terrier. Originally known as “Round Heads” or “Bull Terriers”, the name was changed to Boston Terrier after the city of Boston, Massachusetts, where the majority of fanciers resided.


A smooth coated, short headed compactly built medium sized dog, the Boston Terrier conveys an impression of determination, strength and activity with a style of high order and a graceful and easy carriage. Their captivating expression is alert, kind and intelligent with large round dark eyes.

The Boston Terrier’s coat comes in either black, brindle, seal, or a combination of the three, with white at the muzzle, over the head, collar, breast and feet.


Known as the American gentleman of dogs, the Boston Terrier is lively and intelligent, but also determined and strong willed. They have a characteristically gentle disposition which makes them an ideal easy care companion and house pet for adults or older children. They make excellent watchdogs too and will bark at intruders, however their lack of size prohibits them from being guard dogs.


14 to 16 years


Due to their doggy-odour free, short, smooth, lustrous and fine coat, the Boston Terrier requires very minimal grooming.

Health Concerns

For the latest research in breed-related problems in Boston Terriers, visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.

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