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Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are lively, intelligent and friendly. Although a small dog, they are strong and sturdy.

About this Breed

The Boston Terrier was originally bred as a fighting dog in the late 19th century, but is now considered a friendly and affectionate family pet. The exact account of how this lovable breed came to be is unknown. However, it is believed a Bostonian imported a bulldog/English terrier cross named Judge from England and from him, developed the Boston Terrier.

The Boston Terrier is a compactly built, short backed, clean cut dog. This dog is relatively easy to train and well adapted to home living. They are great family dogs that enjoy socializing with people and kids, while also being gentle and quiet. They are well mannered and obedient, however, can be territorial of their owners, which can often spark aggressive behavior towards other pets and strangers. Due to their short noses and inability to both cool and heat air, Boston Terriers struggle to adapt to the outside temperature and should be kept indoors. Their short noses also lead to plenty of snorting, drooling and snoring. The Boston Terrier is prone to flatulence so be prepared for some unpleasant smells around these big eared canines. They were the first dog breed that originated in America to be recognized by the AKC in 1983. Today, the Boston Terrier ranks as the 12th most popular breed.

Height

Male: 12-17in

Female: 12-17in

Weight

Male: 10-25lb

Female: 10-25lb

Fun Fact

The Boston Terrier carries the nickname “The American Gentleman”, due to their characteristically gentle nature and dapper looks.

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Buddy
  2. Rocky
  3. Cooper
  4. Charlie
  5. Loki
  6. Max
  7. Toby
  8. Winston
  9. Buster
  10. Frank

For Females

  1. Lucy
  2. Lola
  3. Bella
  4. Daisy
  5. Luna
  6. Penny
  7. Chloe
  8. Maggie
  9. Piper
  10. Sophie

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. Texas, United States
  3. New York, United States
  4. Florida, United States
  5. Georgia, United States
  6. Tennessee, United States
  7. Ohio, United States
  8. Washington, United States
  9. Pennsylvania, United States
  10. Missouri, United States

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