A small black, short-haired dog with a white nose, chest and feet, is standing on a sandy beach.

Boston Terrier

Looking for the pawfect all-round dog with plenty of intelligence and affection? A Boston Terrier could be for you! Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about this cute dog breed.

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What is a Boston Terrier?

The ancestry of these little dogs can be traced back to the British Bulldog and a mix of terrier and bull type dogs. They originate from the US and were bred to be a companion dog. They are a small dog breed and their coats are either brindle, black and white or brown and white - many sources claim black and white Bostons looks like they’re wearing tuxedos so are ready for every black tie occasion.

How much exercise does a Boston Terrier need?

Boston Terriers tend to be fairly even-tempered and are a very happy house dog. They require up to an hour of exercise a day according to The Kennel Club, but like many different kinds of dog, they are adaptable and may enjoy longer excursions with their owners or borrowers. The Boston Terrier prefers exercising in company and (perhaps surprisingly) excel at dog agility and other doggy sports - so remember to take a ball if you’re walking one of these guys.

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Bruce is super sporty, we usually take him on 5-10km runs and he often still has a lot more energy after that.

- Nara, Owner of Bruce.

What is the temperament of a Boston Terrier?

Boston Terriers are very popular with first time dog owners and are a particularly good breed of dogs for city living. They are often described as being charming and dapper dogs, and can be very eye-catching which gets them lots of attention when out and about. They are an intelligent breed whose two main passions are often playing games and chasing balls.

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Darwin is just the greatest. He's a fun-loving, well behaved, no-fuss dog who just loves to be around people. He's converted many non-dog lovers into big fans!

- Maureen, Owner of Darwin.

Are Boston Terriers easy to train?

Due to being a Terrier, the Boston Terrier can sometimes be difficult to train due to their stubbornness. Consistency is key when training Boston Terriers, and owners are often recommended to try crate training with them, allowing up to 6 months of commitment before they are fully trained.

Poppy & Pickle are so well behaved - they were crate trained from day one.

- Erin, Owner of Poppy & Pickle.

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:

Lily, Owner of Ralphie:

Ralphie dislikes wind, rain, being woken up, not being allowed to eat human food and going to the vet.

Nerys, Owner of Darcy:

Darcy loves other dogs, and will always roll up onto her back legs in the air when she meets them.

Em, Owner of Luna:

Sometimes Luna goes into kennels, but she reckons that there's a higher chance of extra treats when she is dog-sat by someone.

Most common Boston Terrier names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Luna
  • Winston
  • Cassie
  • Lincoln
  • Oreo

Do you want your Boston Terrier to be even happier and healthier? Watch our members share how much happier their dogs have become since joining BorrowMyDoggy.

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Boston Terriers. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

Looking for the pawfect Boston Terrier to join you on a walk? Or would you like your Boston Terrier to make a new friend? Why not sign up to BorrowMyDoggy today.

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