Boston Terrier - Information and NZ Breed Standards

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Boston Terrier

General Information - Boston Terrier

Non Sporting


10-14 years


Very low


Watchdog Ability:
Very high

Protection Ability:

Area of Origin:
United States

Date of Origin:

Other Names:
Boston Bull, American

Original Function:
Ratting, companion


The Boston terrier, a Made-in-America dog, was developed specifically for the nasty sport of dog-fighting in the 1800's. Breeders crossed the Bulldog and the English White Bull and Terrier, and then most likely crossed it again later with the French Bulldog, to give rise to the dog as it is recognised now. The breed would have been lost to future generations when dog-fighting became illegal had it not been for the concerted efforts of a few proud breeders in the Boston area. Eventually they formed the Boston Terrier Club and pushed to have the breed recognised by the American Kennel Club; it was recognised in 1893. By the 1930s, the breed was the most popular one in America and fit into households of all kinds. The breed requires little maintenance and exercise which makes it a good choice for those who prefer to stay at home.


The Boston Terrier is a lively and intelligent dog who makes a good companion especially to children. Initially suspicious of strangers, the Boston Terrier is a good watch dog. Voted number one family pet by American Parents magazine.


This is a lively dog that needs daily exercise and interaction with its people. It loves games, and most of its exercise requirements can be met with a romp in the yard or a short walk on leash. It cannot live outdoors. Some Bostons wheeze and snore, and many don’t tolerate heat well. The coat requires only minimal care, an occasional brushing to remove dead hairs.

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