Boston Terrier

Category: Dogs & Cats

Originally bred for hunting down rodents and other pests, Boston terriers enjoy a very pleasant and outing going temperament, making them great dogs for first-time pet parents. Don’t worry about shedding, either – Boston terriers require almost no grooming!

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Scientific & Common Names

Like all domestic dogs, the scientific name for the Boston terrier is "Canis lupus familiaris." The Boston terrier is also known as the Boston bull terrier, the boxwood, and the American gentleman.


Boston terriers have a very distinct, black and white coloration. They are also well-known for their features, including a short-muzzled face and large, upright ears. This breed stands around 15 inches high and weighs up to 25 lbs.


The original Boston terrier is one of only a few dog breeds to originate in the USA. They were originally a much larger breed that resulted from cross-breeding different fighting dogs. Eventually the aggressive traits were bred out and more focus was placed on their companionship qualities and unique coloration.


Boston terriers are tough but cheerful dogs, and are generally easy to train. They bark rarely and have a protective nature. Though they've previously been bred for fighting and rodent hunting, their friendly nature has made them popular companion dogs. They are also excellent performers in agility challenges and other pet sport competitions.


A cross between the English Bulldog and the now extinct English White Terrier, Boston Terriers were originally bred in the 19th century in the United States and were used to chase rodents out of homes, factories, and other establishments. However, people soon noted their beautiful coat and gentle demeanor, both of which earned them the nickname “America’s Gentlemen.” From there, the Boston Terrier quickly transitioned into a show dog as well as a wonderful family friend. Take home this cute little canine today!

Present Status

Boston terriers are curious and amicable dogs that have many different uses due to their easygoing temperament. They commonly see use as therapy dogs.