If you’re looking for a small, clean, healthy dog that’s affectionate and easy to care for, you may consider the Boston Terrier. It’s a good dog for people with small homes.

Originally a cross between an English Bulldog and an English White Terrier, the Boston Terrier was crossbred further with other types of terriers in the 20th century, resulting in the small, happy dog as we know it today.

Boston Terriers have a square skull and a short, square muzzle, large, expressive eyes and a short tail. Measuring 38-43 cm at the withers, there are lightweight Boston Terriers (under 6.8 kg), middleweights (6.8 to 9 kg) and heavyweights (9.1 to 11.5 kg).

Bostons have a short, smooth coat that comes in brindle and white, and in black and reddish black, both with white markings. This dog is extremely clean with no doggy odour, and it only needs a bare minimum of grooming to remove dead hairs from its coat.

This is a lively, intelligent dog with heaps of personality. It loves to play and thrives on human company and interaction. Boston Terriers make perfect house dogs, are good with other pets (especially with introduced young) and they are great with children. They are very devoted to their family and any other familiar faces. Boston Terriers are eager to please and not difficult to train. They like to accompany their owners everywhere but don’t need long walks or much exercise.

The Boston Terrier is a breed that suffers from hereditary and congenital problems, so take care when choosing a puppy. However, the Boston Terrier is a hardy dog with an average life span of 14 years.

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Liz Walden

Liz has a passion for all things cat and dog, and was one of the first in Australia to bring Pet Insurance to the market. She has headed up Petsecure marketing for the past 10 years, and is committed to promoting and supporting the amazing work done by rescue groups around Australia, and those who work to promote a better life for all animals