Boston Terriers also known as “Bostons” originated in the United States. Boston’s are sometimes referred to as the “American Gentleman” because of their impeccable manners. They also have a very distinctive tuxedo style coat marking.
Boston Terriers are highly intelligent, small, active, loving pups that make wonderful family pets. They are great with children, very loving, and need moderate exercise. Boston’s have become a very popular breed and their size makes them a great apartment or city dog. They have short haired coats that do not require much grooming and they shed very little.
Boston’s are a part of the brachycephalic family of dogs which means they are flat faced and have short muzzles. Flat faced dogs do not do well in extreme heat or cold temperatures and can never be left outside alone because of this. They are prone to breathing issues and can have other health problems such as elongated palates.
Boston Terriers can also suffer from health conditions that are common to the breed such as eye issues, deafness, and allergies.
Boston Terriers makes great watchdogs and will alert you to visitors. They can also be stubborn and hard to train.
Boston’s love mental stimulation and are eager to please their humans. They love to be with their families and can become anxious and possibly destructive if left alone for long periods of time. Boston’s are happiest if exercised properly and taken on regular walks. A fenced in yard for play would make this dog very happy but is not required.
While Boston Terriers make great family pets, it’s their popularity and high prices that make them an attractive business model for unscrupulous dog breeders. They are sold online by USDA commercial dog breeders, online puppy broker websites, and backyard breeders otherwise known as puppy mills.
It is for this reason that our Puppy Mill Watchdog monitors and reports on Boston Terrier breeders and other online puppy sellers as well as puppy broker websites.
Read the story of four rescued breeding dogs.
Please do your research before you buy an Boston Terrier puppy — If you can’t meet the mother dog and see where she and all of the breeders dogs live, find a new breeder. Video chats, videos and photos do not take the place of seeing in person.
About the Breed: Boston Terriers
These compact dogs can range from 12-25 pounds and can be 15-17 inches tall depending on the size of the parent dogs.
Age Expectancy: 13-15 years
Temperament: Friendly, lively, intelligent
Coat: Smooth fine coat
Color: Black, seal, brindle
Grooming: Very low maintenance due to short coats and slowing growing hair.
Training: Socialization and positive training is recommended for your Boston Terrier at an early age.
Vet Care: Regular vet care is essential for the health and well-being of your Boston Terrier.
Types of Boston Terriers
FAQ’s About Buying Boston Terrier Puppies Online
When buying any new Boston Terrier puppy, you want to make sure it was born in a loving clean environment. The Boston puppy should have an overall healthy look to him. Make sure his eyes are bright, he is clean and happy. Look at his body language make sure his tail is up and wagging. Is his posture good? Does he hold his head up, is he curious? Does he run up to you or is he afraid to approach you?
Buying a puppy from a picture is risky, always meet your new puppy in person before you buy him. These are all clues to his overall health and mental state. You want a happy well adjusted puppy and unless you meet them in person, you have no way of knowing.
There are many risks to buying a Boston Terrier puppy online. Just because two purebred dogs are crossed does not mean they best traits of both parents are seen in the offspring. Since your Boston Terrier will live for 13-15 years it is important to see firsthand where it was born. Make sure your Boston Terrier breeder is not a puppy mill.
Never have any puppy shipped to you. Always pick your puppy up in person, meet the mother dog, see her mental and physical condition. She should be clean, happy and well adjusted. If the breeder won’t let you meet the mother and see where she lives we recommend finding another breeder. No excuses. Reputable breeders have nothing to hide. Video chats, videos and photos do not take the place of seeing in person.
It is not safe to buy any puppy online. It is not safe to have a Boston Terrier puppy shipped to you by plane, delivered by nanny and never meet the breeder halfway or in a parking lot. If you are not able to pick up the puppy in person, meet the mother dog and where she and all of the breeder’s dogs live, you might be supporting a puppy mill.
Over 1 million puppy mill puppies are sold online each year and it is in your best interest to make sure your new puppy is not coming from one of these bad breeders. It is in your best interest to get a healthy, happy well bred puppy and to not support cruelty of any kind.
It takes time to find a Boston Terrier puppy and that is ok. Your new Boston Terrier puppy will be a part of your family for 13 plus years so it’s important to find a healthy well-bred puppy. It’s ok to do your research online but never take a breeder’s word for it. Sending you photos and videos, doing video chats is not the same as seeing in person.
Since Boston Terriers are purebreds, go to the Boston Terrier Club of America and find a breeder that is a member of their clubs. These breeders breed by a code of ethics. They breed to improve the breed. Always meet the mother dog, see her mental and physical condition and where she lives before you buy a puppy. See where and how she and all of the breeding dogs live. If they have excuses why you can’t come…walk away!
A puppy mill is any dog breeder who puts profit over the health and well-being of the breeding dogs and puppies produced. These bad breeders come is all sizes, Some could have ten to twenty dogs, while larger breeders could have hundreds of breeding dogs. Puppy mills are legal too!
The cruelty is tremendous. Puppy mills keep the mother and father dogs pregnant and sell the puppies. The breeding dogs never leave, they are forced to breed twice a year or at every heat cycle and they are usually kept in wire cages, many times stacked in dark pole barns. Yes, this is legal and how most USDA dog breeders keep their breeding dogs.
The breeding dogs are not groomed, they are not given opportunity to exercise nor do they know the touch of a loving hand. They are not given veterinary care and most are living and breeding with painful health and mental conditions. Imagine living with urinary tract infections, ear infections, rotten teeth, infected eyes, tumors, infected mammary glands and sore feet from standing on wire cage floors — that never get addressed.
It is important to know that any breeder can be a puppy mill. It’s hard to imagine the breeder you are talking or texting with could be a puppy mill. If the breeder has excuses why they won’t let you come to see where and how the breeding dogs live, if you are not able to meet the mother dog in person, we suggest you find another breeder. Video chats, videos and photos do not take the place of seeing in person.