Boston Terrier

Satchmo the Boston Terrier

The Boston terrier first appeared in the late 19th century when Bull and Terrier and French Bulldogs were crossed and bred down in size. They became popular in the US around the 1920’s.

Boston Terriers are small, weighing in at between about 5 and 11 kg and have a smooth coat. Typical lifespan is around 13 years.

They may be susceptible to some health issues in including eye problems, deafness, heart murmur, and allergies. Due to their short muzzles, they may not tolerate particularly hot or cold weather well, and may snore. They can also have a sensitive digestive system.

Here’s some more detailed Boston Terrier info:

…or you could try contacting The Non Sporting Dog Club Of Victoria. Contact: Joanne Atkins – phone (03) 5796 2789.

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  • Where did you get this information from? especially the ‘deafness, heart murmur, and allergies’ as well as ‘digestive problems’? What a crock. After owning and breeding Boston Terriers for over 20 years, ive never heard of such mis-information! There are breeders in Victoira that do test for cateracts even though ive not heard of any eye releated problems.

    Vicotia has a Boston Terrier Club with many registered breeders who follow a strict code of ethics. Contact the Secretary – Mrs Diane Boyle – for more information or myself at

    Comment | Wed 4 February, 2009
  • Hi Rebecca, thanks for dropping by.

    The information is straight from the Boston Terrier page on Wikipedia, which cites Meade, Scottee (2000). The Boston Terrier: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet. Howell Book House. Glad to hear that our Bostons are healthy!


    Comment | Wed 4 February, 2009
  • Caryn

    We have a sweet Boston, and he has a sensitive digestive system… if he eats people food (sneaky) or too much of his own food, he will vomit. But no eye, heart problem or allergies that we know of.

    Comment | Fri 26 June, 2009
  • Wikipedia is your first named resource for your information ??? My goodness, no wonder it is questionable.

    Comment | Thu 20 August, 2009
  • Hi Janette, thanks for dropping by.

    The source of the ‘questionable’ information is Meade, Scottee (2000). The Boston Terrier: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet. Howell Book House. I don’t have any information about the authors’ pedigree but I can only take it on good faith.

    Hound TV is essentially made by two (non-expert, ordinary dog enthusiast) people on an unpaid, ‘spare time’ basis. Most of our time goes into producing the show, rather than writing articles for the website. Your contribution to our breed pages would be most welcome if you have expertise 🙂


    Comment | Thu 20 August, 2009
  • Tab

    My family has breed Boston’s for years and I can only go on what we have seen in our boston’s, they do have a sensitive system as well as some having problems with breathing. My sister’s boston has trouble breathing. Based on the well known vet we use Boston’s have a lot of the problems that are listed above. With that said. They are the sweetest, loving, family dogs you will ever own. They do well with other animals and love to play. Very, Very Smart.

    We love our Bostons!

    Comment | Sat 2 October, 2010
  • Gary

    We had 2 Boston’s, Jake and Gus. Jake passed on several years back and Gus, at 10 1/2 years old has many health issues in line with what is reported in other comments. Both were prone to seizures, and both also developed corneal dystophy. Gus also has severe heart disease including hypertension that reads off the chart. He has just begun to suffer from congestive heart failure which we are treating aggressively with several heart meds and a dieretic.

    So yes these health problems are common with Boston terriers. We love our guy very much and are having a difficult time right now imagining life without Gus.

    Comment | Sun 1 July, 2012

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