The Boston Terrier is an American breed that originated with the prize dog fights that once swept the nation. However, you can’t tell that these little guys ever hit the ring before, because they are so good natured. They are very affectionate and loyal dogs that are great for families.

Appearance
Boston Terriers are small and compact but well proportioned. They have erect ears and short tails. One of the things that set Boston Terriers apart is their lack of whiskers on the snout. They usually weigh about fifteen pounds. They almost always have an intelligent, gentle but alert expression about them. The coat of the Boston Terrier is black, seal, brindle, or a combination of the three colours. Seal is a colour used specifically to define this breed, and refers to black with red streaks that can only be seen in the sun or intense light. The colour of the coat is not solid, however. There should be white on the chest, muzzle, around the neck, halfway up the forelegs, to the hock of the hind legs, and between but not touching the eyes. These markings should be symmetrical for show dogs.

Temperament
The Boston Terrier was bred to be a companion, and a good companion he is. They are very alert, gentle and well mannered. These dogs can also be stubborn, however, and can be different to potty train. They are also known to be rambunctious and full of energy, and a lot of fun. These are very social dogs and enjoy each others company. They also enjoy the company of children and other animals, and are rarely aggressive. However, they will become protective of a child or animal they feel they should protect. In addition, they will often attack larger animals with a mentality that they are bigger than they are. This causes the owner to step in necessarily to keep the dog from being hurt. They are not barkers, which makes them a great apartment dog.

Regular vet trips are necessary because these dogs are prone to a number of health problems. Boston Terriers may experience cataracts, luxating patellas, heart murmur, deafness, and allergies. Curving of the back may also occur, which can cause problems with the way the dog stands. The most important thing to remember about caring for this pet is that due to the shortened muzzle they are not very tolerable of very hot weather, and therefore dehydration becomes a major concern in the summer months. It is important to keep your Boston Terrier cool and hydrated at all times.

The Boston Terrier was bred from crossing bull and terrier types of pit fighting dogs in the United States. Specifically, this breed came about by crossing an English bull dog with the English White Terrier, which is now extinct. Originally the dogs were much bigger than they are today.