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Boston Terrier – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Boston Terrier - Fun Facts and Crate Size

Boston Terrier

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1893
  • Lifespan: 13 – 15 years
  • Size: Small
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 24” dog crate*

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The Boston Terrier is a small dog breed which was the 21st most popular dog in 2016. It is so popular that many famous people own or have owned one like Hellen Keller, Louis Armstrong, and Brendon Urie. This dog is actually the very first breed originating from the United States. Back in 1870, Robert C. Hooper from Boston bought a dog named Judge. Judge, a mix between an English Bulldog and English Terrier, is known to be the ancestor of almost all modern Boston Terriers. This dog was bred to a female dog named Gyp, and they had a puppy called Eph. Eph and his offspring are the original ancestors of this type of breed.

Due to its birthplace in Massachusetts, the Boston Terrier became the official dog of the State. This is unique as not every State in the US has an official dog breed, since only a few breeds originate from America. In the past, this breed was used in dog fights. At that time, the body posture was larger and heavier (weighed up to 44 pounds). Once this fighting became illegal, the size of the dog breed shrunk into the smaller ones we see today. Most Boston Terrier puppies have to be delivered through C-section. This is because they have a larger head, which can make it impossible for the mother to give birth naturally.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Boston Terrier in 1893. These medium energy dogs are known as friendly, lovable, and gentle. They are amazing companions for families and always love to spend time together with their owners. They may even seem miserable when no one pays attention to them. This dog breed is an excellent choice as a guard dog. They are very protective toward their family despite their small-sized body. They will bark very loudly whenever they feel a danger coming toward their territory or companions. The Boston Terrier is also known to possess high intelligence. This allows them to learn things quickly. 


The Boston Terrier has such a well-proportioned body. They have a square-shaped head with straight pointy ears and a short wrinkle-free muzzle. What makes this dog unique is the markings on their coat. They seem like they are wearing a tux, which is the reason behind their nickname as the “American Gentleman”. This dog generally comes in white markings with a black, seal, or brindle-colored coat. The Boston Terrier can weigh up to 25 pounds with a height of 15 – 17 inches.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


The Boston Terrier only requires minimal grooming thanks to their short coat. Owners should use a short soft bristled brush or a soft glove brush, which will help remove dirt or loose hair. Some owners also use eye drops to keep their eyes clear and clean. Regular brushing of teeth and trimming of its nails is also recommended. Finally, be sure to check its ears for debris or a build up of wax that may lead to an infection.


It is a great idea to go outside with them and play things like Frisbee or even hop on a skateboard (if you can). Daily walks, jogs in the dog park or at the beach will make them incredibly happy. This medium energy dog needs regular exercise in order to keep them healthy.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 24” dog crates* for most adult Boston Terriers.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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