Boston Terrier Breed History

Boston terrier history dates back to 1865. That’s when people started breeding them and experimenting with cross-breeds between the White English Terrier and the Bulldog. Check out pictures of the modern day Boston Terrier by visiting our photo gallery.

If you would like to upload your own photo, send me an email with your Boston’s photo, and I’ll publish it here on the site.

Boston Terrier Height/Weight

Height: 15-17 inches
Weight: 10-25 pounds

Boston Terrier Colors

  • Seal
  • Brindle and White
  • Black and White
  • Brown and White

Brief Physical Description

Boston Terriers are short, compact, muscular dogs. They have a square looking body and square looking head that’s flat on top, but in proportion with the rest of the body.

They have large, round, wide set eyes and a deep wide short muzzle that is often undershot. They have erect ears that are sometimes cropped, and sometimes left natural.

Their limbs are straight and muscular, and their chest is broad. Their neck is slightly arched and their tail is short. The tail should never be docked and is either straight or screw shaped.

Boston Terriers Are Also Known As:

  • Boston Bulldog
  • Toy Bulldog
  • Bullet Head
  • Round-Headed Bulldog

The AKC Admits the Boston Terrier In 1893

The American Kennel Club admitted the Boston Terrier to the studbook in 1893. The first AKC registered Boston was a male named Hector.

The popularity of the Bostons continued to rise, and between 1920 and 1963; the Boston Terrier was in the top ten of breeds registered with the AKC.