Boston Terrier Adoption: All That You Will Need to Know

This iconic black and white dog is a breed that any dog lover will want to learn more about. Whether just for the love of dogs or because you intend to go out and adopt a Boston terrier. Their history and personality are both interesting topics to learn about. As are their grooming and other care needs.

These are especially important points to know when considering adopting one of these loving little dogs that are considered as low maintenance pets.


The origins of the sweet Boston Terrier breed come for a dark time in the history of domesticated canines. There was a time during 19th century England when dog fighting was a popular crowd sport. Individuals who took part in these gruesome tournaments became obsessed with crossing pit-bull and terrier breeds together to make the ultimate fighting dog.

Sometime in the 1860s, a breeder decided to cross a bulldog and a white English terrier together. This is when Judge, the first Boston Terrier, was born. Since then, hundreds to thousands of Boston puppies have been born from this hybrid lineage. Through many years of selective breeding, right outside of the city of the dog’s namesake, Judge’s descendants eventually went from a large, intimidating fighting dog to the small, adorable Boston Terrier that we know today. The Boston Terrier price, nowadays, now that there are many of these sweet little dogs, can range from $600 to $1,200 on average. 


Although their history pins them to be brutish and bloodthirsty, the Boston Terrier that we know in today's time has a fantastic temperament.

It is a loving and affectionate little breed of dog. They love their family dearly and can live happily in any sort of living situation, from a large house to a small apartment. Boston Terriers also make great family dogs. If you head any Boston Terrier Rescue with your family, your kids are sure to instantly fall in love with these cute little dogs in tuxedos. 

The Boston Terrier is also known well for its intelligence and trainability. However, they do have a stubborn and persistent nature about them as well. Early training, as well as easy socialization for this breed, are both crucial for their upbringing. Training them while they are young will help them to not be so stubborn, and to be attentive to your command as they grow older. Early socialization is also beneficial for young Boston Terriers, as it will get them used to various stimuli, such as strangers, crowds, and loud sounds even. That way they will grow up to be a well-rounded pup. 

Care Needs

The Boston Terrier can surely live in large or small living quarters, but as the owner of this small dog, you will need to be sure to somehow provide them with regular physical activity. Whether you go for a daily walk and/or go to your local dog park once or twice a week, in addition to daily walks, your Boston Terrier will appreciate the time to run around. Boston Terriers love exercising and being outside. It's also beneficial for their overall health to be able to get outside and run a few times a week.

As far as nutrition goes for the Boston Terrier, vets will recommend that you feed them high-quality dog food. Which is standard for most dog breeds unless they have a special nutritional need or health condition. High quality can refer to commercial dog foods that you can get at many local supermarkets, as well as high-end brands of specialty dog foods. 

Since the Boston Terrier has a short coat of fur, their grooming needs are very minimal. Just regular bathing and occasional brushing will do. They are a low shedding breed, which is good news for dog lovers who have allergies to dog fur or just don’t have the time to keep up with grooming and vacuuming that comes with high shedding dog breeds. 

Health Problems

In general, the Boston Terrier is a healthy breed of dog. This breed can, on occasion, face health problems such as cataracts, heart murmur, and a condition that's called “patellar luxation.” These conditions are ones that generally come with age, and aren’t uncommon in other breeds of dogs over time as well. 


All in all, the Boston Terrier is a great small breed of dog for nearly any household. They have a troubling origin story but have made a better name for themselves since that point in time. They are great dogs for families with children, as well as individuals who live in small spaces such as an apartment and would like to have a canine companion. 

The Boston Terrier has minimal care needs, especially when it comes to grooming. They are a low maintenance breed of dog for sure. Anyone who is lucky enough to be able to adopt a Boston Terrier dog will be in for a lifetime of happiness and faithful companionship.

How much are Boston terriers?

The average price range of a Boston terrier goes anywhere from $600 to double that at $1,200. The price you end up paying for your Boston Terrier depends on where you adopt them from. Some breeders will charge more than others, so it's important to do your research before signing any adoption paperwork.

What is a Boston terrier?

The Boston Terrier, also known as the “American Gentleman” is a special breed that actually originated in the United States of America. They are a crossbreed between an English Bulldog and a White English Terrier. Their colors and markings are what distinguish it when looking at the standards of the AKC.

How to adopt a Boston terrier?

The first step in adopting a Boston Terrier is to find a breeder who specializes in breeding this particular dog. Next, you will want to do your research on the breeders that you find and determine which one is most credible and reliable. By this, it means ensuring that the breeder that you are thinking of adopting from is being truthful about the Boston Terriers’ health and purebred status.

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