Boston Terriers

The Boston Terrier, aka the American Gentleman, is a gentle, happy-go-lucky pup. Here’s all you need to know about one of the best family dogs around! 

The Boston Terrier breed originated around 1870, when a Bostonian man bought a dog named Hooper’s Judge, the ancestor of virtually all purebred Boston Terriers today. The breed is a mixture of English Bulldogs and Terriers and rose to popularity in the late 19th century. They’re one of the few breeds to have originated in the United States.

Boston Terriers were originally bred to be fighters, but you’d never know it today! This breed is renowned for their gentle, even temperament, as well as their lively and adoring personality.

Why We Love the Boston Terrier Breed

  • Boston Terriers are highly intelligent and trainable.
  • They love the company of humans and can be introduced to other dogs (and non-canine pets) with proper socialization.
  • These little pooches are rambunctious! They’re always down for a fun activity that will keep them engaged.
  • They get along very well with seniors and children, and are great for apartments as well as houses, especially because they’re relatively quiet!

 Things to Consider 

  • Boston Terriers have short muzzles, which makes it tough for them to regulate extreme heat or extreme cold, so they’re happiest and healthiest in more moderate climates.
  • These adorable pups can have a stubborn streak. Make sure you provide consistent training for your Boston Terrier puppy!
  • Because they’re a short-snouted breed, Boston Terriers may experience what’s called “reverse sneezing,” which is a rapid and repeated forced inhalation through the nose (usually accompanied by snorting or gagging sounds). It doesn’t hurt the dogs, and the best way to fix reverse sneezing is just by rubbing your pup’s neck! They’ll be grateful for the quick fix to an awkward sneeze.

Why Rescue?

With their gentle disposition and affectionate nature, it’s no wonder Boston Terries are some of the most popular dogs in the United States. Unfortunately, this popularity means Boston Terries are victims of overbreeding. Many of these precious pups suffer in puppy mills, and these horrid breeding conditions can exacerbate health issues in the breed such as cataracts, slipped stifles, and deafness. Put an end to overbreeding. If you’re thinking of adopting a Boston Terrier, check out a rescue instead!

Boston Terrier Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Boston Terrier puppy or a full-grown pal, there are plenty of rescues that need a forever home! Here are just a few:  

Active, outgoing & curious
Avg. Weight
10 - 25 lbs
Avg. Life Span
13 - 15 years
Boston Terriers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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