The Boston Terrier is a compact breed, and the first non-sporting dog bred in America. It is a compact breed with a square face and a short, wrinkle-free muzzle. It is a well proportioned breed weighing 10 to 25 pounds and standing 15 to 17 inches tall.
The Boston Terrier is either black, brindle or seal with white markings. These white markings should cover the dog’s chest, muzzle, neck, half of the forelegs, the rear legs and between the eyes. Various breeds have been crossed with the Boston Terrier to minimize interbreeding. Frequently, variations on the Boston Terrier standard are seen; some Boston Terriers may exhibit characteristics of the Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, English Mastiff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and French Bulldog.
Although the Boston Terrier was originally bred for fighting, it is now bred primarily for companionship. It is a gentle, expressive breed that enjoys having other pets or people in its presence. It tends to get along with people of all ages and various types of animals.
The Boston Terrier has an average lifespan of 13 years. There are several health issues that affect the Boston Terrier. These include the following: cataracts, cherry eye, luxating patella, deafness, heart murmur, allergies, roaching. The short muzzle of the Boston Terrier can cause intolerance of heat or cold as well as reverse sneezing. The breed also tends to snort and snore, which is common but can be a sign of a more serious health issue.