Boston Cattle Dog

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Boston Cattle Dog History

The Boston Cattle Dog is one of America’s oldest working cattle dogs and is considered to be the progenitor of all modern herding dogs. The Boston’s family origins date back to the Colonial era, when early settlers brought their dogs with them from England. The Boston was a popular farm dog in the colonies and was widely used to herd livestock. The popularity of the Boston waned after the Civil War, but interest in this sturdy, intelligent, and affectionate working animal was renewed in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Boston Cattle Dog Physical Characteristics

The Boston Cattle Dog is a medium to large size breed of cattle working dogs that stand between 23 to 27 inches at the shoulders. They weigh between 65 to 80 kilos. The BC is a medium sized, adaptable, intelligent, and courageous breed. The Boston Terrier has a distinctive, compact, muscular and athletic appearance. Its medium length double coat comes in a variety of colors including brindle, white, red, and fawn. It has a distinctive broad skull and muzzle, with expressive, almond-shaped eyes. The tail is moderately curled over its back. It has a distinctively arched neck, with a comparatively straight back. It is known for its intelligence, trainability, affection, and candor.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Brindle, White, Gray, Blue, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 16 – 19 inches

Female Height Range: 15 – 17 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 40 – 57 lbs

Female Weight Range: 34 – 46 lbs

Boston Cattle Dog Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Boston Cattle Dog Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Cataracts

Boston Cattle Dog Temperament and Behaviour

The Boston Cattle Dogs are highly intelligent, courageous, and dominant. They are independent and strong-willed, but also crave human companionship. They are extremely loyal to their owners, but can be aggressive with other dogs and animals, especially those that are smaller than they are. They have a tendency to be suspicious of strangers, so early socialization is important.

Boston Cattle Dog Activity Requirements

The Boston Cattle Dog is a rugged, intelligent, and active working dog. While originally bred for herding cattle, they are equally happy in homes as family pets. Like most working breeds, the Boston Cattle Dog is an active, high energy dog. They need large amounts of exercise and mental stimulation. If your schedule will allow it, a daily walk or jog, plus some time playing in the yard, will be sufficient to meet your dog’s exercise needs. If you are looking for a high-energy companion, the BCD may be the right dog for you. In addition to being physically active, they are very smart and excel at learning new tricks.

Miles Per Day

9 miles

Activity Per Day

120 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Boston Cattle Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Boston Cattle Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Boston Cattle Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Boston Cattle Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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