Boston Malterrier

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Boston Malterrier History

The Boston Terrier, known also as the American Bull Terrier or the American Bulldog, is a breed of small, sturdy, muscular, short-coated dog. It originated in the 19th Century as a fighting and baiting dog and is now a popular family pet. It is the state animal of Massachusetts. The use of the word “Bull” in the name comes from its resemblance to various bull-baiting breeds. The reconception of the Boston as a larger, non-fighting version of the English Bulldog was promoted by the show ring. The Kennel Club accepted the Boston as a full-fledged breed in 1893. It is sometimes confused with the Manchester Terrier.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Boston Malterrier Physical Characteristics

The Boston Terrier is a small, short-coated breed that typically stands between 10 and 11.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 15 and 18 pounds. They have a compact, sturdy build. They have a thick, shiny, harsh, and straight topknot that is darker in color than the rest of their coat. They have a large head with flat cheeks, small, wide-set ears, and a black nose. They have a single, blunt, dark-colored tail. The Boston Terrier is outgoing and affectionate.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, White

Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 16 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 16 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 9 – 22 lbs

Female Weight Range: 9 – 22 lbs

Boston Malterrier Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Boston Malterrier Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Heart Murmur, Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA), Hypothyroidism, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Skin Allergy “atopy”

Boston Malterrier Temperament and Behaviour

The Boston Terrier is a clever, playful, and protective breed of dog. They are known to be courageous and confident, but are also friendly and gentle. They are generally quiet and can be well-behaved, but they are also overactive at times. They should be trained to be well mannered and socialized from a very young age.

Boston Malterrier Activity Requirements

Boston Terriers are small but spunky, energetic, and fun-loving. They are well-suited to apartment living, but they do require regular exercise. While morning walks are a good way to start off the day, your Boston Terrier may also enjoy a game of fetch or some time outside. While Boston Terriers are not high-energy, they do need to have regular mental and physical stimulation. A bored or sedentary dog may act out by barking or chewing. If you decide to bring a Boston Terrier into your home, be sure to provide them with lots of attention and plenty of activity. They are happiest in homes where they get lots of love, and this is only possible if you are prepared to meet their exercise and socialization needs.

Miles Per Day

6 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Boston Malterrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Boston Malterrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Boston Malterrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Boston Malterrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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