Boston Spaniel

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Boston Spaniel History

The Boston Terrier, also known as the American Bull Terrier or the American Pit Bull Terrier, is a breed of small, muscular, short-legged terrier used for fighting, bait, and companionship. The Boston Terrier is believed to have originated in the area of Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The ancestry of the present-day American Bull Terrier is not precisely known, but it is believed to have been descended from one or more native English or Irish terrier-type dogs that were crossed with local bulldogs or bull-and-terrier type dogs. The precise origin of the various strains that made up this original stock has yet to be determined. The first recorded instance of a “Boston dog” is from 1865 and mentions a “boxer” named “Old King”. By 1870, the Boston Terrier, having developed a distinct appearance, was recognized by the United Kennel Club.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Boston Spaniel Physical Characteristics

The Boston Terrier is a small, compact breed that typically stands between 9 and 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 15 and 18+ pounds. They have a squarely proportioned, muscular body and short, glossy, silky hair that is red in color. They have a pair of erect ears that fall alongside their head and a noticeably flat skull. The Boston Terrier has round eyes that are light brown in color and they have a straight nose. They are a kind, friendly, devoted, and lively family companion.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, White, Brown, Sable

Height Range

Male Height Range: 13 – 17 inches

Female Height Range: 13 – 17 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 10 – 28 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 28 lbs

Boston Spaniel Health

Description of breed health.


13-15 yrs

Boston Spaniel Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Glaucoma, Hip Dysplasia, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Dry Eye, Cataracts, Hypothyroidism, Heart Murmur

Boston Spaniel Temperament and Behaviour

The Boston Spaniel is an energetic and obedient breed that loves to be around people. They are gentle, friendly and sociable with their owners, but can be reserved with strangers. They are very intelligent and easy to train, but they can also be stubborn at times.

Boston Spaniel Activity Requirements

Boston Terriers are small, friendly dogs with a sweet disposition. They were originally bred as companion dogs and make great pets. They are outgoing and friendly, eager for affection and attention. While they don’t require a lot of exercise and are generally mild-mannered, they do need regular walks. This can help to prevent destructive behaviors like chewing. A daily 20 minute walk is a sufficient amount for most adult Bostons. Because of their small size, they can be a good fit for people who live in apartments or who don’t have large yards. While they don’t need a ton of space, they do require regular exercise. If you are looking for a small, friendly, and low-maintenance dog, the Boston could be the perfect fit.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Boston Spaniel is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Boston Spaniel is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Boston Spaniel is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Boston Spaniel is part of the Unclassified group.

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