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Are Boston Terriers Good With Kids? What Parents Need To Know

Portrait of a young Boston Terrier. She is indoors looking up at the camera.

Are Boston Terriers Good With Kids? What Parents Need To Know

When considering your next animal adoption or purchase, you may be thinking of the Boston Terrier. But are Boston Terriers good with kids? This breed is nicknamed “The American Gentleman” partly for its black and white, tuxedo-like coat but also because they are wonderful family dogs that play well with children of all ages. These stocky terriers are gentle and active playmates. Their iconic black and white coat will appear in different hues of contrasting colors. But for the most part, stays pretty true to the black and white tuxedo pattern. This breed has a short coat and is mild-mannered. According to the American Kennel Club, these dogs can be natural comedians. They are sure to bring some joy into your day. Keep on reading to see if the Boston Terrier is the right fit for you and your family. 

Boston Terrier Personality And Physical Traits

Boston Terriers are gentle, exuberant, and affectionate dogs. When socialized properly they are quick to learn and respond well to guided training. They enjoy active time spent with their owners and family. Boston Terriers can get anxious when left alone. They connect deeply to their family pack. This breed is recommended for first-time dogs or families with an interest in a constant companion. When playing with other breeds, teach your Boston Terrier how to approach more shy and mild-tempered dogs. They can be boisterous and energetic in a way that may overwhelm other furry companions. As with most dogs, socialization and training is key. Be sure you have the time or resources to help them learn. This will ensure that your Boston Terrier can be the best fit for you and your family. Physically, Boston Terriers are handsome dogs. They appear in several off-white and off-black colors. Some coat shades can look more red-tinged in the sunlight. It is unique to find all-black, white, or grey Boston Terriers although it can happen. They have rather snub-nosed faces and large eyes. They have pointed ears and a muscular build (via Dog Time).

Boston Terrier dog running in a garden towards the camera at eye level. Shallow focus on her eyes. She looks very happy.
These “American Gentlemen,” and women, are a sweet breed of dog to consider.


Why The Age Of Your Child Is Important

You should always consider how the age of your child will impact you're getting a dog. While we’ve already answered the question of are Boston Terriers good with kids, they can do better with older, calmer kids. This is partial because of training. Having a dog with an older child means they can participate in the training process. This process can strengthen the bond between your child and their new pet and also teach a lot about responsibility. Teach younger children how to engage with a dog, even a small one like the Boston Terrier. Boston Terriers are sometimes territorial of their toys. However, with early training and socialization, you can teach them to not show irritation toward young children who just want to play. It’s important to remember that building a relationship takes time and everyone in your family should be aware of the work they need to put In. Ultimately you want your new pup to trust and adore you as much as you trust and adore them (via Be Chewy).

What If My Child Is Allergic?

According to Everyday Health, Boston Terriers are not the best dog breed to consider if you or someone in your family suffers from allergies. Boston Terriers can develop seasonal allergies that can make their eyes water and their noses produce more mucus and saliva. People with dog allergies are typically allergic to the saliva and dander produced by their pets. So this is something to keep in mind if you're hoping to get a Boston Terrier. As always, if the allergy is manageable enough with medication. With the right treatment and some house cleaning, you can still get this breed of dog.

How Big Do Boston Terriers Get?

Boston Terriers are a small breed of dog. Boston Terriers weigh between 12-25 pounds for both genders of Boston Terrier. As far as height goes, Boston Terriers are not typically much taller than 17 inches (via Be Chewy).

Energy Levels of Boston Terriers 

Boston Terriers are very active dogs and love to play. They’ll enjoy daily walks and exercise, which is part of why they are so great with kids. Encourage your children to be a part of your new pup’s regular walking, running, or playing routine. It will help to strengthen the bond between your dog and your family. The American Kennel Club recommends enrolling or training your Boston Terrier in canine sports. This will help with some of that extra energy. Agility and obedience training is a great workout for your young pup. Outlets like these will help with their overall temperament and energy levels.

Boston terrier dog on a green lawn in autumn scenery among colorful leaves
Boston Terriers are a great companion for people who enjoy active and outdoor exercise.

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How Much Does It Cost To Own A Boston Terrier? 

Because Boston Terriers is a pure-bred dog, purchasing one is an investment. Boston Terriers can range between $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the breeder. If you’re looking for a Boston Terrier with a high-quality pedigree, you should ballpark more in the range of $3,000 to $5,000 (via Dog Breeds List). An adoption is always a great option. Keep your eye out for Boston Terrier-specific rescue centers that might allow you to have your dream breed without such a high price tag. Keep in mind the costs of gearing up, feeding, vaccinating, and generally providing a good home for your new dog. Owning a dog is a privilege and a responsibility. 

What To Know About Boston Terriers 

Overall, Boston Terriers are great with kids, and friendly, playful, and sweet furry companions. They enjoy guided training as an outlet for extra energy, but for this reason, are known as great and active playmates. These dogs will do best in a home where they can be around you as they tend to be anxious when left alone for long periods. They thrive with attention and will reward your care with a hilarious personality, genuine care, and a friendship for life. Check out the Boston Terrier when you’re considering your next dog!

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