An Overview of the Different Boston Terrier Colors

on February 10, 2023


The Boston Terrier is a beloved dog breed. It is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. It has been the first dog breed to be developped in the USA in the late 1860's. It is known for its friendly, outgoing personality and its distinctive tuxedo-like coloring. But did you know that there are actually several different colors of Boston Terriers? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the different colors of Boston Terriers.

An Overview Of The Different Boston Terrier Colors

The Basics of Boston Terrier Colors

Boston Terriers can come in a variety of colors, and each one has its own unique look.

The Boston Terrier Club of America (BTCA) recognizes three distinct colors for the Boston Terrier, promoting quality in the breeding of Boston Terriers since 1893; black and white, brindle and white, and seal and white.

Black and White

The black and white Boston Terrier is the most common of the three colors. This color is characterized by a black and white coat, with a white muzzle and chest. The eyes of the black and white Boston Terrier are typically dark, and their noses are usually black.

Brindle and White

The brindle and white Boston Terrier is similar to the black and white in terms of coloring, but differs in the amount of white present. Instead of a white muzzle and chest, the brindle and white Boston Terrier has a brindle coat, with a white chest and muzzle, as well as white patches on the legs and face. The eyes of this color are usually dark, and the nose is usually black.

Seal and White

The seal and white Boston Terrier is the rarest of the three colors, and is characterized by a seal-colored coat, with a white muzzle and chest. The eyes of the seal and white Boston Terrier are usually dark, and the nose is usually black.

Other Colors

The American Kennel Club (AKC) does recognize and register Boston Terriers of other colors. While these dogs can participate in most AKC events, they're excluded from the conformation.

The AKC registers them based on their colors, like white and black, or white paired with other color spots, as long as both parents have AKC registration. While dogs with unique features like long tails, blue eyes, or weak ears can be registered, they wouldn't qualify for AKC conformation events since the BTCA dictates conformation standards.

Diverse Hues Beyond the Standard


Characterized by a light tan or pale yellowish color, fawn Bostons are quite distinct and come with a hint of elegance. They're often paired with white markings, providing a gentle contrast.

Red and White

Another non-standard, yet striking variant. These Boston Terriers exhibit a deep red or rich mahogany coat juxtaposed with white.

Chocolate and White

A delightful shade, chocolate Bostons possess a deep brown coat set against white markings.

Lilac and White

An even rarer shade, these Boston Terriers possess a light purplish or grayish tint.

Silver and Tan

While rare, some Boston Terriers showcase a silver coat that glistens in sunlight, paired with tan markings which add a layer of depth.

Blue or Grey

Blue or grey Boston Terriers have a coat that gives off a silvery appearance. This color isn't a recognized standard but can be found in some Bostons due to specific genetic combinations.

Cream or Off-white

Another non-standard color, these Boston Terriers display a light cream or almost white coat.


The merle pattern in dogs is characterized by random splotches of color against a lighter base color. However, it's essential to note that the merle gene is not naturally occurring in Boston Terriers and introducing it can lead to health issues.

Choosing the Right Color

Appearance surely plays a role when selecting your Boston Terrier, but it's vital to remember that color is but one aspect. The dog’s personality, health, and temperament are crucial considerations, ensuring you have a well-matched, loving companion for years.

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1 comment
by Dorothy on August 26, 2023

We have had Boston Terrier for over 40+ years, they are awesome and so full of personality


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