The Red Boston Terrier: A Unique Hue in a Classic Breed

on January 13, 2023

Boston Terriers are a beloved American breed, known for their tuxedo-like black and white coat. But there's a color variant that's capturing the hearts of dog enthusiasts: the Red Boston Terrier. This non-standard color variant retains all the charm and characteristics of the breed but comes in a striking red shade that makes it stand out. Let's delve into the world of the Red Boston Terrier, exploring its features, registration, and health.

Red Boston Terrier - A Non Standard Color of the Dog Breed

Introduction to the Red Boston Terrier

The Red Boston Terrier, sometimes referred to as the "liver" or "chocolate" Boston Terrier, sports a coat that ranges from a light reddish-brown to a deep, rich red. While not recognized as a standard color by the American Kennel Club (AKC), these red beauties can still be registered and participate in a variety of AKC events. They're known for their friendly demeanor, making them excellent companion dogs, just like their black and white counterparts.

AKC Registration and Event Participation

Red Boston Terriers can be registered with the AKC and take part in many AKC-sanctioned events, such as agility, obedience, and rally. However, they are not allowed to compete in conformation shows, which judge dogs on how closely they match the breed standard. This doesn't diminish their ability to excel in other aspects of training and competition, showcasing their agility and intelligence.

The Companionable Canine

Renowned for their amiable nature, Red Boston Terriers make for wonderful companion dogs. Their lifespan of 11 to 15 years is on par with the standard colors of the breed, and with proper care, they can lead full, healthy lives. Their affectionate and playful personalities make them an ideal choice for families, singles, and seniors alike.

Health and Wellbeing

When it comes to health, Red Boston Terriers are much like their traditionally colored relatives. They do not have any specific medical problems associated with their color. However, they share the breed's general health considerations, including sensitive digestive systems, and susceptibility to conditions such as cataracts, cherry eye, allergies, deafness, and luxating patellas. With regular veterinary care, a balanced diet, and appropriate exercise, these issues can be managed, allowing Red Boston Terriers to thrive.

Popularity of the Red Hue

Despite being a non-standard color, the Red Boston Terrier has gained popularity. The unique shade of their coat offers a striking alternative to the classic black and white Boston Terriers, without compromising the breed's well-loved characteristics. This popularity is a testament to the breed's versatility and the affection owners have for all variations of Boston Terriers.

The Red Boston Terrier Community

The rise in popularity of the Red Boston Terrier has led to a growing community of owners and admirers. This community often shares tips on care, health, and training, celebrating the distinctiveness of their red-coated friends. Social media groups and forums dedicated to Red Boston Terriers have become platforms for owners to connect and share their experiences.

Is the Red Boston Terrier Right for You?

If you're considering adding a Red Boston Terrier to your family, it's important to approach reputable breeders who prioritize health and temperament. While their color is non-standard, their needs for love, care, and companionship are the same as any Boston Terrier. Prospective owners should be prepared to provide a nurturing home where their Red Boston Terrier can flourish.


The Red Boston Terrier is indeed a non-standard but equally charming version of one of America's favorite dog breeds. They embody all the characteristics that have made Boston Terriers a staple in many homes, with a splash of color that adds to their appeal. Whether participating in agility events, lounging at home, or turning heads with their distinctive coats, Red Boston Terriers continue to prove that they are every bit as capable and lovable as their classic counterparts.

Do you have a Red Boston Terrier, or are you intrigued by them? Share your thoughts and experiences with this unique variant of an American classic. We'd love to hear your stories!

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by Robert Barker on May 19, 2024

I have a beautiful red Boston 4 months whom I love dearly.

by Frank & Eileen on May 19, 2024

We had 9 BTs over years all black and white. We got these 2 Red Boys April 2022 they are 21/2 years old GIZMO the runt of the litter is a tiny 17lbs his brother ROO ROO is a big 27lbs. Bostons are the best loving very smart and loyal

by Frank & Eileen on May 19, 2024

We had 9 black &white Bostons over the years. We got these 2 red Brothers who are 1/2 years old pure Bostons thru and thru. GIZMO IS the litter runt now 15lbs. ROO Roo is big at 27lbs Bostons are the best.

by Kathy Winter on March 15, 2024

I have a red boston, 18 weeks, her name is Ruby, and she is our 4th boston, our 1st red. She is delightful for sure. One smart puppy.

by David Bellows on March 15, 2024

We have a 6 year old red. Bentley is 35 lbs. He is the most sincere loving baby I have ever had.

by Carrie Young on March 15, 2024

I have a red Boston Terrier. He’s an amazing awesome dog. He’s so loveable. I won’t have any other breeds Gibbs will be 2 in July.

by Samuel on March 15, 2024

Yes, I had a red Boston Terrier named Caleb. He was just perfect. Well mannered, very smart, funny, athletic, friendly and so loving. He just passed a few weeks ago at age 11.5 years. I just adored and loved him so much. Really going to miss my Caleb but I will never forget him.

by Lori Swearingen on March 15, 2024

We have 3 red and white bostons and a black and white!! We love this breed so much! What personalities each of them have.

by Donna on January 14, 2023

I have a beautiful red and white Boston with one blue eye and the other is half blue and green

by Duncan on January 14, 2023

Yes we had a red BT also a black white brindle one, Daisy and Rosco but sadly wee Rosco died last February at 11.5 yrs old miss him dearly

by Kirsten Olsen on January 14, 2023

We have a red BT, a gold brindle red BT and a lilac BT. They are absolutely the best ever and our Red BT would win a championship everytime. He has perfect mannerisms, posture, and poise. Better than I habe seen on televised competitions!

by Jake on January 14, 2023

I have two they are brother and sisters and they are the best !

by Michaell Estrada on January 14, 2023

I have a beautiful red Boston. He is my second one. They are great dogs that love to play and stay right next to you


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