- one of an American breed of small, pug-faced, short-haired dogs having erect ears, a short tail, and a brindled or black coat with white markings.
Origin of Boston terrier
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
Also called Boston bull.
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Boston bull terrier
- a short stocky smooth-haired breed of terrier with a short nose, originally developed by crossing the French and English bulldogs with the English bull terrier
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