Boston Terrier Colors & Patterns – Which Should You Choose?

When I was originally considering getting a Boston Terrier as a pet I instinctively thought black and white colors.

The reason is that I had never come across any other colors when I ran into them locally where I live.

Then as I started to do more research I discovered that there were more than just black and white.

There were blue, red, brown, white, seal, splash, chocolate and merle.

I also found out that not all these Boston Terrier colors are accepted as standard and some are actually frowned upon.

So what are your choices?

Keep reading …….


What Are The Standard Colors Of Boston Terriers

In order to find out what the standard colors were I visited the American Kennel Club website along with the Boston Terrier Club of America.

I wanted to make sure that I was getting the correct information from the right sources.

The standard colors that they list are:

  • Brindle with white markings
  • Seal with white markings
  • Black with white markings

And not only does the Boston Terrier have to have these colors but they need to be in a specific pattern on the dog as well.

Plus the dogs must have black noses.

Here is what the Boston Terrier Club of America has to say:

Brindle, seal, or black with white markings. Brindle is preferred ONLY if all other qualities are equal. (Note: SEAL DEFINED. Seal appears black except it has a red cast when viewed in the sun or bright light.) Disqualify: Solid black, solid brindle or solid seal without required white markings. Any color not described in the Standard.

So as you can see not only do the colors matter but having the white mixed into the correct places on your dog makes the difference.


What About brown and white Boston Terriers, blue or even merle?

Yes there are other colors that you will find possible in Boston Terriers but they are not considered standard.

So how does this effect you as an owner?

It doesn’t really unless you had planned on competing in shows with your dog.

Any color other than the standard ones mentioned above aren’t recognized by the American Kennel Association.


Examples Of The Colors

Now that you understand the standard recognized color scheme of a Boston Terrier lets explore what some of the others are.

Merle Color

A merle Boston Terrier has a really unique look.

Boston Terrier Merle Color

You will notice the patchy coloration along with one or two blue eyes.

I personally am not into this merle look but apparently it is becoming more popular and a lot of legitimate breeders aren’t too happy about it for different reasons.

Some of the complaints that I have heard are:

  • Expensive – dogs costing $2000 – $3000
  • Not purebred – mixing different breeds of dog to get the look
  • Backyard breeder not following health guidelines

Splash Color

You may hear someone saying they want a splash colored Boston Terrier but splash isn’t really a color at all.

What it refers to is the dog being mostly white with some small spots of color mixed in.

Its possible to have a splash Boston Terrier that is totally white with just some color on their head or patches of color on their body.

The video below is a good example of the look.


Chocolate Color

A chocolate Boston Terrier color is light brown and sometimes you will hear someone refer to it as liver color.

Chocolate Boston Terrier Color
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Another trait is the nose color.

Instead of having a black nose the dog will have a light brown nose.


Blue Color

Blue Boston Terriers are becoming a popular color option for many.

The nose color is blue as well.

They can have a gray and silver hue and in some instances they may have blue colored eyes like the puppy in the video below.

Unfortunately for you if this is the color that you want!

Due to the fact that this is one of the more popular Boston Terrier colors your going to be paying a premium to buy one of these guys.

Their cost typically runs close to $2500 on average.


Red Color

Red Boston Terriers are have a coat that is red and can vary in shade to almost a darker orange.

Red Boston Terrier On Leash

To be considered a true red Boston Terrier the nose must be red as well.

This is one of my favorite colors on this breed.


Lilac Color

A lilac Boston Terrier color will have a purple hue and depending on the shade you will hear people calling them lavender, champagne and fawn.

As the Boston Terrier ages their coat will get darker.


Final Thoughts

After doing my research and discovering that there are more Boston Terrier colors than I had originally known it comes down to affordability for me.

Buying a Boston Terrier other than a standard color can get quite expensive.

Some of the colors such as blue or lavender can can cost $1,000’s.

Over all I would say that I have no problem sticking with black and white colors.

They all make good pets and I will get the same fun and enjoyment no matter what color my Boston Terrier is!

Please leave a comment below as to what your favorite color Boston Terrier would be!

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