Difference between Boston Terriers & Pugs


The Boston terriers and Pugs are two dog breeds that were bred to be small companion dogs for families. They are almost the same size, they have some similitudes but they also have some differences.

If you want to know more about the differences of each of these breeds, this is what this post is all about. You are also invited to Join the discussion and leave your comments!

Difference between Boston Terriers & Pugs

What Boston Terriers and Pugs have in common?

The Boston terriers and the Pugs have almost the same body size, a short-muzzled face with a large and square head shaped.

Other Similitudes Between Bosties and Pugs

The two breeds cannot live outdoors all the time. Boston Terriers and Pugs don’t tolerate extreme weather. They don’t tolerate extremely cold weather because of their short coat. They don’t tolerate extremely hot weather due to their shortened muzzle.

Both breed only needs a minimal grooming. Both breed don’t bark a lot. They generally only bark when necessary.

Boston Terrier VS Pug

The two breeds are small companion dogs with different origins, shape and temperament.

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Boston Terrier Origins

The Boston Terrier (Bostie, Boston Bull…) Breed originated in the United States and is a cross of an English bulldog with a white English terrier.

Boston Terrier Standards

According to the Boston Terrier breed standards, Boston Terriers weighs from 10 to 25 pounds. Boston Terriers are muscled, longer-legged, athletic and small boned. Boston Terriers have flat cheeks with an unwrinkled face. Boston Terriers have upright ears that are pointed at the tips. Their life span is around 11 to 15 years.

Boston Terrier Temperament

The Boston Terrier has a temperament that is loyal, friendly, playful, alert, energetic, expressive and intelligent.

 Pug OriginsPug

The Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dog since before 400 BC. The Pug Breed originated from China. Pugs were bred to be the companions of royalty.

Pug Standards

According to the Pug breed standards, they weighs from 14 to 18 pounds. Pugs are short-legged and they have a deep chest. Their coats comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black. Pugs have un-exaggerated wrinkled face. Their tail is curled tightly over the hip. Their ears are folded with the front edge against the side of the head. Their nails are black. Their life span is around 12 to 15 years.

Pug Temperament

The Pug has a temperament that is loyal, affectionnate, courageous, playful and intelligent.

Boston Terrier OR Pug?

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Bailey Bug Peasley

I have a Boston Pug Mix could not have hand picked a better puppy.

Melody Hummel Wolf

My girls Bella and Betsy ❤

Melody Hummel Wolf

I wouldn’t own anything but a Boston!!!!

Nancy Edwards

I had gotten Bella Mae pug as a puppy so wild at 1 I wanted her to have a playmat searched out the Boston breed found Sadie on a rescue sight these two bonded right away, so did we. Love both breeds they’re a lot alike but different too. Both do tricks. Enjoying our life with them both

Phoenix Emrys

I have the best of both breeds. Bugsy the Bugg, Boston/Pug cross.

Judy Finch Lorentz

Absolutely! Nobody is cuter than Banner!

Jennifer Bates

I have several Boston’s & Pugs!! Love them!! But Boston’s have been my passion for over 49 yrs!! <3

Lasalette Guerreiro Frazao

I am Eevee from South Africa. … my grandmother loves to spoil me.


One of each! I have Beau the Boston and Cash the Pug. This is my second Boston and I can tell you they come with an attitude but they are awesome loving loyal little dogs and I wouldn’t trade mine for anything in the world. my pug is the sweetest thing. they do not do tricks but they will love you forever and sit on your lap and keep you warm in the winter time.

Nadia Pereira

I love both,both are adorable,like Boston the best but i like both

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Quiñones Nguyễn Cml

Our little one is Boston pug!

Thea Ingram

Totally Awe Dude

David Brown

They’re both awesome!

Beth Annathia

Had 3 pugs and a Boston. Loved them.

Kimberly Watz-Lopez

Here they are! Both piggy and pudge, and yes they are both similar but completely different…
They both have their quirks and by golly they are also both darling!!!!🐾❣️🐾

Erick Castaneda

Love my son!! I love all dogs.

Daniel Glade


Dianna DC Martin

Bostons are soooo much cuter and a way better pet!!! 😉

Lisa Duran

It to hard I love both breeds

Chantelle Marie

Love my Bostons

Mlady Grantham

Bostons are my favorite

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Trish Kristina Stephanie 😅

Cindy Massey Butterworth

Have had three male Boston’s. Just adore them. Like having a best friend. Recently lost my Bailey at age 12 and are heartbroken. Will someday get another when the time is right.

Bill Milam

Pugs are great dogs indeed! But I just couldn’t do without my Boston!

Lucy Gomez McCay

Bella & Baxter my kids with fur 🐾

Theresa Fox-Dunay

Our girls with the easter bunny

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Bethany Ellsworth

My Boston terrier and pug mix, Missy. I get the best of both worlds 🙂

Thea Ingram

Beautiful baby!!

Yessy Bohigas

Yo tengo los dos y a los dos los amo !!!

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Joyce Blough Weaver

Boston Terriers 👍😊

Debbie McPherson Herron

I have a large Boston. She weighs 30 lbs, but looks very thin. Very athletic and very sweet….a big baby

Diane Fawcett

my son has boston heather barclay fawcett and john

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Dani Martin Grant

Boston and Boxer, Pugs are cute – maybe our next dog will be one

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Beatriz Heloui

Só vejo diferenças! Rsrsrs…

Beatriz Heloui

Robson o q vc acha? 😜

Mary Morin

I love BT Also okay Pug

Lynn Hudak

I have both. They are as different as NIGHT and DAY! Bostons were my first, and longest love. But now I could NOT live without a Pug in my life too!!!


Please, more info on their differences?

Michael Carleno

The best of both worlds…

Debra Sears Farmer

BTs are the BEST!

Steel-Buckeye SWFLA

both are great dogs , but the Boston is far superior

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Heeeeeeeyyyyy….. 💪😁