Boston Terrier vs Tibetan Terrier

Compare the Boston Terrier to the Tibetan Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Boston Terriers and Tibetan Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Boston Terrier is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Boston Terrier and Tibetan Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Boston Terrier is very easy to groom. The Tibetan Terrier has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Boston Terrier has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Tibetan Terrier is an average barker.
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Boston Terrier vs Tibetan Terrier
Boston Terrier Dog Breed
Cream Tibetan Terrier
Breed NameBoston TerrierTibetan Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan13-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height13-15 in.14-16 in.
Weight10-25 lb20-24 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesTibet
Origin Year1870 AD10 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed15 mph18 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingLowVery High
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountLowLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBoston TerrierTibetan Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingVery LowAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoston TerrierTibetan Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan13-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Brain TumorsYesNo
CataractsYesYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
DistichiasisNoYes
Heart MurmursYesNo
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HyperthyroidismNoYes
Lens LuxationNoYes
MegaesophagusYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Reverse SneezingYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoston TerrierTibetan Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Brindle, & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Seal & WhiteYesNo
Seal Brindle & WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
BrindleNoYes
BrownNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldNoYes
GrayNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes
WhiteNoYes