- Boston Terriers come in brindle, seal or black in color and with white markings. These are the colors that are recognized by the Boston Terrier Club of America.
- A seal colored Boston Terrier looks dark almost black but in direct sunlight their coat will have a red cast. A seal colored Boston Terrier is not a red, brown, liver, or chocolate colored dog.
- Brindle is black striping on a red/brown background which can range in shades from lighter to darker rich shades of reds and browns. A “reverse” of black striping on a lighter background, would be the appearance of light striping on a mostly dark background.
- Boston Terriers also come in red, fawn, blue, brown, lilac, cream, and champagne. These colors are disqualified by the Boston Terrier Club of America.
Who is the Boston Terrier Club of America and Why Do They Get To Say What Colors Are Allowed?
All dog breeds have a parent club. The parent club establishes the guidelines which breeders are supposed to conform to. The parent club is the sole steward of the standard —the official breed description used as a blueprint by breeders and judges alike.
The breed standard is the blueprint for the breed.
The parent club is the one that submits their standards to the AKC. The AKC is considered as the final arbiter of dog breeds and breed standards.
The parent club: The Boston Terrier Club of America registered the breed with the AKC and it was officially recognized in 1893.
They were the 48th breed to be registered by AKC and the only dog breed that originated in America.
Photos of Boston Terrier Puppies That Are Brindle, Seal, or Black in Color
These puppies belong to Hooligan’s Boston Terriers and are shared with her permission.