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Best Dog Food for Boston Terriers

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Karan French

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Karan is a senior researcher at the Dog Food Advisor, working closely with our in-house pet nutritionist, Laura Ward, to give pet parents all the information they need to find the best food for their dog.

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Updated: May 8, 2024

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Laura studied BSc (Hons) Animal Science with an accreditation in Nutrition at the University of Nottingham, before working for eight years in the pet food and nutrition industry.

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What’s the best dog food for Boston Terriers?

Boston Terriers are prone to joint problems including patella luxation, so choose a food which contains ingredients such as glucosamine and chondroitin which can help support joint health and mobility.

Opt for a dog food that lists high-quality animal-based proteins as the main ingredients, such as chickenturkey, or fish. These proteins provide essential amino acids for muscle development and maintenance.

Boston Terriers may have food sensitivities or allergies, so be mindful of potential allergens in their food. If your dog exhibits signs of allergies or digestive issues, consult with your veterinarian to identify potential triggers and consider a limited ingredient diet or specialized formulas.

Below, you can see our recommendations of the best foods for Boston Terriers, which we hope will help you choose the right food for your pet.

You’ll also learn the answer to each of the most frequently asked questions we get about Boston Terriers.

The Dog Food Advisor - Editor's choice

Best Dog Food for Boston Terriers July 2024

Here are The Dog Food Advisor's best dog food brands for Boston Terriers for July 2024.

  • 1. Whole Earth Farms

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    Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free With Salmon & Whitefish is one of 3 dry recipes included in our review of the Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free product line.

    Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free With Salmon & Whitefish derives the bulk of its protein from salmon. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 30.3% protein, 15.7% fat and 45.9% estimated carbs
 resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

    High-quality protein, made with a blend of salmon and whitefish. It provides omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat and antioxidants for a healthy immune system and the vegetables add fiber for healthy digestion as well as vitamins and minerals for a balanced diet.

    Read our review of the full Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Salmon meal, potatoes, canola meal, peas, chicken fat
    Type Grain-Free
    Protein Percentage 30.3%
    AAFCO Standards Adult Maintenance
    Best For Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Both of my dogs are really picky eaters
when I bought this food for them they absolutely loved it."

    Read more buyer reviews at WholeEarthFarmsPetFood
  • 2. American Journey

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    American Journey Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free is one of 17 dry recipes included in our review of the American Journey grain-free product line.

    American Journey Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free derives the bulk of its protein from salmon. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 35.6% protein, 15.6% fat and 40.9% estimated carbs
 resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.

    This recipe is made with salmon as the 1st ingredient, which provides amino acids to support lean muscles, energy and overall health. Packed with nutrient-dense ingredients for a balanced mix of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

    Read our review of the full American Journey Grain Free Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Deboned salmon, chicken meal (a source of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate), turkey meal, peas, sweet potatoes
    Type Grain-Free
    Protein Percentage 35.6%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies & Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "I switched to American Journey for its ingredients as I was looking for a chicken free food. My dog was very itchy and since I switched to this food he very rarely scratches. He likes the food and I like the fact he is more comfortable."

    Read more buyer reviews at Chewy
  • 3. Wellness

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    Core Small Breed Digestive Health Chicken & Brown Rice is one of 6 dry recipes included in our review of the Wellness Core Digestive Health product line.

    Core Small Breed Digestive Health Chicken & Brown Rice derives the bulk of its meat protein from chicken. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 37.8% protein, 15.6% fat and 38.7% estimated carbs
 resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 41%.

    Wellness core digestive health is a highly digestible, probiotic-coated kibble crafted with digestive enzymes, a unique blend of prebiotic fibers, and guaranteed levels of probiotics to support digestive health for wellbeing.

    Read our review of the full Wellness Core Digestive Health Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Deboned chicken, chicken meal (source of glucosamine), turkey meal (source of chondroitin sulfate), brown rice, oat groats
    Type Grain-Inclusive
    Protein Percentage 37.8%
    AAFCO Standards Adult Maintenance
    Best For Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Sasha has been fed Wellness all her life and now that she is 10 years old we had to change her diet to a more delicate formula. When I found out Wellness had this formula I immediately got it and Sasha loves it. I no longer have to give her yogurt!"

    Read more buyer reviews at WellnessPetFood
  • 4. Nom Nom

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    Nom Nom Turkey Fare is one of 4 fresh recipes included in our review of the Nom Nom Fresh product line.

    Nom Nom Turkey Fare derives the bulk of its meat protein from turkey. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 35.7% protein, 17.9% fat and 38.4% estimated carbs
 resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

    Every meat and veggie is gently cooked individually, then mixed in batches to seal in vital nutrients and maximize digestibility.

    Read our review of the full Nom Nom Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Turkey, brown rice, eggs, carrots, spinach
    Type Grain-Inclusive
    Protein Percentage 35.7%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies & Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Most of all I love that I’m giving my pets top-notch food that I hope will contribute to their longevity and overall wellbeing."

    Read more buyer reviews at NomNomNow
  • 5. Open Farm

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    Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Grain-Free is one of 21 dry recipes included in our review of the Open Farm dry product line.

    Open Farm Grass-Fed Beef Grain-Free derives the bulk of its meat protein from beef. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 34.8% protein, 18.5% fat and 38.7% estimated carbs
 resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

    This nutrient-dense kibble is a good source of premium nutrition, 100% grass-fed beef and wholesome non-GMO produce like pumpkin and sweet potato.

    Read our review of the full Open Farm Grain-Free Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Beef, ocean whitefish meal, peas, sweet potato, beef liver
    Type Grain-Free
    Protein Percentage 34.8%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies & Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "I feel good about giving our two dogs a good quality food. And they like it. We have used the lamb and now the beef. They enjoy both. Thank you for providing this high quality product."

    Read more buyer reviews at OpenFarmPet
  • 6. Weruva

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    Weruva Classic Paw Lickin Chicken is one of 14 wet recipes included in our review of the Weruva Classic product line.

    Weruva Classic Paw Lickin Chicken of its meat protein from chicken. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 66.7% protein, 9.3% fat and 16% estimated carbs
 resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 14%.

    Cage-free boneless, skinless white breast meat chicken, free of antibiotics and added hormones. Free of grain, gluten, and carrageenan.

    Read our review of the full Weruva Dog Food (Canned) range here

    Main Ingredients Chicken (boneless, skinless breast), chicken broth, sunflower seed oil, potato starch, tricalcium phosphate
    Type Grain-Free
    Protein Percentage 66.7%
    AAFCO Standards Adult Maintenance
    Best For Dogs

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    "For the past few weeks my dog has been SO picky with her food, no health issues, and we’ve tried many different toppers, wet and dry foods. After finding this in store, and mixing it with her regular kibble, she’s been eating like she should! The ingredients are great and it actually tastes like chicken (yes I tried it). I think it’s the gravy that she really likes!"

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  • 7. Acana

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    Acana Freshwater Fish is one of 5 dry recipes included in our review of the Acana dry product line.

    Acana Freshwater Fish derives the bulk of its protein from fish. Dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 19.3% fat and 39.7% estimated carbs
 resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

    The first two ingredients are raw rainbow trout and catfish; nutrient-dense and high in protein. Raw ingredients are frozen at their peak freshness and includes fresh vegetables & fruit like whole pumpkin, collard greens, apples, and pears. No added grain ingredients, soy, corn, wheat or tapioca.

    Read our review of the full Acana Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Rainbow trout, catfish, catfish meal, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans
    Type Grain-Free
    Protein Percentage 33%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For Puppies & Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dogs are really loving this food and I am loving the high quality ingredients and nutrition my pups get. The bag tells you everything about it, quantities of each protein and even the regions the food was sourced. It’s one of the best dog foods I’ve ever given my dogs."

    Read more buyer reviews at Acana

Boston Terriers are a small sized breed of dog known for their large, friendly eyes and distinctive, tuxedo-like markings.The American Kennel Club (AKC) consistently ranks them within the top 24 most popular breeds in the United States.

The Boston Terrier is a breed that originated in the United States. Its history can be traced back to the late 19th century.

The Boston Terrier’s ancestors are believed to be a crossbreed between the English Bulldog and the now-extinct White English Terrier. The breed was originally known as the “American Bull Terrier” but was later renamed the Boston Terrier to honor its city of origin, Boston, Massachusetts.

The Boston Terrier quickly gained popularity and became a beloved companion dog breed known for its friendly and lively disposition.

Today, Boston Terriers are cherished for their charming personalities and make wonderful family pets. They are known for their intelligence, adaptability, and affectionate nature.

Here are the most frequently asked questions we get about feeding Boston Terriers:

Frequently Asked Questions

How big are Boston Terriers?

Boston Terriers are up to 12 inches tall and weigh between 12-25 pounds. They are small in stature but have big personalities.

What kind of fur does a Boston Terrier have?

Boston Terriers have short, smooth hair which can shed frequently and benefits from regular brushing. Their fur can be black and white, black brindle and white, brindle and white, seal and white, or seal brindle and white.

What temperament do Boston Terriers have?

Boston Terriers have a charming personality and the following traits:

  • Intelligent
  • Loyal
  • Happy with other dogs and pets
  • Good with children
  • Energetic
  • Playful

How much exercise do Boston Terriers need?

Boston Terriers are very playful and enjoy a brisk walk or exercise in the backyard. Some Boston Terriers will enjoy more exercise than others, so if your dog seems bored, it might be a sign they need another walk.

Which health concerns do Boston Terriers have?

Boston Terriers are susceptible to a number of health conditions such as:

  • Eye conditions
  • Deafness
  • Luxating patella
  • Breathing difficulties

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