Meet Oliver, A Rare And Majestic Long-Haired Boston Terrier

Meet Oliver, A Rare And Majestic Long-Haired Boston Terrier

Two years ago, we posted photos of a long-haired Boston Terrier named Lucy and it was one of the most popular photos, ever. We are now ready and excited to introduce you to another one! Say hello to Oliver, a 15-month old from Port Orchard, Washington! This little guy is absolutely beautiful and we are so excited to share some information and photos of him. His mom, Sylvia, told us all about him.

“My husband and I were looking for another Boston to keep our older dog company. We had fallen in love with the Boston personality and knew we wanted another one. After a few weeks of looking, we happened upon an ad for a litter of purebred Bostons out in Idaho. There were 2 left, one of which was a long haired silky puppy. He was so adorable that we drove out to Idaho from Seattle the next day. His parents were both short haired classic looking Bostons. He was the only one with long hair, which made him even more cute. We took him home immediately and named him Oliver. After doing some research, I couldn’t find too much about long haired Bostons. But on this site, there is another dog named Lucy Lou that looks almost identical. We are so lucky to have such a rare dog as part of our family. And he has more personality that we had ever imagined. He howls at the “Meow Mix” commercial and catches frisbees out of the air (he can jump incredibly high). I have attached some photos to share with others and raise awareness for these rare long haired Bostons!”

How awesome is Oliver? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.



  1. Sylvia: Thank you so much for posting our guys picture I hope to have more of these fantastic pups in the future. If I remember right his mom was Chloe, If so I have her bred again to Oliver’s Sire Snuggles. Keep your fingers crossed that we have more of these Rare, adorable, fuzzy, Boston’s. I will let you know when Chloe goes into Labor.
    Thanks again for helping to promote these truly special dogs.
    Ireta Sand Creek Boston’s Sandpoint, Idaho

  2. Oliver is beautiful. I also have a Long Haired Silky Boston. Her name is Roxie and she is 3 1/2 years old. I rescued her from a family at 1 year old when they could no longer afford to take care of her. She came from a litter of 6 puppies and one of her other siblings had long fur as well. Both parents were standard Bostons. There is not much info available on these rare beauties however I did see one other on the internet. The woman had a geneology history performed and the long hair is a recessive trait that rarely shows up. I have let her fur grow out this fall and it is now at about 2 1/2 inches long which makes her look like a little pudgy Badger. When I get her shaved she looks like any other Boston, Of the pics I have seen none of them have ears that will stand on their own. They are somewhat floppy due to the longer fur I guess. Sometimes they will stand but not for long. I have to say out of my 4 dogs. 2 Cavaliers and a Lab, She is my favorite. Very feisty, loving, smart and obedient. I will post some pics when I have a little more time. Welcome to the Long Haired Boston Club! Robin Basnett I do have pics on my facebook page if anyone would like to see them there.

  3. He is so cute! Thank you so much for sharing Oliver! I don’t think I have ever seen a long haired Boston before!

  4. Oliver is the cutest! I love picture #2!! We have an Olive who is 11 months old today and she is our first Boston. We are so in love with her.

  5. Oliver is adorable. I have a Boston Terrier, her name is Cookie and I just cannot get enough of her. She is the second Boston Terrier I have owned.

  6. adorable, yes. purebred boston, no.

    • Linda, of course Oliver is a purebred. Same litter, same Bitch, same Sire. As was my pup Roxie. Strange things happen in nature. Have you not seen albino animals come from the same litter? Recessive gene trait also. When I get Roxie shaved in the summer you would never know she was a Boston with long fur.

      • So, Roxie is his half sister? Do you have pics??? 🙂

  7. Cute cute cute. My Molly Mae love the pool too.

  8. He is so cute! I wondered how this was possible, so I was happy to see the info about the recessive gene. Molly is my 4th BT, and she is such a joy. Boston Terriers are truly a special breed.

  9. One of my pups in a litter of 6 had longer fur than the rest.
    Also I have had 2 wavy frenchtons with the same size as long hair boston

  10. I have a long haired silky boston. I’ve had her for 6 years and she is absolutely awesome! Very smart, quick, playful, and jumps very high. When I have her shaved in the summer she looks like any other boston terrier. She was from reg short haired parents and in a litter of 5 or 6, she was the only one with long hair. I had a local veterinarian tell me that it is a rare occurance from a recessive gene and he himself has a painting of a long haired boston terrier in a Norman Rockwell painting. People question me all the time and ask what is she mixed with, I just say nothing, she is full blood with long hair 🙂

  11. He is just as cute as can be. I have never seen a long aired Boston, have always had the short haired ones. The first Boston we had, we were surprised at how little hair they have. I just love Bostons.

  12. OMG! He is soooooo cute! Makes me want one too!!!! So adorable! Kisses for Oliver!

  13. We have a long haired boston terrier as well! His name is Hendrix and he just turned 1 year old. I wish there were some type of forum for us to share pictures. I’m curious to see just how many are out there.

  14. Bostons are not a long haired breed and have never been. Long hair isn’t even in the originating foundation breeds… it’s not in their genetic make up. A sneaky neighbor dog is a LOT more likely than a “throwback” as there are other traits in this dog that do not look Boston. I would want to see a DNA test on both parents and the puppy before I believe this is purebred Boston. Sorry. I certainly hope this is not a new “trend” for breeding Bostons. They are meant to look a certain way and when breeders deviate from that (such as those who breed “rare” colors) it’s usually for the money. (I do think in this case it was an accident, not for money)

    • You have not done your homework, The FOUNDATION SIRE JUDGE IN THE LATE 1800’S WAS BRED TO A ROUGH COATED WHITE ENGLISH TERRIER THEY DID THIS TO START BREEDING DOWN THE BOSTON TERRIER. Do you know what they were bred for originally and how big they were originally? They were in the 40# bracket and they were bred for FIGHTING IT IS not A THROWBACK IT IS A RECESSIVE GENE THAT COMES FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE BREED THE OFF THE WALL COLOR’S ARE A MUTATION A DEFFECT AND THEY WILL EVENUALLY IF BRED ENOUGH KILL THE APPROVED COLOR’S. THE BOSTON TERRIER SILKIE WAS NAMED BY THE BOSTON BREEDER’S ASSOCIATION THEY ACCKNOWLEGE IT AS A BOSTON TERRIER AND SO DO THE BREED REGISTRATION ASSOCIATIONS. I have been a breeder of Dun Factor Horses for 20 years and a genetic defect is different from a Genetic Recess (Recessive Gene) A defect is caused by a Mutated gene.
      these dogs are perfect in every way they are NOT A WIERD MUTATION
      Do some history work on the Boston breed and you will find out.

      • The Boston Terrier Club Of America is the authority on the Boston Terrier, even over AKC. I have never heard of the “Boston Breeders Association” and there is no such breed as a “Boston Silky” except for designer crosses. If the BTCA doesn’t recognize it, it’s not a part of the Boston breed, sorry.

        Please show me where the records say Judge was bred to a rough coated white english terrier. White english terrier, yes. Rough coated? I have never heard that, and I HAVE done my research on the history of the breed.

        I also have no idea what you mean by “off the wall colors are a mutation defect”. None of the colors are a mutation defect and the standard color will not be “killed off by it”.

        I’m sorry but somewhere in your dog’s background is a long haired dog that is not Boston and your resulting litters are throwbacks of something a few generations back…. but NOT back to the 1800’s. Not everyone is honest when they sell their puppies, not everyone knows when another dog slips into their yard. Your dogs may have been Bostons only for several generations, but unless you personally witnessed every breeding in your dogs 10 generation pedigree and know for sure no accidents happened, you cannot say you are 100% sure your dog is purebred. Little throw backs to another breed are the proof. Sorry.

        • All of this bullshit has just been brought to my attention and for your information I just happen to have all the breeding charts for my dogs, I watch them like a hawk so I know when they are tied, AND NOTHING ELSE WAS BRED TO MY GIRLS, I DO NOT LET MY DOGS RUN AROUND THEY ARE BRED IN A KENNEL SO IT WOULD BE PRETTY DIFFICULT FOR A NEIGHBOR DOG TO GET IN TO BRED ONE OF MY GIRLS.

          • Regardless of having all the charts (pedigrees) as J said, if you did not witness every single breeding on both mother and fathers side for 10+ generations, the pedigrees could be incorrect, there could be another breed in the lineage. Because there is no long haired breed in the genetic makeup of the Boston Terrier it is genetically impossible to have a long haired purebred BT.

          • It’s amazing how a breeder will point to a dog from the 1800’s as the cause for the “rare” genetic trait but they won’t admit that a backyard breeding five or ten generations ago may have been the result of an accidental or multiple sire breeding.

    • J you are correct. In fact I’ve seen a DNA purity test of Oliver’s brother from the same parents and breeder. He is in fact not purebred and indeed a mix with Airedale Terrier. While I doubt the breeder created this mix herself I do believe she has created a story to validate the long hair as a pure recessive trait. However the English white Terrier is described in numerous articles and vintage books as a “smooth coated dog”. There is no dog within the genetic makeup of the Boston Terrier that has long hair.

      • Here is a very informative article on long haired Boston Terriers.

        • Explain why out of 6 pups 2 are born with longer fur? Same sire. When I get my Long Haired Boston shaved she looks just like any other regular Boston.

          • That’s how genetics work. Why do some kids from the same mom and dad have red curly hair and some have straight blonde or brown? They are all full siblings, some are just exhibiting the characteristics of another breed a few generations back.

          • My pleasure Robin! That’s easy to answer and if you have a basic understanding of Mendelian Genetics easy to comprehend. The reason why puppies of varying coat lengths can be born to parents who each have short coats has to do with recessive traits and who they are paired in utero. No one is saying that a parent of the pups isn’t a Boston, what is being said is that there was an outcrossing (mix breeding) to incorporate the long hair gene with the pedigree. Whether it was 3 generations ago or 10, the fact remains that both parents must carry the gene to produce it in a litter. Quite simply let’s use color recessive to explain for easy understanding. Two black and white Boston Terriers can carry the brown gene. You’d never know it by looking at them because it’s within their genetic code. When bred together there is a chance that those recessive may double up thus producing a litter mixed of both black and brown pups. Two short haired Bostons carry the long hair gene that has been bred in. They can have a litter of pups that is both short and long haired. The difference in our explanation above is that where recessive coat colors can be linked to purebred ancestry of the Boston Terrier there is no long hair breed that can be linked to purebred Boston Terrier ancestry. Thus it can only be a mix breed. A darn cute one, but not a purebred or “rare” for the breed. Hope this helped explain!

  15. J.

    I understand your reluctance in believing that a long haired, purebred Boston Terrier is possible- I was apprehensive when we first bought Oliver as well. Infact, we purchased Oliver for much less than a short haired Boston, so the argument that it’s “for the money” is not legitimate. If you had done your research, you would know that the Boston Terrier originated by breeding the White English Terrier and English Bulldog. The White Terrier (now extinct) was originally bred in the British Isles among local dog breeds- although there is limited documentation as to which breeds were actually crossed to make the White Terrier, they have narrowed it down to 5-6 possibilities. Several of them had wire coats, including the canis segusius, Irish wolfhound, and Scottish Deerhound.

    I have also personally talked with the President of the Boston Terrier Club of America about this matter. He said that due to the recent development of the breed (as it is a relatively young breed when compared with others), the possibility of having a “throwback genetic trait” is quite possible!

    It’s time to embrace the long haired Boston- how can you not? Just look at them!

  16. Sylvia… I just got a pup from Ireta who is Oliver’s brother he has the same mom and dad and is a long haired Boston!!! He is only 8 weeks would love to exchange pictures he is a doll!!

    • That’s awesome!!! Awe! Yes! Are you on Facebook? Sylvia Knowles… Or

      • I will try to find you on Facebook 🙂 If I can’t you can try and find me.. Becca Bowen…I’m excited to see more pictures of Oliver he is adorable. Dexter is a
        going to be a lil fuzz ball we love it!

  17. I have a litter of boston puppies.which one of the pups was a long hair.she is very thinking of keeping her.

  18. If any of you are on Facebook, I have started a group called “Long Haired Bostons.” You are welcome to join and share about your love for this breed!

  19. I have also posted some pics of Roxie on Syvia’s Long Haired Boston Site. Many more to come. Thank you Sylvia!

  20. He looks a lot like my long hair Boston Terrier “Boston Blackie” . He will be two years old 12/14 and we’ll known from his walks at GLOUCESTER, MA. ‘s Boulevard the last two summers.

  21. While long haired Boston Terriers are cute, they are not purebred. None if the documented breeds used to create the Boston Terrier were long haired. There is no way they can recessively carry the gene for long hair and be purebred. In most instances they are outcrossed, or mixed, with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Shelties, Australian Sheperds, or even long haired Chihuahuas. Oliver is ultra adorable, but purebred he is not. In fact I have seen a DNA test from a sibling of Oliver’s that proves he indeed not a purebred Boston Terrier but a instead is a mix.
    Here is a detailed article that talks about long hair Boston Terriers at length (no pun intended)

    • Another indication these dogs are not purebred is that the claim is Bostons were originally crossed with wire haired terriers, why are their coats soft and (to quote other posters) “silky”. These are two different genetic traits. You don’t get a silky haired dog from a recessive gene from a breeding to a wire haired terrier 150 years ago.

      • I did not say WIRE HAIRED TERRIER I said ROUGH COATED WHITE TERRIER they were from England. Is it not amazing how something like that can get turned around and changed just in a conversation.

        • Does it really matter Ireta? Rough Coat or Wire Coat are still VERY different coats than a SILKY coat. DIFFERENT genetics, DIFFERENT type of coat all together. One does not create the other. You want people to believe that a slick coated dog that has been slick for 100+ years suddenly reached back into its genetics, took a trait that hasn’t been seen in a century, and brought that trait forward while at the same time, MORPHING IT INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GENETIC TRAIT???! While it’s a nice fairy tale explanation to the dogs you breed, one of them was dna tested to be a mixture… so it’s obvious no one sprinkled magic long silky haired fairy dust on your dogs.

          Once again, even the best breeder has not met every dog in their breeding stock’s 10 generations. Instead of it being a trait from 100+ years ago suddenly coming forward, isn’t it more likely it was from 10 years ago and from a dog that someone somewhere didn’t know was accidentally bred to the long haired neighbor dog? And all of those puppies were sold as purebred, then the next generation, and the next, etc. until one of them ended up in your kennel, sold to you as a purebred, and poof, one day you end up with long hair when there’s no other logical explanation. AKC Purebred papers do not guarantee every dog is purebred. It just means someone filled out the papers and said it’s correct to the best of their knowledge.

  22. Hey Krystin. I appreciate your opinion etc but would appreciate if you would take the pictures of my dog off your Facebook website. In all honesty, I don’t care what anyone “believes” regarding Oliver. He is adorable and looks like a long haired Boston. I would rather have that than a Boston that’s been overbred with a short snout that can’t even breathe. I’ve seen more of those poor dogs than I care to share. He is a family dog- not a breeder.

    • If Kristin has seen a DNA test of Oliver’s full sibling, it’s not a matter of what people “believe” about Oliver. It’s a matter of FACT if there is proof he is not purebred. If people choose not to accept that, that’s their choice, but to continue to claim these long haired Bostons are purebred would be false advertising.

      I breed and own many of those short snouted Bostons and they breathe perfectly fine. If you research the airway structure of Brachy breeds, it’s not the length of the nose but the clarity of the airway that matters. A long nosed Boston can have pinched nostrils or an elongated palate just as easily. Properly bred Bostons can have very short faces and still perform at agility without issue. They are also health tested for hereditary defects such as juvenile hereditary cataracts or luxating patellas which are common in Bostons, and those issues are screened out.

      How many breeders of designer dogs screen their breeding stock for these things? Family dogs deserve to come from health screened parents too, so they do not suffer from problems in the future.

  23. Hi Sylvia my name is Leteecia I was wondering where at in Idaho did you buy your dog? The reason i ask is because i live in idaho. Your dog is way cute. I to have a long haired boston terrier. His name is Major.

  24. Hi Lateecia! I also have a long haired Boston Terrier that I bought in Idaho outside of Coeur D Alene who happens to be Oliver’s younger brother from another litter! Love seeing other long haired Bostons they are so unique and cute!

  25. These dogs, and your dog, are NOT PUREBRED. They make great pets, but they are not Bostons. They are Boston mixes, even if the mix was 5 generations ago, they are undoubtedly mixes.

  26. Hey J, I love that you just commented that there could’ve been a mix 5 generations ago and that all of the justification for your comments is based on something that you haven’t seen personally and have no proof of. While your “5 generations ago” comment is purely speculative and a huge reach, it will help me prove my point. Which is: If your ancestors 5 generations ago mated with someone outside your race, but then the next 4 generations mated with the same race, that would make you 1/32 of that other race, 5 generations later. Thus, even if your purely speculative assumption is true, our dog is still 97% Boston and would be classified as a Boston. If I am 97% Caucasian, I am most definitely not going to classify myself as “mixed race” while filling out legal paperwork, I am going to classify myself as Caucasian. Oliver may not be 100%, but he’s definitely a Boston.

    • Thank you for making my point. 97% does not equal 100%, therefore they are NOT purebred Boston Terriers.

      Re-read the posts above. They claim that the long SILKY HAIR came from a rumored “possible” WIRE HAIRED relative of an instinct dog from over 150 years ago. They claim a genetic impossibility magically occurred to produce these dogs.

      Slipping a Cavalier into the breeding mix a few generations back and registering the offspring as “purebred” is misrepresentation of the breed and certainly a far cry from this mysterious and rare throwback of impossible genetics.

      I am insisting on accuracy and truth in representation. The comments above are neither. You cannot excuse them because the dogs are “almost purebred”. The dog would be 97% Boston, 3% Cavalier (or whatever slipped under the fence) and AKC would disagree very strongly with saying 97% is “good enough”. Papers for all 5 generations would be stripped, as they very well should.

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