Do Boston Terriers Like To Cuddle? Info, Pictures, & Videos

Are you thinking about buying a Boston Terrier, and you want to know if they cuddle? Are you wondering if your Boston has a cuddling problem? 

After owning Bella, my Boston, for over a decade and surveying 50 Boston Terrier owners over this question, Do Boston’s Like To Cuddle?

cuddling with a boston terrier

I can say with certainty, this is the breed for you if you want a dog who will snuggle up to you every single night.

Do Boston Terriers Like To Cuddle?

Yes, Boston Terriers love to cuddle. Boston’s are known for their affection and loyalty to their owners. And to show their friendship and love, they will snuggle up next to you for comfort.

Want to learn more about Boston Terriers before you get one? Check out this article I wrote, Should You Get A Boston Terrier? Everything You Need To Know!

Boston Terrier showing affection
Bella snuggling on the couch.

What 50 Boston Owners Said About Their Boston Terrier And Cuddling

I recently conducted a study, surveying 50 Boston Terrier Owners’ various questions. The purpose of the study was to help would be Boston Owners learn more about the breed before they decided to get a Boston. 

In the survey, I asked, Does Your Boston Like To Cuddle?

The response was overwhelming. 94% (47) said yes, while only 6% (3) said no. While there is a slight chance, you could get a non-cuddly Boston, the odds are not in your favor.

Points scored

For the complete survey of 50 Boston Terrier Owners and all the questions they answered, click here; Boston Terrier Owners Survey.

Are Boston Terriers Affectionate? Do They Like To Cuddle?

In this video, I answer the questions about cuddles and affection in detail to help you get a better understanding before you get a Boston.

Donnie explaining how affectionate and cuddly Boston Terriers are.

Want to learn more about Boston Terriers and you like listening to videos? Be sure to check out the Boston Terrier Puppy Academy here on this site. You’ll learn what you need to know about Boston Terriers.

Videos Of Boston Terrier Cuddles

Boston Cuddling With A Baby
Boston Playing In Its Owners Lap
Boston Terrier Snuggles

Why Do Boston Terriers Cuddle?

It is genuinely a Boston’s nature to be affectionate to their owners. And the number one way to show affection is through cuddling.

This allows your dog to bond with you. If you have kids, it is similar to doing skin to skin with a baby when they are firstborn.

When a dog lays on you, both you and your dog will have endorphins released in your body. This happens naturally from touch.

In a research article published by The United States National Library Of Medicine, it explains the following. When a human touches a dog and vice versa, oxytocin is released into the blood, and cortisol levels in the body decrease. 

Without getting into the complete details, oxytocin is a feel-good hormone that helps with bonding. And cortisol is the hormone that is released in stressful situations.

So when your Boston cuddles with you, both you and your dog are reducing stress in your body’s. While also increasing your bonding with one another.

Want to do more to make your Boston Terrier happy? Learn how these Boston owners make their dog feel special and happy, How To Make Your Boston Happy!

Are There Drawback To The Cuddles?

The only drawback I see to cuddles is the licking. While this is a personal preference, I’m sure other Boston owners have run up against the same issue.

It is not all the time, but frequently Bella wants to lick me while cuddling. 

If you are not a fan of the licking, here is an article I wrote on how to handle the big wet kisses, How To Stop Your Boston Terrier From Licking Everything.

Will A Boston Survive Mentally Without Cuddles?

I personally think Bella would be so heartbroken if she was not allowed to show her affection to Emily and me, as well as our kids.

A Boston must show its loyalty to you. And the way they express their commitment is through snuggling up next to you.

If you are not a cuddler, here are some dog breeds that might fit you better…

Boston Terrier

Non-Cuddling Dog Breeds

According to, here are the ten dog breeds that are the least affectionate than all other breeds. If you click on the dog breed, you will be taken to the American Kennel Clubs breed profile.

  1. Cairn Terrier
  2. Irish Wolfhound
  3. Shiba Inu
  4. Chow Chow
  5. Afghan Hound
  6. Basenji
  7. Borzoi
  8. Jindo
  9. Shar-Pei
  10. American Foxhound

Final thoughts…

It is in the Boston Terriers’ nature to cuddle. A Boston is known to be loving and affectionate to their owners. If you are looking for a dog who will do its own thing at night and not want to be by your side giving you some love, I would not recommend a Boston. These dogs live for affection.

Do you need to find a Boston Terrier? Check out this video where I talk about places to find the perfect Boston Terrier for you, Where To Find A Boston.

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Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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