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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

The Bossi-Poo is a cross breed of two dogs, the Poodle and the Boston Terrier. She has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years and is a non-sporting hybrid dog. Talents include agility, tricks, watchdog and competitive obedience. She is a medium sized dog and is suitable for any climate and for people living in apartments too. She is a fun loving dog that likes to play tricks and games and is very kind natured too.

Here is the Bossi-Poo at a Glance
Average height 15 inches
Average weight 25 – 50 pounds
Coat type Tight and curly or short and stiff
Hypoallergenic? If the coat is more like a poodles yes
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate low
Brushing Occasional, once or twice a week
Touchiness Can be moderately sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? If more like the Terrier very good tolerance, if like the Poodle not good at all, so perhaps somewhere in between
Barking Low to low moderate
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Needs a sweater in the winter if they are extremely cold as only has a single coat. Moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Very good
Good with other Dogs? Good
Good with other Pets? Very good if socialized
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good as long as still gets exercise each day
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Very good to excellent
Exercise Needs Moderate needs, 30 to 60 minutes a day of walks and play time
Tendency to get Fat Moderate
Major Health Concerns None known
Other Health Concerns Epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, deafness
Life Span 12 – 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $450 – $600
Average Annual Medical Expense $500 – $650
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $350 – $475

Where does the Bossi-Poo come from?

Being a mix of two other breeds the Bossi-Poo itself does not have much of a history known. In the late 1990s and into the 2000s designer breeds became very popular. Crossing two dogs that had never been purposely crossed before produced some very attractive and desirable puppies. The Bossi-Poo is one of them. The intention or hope is to get the best from both breeds into one dog. However this cannot be guaranteed, even in one litter the puppies can very in temperament and looks depending on whether they lean more towards the Poodle or the Boston Terrier. Having some understanding of the parent’s history can be helpful therefore.

The Poodle

The Poodle is a very old breed from Europe, Germany it is believed originally then being bred further in France. He was first a hunter of waterfowl which is why his coat was bred to be how it is. There were three sizes that were bred, the toy, the miniature and the standard. Ladies loved to carry the toy around as a companion and still do today. The poodle now is an amazingly intelligent dog, one of the cleverest there are in fact. He is also very versatile used in herding, obedience, agility, tracking shows to name a few. He is eager to please, easy to train and a fantastic family pet and companion.

The Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier origins can be found in Boston, USA in the late 1800s. Before that it is thought he can from a breeding between a bulldog and English white terrier though that is not known for sure. He is one of the first dogs to be made in America and recognized by the AKC. Strictly speaking technically it is not actually a terrier though. Today they are great companions and make good lap dogs. They are usually friendly, lively and intelligent. They like to play and are good with children.


She is a very affectionate and friendly dog, super intelligent as you would expect with a poodle and a Boston terrier in her genes. She is keen to please and loves company and being sociable. Her tolerance to being alone really depends on how much of the terrier she has in her. They are quite happy being left alone usually, but on the other hand poodles hate it so this will be something you won’t know until you get her! She is gentle and kind but also mischievous and somewhat a practical joker!

What does a Bossi-Poo look like

The Bossi-Poo gets up to 15 inches in height and can weigh between 25 to 50 pounds. She has a muscular body and is a medium sized dog. She has a tail that is usually docked, ears that are floppy, a rounded head with almond shaped eyes and medium sized muzzle. Her coat can be either short and stiff or can be curly and tight. Regular colors include light brown, black, white, chocolate, dark brown and golden. She only has a single coat so will need a sweater on in cold winter months.

Training and Exercise Needs

Does she need a lot of exercise?

She is a medium sized dog with high energy so she does need some regular daily exercise but this is not necessarily hour long walks. Try to give her 30 to 60 minutes a day with a long walk or two medium length walks and some play time. If you have a yard she can play out there but she does not need one. She can play indoors and be active there and get some of her exercise that way. She enjoys running and jumping so trips to the dog park would be a good idea, they also love to swim and chase things!

Will she train easily?

She is very intelligent and should train fairly quickly and easily though sometimes she can have a stubbornness known in Boston Terriers which in some cases can make it a little less easy, though still no harder than any other dog. Use gentle but firm techniques, stay consistent and give rewards and praise to her when she gets it right. Socialization and training from an early age is very important to make life a lot easier and happier for the both of you. She is more likely to be able to adapt to different situations, handle being alone if you work, behave better and obey you when you need her to.

Living with a Bossi-Poo

Grooming needs

The Bossi-Poo has low to moderate grooming needs depending on the type of coat she has. She should not be much of a shedder which means if you want to avoid having to clean up the car, furniture and yourself this is a good thing. She needs to be brushed still once or twice a week to stop tangles and matting from happening. If her coat is more like a Poodles she is more likely to be hypoallergenic. She will need a bath now and then as she gets particularly dirty or smelly. If she has a coat like a Poodles she may also need clipping every few months.

Other grooming needs include nail clipping, teeth cleaning and ear cleaning. Nails are tricky with dogs as they have an blood vessel running through them so do not cut too low or leave it for a groomer to do. Ears can just be wiped and checked once a week and also check her eyes too. Teeth should be brushed as regularly as you can really, two or three times a week at least.

How is she with kids and other pets?

In general she is good with children, other pets and even other dogs. But to bring out the best in her or in case you get a Bossi-Poo that is less accepting you should still socialize from a young age. They will happily play with the children and you should make sure that the kids know how to play safely with her to avoid any accidents.

Other useful information

She will bark to alert you if an intruder enters the home but otherwise is not a big barker. She will need to be fed high quality dry dog food twice a day equaling a total of 1½ to 2½ cups. As much as she enjoys to play and entertain you she is equally happy to curl up on your lap or next to you and snuggle with you on the couch. She does okay in any climate though with just a single coat needs a sweater on when outside in cold winter weather. She will be happy with or without a yard, in a house or in an apartment.

Health Concerns

There are no known major health concerns with the Bossi-Poo but that does not mean there are not any, they are just too new to tell yet. As a mixed breed she is likely to be healthier than pure breeds but she could be prone to health issues from her parents such as epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, allergies and deafness.

Costs involved in owning a Bossi-Poo

It is important to purchase puppies from reputable and honest breeders whether you opt for a pure breed or a hybrid. You can get health clearances from the parents, see tests that the puppy has cleared and have a much better chance at getting the kind of puppy you want. Yes this can cost a little more but for the sake of the dog it is worth it. At the moment the Bossi-Poo is a hard to find mix but as she is not as much in demand as others at the moment prices are around $450 – $600.

As part of the initial costs of owning a dog you will need to pay for certain health costs if they have not already been done by the breeder such as deworming, blood tests, spaying, vaccinations and then getting her micro chipped too. This will cost another $350 to $450. Then you will need initial purchases like dog bedding, bowls, collar, leash, crate and carrier. This will be another $250 – $300.

Yearly costs will cover basics like food, treats, toys, license, saving for medical emergencies, vet check ups for things like flea treatment. This will be around $750 – $850. There are other costs that may be needed on top of this if you need to travel away you may need a dog sitter or to put her in kennels, you may choose to use dog walkers and groomers.


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The Bossi-Poo is a lovely medium sized dog who will be very smart, will certainly be entertaining and will get on with everyone. She will be happy in a house of one or in a family as long as she gets to play and snuggle as much as she wants!

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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