Boston terrier is truly American breed and was originally created by cross breeding a Britain based bulldog and a white terrier. This is not only the most popular dog in the US but also happens to be the state dog of the state Massachusetts. Boston terriers is lively and full of energy, friendly with the entire family and overall very intelligent. They are popular for their rather dark coats with striking white spots.
History and Health :
- History :
Boston terrier have a rather old and illustrious background with the breed believed to have emerged around the 1870s. They are rumored to have been the offspring of a dog called Judge who belonged to the lineage of a terrier. Later one of Judge’s offspring was bred with French Bulldogs to give birth to what are known as American Bulldogs. The America bulldog is the pride and honor of the American land and is now the most popular dog in most of the states in US.
In the beginning there was not much attention paid to Boston terrier’s color and marking but later a set of standards were established to govern these features. Their used to be a time when Boston terriers would exhibit aggressive and territorial traits that were synonymous with terriers. Boston terrier of nowadays prefers the company of men and only a few males exhibit aggressiveness when another dog barges into their territory.
- Health :
Boston terrier is generally known to be a strong and sturdy breed but may be plagued by common diseases that occur across multiple dog species such as
1.Eye Cataract :
This is a condition that causes a clouded layer to form over your Boston terrier’s eyes and is observed to occur in both young and older dogs. If left untreated it can lead to partial or complete blindness.
2.Heart troubles :
Since Boston terriers are known to be a very active dog, great care has to be taken to keep them away from high fat foods. If a Boston terrier gets too much cholesterol in his blood stream then heart valves are not able to pump enough blood to all parts of their bodies and hence they get very lethargic.
Temperament & Personality :
- Personality :
Each Boston terrier possesses a fiercely independent personality and it is difficult to generalize them. As per the data collected from owners, some Boston terriers behave as rowdy, aggressive and sassy while others are known to be calm and peaceful. Some are known to be incredibly funny with their antics. Boston terriers is also known to shower all their love and attention on one individual and hence are excellent companion dogs for old individuals. They are known to sense the emotions of their master (sadness, happiness, loneliness etc) and adjust accordingly.
- Activity Requirements :
Although Boston terrier is a small dog, they love to run and would chase after any object thrown towards them. They adjust to living in apartments pretty easily as long as they get their daily walk. They have been known to spend an afternoon paying with children or just being wrapped up in the arms of an elderly person. Boston terriers is specially gifted when it comes to their ability to adjust according to the energy levels of the person they love the most.
- Trainability :
Here is a fun fact – Although Boston terriers are easy to train, they are highly intelligent dogs and use their impressive eyes to melt the heart of the toughest taskmaster and skip a day of training and hard work. Ensure that you reward them for positive behavior and be gentle during their training phase. A harsh tone has been known to make them stubborn.
- Behavioral Traits :
Boston barriers are notorious for barking and are quick to alert their owners towards any sudden changes to their environment. You cannot blame for this behavior as it is synonymous with all breeds of terriers. Ensure that you develop a command code to stop them from barking when you want or you can end up with a crazy family and raged neighbors. Boston terriers is one of the rare species who display extreme affection for their human family and offer suffer from separation anxiety.
Appearance & Grooming :
- Appearance :
Despite its huge personality Boston terriers is still a small dogs with broad heads and protruding eyes. They have square proportions and are built like terriers. Their ears are small and may even be cropped. Their tails are generally small and placed a little lower on their body.
- Size and Weight :
Boston terrier is categorized under the small breed dogs species with their height ranging from 15-17 inches (30-50 cms) in the male and female species. The healthy weight of a full grown Boston terrier should be between 10-25 pounds (4.5-11.3 Kgs).
- Coat and Color :
Boston terriers have smooth, short coat that comes in black and white, seal and white or brindle and white.
- Grooming :
Boston terriers is really low maintenance when it comes to their grooming needs. They do not shed much throughout the year and the only care they need is a regular bath when they get dirty. Their faces need to be cleaned daily as their eyes can easily catch an infection.
- Body Type :
Boston terrier is known to have a lovely pattern coat filled with black and white colors and have square face accompanied with a strong bone structure.
- Short nosed – Since Boston terrier is known to have a small nose it is not able to cool down the air going to their lungs resulting in a higher risk of heat stress. Keep them indoors if it is getting too hot outside.
- Gassy – Boston terriers tend to have frequent gas based stomach issues and if you cannot stand a little foul smell every once in a while, then Boston terrier is not for you.
- Gluttony – More than anything else Boston terriers love their food and you need to watch their diet lest they becomes overweight.
Tasty Tidbits :
Your Boston terrier is prone to have respiratory problems if you pull on their collar too often and too hard. Remember to give them a bath every few days as they tend to get very dirty.
Boston terrier is a lively dog and does not need excessive exercise. For the most part they are very active indoors and will do well even if you do not have a yard for him. Since they cannot handle excessive heat and cold they need to be housed indoors.
Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Boston Terrier :
It is recommended to feed them two times a day with each meal comprising of about 1 cup of dry high nutritional value food. Do not let him use his expressive eyes to force you to be generous with his food.
Information and Facts of Boston Terrier :
- It is commonly known as Boston terrier.
- Its other names are American Gentlemen, Boston Bull Terrier, Boston Bull, and Boxwood.
- It has originated in the United States and is a true breed.
- They are small dog breeds
- Their breed group name is Non-sporting dog breeds (AKC)
- It has a life span of 11 to 15 Years
- It grows to a height of about 15 to 17 inches.
- It generally weighs between 10 and 25 pounds.
- They are available in different colors, which are Black & White, Brown & White, Brindle & White, Seal & White
- The Puppy price average between $600 - $800 USD
- It sleeps an average of 10 hours a day.
- The lower classifications do not have the distinctive marking and color.