The Boston Terrier – a smart, loveable, energetic breed that makes a wonderful sidekick for dog lovers of all ages!
If you’re researching furry companions for you or your family, the Boston Terrier might be the perfect choice.
In this article, we’ll examine ‘Bosties’ in detail to help you decide if they’re the right breed choice for you. We’ll review size, weight, appearance, personality, and adaptability with humans & other dogs. We’ll also evaluate their prominent traits and the amount of care they’re likely to need.
About Boston Terriers
The breed originally started in 19th century Liverpool, England where an Englishman looking for a rugged breed for dog fights bred the now-extinct English White Terrier with a bulldog.
From that came a dog named Judge, which was the forefather of all present-day Boston Terriers. After an exchange of owners, Judge arrived in Massachusetts where he was bred with a female from the Boston area.
After a few generations, the breed came to be synonymous with Boston, when the breed’s name officially became “Boston Terrier”. These dogs become so popular in the city that Boston University has kept one for its mascot for over one hundred years. In 1979 the Boston Terrier was officially declared the State Dog of Massachusetts.
Coat and size
According to the Boston Terrier Club of America, a pure-bred Boston is black with white underparts, similar to a tuxedo. Thus the Boston Terrier’s label “The Gentlemen of Boston.”
Bostons come in other colors, such as red, blue, brown, gray, cream, and champagne. Interestingly, the Boston Terrier Club doesn’t acknowledge or accept these colors as pure-bred.
A Boston Terrier’s coat is thick with short hair across the entirety of their body, and typically weigh in at around 20-25 pounds, qualifying them as a small dog breed.
Bosties are known for their short muzzles and tails, with large, rounded eyes and square heads, making them quizzical and mischievous looking.
Health and Longevity
While Bostons are usually healthy dogs, like all breeds, they do encounter some unique health issues. Primarily, due to their large eyes, they are susceptible to eye problems such as corneal ulcers and glaucoma.
Like all breeds, they can also encounter knee-related problems as they get older, which can ultimately call for surgery. That’s why a healthy diet is important to maintain a suitable weight.
Flat-faced dogs with flattened faces breeds like Boston Terriers are typically brachycephalic. They exhibit difficulty breathing when exposed to extreme heat and humidity, so adequate shelter should be provided.
Proclivity for training and exercise
Boston Terriers are super smart and eager to learn. They are, however, high-energy dogs and may require treats and other inducements to keep them on task.
They’re also very emotional, and learn better with positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than with scolding and punishment.
Bostons are very energetic and usually need plenty of exercise. But this breed often requires escorting to enjoy exercise. Just letting them out won’t suffice, because they’ll spend all their time waiting to be let back in rather than playing and entertaining themselves.
With Bostons, engagement is important in getting them proper exercise. Throwing a frisbee or ball, participating in dog sports, or jogging with their human is recommended.
Nutrition and grooming
Boston Terriers thrive with most quality dog foods or even food prepared at home. Their diet should be age-appropriate for each stage of their lives.
One thing to consider is your Boston’s caloric intake. Because they’re a small breed, it’s often easy for them to gain weight, which can often cause health issues. A full-grown Boston should not weigh more than 25 lbs.
Boston Terriers shed very little, thanks to their fine haired coat. Brushing them once a week should prevent them from shedding and maintain their beautiful smooth coat.
As with all dogs, their nails should be regularly trimmed to prevent problems walking and running. Overall, this breed is low maintenance in terms of grooming.
Attitude and temperament
If you’re considering a small family friendly pet, the Boston Terrier checks that box. They’re energetic, love attention and tend to love being lap dogs. Bosties are also gentle with children and babies.
They typically like other dogs as well, although their high energy level might be annoying to senior dogs that aren’t as hyper.
Overall Bostons get along well in families with other dogs in the home. Their eager to please attitude makes them easily adaptable, and good when visitors come.
So – why take home a Boston Terrier?
Some key takeaways:
- Well behaved
- Easily teachable
- Easy to care for
- Comparatively long lifespan
- Playful and energetic
- Need physical and mental stimulation most of the time
Boston Terriers are truly a treasure! If you know how much this delightful breed means to you, and you want to show it, More Waggin’ Less Barkin’ is your best friend – after your pup of course! We have dozens of Boston Terrier themed items, so you’ll no doubt find something you’ll be proud to own, and even prouder to gift!
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