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Boston Terrier - Dog Breeds - Facts All Owners Should Know

Jul 23, 2008
We begin this article with the basic facts about the breed, then follow up with an in-depth look at their personality.

Group: Non-Sporting
Weight: 10-25 lbs
Height: 15-17 inches

Overview

The Boston Terrier was first bred in Boston, Massachusetts, and this is where they got their name from. At first they weighed about 44 pounds, and these dogs were down from the bull and the terrier pit-fighting breeds. Boston terriers have the merit of being the first non-sporting breed of dogs in America.

Temperament

Boston terriers are very mild mannered, peaceful and loving dogs. They possess a good nature, and like to socialise. At present they are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. Because of their size and their friendly and relaxed personality, they have become very popular amongst dog lovers. Boston terriers are eager dogs that are forever ready to please their owners. They are also enormously loyal dogs. Boston terriers are very committed pets, and they also love to receive and give attention. Boston terriers like to be involved in the family, and can sometimes be very energetic, but at other times they can be still and distinguished.

Care

The smooth and short-haired coat of the Boston Terrier is easy to groom, and can be combed and brushed with a firm hair brush. These dogs should only be bathed when really necessary. Their faces can also be wiped with a moist cloth on a daily basis, and their eyes should also be cleaned very cautiously. Both of their ears and eyes should be checked for grass seeds, and there might also be ticks in their ears. The nails of these dogs should also be clipped from time to time. The Boston Terrier is an average shedding dog.

Training

Boston terriers get along fine with children, and will also get along well with other animals and pets. Some people say these dogs have a very naive nature considering that they get along with strangers and are keen to meet new people. Boston terriers that are socialised well are sweet and calm dogs. These dogs are also very self-governing, and have a stubborn streak. The temperament of this breed makes them just right for inexperienced dog owners, but also for the experienced owner. They are also ideal for families with children and other pets. Owners who are not capable of dedicating enough time to their pets should not acquire these dogs. They do not like to be abandoned, and they long for the company of their owners and family.

Health problems

These little dogs do have health problems, and seeing that they have such short faces they have problems with their breathing - especially when they are hot or stressed. Some are also prone to allergies, and their big eyes are easy to injure. The biggest eye problem they have is corneal ulcers. The Boston Terrier also has problems with deafness, and ingrown or corkscrew tails can also cause them problems.
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