The Boston Terrier breed originated in Boston and is one of the few breeds that are native to the U.S. In the 1870s, an inter-mixing of English Bulldogs and English Terriers led to the creation of the Boston Terrier. Believe it or not, this breed was known by a different title back then. They were called Bull Terriers, or “Round Heads”. Some of these Bull Terrier owners formed a club and started the American Bull Terrier Club. This angered some hardcore Bull Terrier breed fanciers. With little to no recourse, the group had to change their beloved dog’s names to that of Boston Terrier. They then established the American Boston Terrier Club in 1891. The Boston Terrier officially appeared in AKC two years later.
A Boston Terrier’s notable traits include a balanced and compact build, a short tail and a short head and a smooth coat. The color can be black, seal or brindle with spots of white.
Boston Terrier Personality and Temperament
Boston Terriers have quite the unique personality that sets them distinctly apart from the other terriers. Some breeders believe a large part of it is due to the easy and relaxed bulldog genes residing within them. A Boston Terrier wouldn’t be as excitable as any other terrier breeds. On the contrary, they are well-mannered and very gentleman-like in nature.
Boston Terriers are enthusiastic without being overly active. They are intelligent and alert. Their ears are sensitive to the commands of their owners. Training is easy when it comes to these terriers because they love to learn. Their innate intelligence ensures your training sessions will be short and easy.
These dogs will need a strong, confident pack leader that can display authority as well as gentleness. It is the nature of the canine to look up to a strong leader. If the Boston Terrier finds no such human, he or she will then take it upon themselves to become the pack leader. Some owners say their Boston Terriers are excellent watchdogs that bark when necessary. Others say their Boston Terrier never barks at all even when there’s someone at the door.
Boston Terrier Exercise Needs
Boston Terriers will need nice, long walks and periods of regular playtime in an adequately-spaced enclosure to stay in good shape. They don’t weigh as much so they are easy to carry. Without essential exercise, the Boston Terrier can get a bit frisky and rambunctious.
Though they are small in size, this breed loves to run. Their favorite toys are balls that they can chase for hours, as long as there’s a family member to throw it at a distance. They can live perfectly in an apartment as long as you schedule regular walk and play time. Families of any size can adopt the Boston Terrier as a suitable pet. They will happily play around with children on the yard or curl up on your lap for a cozy afternoon nap. These pets are adaptable and tailor their doggie lifestyle with the people they love the most.
The Boston Terrier as a Suitable Family Pet
Boston Terriers are by nature very sociable. They love to play a lot and are affectionate towards family and love to be a part of it. They adapt quickly to strangers, good with elderly individuals and can play with most children. This breed is suitable for kids because they often display affection, match the kid’s energy and are playful most of the time. In fact, you can say that Boston Terriers love kids and make excellent replacements when other children are not around. They can get along with your other pets especially if introduced to society at a young age.
Boston Terrier Known Health Issues
The Boston Terrier is prone to ocular problems such as cherry eye, Keratitis Sicca or dry eyes, corneal ulcers, corneal dystrophy, glaucoma, distichiasis, entropion, late-onset cataracts and juvenile cataracts, among others. Their eyes are their most prominent features and are prone to injury. It’s uncommon for the Boston Terrier to acquire mast cell tumors, skin and heart tumors, patellar luxation and deafness as they age. The short-faced characteristic can have them gasping for air when they are outside for too long. Make sure not to expose them outside for too long during the hotter and colder months. Occasional drooling and snoring are normal. Whelping can prove to be a challenge because of the narrow pelvis.
The Boston Terrier is a fun loving bright dog that loves being around people. They make ideal family pets. With their small size and moderate exercise needs, they are ideal for city living.
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