Boston Terrier

AKC Group: Non-sporting

In 1870 a man named Robert C. Hooper purchased a dog that was a cross between an English Bulldog and an English Terrier. This dog known as a Hooper’s Judge was bred with a smaller female. The resulting offspring was bred with French Bulldogs. These dogs were the basis of the Boston Terrier breed.

The Boston Terrier was the first American breed to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. Boston Terriers are not true terriers at all.

Size: 15 to 17 inches, 10 to 25 pounds

Color: Black and white, brown & white, brindle & white, rarely seen in red & white.

Life span: 13 to 15 years

Health problems: Luxating patella, epilepsy, heart problems, deafness, allergies, thyroid problems, seizures, skin or eye infections, sensitivity to certain chemicals or medications. His short coat makes him susceptible to sunstroke. His short muzzle leaves him vulnerable to respiratory problems if he’s over-exercised.

Boston Terriers are small, athletically built dogs that have short muzzles, erect ears and dark eyes. Their wallowing eyes give them a “worried” expression. Deep down, though, they’re happy and loyal dogs. Boston Terriers have sleek, short coats.

Gentle, affectionate and sociable, if human, a Boston Terrier would be the perfect gentleman. These traits have allowed the Boston Terrier to become one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. He is eager, ready to please and an extremely loyal pet. He craves your attention and the more you give, the more you’ll get back from him. This dog is definitely a lover, not a fighter.

Your Boston Terrier will get along with all your children and all other household companion pets. A completely trusting breed, Boston Terriers even like strangers. This may not always be a good thing; he may go off with a stranger! At times, a Boston Terrier can be stubborn, spirited (the bad kind) and independent (code for extra-stubborn). Males can be territorial if they aren’t socialized properly in puppyhood.

Training should be a breeze. They love to learn and catch on quickly. Just be careful that you don’t speak harshly, Boston Terriers are sensitive to tones. Treating and praise should be all you need, they love both! Be sure that you give him enough attention at all times because this is a breed that craves human contact. If they aren’t getting enough, they suffer. Most importantly, have fun when training. Keep your sessions short or he’ll get bored. An occasional brushing with a bristle brush will remove dead hair. Washing with a damp cloth will keep his coat glossy. Check the eyes and skin regularly for signs of infections and trim the nails as needed. Bathing should be done only when necessary.

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