Boston Terrier

History

Boston Terriers originated in America in the late 1800s, the result of breeding terriers with French Bulldogs. The breed was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1893 and is one of the few breeds to have originated in the USA. Ironically, the American Kennel Club doesn't recognise them as Terriers, but classes them as a non sporting breed.

Behaviour

The Boston Terrier is often called 'the American Gentleman'. They are an excitable and happy, well adapted to family life. They can be stubborn but intelligent, and are highly trainable. They love human company and dislike being left alone for long periods, so are not suitable pets for someone who is absent from home for much of the day. Boston's only tend to bark for a reason and make good watchdogs, but they are so friendly they would probably lick a burglar to welcome them into the home! However, if not properly socialised from an early age, they can become very protective of their owner and quite territorial - resulting in snapping at strangers.

Often described as little comedians, Boston Terriers are fun and entertaining, but require lots of attention. They like playing with toys and can play for hours, but will retreat to their favorite place on the sofa when they've had enough and need a nap. It will be in a comfy pot on a sofa or chair, and they will snore!

Boston Terriers are prone to deafness, cataracts, heart murmurs, and allergies. Due to their short muzzles, they always snore and are prone to 'reverse sneezing' which sounds alarming but doesn't hurt the dog in any way. They dislike extremes of temperature - if too hot or too cold they can experience breathing problems. They require regular brushing to get rid of dead hair.

Temperament

Boston terriers are playful and sensitive. Most of them love to play games and will seek companionship with their human family. They are full of fun and give as much love as they get. They can become attached to one particular family member showing great sensitivity to their owner's mood.

Health Problems

Boston terriers are prone to include eye problems, patellar luxation (dislocation of the kneecap), digestive problems, and brachycephalic syndrome (breathing difficulties). General anaesthesia can be complicated with the breed due to breathing difficulties.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 11 - 15 years
  • Weight: 10 - 24 lb
  • Height: 15 - 17"
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Short
  • Grooming Requirements: Once a week
  • Town or Country: Either
  • Minimum Home Size: Flat
  • Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
  • Breed Type: Companion Dog
  • Size: Small
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour

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