Do you want a dog that is as all American as
apple pie? If so, you may want to consider the Boston
Terrier, which is one of the few breeds developed in the
These comical charmers originated in Boston in the 1800's.
The Boston Terrier was the first American breed accepted by the
American Kennel Club, which classified it as part of the
Non-Sporting Group. These dogs weigh 15 to 25 pounds and stand
15 to 17 inches tall.
These highly intelligent dogs have a
square skull and a short muzzle. Their floppy jaws give them a
slightly clownish appearance and their short tails can be
straight or corkscrewed. The Boston Terrier's coat can be
brindle, seal, or black, with white markings. The ideal Boston
has symmetrical markings, with a blaze of white between the
eyes and a white chest and front legs.
The Boston Terrier is a kind, friendly dog and rarely meets
a person it doesn't like. Bostons love family gatherings, which
mean they get tons of attention and some tasty treats. This
breed absolutely adores children, although puppies may be too
rough and rowdy for toddlers unless they are closely
supervised. The Boston is known for its high energy and
slightly boisterous behavior.
Since Boston Terriers are such intelligent dogs, they enjoy
learning. Puppy classes are important for this breed, since
without something to occupy, your Boston's energy will get him
into a ton of mischief. Once you see how quickly your Boston
Terrier masters basic obedience, you may want to start
competing in obedience and agility trials with him. Most of
these dogs love the chance to put on a performance for a crowd
and genuinely enjoy competing in these trials.
Despite its high energy, the Boston Terrier can thrive in an
apartment or small house. However, if you do not have a fenced
yard, you will need to take your dog for a long walk or a romp
in the park each day. If you cut your dog's exercise routine
short, don't be surprised if he is bouncing off the walls the
next day, especially if he is a young dog.
For many years, the Boston Terrier breed was in serious danger
of being destroyed by irresponsible breeders, who did not care
breeding dogs with genetic problems. With hard work and careful
breeding, fanciers have brought this breed back from the brink.
However, the breed still suffers from a few common health
problems. These dogs are prone to cataracts, deafness,
hypothyroidism, heart murmers, and bad knees. In addition, many
Bostons have a weakened immune system, especially when they are
under six months of age. This can lead to a serious case of
Demodectic mange, which is a non-contagious condition that
results in bald spots. A bad case of Demodectic mange can leave
your dog completely bald and covered in sores. Most dogs grow
out of the condition with treatment, but some never recover and
have to be put down after developing massive skin
Boston Terriers are chow hounds, but still do not eat nearly
as much as bigger breeds. While they are young and active,
these dogs burn through all of those calories fast, but you
will need to keep a close eye on your dog's weight as he ages.
If he starts to bulk up around his chest, ask your veterinarian
about a diet for overweight dogs.
Unless your Boston Terrier develops Demodectic mange, you
will not need to groom him more than once a week. If he does
have mange, you will need to give him a daily bath and you will
need to take him to the veterinarian frequently for additional
The Boston Terrier can be a bit overwhelming for some
people, but if you don't mind a little noise and rowdy
behavior, why not let this dog charm you with his loving,