AKC Classification: Non-Sporting
General Size: Small
Weight: 11-25 lbs
Country of Origin: USA
Boston Terriers, also referred to as the Boston Bull, are compact and solid. Its body is small and square in appearance. The coat is short and has a fine, smooth texture, available in combinations of white with black or brown with markings on the face and along the chest. The color seal is unique to the breed, and is described as a black coat with red highlights appearing when under the sun. It is also called the “American Gentleman” because of its formal-looking ‘attire’.
The short coat is requires little maintenance and brushing. A bath once or twice a week is all that is truly necessary.
It may be a little surprising to discover that the breed was originally bred to fight, until they were bred for companionship instead. They are not ‘terriers’ per se, but part of the non-working group as classified by the American Kennel Club.
They are pleasant dogs to have around, rarely barking and always eager to please their masters. Highly recommended for apartments because of their quiet disposition, Boston Terriers are great companions both indoors and outdoors.
The Boston Terrier can live up to 15 years.
The Boston Terrier is a terrific breed for young children. They are gentle, well mannered and remarkably easy to train. They are very intelligent and eager to learn new tricks. Expect this enthusiastic breed to pick up things up more quickly than others. Behavior issues as a result of “Small Dog Syndrome” can be expected if the handler is not assertive. Boston Terriers are recommended for children and even elderly people. They do not make for good watchdogs, as they are friendly to strangers. The breed is extremely popular in the U.S. because of its affectionate and playful character.
Historically, Boston Terrier were bred for pit-fighting. They were even classified into three different weight divisions: lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, this breed is one of the few breeds native to the U.S.. The older generations of Boston Terriers were a mix of English Bulldog
and the English White Terrier. This crossbreed was called Hooper’s Judge. Breeding with smaller females was what led to the now smaller frame of the present day Boston Terriers. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1893.
There are many health problems concerning the Boston Terrier: luxating patellas
, allergies, cataracts and deafness are some of them. Because of their short muzzles, extreme hot or cold climates can mean trouble for the Boston Terrier. A well balanced diet is necessary to avoid flatulence and digestive problems. Along with other breeds such as Shih Tzu
, the breed has the tendency to have small nostrils and narrow tracheas, causing them to snore.
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