Boston Terrier Description
The Boston Terrier is a small and sturdy dog, with a compact yet athletic build. He is a short muzzled dog, with erect ears and dark, wallowing eyes. The Boston Terrier has a very meaningful and sometimes almost worried expression, despite his happy and amiable disposition.
These dogs weigh in at around 14-25 pounds, and the height of the Boston Terrier is around 12-16 inches. The coat is short and sleek, and coloring is brindle, black, or seal, with a white chest and blaze.
The Boston Terrier is a very mild mannered, gentle, and affectionate dog, and his good natured disposition and sociable nature has earned him the nickname the American gentleman of dogs'. This is one of the most popular breeds in the United States, and his compact size coupled with his amiable and easygoing nature has made him a hit amongst dog lovers. The Boston Terrier is eager, always ready to please his loved ones, and extremely loyal. A dedicated pet and a lover - and giver - of attention, this is a dog that just loves to be a part of the family and loves to get involved. The Boston Terrier can sometimes be very spirited but at other times can be calm and dignified.
The Boston Terrier gets along very well with children, and he also get along well with other animals and pets. Some say that these dogs have an overly trusting nature, as not only do they get along with strangers and love to meet new people, but they will quite willingly go off with a stranger, which is something to bear in mind. Although the well socialized Boston Terrier is sweet and gentle, these dogs are very independent as well and can be stubborn at times. However, the nature of this breed makes them ideal for inexperienced dog owners as well as the more experienced, and also ideal for households with children and other pets. This is not the right dog for those that cannot dedicate time and attention to their pet, as he does not like being neglected and craves the company of his owners and family.
The short, sleek, and shiny coat of the Boston Terrier is easy to care for, which is great for those that do not have too much time to dedicate to grooming. Occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush will get rid of any dead hair, and you can use a damp cloth on occasion to keep his coat shiny and glossy. Check the eyes and skin regularly to reduce the chances of infection or problems, and trim the nails occasionally. Occasional bathing is okay when necessary.
The breed originated around 1870 when Robert C. Hooper purchased a dog known as Hooper's Judge. Hooper's Judge was a cross between an English bulldog and an English terrier. Hooper's Judge was then bred down with a smaller female. The offspring were then bred down again with one or more French bulldogs, which were what provided the foundation for the Boston terrier. Bred down from pit fighting dogs the original Boston weighed about 44lbs. Their weight was once classified at light weight, middle weight, and heavy weight.
They were first shown in Boston in 1870 and in 1893 the breed was admitted to membership in the American Kennel Club (AKC). The Boston is the first US breed to be recognized and is one of a few breeds to have originated into the United States that the AKC recognizes. The Boston terrier was the first non-sporting dog bred in the United States. In the early years the color and markings were not important, but by the 1900's the breeds distinctive markings and color were written into the standard, becoming an essential feature. "Terrier" is only in name to the Boston, as it has lost most of its ruthless desire for mayhem, prefers the company of humans, and though a few males will challenge dogs if they feel their territory is being invaded, the Boston does not fit the Terrier stereotype.
Boston Terriers are very easy to train. They love to please, they love to learn, and catch on very fast. They can be a little slow when it comes to house training but they will catch on quicker than many breeds. They are very sensitive to the tone in your voice, speak harshly to your Boston and you will see the sadness in his eyes. They learn well if you spend a lot of time with them. They are social little guys and crave attention. They need proper socialization at an early age because sometimes males can be quite territorial.
Using small treats and praising works well for Bostons, they respond to positive reinforcement better than discipline. A happy Boston is a Boston that is ready to learn and ready to please. There is nothing better than a happy Boston terrier. Stay consistent and take at least a few minutes to train each day. Do not stretch each a training period too long or your Boston will get bored. Mix it up and work on one trick for a few minutes, then go to another. Wile training a Boston, a small bag of cut-up hot dogs will become very useful. Make it fun. Remember a Boston wants to please you. Turn training into a game you both will enjoy, that way your Boston won't get bored and neither will you.
There are a number of health problems that you will need to look out for with this breed, and these include luxating patella, epilepsy, heart problems, deafness, heart problems, allergies, thyroid problems, seizures, skin infections, eye infections, and sensitivity to chemicals and medications. Because he is a very short haired dog, extreme heat can make him susceptible to sunstroke. He may also suffer respiratory problems if over-exercised because of his short muzzle, so exercise should always be moderated and not in extreme temperatures.