Like many dog breeds named after the area where they were originally developed, the Boston Terrier was named after the city of Boston in the USA. It was the most popular dog breed in America during the 1950s and is the smallest of the Bull dog breed. It is a lively, intelligent, compactly-built dog with a smooth coat, short head, short-tail and brindle in colour with white markings. White markings are on the muzzle, over the head, neck, breast, any or all part of the front legs and below the hocks on the hind legs. It has a square-shaped head, flat on top and free from wrinkles with flat cheeks, abrupt eyebrows and well-defined stop. The eyes are round and dark in colour with a vigilant, mild-mannered and intelligent expression. The small thin ears are carried erect. The head is supported by a slightly arched neck of fair length. It has a short body with a wide chest, short back, and well-sprung ribs. The short tail tapers to the tip, set on low and carried either straight or curled and has no fringes or coarse hair. The ideal weight of the Boston Terrier must not exceed 11.5 kilos while the ideal height is between 23-38 cm.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Boston Terrier is an all-American dog breed, that originated in the city of Boston, USA. Robert C. Hooper of Boston was an avid fancier of the English Bulldog and English Terrier crosses. These dogs were very popular in the mining districts of the UK during the 1870s. In that same year, Mr. Hooper bought a dog from Massachusetts congressman Edward Burnett named Judge and renamed him “Hooper’s Judge” later on. Judge was a mixed Bull and Terrier type and is thought to be closely related to the same breed of the late 19th to early 20th century or was a cross between the modern Bulldog and the English White Terrier (now extinct). Judge weighed around 12.5 kg at that time and was mated to Burnett’s Kate (also a Bulldog/Terrier cross). The litters were crossed with the French Bulldog which became the foundation stock of the modern Boston Terrier. Today, it is highly accepted that Judge is the ancestor of the modern Boston Terrier. The breed was first exhibited in 1888 at a show in Boston. It became very popular by 1889 and fanciers formed what would become the Boston Terrier Club. It was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1893 and was the first US breed to be recognized.
The Boston Terrier is nicknamed the “American gentleman” among the breeds of dogs because of its naturally gentle nature. It has a very friendly personality and a good sense of humour. It has a tendency to be protective of its owner which can sometimes result in aggressive behaviour towards other people and pets. It is generally a quiet breed that rarely barks and only when necessary which makes it an excellent companion dog for someone who lives in an apartment or suburban home.
The lively attitude of the Boston Terrier and its inert eagerness to please its owner makes it an easy-to-train breed. Training must start at an early age and must be taught basic obedience training to “come” and “sit” as well as leash training. Positive, non-violent and rewards-based training method from a consistent, firm and gentle trainer will bring out the best in the breed As a puppy, the Boston Terrier is not the easiest breed to house train but it is not the most difficult either.
The Boston Terrier’s short and smooth single coat requires a minimum amount of grooming and is quite easy to maintain. Regular brushing on a weekly basis will help keep the coat healthy and in excellent condition. Pay extra attention to the face, eyes, and ears as these are the most important areas to keep clean. The eyes are quite sensitive and delicate and must be attended to immediately if injured. Facial wrinkles must be cleaned with cotton and kept dry all the time to prevent bacteria from setting in. Check and clean ears as necessary. Trim nails on a regular basis and bathe the Boston Terrier only when necessary using a mild shampoo. The Boston Terrier is an average shedder.
Having a short muzzle, the Boston Terrier is relatively sensitive to and cannot tolerate extreme weather conditions, hot or cold. It has a tendency to have patellar problems which result to “roaching” or the curvature of the back that causes the dog to lean forward onto the front legs. Flatulence is also an issue with the Boston Terrier because of its highly sensitive digestive system so make sure to give good quality food. The large round eyes of the breed also makes it prone to corneal ulcers. As a brachycephalic breed, it is prone to snoring and reverse sneezing. The majority of puppy Boston Terriers are born via caesarean section (90%), according to a Kennel Club survey. The average life expectancy of the breed is 12 years.
Exercise requirement for the Boston Terrier is on the average. This energetic breed requires plenty of play time or it’ll develop destructive behaviour. Hiking is a great exercise for the Boston Terrier, although it must not be overdone. Running should be at the dog’s pace and should be done at a slow start – around five minutes per day and slowly increasing the duration as the days go by. Pay extra attention if the dog is experiencing heat exhaustion. Another good work out is to take the dog to a dog park where it can play around and meet other dogs as well.
This gentle and lively breed loves being with people and will get along quite well with children and other animals, both big and small, especially if properly socialised at an early age. It is a good breed for first-time pet owners.