Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, BoxwoodFamily: Canidae Canis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Marg Dailey
The well-mannered Boston Terrier is playful but gentle, a good match for families with small children.
Boston Terriers are popular as pets. Their enthusiasm and sense of humor are two of their most recognizable traits, but the breed is also well behaved and gentle. The Boston Terrier is very intelligent and enjoys learning new things, making training easy. Health problems to look for when selecting this breed include breathing problems and heart and skin tumors.
Breed Type The Boston Terrier is a non-sporting breed. Originally bred for fighting, today's Boston Terrier is playful and well-mannered thanks to selective breeding. This breed is best suited to moderate climates, because it doesn't tolerate extreme temperatures well.
Background The Boston Terrier originated in the United States in the late 1800s. A descendent of unknown breeds of bull and terrier type dogs, the breed was much larger then than it is today. The dogs were bred selectively with smaller members of the breed and crossed with the French Bulldog to develop the modern Boston Terrier.
Popular hybrids include the Boglen Terrier, a Boston Terrier and Beagle mix.
Description The Boston Terrier is a muscular dog, with a black and white or brindle and white coat. Their muzzles are short and wide, their eyes large and wide-set, and their ears small and pointed. Their tails are naturally short. Boston Terriers are 15-17 inches tall and weigh 10-25 pounds.
Care and Feeding The best foods for a Boston Terrier contain beef, fish, wheat, and yellow corn. Boston Terriers require minimal grooming. They should be brushed fairly regularly, and bathed only when needed. Their faces should be wiped clean daily, and their nails clipped as needed.
Boston Terriers need yearly checkups. Vaccinations should be administered as follows:
- 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
- 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
- 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
- Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster
Boston Terriers shed moderately. Regular vacuuming is recommended if you keep this breed inside.
Breeding/Reproduction When selecting a mate for your Boston Terrier, it is important to be aware of hereditary problems in the potential mate's bloodline. Deafness, heart murmur, and luxating patellas are some things to look for. Cesarean sections are common in this breed, due to the puppies' large heads.
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