Boston Terriers are sweet, loving, and playful dogs. They are gentle, and well-mannered, making them perfect for families with children big and small.

Owning a pet is a wonderful part of life, and there are many choices when it comes to deciding on a pet. Whatever your taste in pets, you can find the perfect fit when you look for one. The perfect choice for many people is the Boston Terrier. Over the past few years, Boston Terriers have seen an increase in popularity, and this is due to several factors. Boston Terriers are known for their sweet nature, their intelligence, and their gentleness. They have accrued the nickname “The American Gentleman of Dogs,” and have begun to secure a high place on American Kennel Club league tables. Boston Terriers are wonderful dogs, but it is important to make sure that they are the right dog for you.

Enjoying Life with a Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers can be a wonderful addition to a family, providing endless hours of entertainment, love, and affection. As puppies, Boston Terriers are like human babies in many ways. They are born tiny and incredibly cute. They are also very dependent on their owners to take care of all their needs. As the puppies grow into adults, they become wonderful dogs that love people. Since they love to be a part of the family, it is very important that anyone who considers getting a Boston as a pet is aware of what this entails. Bostons require time, dedication, and a commitment of love. If this is provided to them, they will return the favor by being devoted, loving, and loyal pets. Boston Terriers are very friendly dogs, and they get along well with everyone, from their master to other family pets, the elderly and children, and unfortunately even strangers. Boston Terriers are definitely not meant to be guard dogs, and it is very important to provide a safe and secure area for your Boston to play in, to avoid them wandering off with a stranger.

Boston Terrier Appearance

Typical physical traits of a Boston Terrier are a smooth coat, a short head and a short tail, which give it a balanced compact appearance. Their colorings are usually brindle, seal, or black with even white markings. Ideally, white should cover its chest, muzzle, band around the neck, halfway up the forelegs, up to the hocks on the rear legs, and a white blaze between, but not touching, the eyes. The breed standard size of a Boston Terrier is no less than 10 pounds and no more than 25 pounds. They usually stand 15-17 inches where their neck meets their back.

Boston Terrier Temperament

Boston Terriers are an often excitable breed that is enthusiastic about life. They are an ideal dog for families, since they are adaptable to different situations, full of fun, loyal, and loving. Bostons crave attention and are very affectionate. They will bounce on you and lick you, want to sleep in your bed, go on car rides with you, and play with you. They also tend to snore, due to the snubness of their noses. Boston Terriers do not tend to bark very much, unless there is due cause. They will bark a warning when someone new arrives, making them excellent watchdogs. But due to their friendly nature, they do not make good guard dogs, as they will almost immediately begin to trust anyone they meet. Boston Terriers do have a lot of energy, and thus need moderate exercise. But be careful, as they cannot tolerate extreme heat or cold, which combined with exercise, can cause harm to Bostons.

Boston Terrier Training

Boston Terriers are moderately easy to train. They will learn new commands at an average rate. They are neither difficult nor easy to train. Boston Terriers can be very easy to train, since they are intelligent and eager to please. However, it is important to make sure that the proper training is provided, so that a variety of training issues can be avoided. Boston Terriers do contain the stubborn and aggressive terrier gene, but any problems associated with this can be dealt with by having an assertive and patient owner. They are often slow to housetrain.

Boston Terrier Shedding

Boston Terriers shed a small amount of hair.

Boston Terrier Grooming

Boston Terriers have a short coat which only requires occasional brushing. However, it helps to brush them once or twice a week to help remove any loose hair and decrease shedding they may do in your home.

Boston Terrier Health

There are several health concerns for Boston Terriers. These include cataracts, cherry eye (a congenital eye defect), luxating patellas (a condition where the kneecap moves out of place), deafness, heart murmur, and allergies. A sensitive digestive system is also typical of Boston Terriers.

Boston Terriers are one of the first American breeds of dog, and they were the first non-sporting dog bred in the United States. Their wonderful temperaments, pleasing disposition, and eagerness to love and be loyal, make them absolutely amazing family pets. They are quiet but watchful, loyal and loving, gentle and friendly, and once they have been made a part of the family, you will wonder how you ever survived without them.