Boston Terrier Dog Breed Information and Facts
What is the Boston Terrier? The Boston Terrier is a small, short-haired dog breed with a long, silky coat. The breed’s name comes from Boston, Massachusetts, where the Boston Terrier Club was formed in 1886, and the breed was officially named in 1894. The Boston Terrier Club of America was formed in 1895 and accepted the breed as a member. The Boston Terrier Club is still the largest breed club in the United States. The Boston Terrier is a very active breed. It needs plenty of exercise, and needs to be taken on long walks daily. It also enjoys playing with other dogs.
History of the Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is one of the oldest breeds of dog in the United States, and the second oldest dog breed in the United States after the Golden Retriever. The first registered American breed was the English Cocker Spaniel, which was created in 1828 and was in existence for 17 years. There were more than 4,000 Cocker Spaniels registered in 1839, but by the 1840s, it was determined that the breed had become too dominant. The dogs were then declared “null and void” by the American Kennel Club in 1851. The next dog breed to be registered was the Bull Terrier, in 1853, with 686 dogs. The Bull Terrier was also declared a “null and void” breed by the American Kennel Club in 1861, and many of the dogs were sold to the UK.
Description of the Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier breed has the head of a fox terrier, along with the long tail and straight back of a pug. The chest and shoulders of the Boston Terrier resemble those of a Weimaraner. The breed also has the compact build of the dachshund. The tail is curly and the legs are sturdy and straight. The shape of the Boston Terrier’s ears is somewhat oval shaped and points to the front. Their ears are either broad and round, or narrow and triangular. The tail is set low and bushy, and their chest is slightly raised. Their pads are thick and the pads on their feet are soft. The coat color of the Boston Terrier is white, either solid or with shades of fawn, blue gray or cream. Their color should be smooth with no wiry undercoat, but may be coated for specialties.
Personality of the Boston Terrier
Like all dogs, the Boston Terrier is loyal, intelligent, and obedient. It is also athletic and will work well with a dog and human trainer. In the end, the Boston Terrier is a very special dog. It is always eager to please its owner, and take on any challenge. Adaptability of the Boston Terrier The Boston Terrier will adapt to any situation it is placed in. It will make friends easily, and will be your faithful companion. Its favorite pastime is playing with other dogs, and it is well-suited to apartments and dormitories. History of the Boston Terrier The Boston Terrier, as we know it today, was actually not born in America. The first recorded breed of Boston Terrier, called the Redbone Terrier, was not invented until 1879.
Temperament of the Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is a very loyal and loving dog breed. It is alert and focused, and enjoys chasing a ball or a toy. It is sensitive and extremely intelligent and quick to learn new things. The Boston Terrier is a very energetic dog, and needs plenty of exercise. The Boston Terrier loves human contact, and is eager to please its owner. Size and Weight The Boston Terrier is usually small, measuring around 15-21 inches at the shoulder and about 33-48 lbs. Some Boston Terriers are much smaller and can weigh as little as 11-15 lbs. Boston Terrier breed standards specify that they should not be too small, as this breed’s coat is vital to its appearance.
Health Issues of the Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is a very healthy breed and has very few health issues. If you or your dog are not happy with your dog’s appetite, the problem could be either hypothyroidism or diabetes. If your dog is showing signs of lethargy, hypothyroidism could be the problem. Your dog can have hypothyroidism if he has started losing weight and may have hyperthyroidism if his appetite is unaffected. Diabetes can be one of the rare health issues your Boston Terrier is suffering from if his appetite is affected. If your Boston Terrier shows signs of lethargy, then it could be from this health problem. Not all Boston Terriers can have hypothyroidism. If you have one that is hypothyroid, then talk to your vet.
Grooming Needs of the Boston Terrier
Boston Terriers have strong, protective dog-like characteristics. If you have a Boston Terrier, you should expect your dog to need groomed on a regular basis. Your dog’s hair should be brushed frequently. If you don’t take the time to brush your Boston Terrier’s hair, it will become matted. As the matted hair accumulates, it can cause skin irritation and hair loss. You will need to shampoo your dog frequently. Grooming a Boston Terrier Boston Terriers need to have their long coat trimmed on a regular basis. Trimming the dog’s hair is a simple process that can be completed at home. The first thing you will need to do is make sure your dog has a good coat. If your dog does not have a good coat, you will need to visit a professional groomer to get a professional coat style.
Training Needs of the Boston Terrier
Training of a Boston Terrier is mostly performed at home. However, if the owner works long hours or travels a lot, or is on the road for work or school, the dog may not get the training that it requires. Training should be performed at least three to four times per week for the first three years of the dog’s life. General Behavior of the Boston Terrier According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), “The Boston Terrier is a good family dog. It is affectionate and playful, but cautious. It can be obedient when exercised at a fairly high level. It will generally avoid any kind of fighting, but this does not mean that it will not bark at other dogs, cats or other animals. The Boston Terrier needs regular grooming.
Exercise Needs of the Boston Terrier
If your dog is a very active breed, you can expect it to need a lot of exercise. A daily walk around the neighborhood and short jogs at least a couple of times a week should be all that your Boston Terrier needs to keep healthy. If your dog is not a very active dog, you can expect to need to walk it more often and take it on longer walks. In order for a dog to get a good workout, it should be at least twice as long as it thinks it needs to walk, and at a pace at which it feels safe. The dog shouldn’t pant as it walks. Playing Games with Your Boston Terrier In general, it’s a good idea to let your Boston Terrier enjoy a lot of play time as part of its daily exercise routine.