ALL ABOUT™ BOSTON TERRIERS
Boston Terrier Puppy & Breed Information
See AKC Boston Terrier puppies for sale from Gold Star BreedersThe Boston Terrier evolved in Boston in the late 1800s from English Bulldogs and the White English Terrier. He can be as stoic or determined as his ancestors but above all, he is a people dog. The Boston can be vocal but is not a barker and has a small voice. He is naturally agile and playful but his big, kind, expressive eyes preclude him from brushy field excursions.
Boston Coat, Color, Care: This little terrier has short, smooth easy-care coat accented by brilliant white collar, leg, and facial markings. He’s quite a spiffy little package.
Boston Terrier Personality: Pulling equally from his bulldog and terrier ancestry, the Boston Terrier is animated but calmly mannered, good with children, small animals, and other dogs. Keenly alert for his owner’s voice or an invitation to play, he’s as mentally quick as he is physically agile.
Exercise Requirements: Bostons love chasing a ball across the penthouse living room but thrive on regular outdoor exercise. A fenced yard will do but Boston Terriers will never turn down a good romp with the kids and unwinding in play will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: The Boston Terrier’s brachycephalic head (pushed-back nose and unnaturally short muzzle) can lead to shortness of breath and gagging, particularly in high heat and humidity. He may develop cataracts or cherry eye, and as a miniaturized breed, could experience slipping patella (kneecap) or ligament injury. Pay attention to signs of deafness or heart problem as he ages but the Boston is long-lived and other than problems related to head type, the Boston Terrier is a healthy breed if kept fit and active. Good diet and freedom from unneeded medication usually prevent food or contact dermatitis allergies.
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