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Boston Terrier Dog Breed

Boston Terrier
This little dog was once a tough pit fighter weighing up to 20kg. In 1870 crossbreeding between Old English Bulldogs and English terriers led to one of the first Boston Terriers called ‘Hoopers Judge’.

Other Names:
Boston Bull terrier.
Boston Bull. The American Gentleman

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Origin: USA

Breed Purpose: Companion Animal

Kennel Club Dog Group: Utility

Height: Both, 38cm – 43cm.

Weight: Both 4.5kg - 11kg.

Lifespan: 14-15 years

Exercise Needs: Likes a daily walk but more interested in interactive play with the family. Care should be taken not to exercise in hot or very cold weather to avoid respiratory problems.

Diet & Feeding Needs: Not a fussy eater and only needs small portions. Care should be taken to avoid this little dog becoming obese.

Health Problems : As with many short-faced dogs, the Boston Terrier suffers with respiratory problems causing them to wheeze. They also snore and drool. Females give birth by caesarean section because the birth canal is too narrow and the pups have overly large heads. A common orthopaedic problem affecting 1 in 10 Boston Terriers is Patellar Luxation which often results in a rupture of the anterior cruciates ligament. They also suffer from Hypothyroidism, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Cardiovascular disease, Allergies, Dermatitis and injuries to the bulging eyes are a common problem. Badly bred dogs often have a bone defect in the skull that hinders the developing brain and causes mental problems. They also suffer with heart and skin tumours.

Physical Description: The Boston Terrier is a muscular, solid and compact looking little dog. The face is short with a wide muzzle and protruding, large, round dark eyes which are set far apart. The erect ears are small and the head is broad and flat. The neck is slightly arched going down to a muscular body with a broad chest and long limbs. The fine coat is short and glossy. The coat colours are brindle and white, black and white and more rarely brown and white.

Boston Terrier Dog Breed Summary:

This cheerful little dog has been bred to be far less aggressive than its pit fighting ancestors.

The Boston terrier is intelligent and alert so is easy to train if using positive reward-based dog training methods.

They have a reputation for being very friendly and playful with everyone, including children and the elderly.

In general, they do not make good watchdogs and will welcome anyone to the home. As a result of the Boston Terrier's excellent easy going character they make popular companion animals.

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