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Boston Terrier

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Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are small dogs with a short, fine-textured coat. The color of the coat could be brindle and white, black and white, or brown and white. The dogs with the brindle and white markings are preferred when showing the breed. It is ideal if the white markings are located on the muzzle, head, collar and breast. The head is square shaped and the top of the skull is flat. The square muzzle is short with a black nose. The prominent, round eyes should be wide set, bulging and dark in color. The small ears should be at the corners of the skull and cropped to stand erect. The teeth should meet in a level or slightly undershot bite. The slightly arched neck merges into a broad chest. The deep ribs should be well-sprung connecting to the slender body with well-defined lines. The muscular legs should be straight and the thighs strong. The compact feet should be round and the short tail set low, never carried high.

Temperament Boston Terriers are gentle, enthusiastic, alert, well-mannered and have a great sense of humor. They are excellent with children however they should be supervised since they can easily be injured during rough play. They are very affectionate dogs, love human companionship and are friendly to strangers, making them ideal house dogs, especially for the elderly. Boston Terriers usually get along with other household pets if socialized from an early age. Males also can become dominant and may fight with other dogs. This breed may be difficult to housebreak. They also snore and drool.
Height, Weight Height: 15-17" ; Weight: 10-25 lbs.
Health Problems Boston Terriers are prone to breathing difficulties if exerted too much during cold or hot weather. Because of their narrow pelvis, they may have difficulty in giving birth without a cesarean section. Other major problems with this breed include skin tumors and heart problems.
Living Conditions Boston Terriers will do fine with apartment living if given regular exercise. This breed has weather sensitivities.
Exercise This breed likes running free in an enclosed or safe area. They don't like to go for long walks and prefer to accompany you in your car or arms.
Life Expectancy 15 or more years
Grooming Care should be taken with cleaning the Boston Terrier's eyes. You should check their ears often for ticks. Their short hair is easy to groom with a firm bristle brush and only bathe when necessary. They are average shedders.
Origin Around 1865, the coachman of wealthy Bostonians began to interbreed English White Terriers and English Bulldogs developing a dog by the name of Hooper's Judge. Judge weighed more than 30 pounds. He was bred down with a smaller female. Their offspring was also bred down and interbred with French Bulldogs providing the foundation for the breed. By 1889 this dog became extremely popular in Boston and was formally named the Boston Terrier after its birthplace. Around 1893, the breed was further developed by interbreeding with the English Bull Terrier, the Boxer, the Pit Bull Terrier and other terriers. The Boston Terrier was recognized by the AKC in 1893 and by the UKC in 1948.
Group AKC Non-Sporting, UKC Companion Dog