The Boston is a small happy dog that can be a little boisterous at times. They have a short, square muzzle and a square skull. They are short coated and short tailed. The chest is not as deep as the other bull breeds that they have descended from. They have thin ears which stand erect at the corners of their flat skull. The thighs of this dog are strong and well muscled. They carry themselves with an impression of determination and strength. Their gait is one of ease and grace. The eyes of the Boston are quite prominent and bulging.
||The colours that the Boston comes in are brindle and white, black with white markings and reddish black with white markings.
||The average lifespan of the Boston is 13 years.
||The Boston measures between 38-43cms at the withers. The weight should never be more than 11.5kgs. They are divided into three classes according to their weight. Lightweight is under 6.8kgs, Middleweight is over 6.8kgs and under 9.1kgs and Heavyweight is between 9.1-11.5kgs.
Although the Boston appears to suffer from several ailments they are hardy and live quite a long time. They do suffer from quite a number of congenital and hereditary problems and because of this care must be taken when purchasing a puppy. Common ailments: Bones (Developmental) - Patellar luxation, Brain (Congenital) - Hydrocephalus (water on the brain), Ear - Aural haematoma, Endocrine - Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushings disease), Eye - Cataract - Hereditary, Eye - Harderian gland prolapse (Cherry eye), General diagnosis - Abscess, General diagnosis - Cyst, General diagnosis - Heatstroke (heat exhaustion), General diagnosis - Tumour (benign), General diagnosis - Tumour (malignant), Hereditary heart defects and deafness, Mouth - Malocclusion Overshot or undershot jaw, Peripheral Nerves - Brachial plexus tumour, Pregnancy - Caesarian, Straight stifles, improper vertebra development and sinus problems, Walrus puppies and swimmer puppy syndrome
||This little terrier is a member of the utility group.They were originally bred as ratters, and it is thought even as fighting dogs, today they are mainly companion dogs.