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Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier

Other Names: Boston Bull
Country of Origin: United States
Dog Group: Utility

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The Boston was, in the 1800's, originally a cross between an English Bulldog and an English White Terrier. More crossbreedings were carried out and the Boston was further developed. This occurred around 1893. The breeds used for this further crossing were the English Bull Terrier, Boxer and the Pit Bull Terrier along with other terriers. Originally the Boston weighed over 20kgs but was bred smaller and smaller until they became the size we know them as today.

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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.

Size Small
Colour The colours that the Boston comes in are brindle and white, black with white markings and reddish black with white markings.
Coat Length Short Smooth
Age Expectancy The average lifespan of the Boston is 13 years.
Weight/Height Range 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
Breed Classification 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.

Feeding & Ownershipback to top back to top

They are not very demanding in their feeding requirements but can be prone to being greedy.

Food Cost $5 to $10

Personalityback to top back to top

The Boston is a lively and intelligent little dog that can be quite determined and strong willed. They are very good with children and make ideal house dogs. They can be quite boisterous and do love to play. Care must be taken that games are not too rough as they can be prone to injury, especially the eyes as they bulge out slightly. They do love human company and make affectionate pets. They also make excellent watch dogs, and are not yappy with it. If introduced to other household pets when young there will be no problems.

Intelligence They are not difficult dogs to train as they are quite intelligent and are eager to please. The Boston should be socialised fron an early age as the males can sometimes be quite territorial.
Energy Low
Suitability for Children High
Tendency to Bark Medium
Overall Exercise Requirement The exercise requirements of this dog are quite undemanding. They do not yearn for long walks, but they do like to go everywhere with their owners. As they are not too heavy they can be carried with relative ease.
Suitability as a Guard Dog High
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Other Animal Compatibility Medium

Groomingback to top back to top

The Boston is easily groomed, a grooming mitt used on the coat once a week should be adequate enough to remove any dead hairs from the coat. This is a clean breed with no doggy odours.

Grooming Requirements Once a week
Trimming Required None
Amount of hair shed Little
Avg. 4.2 / Ratings: 39

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