Boston Terrier

With a cheeky yet adaptable personality, the Boston Terrier makes an excellent family pet. They have a square muzzle and a short, sturdy body typical of its bull breed heritage. Nicknamed "the American Gentleman" because of its colouring and appearance, this breed is generally easy to train.

 

Other Names
Boston Bull
Country of Origin
United States
Colour
White, brindle, black with white features and reddish black with white markings.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
This breed measures between 38 - 43cms and weighs 4.5 - 11.5kgs.
Health
Common ailments for Bostons include bone, endocrine, eye and mouth issues. They are also known to have sinus problems and can suffer from swimmer puppy syndrome and heatstroke. Due to their frames, this breed can have issues during pregnancy and sometimes require a caesarean.
Life Span
13-15 years
Intelligence
These dogs are adaptable and intelligent making them a pleasure to train. Male Bostons have the tendency to be very territorial and need to be socialised from the moment they are brought home to establish themselves and their place within the household.
Exercise
Low
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

This breed can follow a normal dog diet although has the tendency to be quite greedy at feeding time!

 

 

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
Bostons prefer to be in your company and adapt to your lifestyle rather than being alone all day and taken for a single walk. They are happy to go anywhere with their owner.
Ailments
Common ailments for Bostons include bone, endocrine, eye and mouth issues. They are also known to have sinus problems and can suffer from swimmer puppy syndrome and heatstroke. Due to their frames, this breed can have issues during pregnancy and sometimes require a caesarean.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The use of a grooming mitt once a week is enough to remove any excess hair from the Boston's coat. Bathing is only required when they appear dirty although they are generally a clean and odourless breed.

 

 

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
None
The American native was originally crossed with an English White Terrier and an English Bulldog in the 1800s. Further development saw the breed crossed with Boxers, Pit Bull Terriers and English Bull Terriers and previously weighed over 20kgs. The current breed standard weighs almost half as much. The American Kennel Club officially recognised the Boston Terrier in 1893.


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