Terrier Dog Info
Terriers (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
This manual focuses on the care of a friendly,
intelligent dog that is easy to care for. Boston
Terriers make ideal household companions, whether
for a family or a lone apartment dweller.
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The Boston Terrier
Also known as: "The American Gentleman"
The Boston Terrier is a small, compact, sturdy and squarely
built dog. The brachycephalic head has a pronounced
stop. The eyes are big and protruding, the ears are
small and erected and the tail is short, low-set and
tapered. The Boston Terrier's facial expression is gentle
but alert. The thorax is moderately deep and the legs
are straight and relatively long.
The Boston Terrier has a short, fine, smooth and glossy
coat that lays flat against the body. Accepted coat
colors include black, brindle and seal with well demarcated
and specifically distributed white patches. The distribution
of the white patches makes this dog look like he is
wearing a tuxedo.
The overall personality of the breed varies from individual
to individual. Some are sassy and loud, while others
are mellow and even-tempered. All Boston Terriers are
affectionate, loving and gentle. They love children
and get along well with other dogs and pets.
The Boston Terrier bonds strongly with its owner. He
feels everything the owner does and is even capable
of adjusting its behavior according to the owner's mood.
Boston Terriers are generally intelligent and eager
to please, which makes the training relatively easy.
However they can sometimes be stubborn and strong-willed.
In those cases they need to be trained with persistence
Luckily, the Boston Terrier's history is well recorded.
It all started with a man named Robert C. Hooper, of
Boston, whose dog was a mix between the now extinct
White English Terriers and English Bulldogs. This dog,
popularly known as Hooper's Judge, had an offspring
that bred with French Bulldogs, thus giving rise to
a completely new breed.
Initially the bred was named Bull Terrier, but later
on the name was changed to Boston Terrier. Unfortunately
during a certain period of time, the Boston Terrier
was used in the blood sports of bull baiting and pit
Today, the Boston Terrier, also known as the American
Gentleman, is a loving and cherished companion.
Health & Care
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: The ideal height at withers for
both females and males is 15-17'' (38-43cm) and the
ideal weight is between 10-25Ibs (5-11kg).
FOOD/DIET: As with any other dog breed, Boston
Terriers should be fed healthy diets with high-quality
protein sources and natural ingredients.
Boston Terriers are specifically prone to food allergies
and sensitivities. To prevent such problems, depending
on the dog's sensitivity, certain ingredients should
be avoided. They are also gluttonous about their food
and if not supervised tend to overeat.
ISSUES: The Boston Terrier is prone to developing
dermatological conditions (intertrigo generalized demodicosis,
atopy, skin allergies, canine pinnal alopecia, pattern
baldness, color-dilution alopecia, calcinosis circumscripta),
endocrine conditions (hyperadrenocorticism), gastrointestinal
conditions (pyloric stenosis), musculoskeletal conditions
(craniomandibular osteopathy, congenital elbow luxation,
perineal hernia, sacrocaudal dysgenesis), neoplastic
conditions (mast cell tumors, melanoma, fibroma, primary
brain tumor), neurological conditions (congenital deafness,
hydrocephalus, cerebellar malformation, sacrocaudal
dysgenesis, arachnoid cysts), ocular conditions (keratoconjunctivitis
sicca, prolapse of the gland of the nictitating membrane,
corneal dystrophy, cataract), renal and urinary conditions
(urethral prolapsed), reproductive conditions (dystocia)
and respiratory conditions (hypoplastic trachea).
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13-14 years
FUN FACTS: A Boston Terrier, named Rhett, is
the official costumed mascot for two educational institutions
- the Boston University and the Boston University Academy.
Perhaps being one of the most iconic and recognizable
breeds is the Boston Terrier as the breed originates
here in the United States and is a popular breed of
choice among families. The Boston Terrier has inherited
many names that include the "Boston Bull", the "American
Gentleman" or the "Boston Bull Terrier" which in-part
is because of its personality and its origin.
The Boston Terrier is a breed that became so popular
that it earned the title as the State Dog in Massachusetts
which goes to show how respected this breed is as the
Boston Terrier has some of the best traits that one
could hope for as they're full of life, very intelligent
and friendly with everyone that they meet.
They also have a beautiful dark coat of fur with someone
having white spotty markings that distinguish them from
Before delving in to this post where I'll be covering
everything from training to dietary information for
the Boston Terrier I want to touch base a bit on their
personality which is one of the best among any breed.
Boston Terrier Personality
When it comes to the Boston Terrier they're unique as
a breed as their personalities can vary quite substantially
from terrier to terrier although this can be impacted
by their owner and upbringing.
Boston Terriers are very friendly and are a great breed
of choice for families or for those who are looking
for a dog that they can involve in social/family activities.
Whether you're going to a dog park, taking the Terrier
on a car ride or simply going for a stroll thru the
park your Boston Terrier would be more than happy to
One attribute of this breed that's quite unique of other
dogs is the fact that they're very focused when it comes
to providing their attention to an individual. If you're
sitting down with a Boston Terrier and giving it attention,
it's going to give you attention back and usually will
not leave your lap even if others are around.
Because of this reason and this reason alone the Boston
Terrier has become an excellent companion breed for
those who are elderly or are living alone as the Terrier
will give "you" all of the attention that you could
Boston Terrier Physical Activity Requirements
There are no abnormal requirements when it comes to
making sure your terrier is getting the proper exercise.
The Boston Terrier while small enjoys running (and I
mean running) and will be your best friend if you throw
him/her a ball that they can fetch.
Since they're not as large as a majority of other breeds
they won't require quite as much exercise as some other
breeds but I personally would recommended that you provide
at least 20 minutes per day of physical exercise (even
just a neighborhood walk) in addition to at least 1-hour
per week of extended physical activity (dog park, throwing
the ball and playing fetch).
If you happen to adopt or assume ownership of a Boston
Terrier during the puppy stages you may want to provide
them with even more time per day/week to burn off all
of the energy that they have.
Training your Boston Terrier Training a Boston Terrier
at first can seem quite difficult although they're one
of the easiest breeds to train and are highly response
to proper training. From both personal experience and
advice given to me by a trainer I can say that the key
to successfully training a Boston Terrier is consistency
as this is what this breed responds to.
Throughout the training of your Terrier it's important
that you keep in mind to have patience and to not raise
your tone at the terrier as this can cause the adverse
reaction of the dog becoming stubborn to your training
which you don't want to have happen.
Always speak in a soft/happy tone while at the same
time being assertive. Yes, it's a delicate balance but
taking disciplinary measures or raising your voice loud
at the Terrior will not give you the results that you're
aiming for while making it more difficult for the dog
to be receptive to the training.
Behavioral Characteristics of the
The Boston Terrier has another side of its friendly
and understanding demeanor and that's its protective
instincts. They are very intelligent and seem to have
a sixth sense when it comes to sensing danger or unwanted
company which is why it's a great breed to have if you're
someone who lives alone and wants the companionship
while also wanting a dog that will alert you of danger.
They bark a lot and that's something you'll quickly
learn if you choose to take ownership of one although
it's very rare that they involve themselves in physical
My friends Boston Terrier will aggressively bark at
every dog they walk by although when up close and personal
the Terrier acts like the other dogs best bud.
One thing to keep in mind if you're thinking about getting
a terrier is the fact that they become attached to their
owner(s) very quickly and as a result of this suffer
quite a bit from separation anxiety if you leave them
frequently or for long durations of time.
They'll let you know they're upset about being along
when you come home and see furniture and other objects
chewed up and bitten on as this is common behavior of
terriers who are left to be by themselves.
If you happen to travel a lot for work or tend to be
away from home a majority of the day the Boston Terrier
wouldn't be a good breed for your home due to the separation
anxiety that they'll be put thru.
Owning a Boston Terrier
Owning a Boston Terrior is a very rewarding experience
as they’re understanding, intelligent, fun to play with
and will give you their undivided attention. What more
could you ask for from a dog?
Give them the same attention and love that they show
you, engage in physical activities with them and involve
them in social/family functions and they’ll be one of
the best companions that you could ask for!
They’re full of life, fully of energy, very friendly
and will help to put you in a great mood on a daily
basis just by being around their personality!
The perfect all-around breed that will fit perfectly
in to any family!