The Boston Terrier is a cute and intelligent little dog belonging to the AKC Non-Sporting Group. This hardy dog has a strong will and should be socialized early. The Boston has a sense of humor, is playfull and can be rambunctious. Caution should be taken when playing because their eyes do bulge a bit. They are good with children and make ideal family dogs as well as excellent companions for the elderly. Due to its shortened muzzle they can not tolerate excessive heat and humidity and can develop heat exhaustion. They are commonly called the American Gentleman because their coats resemble formal wear.
Boston Terrier Facts:
Grooming: The shedding, short coat of a Boston needs minimal care. Weekly brushing.
Social Skills: This little dog gets along fine with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Very devoted, playful, and affectionate. Very active, loveable companions. Males can be territorial, difficult to housebreak, and should be socialized early. Can be sensitive to the tone of one's voice. Known for their affectionate personality and loves companionship.
Housing: Very adaptable. Can thrive in Apartments, condos, or the country. Excellent dog for the elderly and families.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily.
Health: Heart murmurs, deafness, sinus problems, cataracts, cherry eye, and luxating patellas. More information on Boston Terrier inherited health disorders.
History: Bostons have an origin from USA and was the first American-bred dog developed in the 19th century. They are the product of the white English Terrier and English Bulldog. In the late 1800's more crossbreeding was done and further developed using the English Bull Terrier, Boxer, Pit Bull and other terriers. They were bred smaller and smaller until they became the size we know today.