Breed Group: Non-Sporting Group
Shoulder Height: 15-17 in.
Weight: 15-25 lb.
Life Span: 11-15 years
Colors: Black, white, brindle, seal
- The Boston Terrier is the first breed ever produced in the United States, with the first animals popping up in dog shows in 1870.
- The first Boston Terriers were crossbreeds between the French Bulldog and a variety of other terriers to make them taller.
- It is one of the first breeds ever produced specifically for shows rather than sport.
- The breed is an American icon, recognized the world over as the “American Gentleman” because of its tuxedo-like coat.
The Boston Terrier is the quintessential American dog. With a distinct comedic appearance, outgoing personality, and low maintenance needs, it is the ideal breed for any dog owner, but especially beginners.
The Boston Terrier is known throughout the world as one of the more intelligent breeds who love to be in contact with their owners. What is even more impressive is that this breed rarely ever has a mean streak. Unlike most terriers, Bostons are not usually troublemakers, although some males may exhibit territorialism and protect their owners fiercely. Proper social training will ensure that they get along famously with other dogs as well as strangers. The Boston Terrier is easily trainable and very obedient.
While exercise is recommended to keep these terriers from getting too fat, they do not demand nearly as much outdoor time as other dogs. They are perfectly content to just lounge around inside and keep you company. The breed also has a short coat that does not require a lot of maintenance or shed badly, so grooming is never an issue. Both of these qualities, as well as their small size, make them ideal apartment dogs and companions for the elderly. They also make great pets for children of any age and working class families.
There is, indeed, almost nothing bad to be found about America’s Gentleman.
Boston Terriers are a non-sporting breed with a long history and solid breeding, making them very healthy dogs overall.
- Deafness is documented in the breed in low but significant numbers (most commonly one ear but can be both).
- Cataracts are documented in both juveniles and older dogs as well as other eye conditions such as corneal ulcers and glaucoma.
- Most Boston Terriers have sensitive digestive tracts and are prone to excessive flatulence if they do not hold a proper diet.
- Luxating patellas (knee caps) that slip out of place are fairly common in this breed. Most cases are mild, but some require correction via surgery.
- Their short snouts do mean that, like Bulldogs and Pugs, they can suffer from heat exhaustion.
- Sergeant Stubby, a canine hero of WWI who survived two German gas attacks and saved hundreds of soldiers from death by giving warnings of incoming cannon shots and mustard gas attacks, was a Boston Terrier.
- Boston Terriers make regular appearances on a variety of commercials because of their comedic appearance.
- Helen Keller owned a Boston Terrier named Phiz.
- America’s Gentleman has resided in the White House on two different occasions: the Warren G. Harding and Gerald R. Ford administrations.
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