The Boston Terrier (nicknamed “the American gentleman”) is a compact non-sporting breed. They feature a brindle, seal or black non-shedding coat with white markings, a square-shaped face, erect ears and a short tail. Their playful, gentle, intelligent and well-mannered disposition has made the Boston Terrier one of the most popular companion breeds for families, apartment dwellers or allergy sufferers since the early 1900s.
Origins Of The Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is known to have come from Boston during the 1800s where their creation is largely attributed to Robert C. Hooper and his original English Terrier and Bulldog cross called Hooper’s Judge. This dog formed the foundation for the Boston Terrier breeding program which later incorporated the French Bulldog and they were unique in that they were the first breed specifically designed for dog show purposes in the United States.
Average Size Of The Boston Terrier
Boston Terriers are classed as a small-sized breed. The recommended standard size for the Boston Terrier male and female is 15-17 inches tall from paw to shoulder and a weight of 15-25 pounds.
Temperament Of The Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is famous for their friendly, gentle and well-mannered temperament – which is what gives them their famous nickname “the American gentleman”. They are often reserved with strangers at first but quickly become friendly, which can mean they are unsuitable as a guard dog.
The Boston Terrier is also known to be fairly intelligent – ranking equal 54th in comparison with other dogs based on their ability to learn obedience instructions.
They are known to be great with children – meaning they are quite suitable as a family pet. The Boston Terrier is usually very compatible with other dogs and pets once they are properly socialized.
Living Requirements Of The Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier doesn’t need a yard and is relatively inactive while inside the home, so they are highly suitable for apartment life just as long as they are exercised enough. They are sensitive to both hot and cold temperatures which means they need air conditioning while inside the home and extra protection when going outside in cooler weather.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Boston Terrier
Similar to a lot of small-sized dogs, the Boston Terrier is typically longer-lived possessing a life expectancy of 10-14 years. The largest health concern for Boston Terriers is widely recognized as cataracts and other eye problems. They are also vulnerable to conditions that include deafness, patellar luxation, breathing difficulties in hot weather, sensitivity to hot and cold, snoring, allergies and ingrown or corkscrew tails.
Exercise Needs Of The Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier takes pleasure in hobbies such as play sessions in the yard or indoor games of fetch. They possess a moderate to high level of energy and this calls for exercise every day in the shape of long walks when it’s cool to prevent excessive weight gain.