Boston Terrier: The Right Dog For You?

So if you’re like me, you love Boston Terriers. Maybe you aren’t sure, or maybe you just heard of the breed (Man, have you been missing out.) I personally have one named Mimzy (hence the blog name). She’s the best dog I’ve ever owned, and she is probably the reason Boston Terriers are my favorite breed. Mimzy dog

I’ve attached a photo of her just so you can see her precious face. Note that she isn’t the standard for the breed. They are supposed to have ears that stand fully, and I personally don’t believe in cropping ears so we just let it stay that way. Most of them are muscular and short, while she is lean and tall. She looks nothing like her brother, Ralph.

Even though they both came from the same litter, they’re completely different. No two Bostons look alike. They’re a unique breed which leads to the question, “Can I handle one?”

Personality:

They are known to be stubborn but intelligent. It’s not that they don’t know how to do it; they just don’t want to. Mimzy took a full year to be fully house trained. Once treats are involved in the equation, they’ll do whatever you want. This also means you have to be consistent with your training, or they may just not care. If you are consistent enough, they’ll do what you ask without you waving a treat in their face.

They love to play games with you, especially fetch. A simple tennis ball will be their favorite toy. If you want a dog that will play with you, but not need constant exercise, then this is a plus. They usually have short bursts of energy, and then just collapse when they’re too tired to go on.

They normally love strangers, and they are very careful with children. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t supervise your dog with your child, but it does mean they most likely won’t act on a rough child like most dogs.

Health:

Due to their short face, they are more prone to breathing issues. They CANNOT handle extreme temperatures- hot or cold.  If you need an outdoor dog, do not consider a Boston Terrier. Don’t smoke near your Boston, and walk them in a harness so it puts less stress on their throat.

Their stomachs and skin are normally sensitive. Anything (and I do mean anything,) will make your Boston gassy. If you want a dog that constantly smells like roses, it’s just not gonna happen with one of these guys. They’re prone to skin allergies, meaning you may deal with the occasional hot spot and itches. Or in our case, have to use specific shampoo.

They are prone to knee diseases, but nothing too bad. Most don’t even require surgery, just makes them walk weird.  Patellar Luxation can be an issue with these breeds.

They can also have cataracts which can eventually make them become blind. You’ll also have to wash around their eyes to prevent an infection.

The average lifespan for these dogs are 10-14 years.

Grooming:

Honestly, brush them weekly to get rid of excess fur and they’re good to go. Their hair stays short and as a result, don’t need haircuts. They are low maintenance in this category. They are considered average shedders, and since their fur is generally black and white, not many colors are safe in hiding their fur. Just watch out for the drool!

Noise:

They aren’t know to bark excessively, but they will sometimes if they sense an intruder. Due to their short snouts, they also tend to snore and snort at night time. They can make some pretty weird noises, but they can be cute.

 

Overall:

If you want a dog

  • That is friendly
  • That is playful
  • Good with kids
  • Can stay in an apartment

Then a Boston Terrier is right for you.

 

If you can deal with

  • Gas
  • Indoor Dog
  • Shedding
  • More time to potty train

Then what’s stopping you?

 

Anymore questions about a Boston? Send a comment below!

 

 

Boston Terrier: The Right Dog For You?

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