Knowing More About The Boston Terrier Dog Breed

by Richard Cussons - Date: 2009-04-29 - Word Count: 413 Share This!

Knowing more about the boston terrier dog breed is definitely the first step in moving towards a healthy and happy boston terrier. Thus it is always important for first time owners to do their assignment and research everything they can about their chosen breed.

The Looks
Just like other dogs in the terrier group, Boston Terriers are small dogs with compact yet well proportioned built. The skull is square with short muzzle that should be free of wrinkles. The eyes, which are large, round and dark in color should be wide apart. Blue, or any trace of blue is a disqualification based on the AKC Standard (American Kennel Club). The ears, though small are either natural or cropped. They should be carried erect and should be situated near the corner of the skull. The dog should weigh not less than 10 pounds and not more than 25 pounds.

The Temperament
The Boston Terrier is alert yet gentle and friendly dog. Although they can be a bit high strung without proper mental and physical exercise, these dogs are sensitive to the tone of one's voice. Training can be less challenging with this breed due to their intelligence and willingness to learn.

The average lifespan of a Boston Terrier is up to 13 years although some can live even up to 15 years or more. However, their life can possibly be shortened by several health issues such as cataracts, cherry eye, luxating patellas, deafness, heart murmur and allergies. They are also prone to sensitive stomachs and intestinal gas.

Living Conditions
These dogs are good both in apartment and country living. However, many of them cannot tolerate extreme weather conditions due to the shortened muzzle. Thus demanding exercise and other activities should be set aside when the weather is excessively hot or extremely cold.

One of the best things about boston terrier is that they require only a moderate amount of exercise such as daily walk and free play in a fenced-in yard. But utmost care must be taken when exercising this breed during extreme weather conditions.

A boston terrier requires minimum grooming due to the fact that they have smooth and short-haired coat. Occasionally run a comb or firm bristle brush over the coat and bathe only when necessary to prevent stripping their coat's natural oil. Wipe the face with a damp cloth everyday especially after meals, keep the eyes and ears clean and claws trimmed. You also need to determine the presence of tick, flea and other foreign object in your dog's coat.

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