Boston Terrier Dog Breed

History

Beginning around 1870, Boston Terriers were originally a cross breed of an English Terrier and an English Bull dog, and was originally known as Hooper’s Judge. A Hooper’s Judge was then bread with a smaller dog, cross bred with a french bull dog, and finally ending up as a Boston Terrier. When first popular in the States, they were prized as fighting dogs, originally being around 40 pounds, much larger that the breeds of today. They were officially admitted into the American Kennel Club in 1893.

Temperaments

They are very loving and loyal to their owners. They are very playful, quick to teach, and want to be part of the family. It takes a lot to get them angry, and often they will walk away rather than get mean. They will often show their feelings through their eyes the most. When upset they tend to tear up and give you that sad sad look. Because they are loyal, and only really bark if they perceive danger, they tend to make really good watch dogs. This also makes them ideal house pets for families with children as well as older people. They are a little high strung so if they don’t have things to do, people to play with, they may get into mischief. Over all that make really good house pets, and generally have a well mannered temperament.

Upkeep and Grooming

Their coats are short and they don’t shed very much but as with any dog should be brushed regularly with a non metallic brush. Because of their short fur, they are an indoor pet, while taking them out for short walks and chances for exercise during the summer are okay, in the winter they should be outside as little as possible. Short and stocky by nature, they are ideal for apartments, smaller homes, and places where a larger pet may find uncomfortable.

Health Problems and Concerns

They do tend to have some health problems that an owner should be aware of. Because of their flat faces, they can have troubles breathing, more so when they are stressed out or overheated, and have some kinds of allergies as well. Another reason they are considered an indoor pet. Because they have such big buggy eyes, they are easily damaged and can develop eye problems, like Cataracts, Corneal Ulcers, and others. They are prone to deafness, hip dysphasia, as well as many minor problems. With proper diet, grooming and preventative care, this breed should remain healthy for many years.

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