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Boston Terrier 101- Dog Breed Info

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By Rose Martelli
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Though also known as the "Boston bull," this breed is described by Dog Breed Info Center as "gentle, alert, very intelligent, well-mannered and enthusiastic." The American Kennel Club praises Bostons as "truly an all-American dog... lively and highly intelligent... with an excellent disposition.


Only a "minimum amount" is needed for this short-haired breed, according to the AKC.

Common Health Issues: notes that Boston terriers "are generally healthy, long-lived dogs," and that their most common health issues are those that are common to many breeds: patellar luxation, eye problems, distemper, parvovirus, etc.

Training Tips:

As Bostons terriers"like to learn" and "are very sensitive to the tone of one's voice," they're not hard to train, according to Dog Breed Info Center. Seconds the AKC, "The breed is easy to train and they are easy keepers, preferring to remain by their owner's sides." As with many small breeds, Boston terriers need owners who exude consistent confidence like pack leaders; otherwise the dreaded Small Dog Syndrome might set in.

Best Owner/Animal Match:

Boston terriers make excellent companions for young and old alike, according to the Dog Breed Info Center. They're "good for apartments as well as country living; they are relatively inactive indoors and do OK without a yard," although ample walks and playtime are, of course, a must. With such adaptability, it's no wonder that the Boston terrier is one of the most common pets in the country. As the Boston Terrier Club of America puts it, "A Boston terrier can be a child's rough-and-tumble best buddy, or a senior citizen's soulmate and confidante. Most of all they excel at being your best friend."

What Boston Terrier Owners Say:

 PawNation Facebook friend Tonya Bosse Langley of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., exclaims, "They are the best! Almost like a little person, they are fun, sweet, and well behaved, sometimes hyper, sometimes couch potatoes. I am crazy about mine." Seconds Keligh Boyd of Lake Worth, Fla., "We have had Bostons in our family for over 30 years. They are awesome with children and always up for anything. Really no health issues until they're in their later years. Love the Bostons."


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