Meet the Breed: Boston terrier
Born and bred in the U.S., the all-American Boston terrier is the first homegrown breed recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Everything you need to know about the breed
These four-legged sweethearts are the product of post-Civil War creation resulting from a cross between an English bulldog and the now-extinct white English terrier. With a history rich in our nation's roots, let's stand up and salute the Boston terrier. Here's everything you need to know about the breed.
Not all Bostons are created equal. They may look the same from one squishy face to another, but each leaves its own mark on the world, literally. Nicknamed "American Gentleman" due to its tuxedo-like markings, these well-dressed pups sport a coat that's uniquely their own and seen in three common colors, black, bridle and seal. Think of seal-coated Boston terriers as the mood rings of the dog world as their black coats turn red when standing in the sun or hit with direct light.
Easy as apple pie. If you're looking for a low-maintenance pet, it doesn't get any better than the Boston terrier. Their short coats allow for quick grooming sessions, consisting of standard bathing and routine nail trimming. A regular face cleaning is recommended to keep those facial folds spic and span. Bostons shed lightly, but regular brushings guarantees to keep shedding almost nonexistent.
Boston terriers have just enough smarts and energy to master any command. They love attention and getting a little bit spoiled. One on one sessions and rewards are all that is necessary for a well-trained pup. The terrier side of this breed also makes them quite agile so feel free to take training above and beyond basic commands. Just keep plenty of water handy and allow for rest breaks to prevent overexertion.
This sturdy breed has few health issues and is known to live between 13 and 15 hearty years. The shortened snout makes them prone to breathing difficulties resulting in shortness of breath, snoring, snorting and farting. Yes, we said farting. These tuxedo sporting pups have to cut loose from time to time. If you prefer to call it "breaking wind," you better start looking for a more distinguished breed.
Best fit for
Sound like the perfect pet? Pretty much. Boston terriers make excellent companions for all types of families and individuals. They have great temperaments and easily adjust to many lifestyles. Bostons tend to get along well with other pets and truly love being around others, both canine and human. Though environments associated with extreme heat are not recommended for this short-snout breed, a close eye on outdoor activity is enough to keep them safe and healthy.
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