With a nickname like “The American Gentleman,” how could you not fall in love with the Boston terrier? This dapper and well-mannered pup has won over the hearts of many pet owners the world over.
If you’re thinking about adding a Boston terrier puppy to your household, be prepared for a spirited and lovable companion.
Developed in Boston, Massachusetts in the late 1800’s, the Boston terrier is one of the first breeds that originated in the United States.
They were bred to be the ultimate canine companion, and we think they go above and beyond to fulfill that role: Boston terriers are extremely loving, charming, and well-mannered dogs.
And we can’t help but smile at their adorable black-and-white “tuxedo” formal wear.
We already know Boston terrier puppies are cute and friendly. But what about their grooming needs? Health issues? Are they easy to train? We’ve got the answers below to fill any gaps in your Boston terrier knowledge.
|Size||Medium. Boston terriers clock in at around 12-25 pounds for males and females. They measure 15 to 17 inches tall.|
|Breed Characteristics||Boston terriers sport a sleek coat that resembles a tuxedo, with white markings across their face and chest. They have a muscular, compact body and a short muzzle. Their expressive eyes and alert ears certainly command our attention!|
|Temperament||Bostons are versatile dogs that have many talents: they make great watchdogs, therapy dogs, and are affectionate companion dogs. They are bright, charming, and loyal. Their energy level ranges from sedate to highly energetic, depending on parentage and the individual dog.
Pay close attention to the puppy you’re considering taking home, and determine if they have the energy level right for your lifestyle. These dogs also tend to be friendly and sometimes goofy, with lolling tongues and laughter-inspiring antics. They also excel at many dog sports, such as flyball and agility courses.
|Grooming and Health Needs||Weekly brushing should be enough to remove loose hair and keep your Boston terrier’s coat looking its best. Be mindful of the heat with this breed—like other brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds, they don’t tolerate high temperatures well.
A Boston terrier’s eyes may require some extra care as well. Unfortunately, this breed is prone to cataracts, glaucoma, and corneal ulcers. Cancer and tumors can also be a problem.
These sweet dogs are also known for flatulence. If you’re someone with a sensitive nose, you may want to keep that in mind when considering a Boston terrier puppy for your household.
|Training||Boston terriers are sensitive souls, so gentle training is recommended by the AKC. Corrections should be followed by praise to keep your Boston terrier puppy feeling loved and engaged in their training.
They are, however, eager to please their owners, making them easy to train. Keep consistent, and you’ll have a solid canine citizen for the years to come.
|Energy Level||Energy levels range from highly energetic to sedate, depending on the individual dog. They love running and playing, but they don’t need tons of strenuous exercise. A short, brisk daily walk should suffice.|
|Life Expectancy||On average, a Boston terrier will live for 11-13 years.|
The Boston terrier makes a terrific companion in almost any setting. They adapt equally well to city or suburban life. Boston terriers are also “portable,” making them exceptional pets for the avid traveler.
Have kids? No problem! Boston terriers tend to get along great with children when properly socialized with them. They can sometimes be protective, but that’s just because they love their humans so much. This dedication and flexibility makes a Boston terrier puppy a great first dog for new dog owners.
These affectionate pups aren’t overly demanding of your attention, but be aware: they don’t like to left alone for very long. As long as he’s with his family, a Boston will be content. Work long hours? It’s wise to schedule daily playtime for your Boston terrier puppy—otherwise, he could develop undesirable behaviors. Doggy daycare or a daily dog walker may also be necessary to keep your Boston happy.
Generally, a Boston terrier should get along with other dogs and pets, although they may be a little unsure around unfamiliar dogs at first.
The decision to adopt or to work with a breeder for your new Boston terrier puppy is a personal choice that requires research. Thankfully, there are many resources out there to help you find a rescue or a breeder who offers healthy, ethically-sourced Boston terriers.
Adopting a Boston terrier puppy
It may come as a surprise, but adopting a Boston terrier puppy is possible. According to the AKC, most shelters report that the majority of their rescue dogs come from individual owner surrender due to a lifestyle change or an incompatibility with the dog. What this means for you: there may be many adoptable dogs and puppies out there who are looking for a new forever home.
The main difference between a breeder and a rescue is that a rescue may not always have young puppies to choose from. The benefit, however, is that most are mandated to only adopt out dogs that have been microchipped and spayed/neutered. This means you may end up with a dog who’s already been housebroken and doesn’t need these common medical procedures. You may also find a Boston terrier mix that has all the traits you want from the breed, but with a little extra thrown in.
Finding a Boston terrier rescue can be as simple as searching the internet. Check out the Boston Terrier Club of America—they offer tips for finding a reputable breeder and a breeder referral service.
Finding a Boston terrier breeder
The first step is to do your research. Sadly, there are many puppy mills posing as reputable breeders along with many online scams. Be aware, and reach out to different online forums for conversations about getting your future furry family member.
Be sure to ask questions, and make arrangements to meet the parent dogs or mother. In the end, you must follow your gut. If something seems wrong at a breeder you visit, or the Boston terrier seems too good to be true, there’s probably something fishy going on. The AKC also offers resources for finding a breeder, with fairly strict guidelines on who they let participate.
Knowing what you’re in for when you get a Boston terrier puppy is an important step in being a responsible pet owner. Whether you find an ethical breeder or are planning to adopt, get ready for an affectionate and friendly addition to your household.
After you find the right Boston terrier puppy, it’s time to prepare your home! Here are a few resources to get you started.
- How to Survive the First 24 Hours with Your New Puppy
- How Long Can You Leave a Puppy Alone?
- How Often Should I Walk my Puppy?
- The Essential New Puppy Checklist
- Puppy Training Resources
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