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Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are known for their fun-loving ways and boundless energy. With their silly antics, they can provide endless entertainment. They are easy to train, smart, and very sweet overall. These dogs have erect ears, a short tail, and are built compact and small.

A Brief History of Boston Terrier

The history of the Boston Terrier begins in America. Back in 1893, the American Kennel Club accepted this little "American Gentlemen” as a breed characterized as "non-sporting". The AKC standard distinguishes markings and color when judging. They must either be seal, brindle, or black with white markings.

Of all modern Boston Terriers, the true ancestor is thought to be Hooper's Judge (according to the AKC). This dog was owned by Massachusetts resident Edward Burnett, and weighed about 32 pounds. Through the years, the breed has been refined somewhat.

The American Bull Terrier Club was formed by fanciers of the breed in 1889 as it became more popular. But by 1893, the name had changed to Boston Terrier Club. Only a small number of dogs from the United States have been recognized by the American Kennel Club – this terrier being the first.

Is Boston Terrier a Good Dog to Keep as a Pet?

Boston Terriers make ideal pets. They love people! They are very easy to train and highly intelligent. Though they can be stubborn, they’re most always the friendliest of breeds.

Typically, though strong, this is a very gentle breed. They display what can almost be described as a sense of humor thanks to their overly friendly personality. They are always eager to make their owner happy.

They can, however, be marginally territorial and aggressive in the protection of their owners! Very little grooming is needed for this dog. They only bark when necessary, and are generally quiet – especially with training. They get along with other dogs, the elderly, children, etc., when properly socialized.

Are They Big Shedders?

One of the questions people ask before buying a dog is, "Does it shed a lot?" To remove loose hair, weekly brushing is recommended. Especially if you stick to this schedule, shedding should be light.

Are They Healthy Dogs?

On average, you can expect Boston Terriers to live between 11 and 13 years. In some instances, however, 18-year-old Boston Terriers have been reported. Later in life, breathing problems may be experienced due to their short nose. This contributes to a life expectancy that is not quite as long as some other breeds.

Corneal ulcers may be a problem due to their prominent, large eyes. Their eyes are also susceptible to injury. Roaching, curvature of the back, may show up as well, which is caused by rear leg patellar problems.

Other Fun Facts You Should Know about Boston Terrier

• If there is a Boston Terrier around, you can feel very protected.
• One was owned by Helen Keller.
• Massachusetts claims the Boston Terrier as its state dog.
• Boston Terriers are the pride and joy of America. In 2019, it was ranked as the 21st most popular breed by the American Kennel Club.
• "Dog with the Largest Eyes" – recognized as such by Guinness Book of World Records, Boston Terrier, Bruschi, had eyes that were 1.1 inches in diameter.

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