The Boston terrier is a gentle natured dog breed that is loved by many pet owners. Their small size and lively nature make them wonderful pets and family companions. Although lively, they are relatively inactive indoors and are therefore suitable for apartments.
They are gentle, but they still have a strong character that they carry from their ancestors, though sometimes their stubbornness and hyperactivity can cause headaches for their owners.
Whether you have a family or are single, if you’re looking for a canine friend, then a Boston terrier might be a dog to consider. However, it’s good to know the good, the bad, and the ugly about this unique breed of dog.
Here is a brief rundown of the charming Boston terrier so you can see if they are the right dog for you.
A Boston Terrier May Be Right For You If You Want A Dog Who:
- He is known for his liveliness but still does not require too much exercise.
- Want to cuddle all day long.
- He is not an aggressive dog breed.
- He has large expressive eyes.
- It is suitable as a pet for people who live in apartments and do not have a yard. They love walking and playing in the yard, but they are more suited to being indoors.
- Typically has a strong, happy-go-lucky, and friendly personality with a merry sense of humor.
- Require little grooming. Bostons produce light shedding, and weekly brushing of their fine coat is effective at removing loose hair.
- Get along well with children as well as other pets.
- He is smart and very trainable.
- Barking only when necessary.
A Boston Terrier May Not Be Right For You If You Don’t Want To Deal With:
- Gassiness (flatulence). Bostons can be picky eaters. Some have a delicate digestive system, and are prone to gas.
- Slowness to housebreak. Boston Terriers are slow to housebreak because they have a tendency to resist commands and often refuse to obey the owner. Expect 4 to 6 months of crate training before you start seeing results.
- From a number of congenital and hereditary problems such as bone issues and eye problems.
- Stubbornness. Bostons are intelligent and can be well trained, but like other terriers, he can be an independent thinker at times. In other words, they may know “sit” and “stay,” but they may not always obey when you want them to.
- Respiratory problems. As a brachycephalic breed, they may have difficulty breathing or regulating their temperature during strenuous activity. Care should be taken to prevent heatstroke or breathing problems.
- Wheezing, snoring, some slobbering. Due to their short noses and shape of their muzzles (characteristic of the brachycephalic breed), Boston Terriers can make all kinds of noises while awake and sleep. Not all Bostons slobber but some slobber a lot more than others.