Boston Terriers are loyal and affectionate dogs with love for the whole family. Despite their initial emergence as fighting dogs, they show no signs of that today.
On the contrary, they are loving, friendly, calm and pleasant dogs.
Smart and sensitive
Another prominent characteristic is their intelligence. Boston Terriers are smart dogs that need challenging stimuli to thrive. They can be stubborn, so do not expect them to listen to you every time. Usually, when they don't, it will be by choice.
The Boston Terrier can get along with other dogs. It helps if you socialize them from an early age.
A Boston terrier will alert their owners when strangers arrive, but they are usually not whiny and loud.
Requires a lot of affectionate care
Boston terriers are social dogs that love to be with their people all the time. They hate kennels. If left alone for too long, they will become depressed and lonely.
They might be tiny dogs, but they have a lot of energy. Many Boston Terriers thrive in dog sports, such as agility. It is also not impossible to achieve good results in obedience, thanks to their docility.
Appearance and grooming
Boston Terrier has a compact physique, with a short head and a short tail (they weigh between 5-11 kilos).
The coat is smooth, short, and consequently easy to care for. Brush regularly.
Important to know about the Boston Terrier
This breed has unique anatomy that comes with challenges. Boston terriers have short snouts, which makes them more prone to overheating. Breeds with longer snouts get better air circulation. The air does not have time to cool down before it enters the lungs of the Boston Terrier.
On particularly hot days, bring them on walks in the early morning or late evening to prevent overheating.
They don't do too well in the cold either. They have short fur and might require a pet coat if you live in a cold place.
In short: protect them from both extreme cold and heat.
Most Boston Terrier dogs are healthy. But there are examples of individuals with breathing problems due to the combination of the short snout, small nostrils, and a narrow trachea.
You must also expect some snoring and grunting.
Other health problems can also affect them, such as hereditary eye diseases. The Boston Terrier is also, due to their anatomy, sensitive to anaesthesia.
As a consequence, it is not uncommon for puppies to have to be removed by caesarean section.
Healthy individuals have a life expectancy of 10-14 years.