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Purpose of Breed: Baiting Bulls, Ratting
Country of Origin: USA
Average Size: Boston Terriers range from 11-14 pounds and 10 - 16 inches tall.
Color(s): Either brindle or black with white markings.
Coat Type: Boston Terriers have short and smooth coats, which require minimal care.
Grooming: This breed is a minimal shedder and its smooth, short coat is easy to maintain. Standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails is required.
Exercise Needs: Boston Terriers are quite athletic, enjoy walks, flyball and agility trials and like all dogs, benefit from regular exercise. Their size makes them suitable for apartment living as long as they are exercised daily. Care should be taken during exercise to avoid overheating them, which can lead to difficulties breathing.
Temperament: This dog breed makes a good companion due to its obedient, protective and gentle nature. Boston Terriers are bright, alert and exceptionally affectionate. Although they are friendly breed, they are initially suspicious of strangers and make good watchdogs.
Common Ailments: Susceptible to eye problems, breathing and whelping difficult.
Life Expectancy: Averages 10-14 years.
Trivia: The popularity of the Boston Terrier swelled so much in the 1920s that the breed represented between 20 and 30 percent of all of the dogs entered in dog shows.
More Information: Boston Terrier Club of America, www.bostonterrierclubofamerica.org/
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Dexter is 7 months old. He is a Boston Terrier. We got Dexter on the first vacation we have had in 10 years with our 2 sons. Dexter was at a friend's house that we were visiting in another state. The boys just love their new little friend and are very good brothers to him.
He likes to poke at his toys till they make noise then jumps away turns his head to the right and the left and then does it all over again. Dexter likes to snuggle up and lay next to his boys beds and when they are at school he takes something off their bed and puts it in his own bed to lay next to.
By Christina from Lansing, MI
Meet Mia and Triinu, aged 5 years and 2 years respectively. Mia was "inherited" from an old roommate. Triinu was adopted from a breeder. They really enjoy playing with each other.
Sophie is a seven year old Boston Terrier. I got Sophie from a breeder who had six week old pups for sale. They were born on a farm and were all romping about when we noticed one older pup playing with them. It was our Sophie, leftover from the previous litter because no one wanted the dog with one blue eye! How pitiful! We had to make her our pup!
She likes to lay in the sun, go for short walks, gut stuffed animals and cuddle-pup with her Dad in the recliner on cold Wisconsin nights. In this photo she's showing off her new crocheted collar I made her.
She has bad skin allergies and used to be on cortisone, so she is a little overweight because of that. Now, we control it with benadryl as needed as well as a fish and sweet potato based food, so much better than liver damaging drugs!
By kendy from Milwaukee, WI
Mugzee Malone is 2 1/2 years old. He is a Boston Terrier. We purchased Mugzee from a home, it was a 45 minute drive. He likes to play with his friends next door (two much bigger dogs!) He likes to go for car rides and play tug-of-war with an old sock.
He is a great companion dog. He loves to follow the family around and be involved in whatever is going on in the house. Mugzee doesn't have a mean bone in his body! Mugzee doesn't bark at all, I'm not kidding, he doesn't know how to bark!
By Jen from Cleveland, OH
Cecil, Winnie and Dave are one, 6 and one (respectively). and are Boston Terriers and Pug/Boston Mix (Bug.) I got Winnie in 2003, Cecil and Dave in 2008. They love to eat and sleep, they are their own little pack. Here they wear their shirts that I bought them after I had surgery in NY. They keep me alive!
By Amy from Dayton OH
This is Maggie May. Just like the Rod Stewart song. She is almost two years old. Maggie is a Boston Terrier.
My best friend gave her to my kids for a Christmas present. She wasn't quite old enough to come home then. As soon as she was weaned, she had an accident. So the day she came home, she had to go to the vet first. One of her back legs were broken. Thankfully it healed nicely without surgery but she came home with us in a bright pink cast.
She loves her chew toys and tennis balls. Her favorite thing to do is jump under the trampoline while the kids are jumping. It's the funniest thing to watch. Maggie also loves to snuggle under the covers, playing with the cat, relaxing in the sun, and taking a swim.
She's very protective and hates yelling. If someone is yelling she yells back. Even though she loves water the water hose is her enemy. I've had to replace a couple. She is a rotten princess. We love her so much.
By Crystal from Natural Bridge, VA
Spooky is a 3 year old Boston Terrier. I received Spooky as a birthday present. My birthday is in December, but because I wanted him so badly I received him 2 months early in October, close to Halloween. That is how he received his "Spooky" name.
Wrinkles is the most loving pet I have ever had. He follows me around and sleeps by my side at night. When I'm unhappy, all I have to do is look into his loving eyes and I'll cheer up!
Buddy is 5 years old and is a Boston Terrier. My husband Scott purchased him from a pet store, he was so small. We've had Buddy practically since he was born.
This is Rebel and Dixie. Rebel is 4 and Dixie is 1.5, both are Boston Terriers. We adopted them both from 2 different breeders 8 weeks after they were born
Oreo is our 1 year old Boston Terrier. We got him the end of May 2007, I had just signed up to our local Freecycle group site and within 3 days he was posted. We had been talking about getting a Boston Terrier after we got married in June. BUT there he was and we brought him home and he is a big part of our family. We drove 125 miles round trip to get him.
Rebel is 6 years old and Dixie is 3. They are Boston Terriers. We adopted Rebel in 2003, and decided he needed a companion so we adopted Dixie in 2006.
Bugsy is currently 1 years old. He is a Boston Terrier. I've been wanting a Boston Terrier since my husband and I got married but I could never find any that weren't too expensive.
AKA Baby Bella is 8 weeks old and is a Boston Terrier.
Panda (Boston Terrier). Panda is an 8 month old Boston Terrier. We purchased her in June when she was 14 weeks old.
I got Daisy when she was only a couple minutes old. She was the runt of the litter and no one wanted her.
Winston is a 1 1/2 year old Boston Terrier. He likes to give a hand and is helping his daddy read blueprints. He is a very loveable doggy and is now recuperating from a hip surgery. By Julie
Beanie Bummy is my 16 month old Boston Terrier. I bought Beanie at a reputable Pet Store that buys from local breeders, not puppy mills.