Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Bostons; Boston Bull; Boston Bull Terrier
Despite the name, the utterly charming Boston Terrier is not a terrier, although it may have been developed by mixing English Bulldogs with some terriers in the late 1800s. Its short face means it can offer some health challenges, but overall this dog is small yet sturdy, with a playful and adaptable personality-- a combination of traits that make it one of the most highly regarded breeds for novice dog owners. They are social and love to be with their humans. The typical well-trained Boston Terrier is a friendly, gentle companion.
Appearance / health:
The Boston Terrier is often referred to as the “Gentleman’s Dog” because his coat, if it has all black and white markings in the proper places, gives the appearance of him being dressed up in a little tuxedo. He’s a dapper little dog with a short, close lying and shining coat. For what the Boston Terrier lacks in size, he more than compensates for in personality – the well socialized Boston loves to mingle, make himself known to everyone, and work the crowd! The Boston is a handsome, well-muscled, compact little dog having a short, square body; the skull is square; the muzzle is short and wide; ears are erect and small; eyes are large, round, prominent, dark and set widely apart; and, the nose is black. They are broad-chested and have a barley arched neck; legs are muscular and straight; the hair is short, fine textured and shines. The Boston is one of the more odor-free dogs.
Caring for your Boston Terrier’s coat is a very minimal job and requires only a weekly brush and a bath when needed. Monitor their nails for regular trimming. Check the ears for any debris and wipe them out very gently with a damp cloth. It’s a good habit to develop the practice of wiping their face daily with a damp cloth and check their eyes for injury or drainage when doing so. Bostons are an average, seasonal shedder.
The Boston Terrier does not require much to keep it in good shape; a nice, long walk or off-leash playtimes in an enclosed area will suit them quite well.
Brachycephalic (short-faced) dogs can experience difficulties breathing when over-exerted or exposed to temperature extremes. They overheat easily. Leaving your Boston outside during hot weather or leaving them inside a vehicle or house with no air conditioning is a death sentence. Due to their large heads, whelping is difficult and they frequently require Caesarean Section delivery of their pups. Their prominent eyes are easily injured. Genetic defects to which they may be prone include: brachycephalic syndrome; luxating patella, skin problems due to allergies, dislocation of the kneecap, hypothyroidism, and juvenile cataracts. Additionally, skin tumors are not uncommon in the Boston.
Poor breeding of the Boston Terrier has resulted in a bone defect in the skill. This defect stunts the brain growth and results in a mentally retarded dog.
Behavior / temperament:
Take your Boston Terrier for a ride in the car or a walk in the park – he’ll love either! Bostons love playing and have the ability to be lively when you want them to be but calm when you need them to be. Your Boston Terrier will make a good watchdog because he likes to bark at the things that pass by. Because of their loving and affectionate nature, Bostons are one of the most popular breeds. Bostons are very intelligent, alert and energetic. Having an even tempered disposition, Bostons typically get along with everyone, but they can willful.
Boston Terriers are generally considered to be well mannered, loving and considerate companion dogs. They derive most of their pleasure from being around their owners and pleasing them.
The Boston Terrier is rated high in learning rate, high in obedience, and high in watch-dog abilities. Because the Boston Terrier loves to please, she likes to learn and this makes her easy to train. She learns fast and is quite sensitive to your tone of voice and the atmosphere of the surrounding environment. Train her gently with positive encouragement. The more time you spend with her, the fast she will respond well to training.
This will depend upon the early training you give to your Boston Terrier; some people claim Bostons tend to bark, others say they only bark at something unfamiliar; and, still others will claim their Boston never barks at all.
amazing lap dogs, entertaining happy dog, social butterfly, trainable dog, apartment, perfect city
breathing problems, gaseous breed, eye problems, genetic problems, barky breed, skin allergies
buggy eyes, unique looks, constant panting, short snouts, Tenacity
Not my cup of tea
This breed is a great dog for someone, but they aren't my cup of tea. I got my first when I was 7 years old and my dad ended up a hobby breeder of them. I still have his last that he bred and she is 10 years old now. They were great with us as kids and very loving, but they were super barkers. Always making noise at anything that moved. They were super easy to train tricks and we're incredible jumpers, but not easy at all to potty train or get them to stop chewing things up. Mind you, they didn't chew up furniture, carpet, or walls, they just had a fascination with chewing up shoes and toys. These dogs are prone to cherry eye issues and respiratory issues and we lost our first to complications of a heart murmur and an undiagnosed tumor. They were however tough little dogs and not afraid to attack an intruder if necessary, including rats and possums. They do do well with cats, but I wouldn't recommend them with hamsters or other rodents. Their hair can also be super coarse and can irritate if in your clothes. Honestly this is a great dog, but it's not for everyone. I, personally, will never own one again..
From Eqwuus Jan 3 2019 5:58PM
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 273 days ago
Positive Reinforcement is great for obedience training. I've used it to teach my dogs a wide range of skills, including the basics of Sit/Stay, Come, and Down.
As a professional trainer, I used positive reinforcement in all of my private and group classes for basic obedience. It's very effective and doesn't risk damaging your dog or his trust, as punishment sometimes does. Highly reccomended!.
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