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.
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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 6 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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