The Boston Terrier 

Do you want a dog that is as all American as apple pie? If so, you may wish to consider the Boston Terrier, which is one of the few breeds developed in the USA.

These comical charmers came from Boston in the 1800's. The Boston Terrier dog was the first American breed accepted by the American Kennel Club, which classified it as part of the Non-Sporting Group. These dogs weigh 15 to 25 pounds and stand 15 to 17 inches tall.

These highly intelligent dogs have a rectangular skull and a short muzzle. Their floppy jaws give them a somewhat clownish appearance and their short tails can be straight or corkscrewed. The Boston Terrier's coat can be brindle, seal, or black, with white markings. The ideal dog has symmetrical markings, with a blaze of white between the eyes and a white chest and front legs

The Boston Terrier and People

This is a congenial, sociable dog and seldom meets a person it doesn't like. Bostons love family gatherings, which mean they get tons of attention and some tasty treats. This breed positively adores children, although puppies may be too rough and rowdy for toddlers unless they are closely supervised. It is known for its high energy and somewhat boisterous behavior.

Since these are such intelligent dogs, they enjoy learning. Puppy classes are important for this breed, since without something to occupy him, your Boston Terrier puppy will get into a ton of mischief.

Once you see how quickly your Boston Terrier masters basic obedience, you may wish to start competing in obedience and agility trials with him. Most of these dogs love the opportunity to put on a performance for a crowd and genuinely like competing in these trials.

Regardless of its high energy, this dog can thrive in an apartment or small house. Nevertheless, if you do not have a fenced yard, you will need to take your dog for a long walk in the park each day. If you cut your dog's exercise routine short, don't be surprised if he is bouncing off the walls the next day, especially if he is a young dog.

The Boston Terrier and Health

 For many years, the dog was in serious danger of being destroyed by irresponsible breeders, who did not care about breeding dogs with genetic problems. With hard work and careful breeding, fanciers have brought this breed back from the brink. Nevertheless, the breed still suffers from a few common health problems. These dogs are prone to cataracts, deafness, hypothyroidism heart disease, and bad knees. 

In addition, many of these dogs have a weakened immune system especially when they are under six months of age.

This can lead to a serious case of Demodectic mange, which is a non-contagious condition that results in bald spots. A bad case of Demodectic mange can leave your dog entirely bald and covered in sores.

Most dogs grow out of the condition with treatment, but some never recover and have to be put down after developing massive skin infections. These are chow hounds, but still do not eat nearly as much as bigger breeds.

While they are young and lively, these dogs burn through all of those calories fast, but you will need to keep a close eye on your dog's weight as he ages. If he starts to bulk up around his chest, ask your veterinarian about a diet for overweight dogs. 

The Boston Terrier and Grooming

Unless your dog develops Demodectic mange, you will not need to groom him more than once a week. If he does have mange, you will need to give him a daily bath and you will need to take him to the veterinarian regularly for additional treatment.

The Boston Terrier can be a bit overwhelming for some people, but if you don't mind a little noise and boisterous behavior, why not let this dog charm you with his loving, affectionate nature.

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