Boston Terriers are very individualistic: Some are high-spirited and clownish, while some are calm and dignified, even placid. Some are stubborn characters, while others are sweet and gentle.
Most Boston Terriers are mildly stubborn. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. Food is a great motivator with this breed, but too many cookies equals a fat Boston Terrier. Also you don't want a dog who only obeys when you're waving a biscuit at him!
The Boston Terrier is a compact, stout, well-muscled mastiff breed. Their distinctive face features a short, broad muzzle and a pair of large, round, far-set eyes that are dark in color. Their ears are short and stand erect, and their nose is large and black in color. The Boston Terrier’s head is wide and flat, and the neck is slightly arched. The breed’s chest is proportionately broad, and the limbs are straight, sturdy, and well-muscled. The coat of the Boston Terrier is glossy, short-haired, and fine in texture. It exists in a number of colors including brindle & white, black & white, or brown & white.
Boston Terriers are small, but love to run. They will chase after a ball as often as you are willing to throw it. Apartments are perfectly suitable for a Boston, but they will need daily walks and play time. Families of any size or age can adopt a Boston with confidence. They will happily romp around the yard with children, or spend the afternoon curled on the lap of an elderly companion. They are very adaptable and will adjust their activity level to the person they care about the most.
Bostons bark. Just like other terriers they are quick to alert everyone that there is a stranger approaching, leaving, or walking somewhere across the street. Like other terrier breeds, Bostons also like to bark at other dogs, but they are rarely aggressive. They are a true case of bark being much worse than bite. Early training to learn a stop barking command is essential to maintain family sanity.
Boston Terriers love their family and want to be with their people as often as possible. For this reason, separation anxiety is often a problem, and Bostons will bark, chew and scratch until their people come home. Keeping a Boston well exercised and giving him lots of activities to keep himself busy while he's alone can prevent problems.
We really wanted a Boston Terrier and I was dropping with my DH my parents to Maltese/Poodles off at the Pet Resort they stay at for my Mum and told the kennel owners what we were looking at Boston Terries. She took us to see the three that were styaing there so we could check them out and they were fairly aggressive barkers, well more then I thought read or heard about. She said they were the worst of any dog breed she has ever had to look after for barking and if we don't mind the noise go for it.
I still love the look of them but we went with Englih Staffies after that and our girl never learnt to bark she is black and white and just like charlie chaplin - silent.
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Bostons can be stubborn, really stubborn. If you give them an inch they will take a mile and they will test you. They are also guard their territory (much like any dog really) and they do like to bark. Plus they are pretty feisty, the little one my daughter owns has tried to fight my Great Dane cross before and if my boy wasn't such a big sook she could have been in real trouble. Makes going to the dog park hard as she will try to take on anything.
But they are gorgeous, loveable and very loyal.
My friend had no end of trouble with his Boston Terrier - beautiful loving little dog, but it did cost him a small fortune in vet bills.
A lot of the problem (if I remember correctly) was to do with the dogs teeth?? Something to do with the breeding of Brachy dogs causes malformation of the shape of their mouths, so the dog was always in pain from biting itself and overcrowding. He ended up with severe periodontal disease... which cost a lot of money to deal with.
It was a while ago, cant remember the exact details but I do know that my friend loved everything about that dog, and didn't begrudge the mountain of money he spent on it!
We have had a Boston Terrier for almost 7 years and she is definitely the best and lowest maintenance dog I have ever owned. She only ever barks when unfamiliar people come to our door.
I know that is not what you wanted to hear about though. The worst things about her are:
She is not very hardy, she has to be inside most of the time as she gets cold very easily in winter and hot in summer.
She has a very sensitive stomach and if she eats something that disagrees with her she can have loose stools for a couple of days (sorry, probably TMI). Apparently this is common for the breed.
She does snore but only if she is sleeping on her stomach. If I turn her onto her side she is fine.
The other annoying thing about having a Boston is the attention they get. When we take her for a walk to the local shops or the dog park we constantly get stopped by people wanting to know what kind of dog she is, why she has no tail or just to say how cute/unusual she is.
It was nice at first but after the novelty wears off after a few years of this.
Hope this helps.
We have had a Boston Terrier for 10 years. They snore very loudly and their farts can clear the room! They do shed a bit between seasons, our boy can be very stubborn but he is the most loyal dog we have ever owned. Stanley only barks when their is someone at the door and at the postman. As for the kennel our boy barked a lot when we put him in the kennel for a day or so and then was comfortable once he got used to the surrounding.
Every day this dog does something that makes my DH and I laugh, we think they are the bees knees!
The Boston Terrier personality is almost always described in positive terms. They have the energy and intelligence common to terriers, without the hard-headedness or confrontational attitude. For those who get a kick out of terrier ‘tude, that might not be a big selling point. However, most people appreciate a dog that minds well, gets along with children and other dogs, and doesn’t have a powerful instinct to chase everything that moves.
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Mr bdog aka Bullet is so stank right now I can't even breathe 🥚🥚anyways awesome breed 💯
I haven't personally owned a Boston terrier, but we get many of them at my daycare. They generally have very big personalities. Many of them think they're big dogs and are pretty damned brave. That being said they can be bullies during playtime. Though they're very friendly over all. I have yet to meet a Boston terrier that couldn't get along with another dog (unless the other dog was being aggessive). They're adorable little punks that have spurts of high energy then crash for an hour before jumping right back into the fray.
We have this one Boston terrier that when he comes in with his pajamas on, all he would want to do is sleep. When he comes in without clothes he's always playing. They're very silly dogs. The only real con I can think of is that they can be really stubborn and can be bullies. I've heard a few clients had some difficulties with training their pups at first.
I have a bonded pair of Boston terriers (aged12 and 5). They are 2 of the most affectionate dogs I've ever had. They have their breed issues, but every breed has health problems. As far as exercise goes, they need out to pee (I walk them on a leash as our yard isn't fenced) about 4 times at day for 5 minutes each time, and then one hour (ish) walk or hike a day (so a leisurely but not too slow 3-3.5 miles). They are very playful and people loving dogs in general, mine need play time/cuddle time with me or they'll start little jealousy tantrums. One of them is actually laying on my face as I type this because she is such a cuddler.
Boston Terriers are notorious for being slow when it comes to potty training. (I have a Boston myself) Some are quicker than others, but some can take forever. That being said, 9 months seems a bit much.
Boston's also don't like to bark a lot, which also makes knowing when they have to go difficult. I would recommend trying the bell approach so he has a good way to tell you when he has to go.
My Boston, Logan, used to on foods that contained grain. Now he’s on grain free and rarely has smelly farts. Only has them if someone gives him a treat that he hasn’t had before and not grain free.