The Boston Terrier is a lively, highly intelligent, smooth coated, well balanced dog. It had been created by crossing an English Bulldog with an English White Terrier. This lovable, cute, compact little fellow has become famous as "Badger" in MasterCard commercials. The Boston Terrier is easily recognized by his short head and tail, round eyes, muscular body and his dark coat with crisp white markings. The Boston Terrier's lively, friendly character making him an excellent companion dog, especially for elderly owners and apartment dwellers. However, since he loves games and children, he is a fine family pet as well.
If you are looking to purchase a Boston Terrier, you will find they are in short supply because of the breed's birthing problems and small litters.
Country of Origin: USA
Utilization: Companion Dog
FCI Classification: >Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs; Section 11 - Small Molossian Dogs; AKC Classification: Non-Sporting Group
Size: Small (15-17 inches at shoulders)
Colors: Brindle, seal or black with white markings. Brindle is preferred only if all other qualities are equal. (Note : Seal defined: Seal appears black except it has a red cast when viewed in the sun or bright light).
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Litter Size: 4
Life Span: 9-15 years
Grooming Requirements: Boston Terriers should be brushed weekly with a grooming glove or rough towel.
Personality: Boston Terriers are self-confident, attentive, smart and quiet. They are outgoing with a desire to please. Bostons make excellent watch dogs, but not so as a guard dog. A joy to have around, the Boston can sometimes be determined and self willed.
Social skills: Usually gets along with other animals.
Suitability for Children: Boston Terriers love to play with children. Early socialization with young children is recommended.
Exercise Needs: 20-40 minutes a day is quite enough. They love toys, playing fetch, and chase.
Train Ability: Bostons are easily trained.
Health & Behavioral Issues: Juvenile cataracts, heatstroke, sinus problems, patellar luxation, deafness. Bostons are strictly house dogs, they are not able to cope with extreme cold, nor can they deal with extreme heat.