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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

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Other Dogs

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 Younger Children


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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Boston Terrier Personality,Temperament and Dog Breed Information

Boston Terrier Personality

The Boston Terrier’s personality is  hard to define and are unlike any other breed around . Some are full of beans and chutzpah whilst others are mellow and reflective.

What ever Boston you do end up with however you can be sure to have a  very loving and caring companion that will just wants to please you and just about anyone else that they come across.

As soon as there is a knock at the door most of them will come running and wagging their little stump tails to tell you about it. If you want a dog that will lie around with you all day, a Boston Terrier is your dog. If you want a dog to do agility with you, a Boston is your dog. They can and will do just about anything as long as you don't try to take them swimming.

Description: No wrinkles, wide-set dark eyes, small erect ears, and a wide flat snout with an ample black nose. Their frame is boxy, with a nice muscular build, and a short stubby tail. The fur of a Boston is fine, short, and thin. The neck is slightly arched, leading down to a broad chest, and their face shows a lot of personality and intelligence.

A Boston Terrier’s limbs are straight, well pronounced and close to the same size as his body. They are odour-free and rarely shed. Boston’s are a very easy going dog and can adapt to almost any living conditions.

Children: The Boston Terrier’s affectionate, playful and well mannered personality makes them an ideal dog breed for children and they fit right into family life.

Animals: Accepting and tolerant of other animals

Training: Bostons are very easy to train being eager to please and pretty bright, they are quite sensitive however so harsh training or cross tones will really upset them. Many Boston owners report that house training can be tricky.

Protection: Many Boston Terrier owners have said they make great watch dogs and only bark when they feel it's a must.Too small to be a guard dog though.

The Boston Terrier dog breed developed during the mid 1860’s when the coachmen of wealthy individuals would engage in the illicit interbreeding of their employer’s fine dogs. Whether their employers knew about the practice remains unclear, but one of the crosses was between an English Terrier and a Bulldog which resulted in a dog called “Hooper’s Judge”. His progeny were  bred with smaller dogs to decrease their size so that by 1889 this new breed had become sufficiently popular that a number of breed fancier groups had sprung up.  

After many debates over naming, the breed was recognized as the Boston Terrier by the AKC in 1893. The Boston quickly became established as a firm favourite thorough out America, ranking as one of the most popular breeds in the early to middle 20th Century.

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Boston Terrier Information and Breed Notes

Comparable Breeds

Grooming: Boston’s have a thin, fine, short coat. They do not shed much and little grooming is needed. An occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush is enough. However the face should be cleaned with a damp cloth daily and nails need to be clipped occasionally.

Exercise Boston’s do not need a lot of exercise and whilst they do love going for walks, interactive play provides them with more than enough exercise . You should never push your Boston Terrier to exercise outside in extreme temperatures because they cannot handle intense heat or cold. Always remember that they may have difficulty breathing due to their short muzzle, so be careful with strenuous exercise.

Boston’s are very happy doing anything from playing fetch inside to going on hikes with you. Just make sure you have plenty of water and are able to break when they need to so they don't overheat

Health Problems These little guys do have Health Problems. With their short faces they can have problems breathing, especially when stressed or hot. Some can have problems with allergies as well. Their big, buggy eyes are easy to harm and they are prone to Corneal Ulcers.  Deafness, Patella luxation and ingrown tails can also be a problem.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

The Ideal  Boston Terrier Owner Is able to provide loads of lap time, positive reinforcement and tons of attention.

Not Recommended for temperature extremes, rough children, isolation or outdoor kennels.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. ,For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.






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 The American Kennel Club and Others

This American original is outgoing and friendly, The Boston trusts everyone and is liable to leave the yard to follow a child or an inviting adult. These dogs make loving companions for the elderly and invalids.”

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match