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Boston Terrier

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Boston Terrier

General
OtherNames Boston Bull
Dog Group Kennel Club Utility
Breed Classification This little terrier is a member of the utility group.They were originally bred as ratters, and it is thought even as fighting dogs, today they are mainly companion dogs.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
< £4
Feeding Requirements
They are not very demanding in their feeding requirements but can be prone to being greedy.
Other Expenses
A puppy will cost between £700 to £900 but they are a hardy breed and therefore veterinary expenses should be negligible.
Average Puppy Price
£500-800
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
4
General Physical Description
The Boston is a small happy dog that can be a little boisterous at times. They have a short, square muzzle and a square skull. They are short coated and short tailed. The chest is not as deep as the other bull breeds that they have descended from. They have thin ears which stand erect at the corners of their flat skull. The thighs of this dog are strong and well muscled. They carry themselves with an impression of determination and strength. Their gait is one of ease and grace. The eyes of the Boston are quite prominent and bulging.
Height Min Max
Bitch 38cm 43cm
Dog 38cm 43cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 4.5kg 11.5kg
Dog 4.5kg 11.5kg
Size Category Small
Weight Height Range The Boston measures between 38-43cms at the withers. The weight should never be more than 11.5kgs. They are divided into three classes according to their weight. Lightweight is under 6.8kgs, Middleweight is over 6.8kgs and under 9.1kgs and Heavyweight is between 9.1-11.5kgs.
Ailments Although the Boston appears to suffer from several ailments they are hardy and live quite a long time. They do suffer from quite a number of congenital and hereditary problems and because of this care must be taken when purchasing a puppy.
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
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History The Boston was, in the 1800's, originally a cross between an English Bulldog and an English White Terrier. More crossbreedings were carried out and the Boston was further developed. This occurred around 1893. The breeds used for this further crossing were the English Bull Terrier, Boxer and the Pit Bull Terrier along with other terriers. Originally the Boston weighed over 20kgs but was bred smaller and smaller until they became the size we know them as today.
Intelligence They are not difficult dogs to train as they are quite intelligent and are eager to please. The Boston should be socialised fron an early age as the males can sometimes be quite territorial.
Show Characteristics The head appears square in shape, with a square skull that is flat on top. The ears should be placed as near as possible to the corner of the skull, and carried erect. The eyes should be set wide apart, be large and dark in colour. The teeth should allow for an even bite or be slightly undershot. The ribs should be deep and well sprung. The body should appear to be short but not chunky. The thighs should be strong and well muscled. The feet should be small, round and compact. The tail is short, set low and never carried above the horizontal, the tail is not docked. Colourwise brindles with white markings are preferred to the black with white markings. Ideally the muzzle should be white with an even white blaze over the head, collar and breast.
Country Of Origin United States
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Characteristics
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Energy Low
Overall Exercise 20 - 40 minutes
Distress Caused if Left Alone
Personal Protection Medium
Suitability As Guard Dog High
Risk of Sheep Worrying High
Tendency to Bark Medium
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals Medium
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament The Boston is a lively and intelligent little dog that can be quite determined and strong willed. They are very good with children and make ideal house dogs. They can be quite boisterous and do love to play. Care must be taken that games are not too rough as they can be prone to injury, especially the eyes as they bulge out slightly. They do love human company and make affectionate pets. They also make excellent watch dogs, and are not yappy with it. If introduced to other household pets when young there will be no problems.
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Coat Length Short/Smooth
Grooming Requirement Once a week
Trimming None
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming The Boston is easily groomed, a grooming mitt used on the coat once a week should be adequate enough to remove any dead hairs from the coat. This is a clean breed with no doggy odours.
Colour The colours that the Boston comes in are brindle and white, black with white markings and reddish black with white markings.
Shedding Little
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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