Boston Terrier Dogs 101

What dog is known for its friendly, genteel
nature, is notorious for tailing its humans as if it’s on a reconnaissance mission,
and was born in a tuxedo? Well, its name is Terrier—the Boston Terrier. In this episode of Animal Facts we’re taking
a closer look at the Boston, the breed also known as the “American Gentleman.” History The Boston Terrier is thought to have originated
in the 1870s when it was popular to cross Terriers and Bull-type dogs to create types
that could be entered in ratting and pit-fighting competitions. A Bostonian named Robert Hooper bred his 32
pound, Bull-English Terrier mix, Judge, with a 20 pound, stocky, white, square-headed Bull-type
female named Gyp. The resulting offspring were the original
Boston Terriers which weighed up to 44 pounds. Eventually, they were bred down to the size
and temperament they are known for today. The Boston made its show debut in 1870 (in
Boston, of course) after which, the breed became so trendy in the city, that enthusiasts
formed American Bull Terrier Club which later became the Boston Terrier Club. Then, in 1893 it was the first U.S. breed
admitted to the American Kennel Club. Size and Appearance The Boston Terrier is compact and sturdy. Its average height is 9 to 15 inches, and
it typically weighs anywhere from 6 to 25 pounds. Its Bulldog ancestry is evident in its square-jawed,
brachycephalic head, which it is known to tilt when curious about something or confused. The Boston’s large, round eyes are set wide
and deep into the skull, and are so expressive that they seem to function as a window that
gives you a glimpse of what they’re thinking or feeling. The Boston’s “tuxedo coat” can be black,
seal, or brindle in proportion to the white markings on its face, chest, paws, legs. Thus giving it the clean, symmetrical appearance
befitting a sharply- dressed individual. Temperament and Family Life The Boston’s nickname, the “American Gentleman,”
is not only a reference to its tuxedo-like coloring and markings, but its easygoing,
friendly disposition as well. Boston Terriers love to be loved. When socialized as puppies, they are typically
very friendly with strangers, but they are known for being monogamous. They usually do well in a family setting,
but tend to form strong bonds with one person. When it comes to being a great guard-dog,
size matters. Although the Boston’s diminutive size keeps
it off the list of guard-dog greats, they make great watchdogs because they don’t
bark often, but they do bark when they think they have good reason to. As with any breed, not all Bostons are born
with a laid-back personality and they can be very stubborn. Exposing your Boston to different people,
pets, and experiences as a puppy, is crucial to his or her social development. What physical attribute or character trait
is your dog most known for? Trainability and Intelligence When it comes to intelligence, the Boston
Terrier is as smart, as it is smartly dressed. A very attentive breed, they will learn your
schedule, likes and dislikes and seem to interpret your moods. Sometimes, when trying to figure out what
you’re thinking or saying they might tilt their head sideways. Sound adorable? Well, you’re absolutely right—it is. Since Bostons are generally eager to please
their humans, they have a knack for quickly learning commands, but can also be quite stubborn. Positive reinforcement is essential to successful
training. Non-edible rewards and an occasional tasty
treat will serve as motivation for your little student to learn more. You must also be firm, consistent, and pleasant
in your delivery…or your pup just might end up training you. Does your dog seem to know what you’re thinking
or feeling? How can you tell? Exercise Unlike a certain secret agent, the Boston
Terrier does not survive on adrenaline and adventure. As a card-carrying member of the non-sporting
group, the typical Boston would be as content curling up on the couch with you as they would
be playing fetch or taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood, but since they have a tendency
to put on weight it’s imperative that they get the proper amount of exercise. Although most people would not be comfortable
going into “beast mode” (pardon the pun) in a tuxedo, Bostons have absolutely no problem
with it. Your best-dressed best friend needs at least
one hour of physical activity each day. This can include two 30-minute walks, or one
walk and a game of fetch, swimming, or free play. Tug of war and agility courses are also great
ways to keep your buddy in shape. You can also keep his or her mind sharp by
teaching new tricks and offering puzzle toys. Health and Lifespan The average lifespan of a Boston Terrier is
11 to 15 years, and most experience very few serious health problems along the way…but
every breed has its own set of medical issues to deal with. Corneal ulcers, cataracts, and cherry eye
are all ocular conditions that Bostons are particularly susceptible to, that can be attributed
to their eye structure and genetics. Patellar luxation (a knee problem commonly
seen in small dogs), digestive problems, deafness, and reverse sneezing (caused by brachycephaly—a
short, broad skull), are chronic problems that can be managed with treatment and TLC. Heart murmurs and brain tumors are two of
the more serious conditions that this breed can face. In addition, many female Bostons undergo caesarian
sections to safely give birth, so if your pup is pregnant, it’s important to have
a vet care for her before and during childbirth. So there you have the American Gentleman,
or I suppose Gentle Lady. While often confused with the French Bulldog,
the Boston Terrier is definitely a breed of its own. But you can check out a comparison of the
two breeds in the link in the card. Hey, thanks for hanging with me. If you liked this video, here are a few more
you are sure to enjoy. IF you’re a subscriber, thank you. If not, what are you waiting for, a formal
invite? And as always, catch ya next time.

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15 Responses

  1. Animal Facts says:

    What do you think makes the Boston so adorable?

  2. KingLazy93 says:

    I know of a certain Boston terrier with an affinity for coffee flavored gum.

  3. mia&ella lopez says:

    !!!! I loVE YOUR VIDEOS 💕

  4. mia&ella lopez says:

    Your video are so cool

  5. Anita Gamble says:

    Thank you for featuring the Boston Terrier. I think that their big eyes, shortened muzzle, their markings and cute expressions expressions make them adorable.

  6. Lily Seven says:

    Thank you so much for doing a video on the Boston Terrier! I have a Boston pup and he is such a joy. He is a snuggle bug and smart as a whip. I don't know how I survived this long without a Boston!

  7. Virginia Clark says:

    we have a Boston and Rat Terrier….a Brat!!

  8. Boston Terrier Society says:

    For me the thing that Bella my Boston Terrier does that is so adorable is her head tilt. Great video! The Boston Terrier truly is an all American dog.

  9. Wes Collins says:

    My boston is the bravest most loyal friend I've got and I've got a lot of friends. If push came to shove I'm convinced pugsly my Boston would fight a bear or lion for me

  10. T Fairo says:

    My Boston terrier farts too much

  11. Freya Dennis says:

    I am not allowed a dog but I maybe allowed to get one after I've done my GCSE exams in 2 years time, my mom's not a fan of dogs in general, except dachshunds (sausage dogs) but I would ideally like a dog that I can take on longer walks with my friends and their dogs. Maybe a Labrador or a king Charles spaniel. I'm just worried about the size as we have no experience and my mom probably won't allow a dog as big as a Labrador. What small ish breeds do you recommend to first time owners thst don't shed or drool too much and aren't very smelly. Ik it's alot and that's why I'm researching now, so I'm well educated for when I get the dog

  12. Janus Loggins says:

    Boston Terriers are great dogs! I have known and loved several. In fact I have a grandson who is a Boston Terrier! My son and his family wouldn't have any other breed. But the ones that I have known DO love to bark! LOL

  13. Gerry Davila says:

    My boston have 16 years and counting,hes blind and have catarats but he still can walk and do his things,he eat very well, i know hes a blessing in my life!

  14. Salad V says:

    Yare yare,

  15. Gyro Zeppeli says:

    R.I.P Iggy

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