Boston Terriers

I am not completely sure where my love for the “tuxedo” dog came from.  My Grandparents had several Boston Terriers over the years.  When I graduated from College my boyfriend (who I have now been married to for almost 7 years) got me a Boston, Jake.  Molly is my second Boston.

Seeing a Boston Terrier always make me smile and remind me of my Grandpa.  I like that Bostons are a small breed dog that is short haired. 

My Grandma and her Boston

 

Boston Terrier’s originated in the United States.  They are a cross between an English Bulldog and a White English Terrier.  Several of the Bull and Terrier offspring were bred with French Bulldogs to outline the foundation of Boston Terrier breeding.   

Jake, my first Boston.

 

Bostons have small, compact and well proportioned bodies with a square head, sort muzzles and erect ears.  They are short tailed and smooth coated.  Bostons should weigh between 10 and 25 pounds and have a life expectancy of 11 years.

Jake was a big Boston weighing around 23 pounds.  Molly is a finer made petite 14 pounds.

Jake

 

The “American Gentleman” is typically black, brindle, or seal colored and evenly marked with white.  Breed standard says that white should cover the chest, muzzle, and band around the neck.  A white blaze between but not touching the eyes and socks on all legs is also preferred.    

Baby Molly

 

Bostons are highly intelligent dogs that are eager to please, sociable and have a happy-go-lucky disposition.  They are a companion dog and when properly trained are well suited for family life with children or the elderly. 

Jake loved kids; the smaller the better.  He was very easy going and loved the outdoors and water.  Jake was a pouter and would ignore us for days after we returned from a trip.  

Molly is hyper.  She likes people, but is easily excitable.  Molly is very independent.  At the same time, she likes to be my helper and sits with me in the evenings.   Molly is scared of everything!      

A few notable health issues that affect Boston Terriers include allergies, eye issues and kneecap dislocations.  Bostons are sensitive to extreme hot and cold temperatures.  Due to their short facial structure Bostons are subject to snoring and reverse sneezing.  Bostons are very flatulent.   

Jake developed allergies when he was 4 or 5 years old.  He would get them in August when weeds go to seed. 

Baby Molly

 

For more information check out these websites:

The Boston Terrier Club of America

The American Kennel Club

Wikipedia 

What is your dog breed of choice and why?

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4 Responses to Boston Terriers

  1. Katrina says:

    Enjoyed the post. My dog breed of choice is Doberman Pinscher. They are so smart, fun and great company whether you’re doing something active/athletic or just watching a movie on a rainy day.

    I’m sure Deuce will make it on my blog at some point, too…she’s always helping me “keeping any eye” on the kitchen. 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      Yes, share picts of your dog!

      Molly is great help in the kitchen. She is like a little vacuum whenever I drop something. It is great b/c if she doesn’t eat it I find pieces of it in the living room. Yesterday it was a mushroom.

      Not matter where she is when I open the refrigerator door she comes a running. Funny b/c I NEVER feed her meat scraps or cheese. I honestly try not to feed her too many table scraps, but she needs a treat once in a great while.

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. Jan Gossman says:

    I absolutely love Corgies! They are very friendly, small and love to go for walks!! Fox Terriers are also one of my favs, very energetic, love to play and travel. Actually, any breed that is small, lap size, loves to travel, play, go camping, is my fav.

    • Robyn says:

      Jan, I agree with the small lap size dog. After Bostons I like French Bulldogs, surprise! Must be the nose. J thinks it would be super cool to have an English Bulldog around. My cousin raises them and it crossed my mind to get one for J, but they are very high maintenance.

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