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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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