Boston Terriers are beloved family pets in America. They are loved for their lively demeanor and friendly disposition. The Boston Terrier’s bright, friendly eyes shine with mischief, and his characteristic tuxedo jacket coat makes this dog immediately recognizable and extremely attractive. It helps that this breed is impeccably well behaved, so much so that the Boston Terrier has earned the nickname of “The American Gentleman.”
Boston Terriers are very affectionate with family members, do exceptionally well with young children, and are good with other dogs too. Given that this breed is named after a city, you can safely assume that they are ideal for urban families. Moreover, the Boston Terrier is a people-oriented dog with a natural gift for evoking smiles from passers-by when you take her out for a walk, given the striking appearance and jaunty walk.
In terms of appearance, the Boston Terrier is a compact breed, averaging 15-17 inches in height and 12-25 pounds in weight. The average life expectancy of a Boston Terrier is 11-13 years. Standard colors are black and white, brindle and white, seal and white, or combinations of these colors.
Boston Terriers have fine, shiny coats that shed a small amount. Your Boston Terrier will require a good brushing once a week to remove any loose hair and promote new hair growth as well as spread the skin oils throughout the coat to keep it healthy. These dogs only need occasional baths.
As far as activity is concerned, Boston Terriers can vary from needing minimal activity such as a brisk walk 1-2 times a day to more vigorous activity to let off steam, depending on the individual dog’s personality. Keep in mind that even if you have a fenced yard, a Boston Terrier is unlikely to get much exercise by running around on his own. You’ll have to get involved in playing fetch and making the activity enjoyable for your Boston Terrier.
Training a Boston Terrier puppy requires patience and gentle correction. This is a sensitive dog that responds well to praise and small treats.
Nutrition for your Boston Terrier should be age appropriate, consisting of either home prepared meals or commercially available kibble. Fresh, clean water should always be available for your Boston Terrier to stay hydrated.