The Boston Terrier is a recognizable and very colorful dog, and the history of the origin of these animals has no less flavor than their appearance. There are several versions regarding the appearance of these pets, and now we will tell you about them.
The first is that a resident of Boston, a certain Robert S. Hooper, brought from England a dog from England in 1865, obtained from crossing a bulldog and an English terrier. He bought it, allegedly because it reminded him of the dog he had as a child. Another theory is that the same Boston resident Robert S. Hooper bought his dog from another Boston resident named William O’Brien between 1865 and 1870. In both the first and second cases, the story converges on one thing – the dog’s name was Judge, which means judge in translation.
There is another version according to which American, or rather, Boston coachmen in the early to mid-1800s specially created this breed thanks to the crossing of bulldogs and an English white terrier, which has now become extinct. They did this in order to obtain a new breed to participate in clandestine dog fights – it is not known how true this is, but there is such a version and many believe it is reliable.
Be that as it may, there is one indisputable fact – the dog, from which the Boston Terrier breed descends, was really named Judge. It is known that he weighed about 11 kg, had a good physique and brindle coat color, with a white spot on his face. Throughout its history, this breed has been called by various names – Boston Bull Terrier, Round-headed Bull Terrier, American Terrier, Boston Bulldog.
The first club of these dogs was organized in 1889 – the first members were 30 owners of Boston Bull Terriers. They called their club “Round Heads”. Subsequently, they changed their name to the “Boston Terrier Club”, and the breed began to informally call “Boston Bulls” – Boston Bulls. The American Kennel Club recognized these dogs in 1893.
The Boston Terrier is a small dog with a square outline, and not only has a square outline, but also a head. The ears are erect, triangular, the muzzle is flattened, the eyes are protruding. The legs are short, the physique, although compact, is muscular. The color can be different. If they had not come up with a cartoon about a square SpongeBob, it could well have been a cartoon about a square Boston Terrier.
One has only to look into the cute, kind eyes of this animal, and everything immediately becomes clear – they have a friendly and affectionate disposition. However, another thing is not entirely clear – how the Boston coachmen of the mid-19th century intended to use these dogs for fights, given their good-natured nature.
Boston Terriers are distinguished by poise, gentleness and great devotion to their owner and family members. Despite the poise of character, they are very playful dogs, and they happily spend time with both people and other animals, including cats. However, it is better to introduce them to cats from childhood, then you can be sure that there will be no problems in the future.
We can say that they literally need to meet other people and other dogs – this will help broaden your pet’s horizons and start new relationships. Various unforeseen situations, friendship and affection, all kinds of games, new sounds and smells – early socialization is one of the prerequisites for the successful development and disclosure of all the internal qualities of a dog. The Boston Terrier does not like being alone for long periods of time, and you need to avoid it.
The dog is perfect as a companion for a person of any age, from small to large. Due to its balanced character and high adaptability, as well as due to its small size, it can be kept in any city apartment. Another plus is short hair.
The Boston Terrier is always every child’s best friend, and his innate stubbornness is easy to overcome with the right approach. Strangers are perceived normally, and if they are properly brought up with great friendliness, especially if they see the owner’s disposition towards the person. These are quite intelligent dogs, they understand well what is happening around, and therefore need appropriate games and communication.
Despite the fact that there is an opinion that this dog was bred for dog fights, now it is classified as an ornamental breed. This means that training for complex commands is not required. But you definitely need to engage in behavior correction, and while the dog is still at an early age. This is necessary so that the animal clearly understands who is the owner, who, so to speak, the leader of the pack, and who needs to be listened to at all costs.
In short, you should develop obedience and teach your pet a few simple commands. There is no need to try to overtax the dog – this breed appreciates the kindness, consistency and poise of the owner, as it itself possesses these qualities. You, as the leader of the pack, should be kind and patient, and if you are strict, then in the case, and not because you got up on the wrong foot. Shouts and beatings are excluded.
The Boston Terrier has a short coat that does not require grooming. It is enough to brush your pet once a week. Always keep your dog’s ears and eyes clean and trim the nails in time. You need to bathe your pet at least once a week, but more often.
In general, we can say that the Boston Terrier is a healthy dog, but there are certain problems. Among them:
- dysplasia of the hip joint;
- dysplasia of the elbow joint;
- von Willebrand disease;
- cherry eye;
- local dislocation of the patella is generally a common disease among small dogs;
- heart murmurs;
- allergies of various types;
- megaesophagus – a defect of the esophagus, as a result of which the dog vomits looking;
- reverse sneezing;
- brain tumors.
Some diseases can be detected as a result of a genetic test, and therefore you need to ask the appropriate certificates and certificates from the breeder when buying a puppy.