History, Personality, Exercise & Health Problems
This American gentleman was bred to be a fierce pit fighter. The popular notion is that this breed came into the scene in the late eighteen hundred, in Boston, Massachusetts. One folklore says that these dogs were developed by wealthy families by crossing the now extinct, English white terriers and the Bulldogs. Records state that there was a dog called Judge, an earlier ancestor, from which the Boston Terrier came into existence. An account says that there was a couple named Judge and Kate, this breed’s ancestors. Though the first offspring was an ugly one. Later on, this breed was refined and rebred. The modern Boston Terrier is the hard work of the breeders from those days that now we see these little wonders around us.
Having the popular name of an American gentleman, the Boston Terrier is a lovely dog, with an affectionate nature. They are equally smart and intelligent. But, at times, they can be stubborn, which can make them difficult to handle. Some have a reputation of being excessively active and may demand an excess of time from the owner.
These dogs don’t have an excessive exercise requirement. They are mostly inactive indoors and are perfect for apartment living. The dog will enjoy a long walk with its owner, but the owner has to make sure that the dog remains appropriately leashed. The owner can engage the dog in playful sessions with him, which he will enjoy wholeheartedly. These are mainly house dogs, and outside the housing, won’t be a perfect choice for these dogs. Like many other dogs, these dogs cannot tolerate extreme weather.
The Boston Terriers can have multiple health issues like, cataracts, cherry eyes, etc. which can massively bother the eyes. Patellar Luxation is a condition of the joints and affects the femur, tibia, and patella, and causes lameness in the legs. Heart murmurs are the soft, harsh, regurgitant, sound in the heart, and creates backward flowing of the blood into the heart. This breed has a high tendency of suffering from deafness in one or both ears. Brain tumors can result in death. Allergies can make the dog’s daily life full of irritation. Megaesophagus is the disease where the dog regurgitates the undigested food. Along with all these, the dog can also suffer from reverse sneezing.
Training & Feeding
They are stubborn, so needs consistent training. At times they will be unresponsive and will require strict handling. Like any other breed of this size, they are hard to forecast, when it comes to their temperament. They will need early socialization, as well as crate training, obedience training. The trainer has to have the patience to handle and train these lovely creatures.
The recommended amount is up to one and a half cup of dog food on a daily basis. But the measurement will vary from dog to dog. The owner will have to discuss with the vet in this regard.