Friday, March 4, 2011

Boston Terriers

The Boston Terrier is one of the most popular breeds in the United States and has been rightfully given the name of the American Gentleman because of its affectionate nature. The Boston Terrier is a highly intelligent dog and can sometimes be determined and self willed. Even though they are small, they'll bark to let their family know if someone is at the door.

Boston Terriers were bred to be companion dogs and they are just that. They quickly become a part of the family and are most happy when they are in the company of family members. They do well around children, adults and even other pets. The Boston Terrier is an excellent house dog, being a nice medium size dog that can be comfortable to have around. They do very well in Obedience, Agility, Flyball, Therapy work and even Weight pulling.

Boston Terrier Personality The Boston Terrier is intelligent, enthusiastic, affectionate and playful. This breed gets along well with other pets, dogs, and children. The breed has an excellent disposition and a high degree of intelligence, which makes the Boston Terrier an incomparable companion. 

Exercise Needs Boston terriers love to play. Their exercise needs are moderate. No long walks are necessary. 

Living Conditions Bostons require a lot of time and attention. They are, and have been bred to be, companions. They will languish without human contact. They are not "outside" dogs. Boston Terriers are very active dogs that love to play. Without some basic training they may jump on you and maybe even give little nips while playing. Some Bostons have been given up for adoption or dropped off at the local "dog pound" for these very reasons. 

The coat of a Boston Terrier is short, smooth, bright and fine in texture. Not much grooming is required for Boston Terriers. Occasional brushing should be sufficient. 

Health Issues Because Boston Terriers have large and beautiful but somewhat protruding eyes, protecting them is extremely important. There are over 20 different eye diseases that are known to occur in Boston Terriers so this is very important. The top problem in the breed is cataracts (juvenile cataracts and cataracts of old age). There have also been reported cases of corneal ulcers. Sun exposure for long periods of time must be avoided. They should never be allowed to stick their heads out of automobile windows because the air pressure on the eyes is bad (true for any dog).

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