If you are looking for a pet that offers loyalty and love to the whole family, a Boston terrier is an excellent choice. They are known as the ‘American Gentlemen’ of dogs, and this is because this breed is so genteel, mild-mannered, friendly, and amicable. If you have kids, you’ll be thrilled to know that a Boston terrier will be as delighted to be a part of your family as you will be to have him in your family. Some dogs simply don’t mix well with kids, but these terriers are at the other end of the scale – they love being around people of all ages.
You’ll find that owning a one can be very rewarding. These dogs love being in the thick of things, and family life provides the perfect environment. They make very loyal and loving pets, and if you want a dog that really joins in and becomes a part of the family, this terrier will prove ideal. Handsome to look at and very entertaining to be with, this is one dog breed that will shower the whole family with love and attention, and will be thrilled to receive love and attention back from you.
One thing to remember is that they are very much a ‘people dog’. This means that they love to be around people and hate being left alone, so if you have little time to devote to a pet, or if you live alone and work long hours, this may not be the pet for you. They love to be with people as much as possible, and their love for people could even lead them in to danger, such as going off with strangers – just like a child, you need to be around to give your four-legged friend love and attention, and you need to keep an eye on him!
This is a shorthaired breed, which means that you won’t end up with enough hair to stuff a quilt around your home! They only need grooming around once a week for about ten minutes, and rarely need baths – although they are partial to rolling in mud, so baths aren’t out of the equation altogether… You don’t need to invest in expensive grooming products to keep your terrier in top condition – basic such as a bristle brush and the occasional dry shampoo will suffice. A quick wipe down with a damp cloth can also keep his hair glossy and in good shape.
If you are planning to get this breed, then remember that this breed is an indoor one. This means that they are not meant to be left alone all day and night in the garden. Not only is this breed very sensitive to extreme temperatures, so being left outside in extreme heat or cold could be dangerous, but their need for attention makes it unfeasible for these dogs to be kept outside. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t take your Boston outdoor for exercise and games, as there is nothing he will enjoy more than some fun and exercise with you and the rest of the family.
Where Did They Get Their Name From?
Quite simply, this is because the breed originated from Boston, Massachusetts. The story began when a cross between an English Terrier and an English Bulldog was imported to Boston in the 1860s. The dog, known as Hooper’s Judge, came to be known as the father of Bostons, as it was through cross breeding with this dog that this terrier was eventually born.
These dogs were not immediately accepted by bulldog fanciers, and it was in fact a long, uphill struggle for this breed. However, the struggle paid off when they were registered by the American Kennel Club in the studbook in 1893. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, this is one of the most popular breeds in America, and this dog is now known for its gentle temperament, its compatibility with people of all ages, and its love and companionship, making it the ideal dog for anyone that is prepared to dedicate time and love to their pet.