Boston Terrier is an original United States of America breed. The breed was developed around 1870 by Robert C. Hooper, who interbred his dog named Judge with French Bulldog and set the base for the Boston Terrier. The breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1893. Boston Terriers are usually pretty small dogs with a compactly built body. The tail is short and ears are errect. Bostons should be black, brindle or seal with white markings. They are considered friendly, very intelligent and easy to train. However, they might be pretty stubborn sometimes. Boston Terriers are easily socialized and can be kept with children, older people and also other pets without problems. These dogs are pretty quiet, they only bark in marginal situations.
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Boston Terriers make great pets; they are sociable, cheerful and very loyal. Showing them in dog shows is just one of many pleasures that they can bring to a kind owner. If you intend to do this, however, first you need to know what standards they need to comply to in order to be eligible for participation in that type of shows.
There are three weight classes for Boston Terriers – dogs under 15 pounds; between 15 and 20 pounds and dogs between 20 and 25 pounds, if your Boston is not in either of these weight groups he is not eligible for competition. The length of his legs must be in adequate proportion with the length of his body so as not to disrupt his square appearance. Likewise, the whole body must be well proportioned. The dog mustn’t look fat or too slim, Boston Terriers are compact and muscular dogs and these qualities need to be obvious if one is to be presented in a show.
The dog’s square skull shouldn’t have any wrinkles. One of the most prominent characteristics of the breed is a kind and alert expression which is an indication of intelligence. Its large, dark eyes should be set wide apart, if the eyes are blue, or if there are even traces of blue in them the dog will not be permitted to participate in the show. Too much visible white in the eyes is also a fault, but not one that will get the dog disqualified. The muzzle shouldn’t be longer than a third of the skull; bite is either level or with a slight undershot. Dudley (flesh colored) nose is also grounds for disqualification. If the dog’s tongue or teeth show while the mouths are closed points will be deducted from his score.
Chest should be wide and deep. Docked tail will get the dog disqualified and if it is not set low, but instead raised and carried gaily it will result in point deduction. Large point deduction will also be made if the dog’s back are swayed.
Coat should be smooth and short. There are only three permitted coat colors and they are seal, black or brindle. These colors must be accompanied by the obligatory white markings. If there are no white markings on the dog’s muzzle, forechest and between the eyes the dog cannot compete.
Boston Terriers are great show dogs. Their intelligence and generally obedient nature makes them easy to train and you shouldn’t have significant problems to teach your dog to assume the appropriate stance or to follow your commands. If you do have a dog that complies to the above listed standards you should definitely think about showing him, as the preparation for the shows, as well as the shows themselves can be a great shared activity and bonding experience for you and your dog. They will also give you a chance to show your beautiful pet to the world.
Boston Terriers are generally rather intelligent and obedient, which makes them easy to train. You might have deduced otherwise because of the complications that probably followed the attempts to housebreak your Boston while he was a puppy. It is true that they are notorious for their unwillingness to learn where to go potty, but that is pretty much where your problems with training a dog of this breed will end.
Training a dog starts while he is very young. In order to have a dog that is capable of learning you first need to make him love and respect you. This is a bond that takes some time to create but if you treated the puppy well while still asserting your dominance you shouldn’t have any serious problems.
Your primary training technique should be positive reinforcement, when the dog performs well offer praise and give him a treat, he will learn to associate the tone of your voice with treats, and even when you don’t actually give him anything to eat, just commending him verbally will be enough for him to realize that you are satisfied with his actions.
Start the training with simple commands such as “sit” or “come”, and only later move on to the more complicated ones. This will serve to develop a kind of a language between you and your dog, he will learn that his success in performing the tasks is what causes him to get a reward, once the dog understands that this is the way things work he will adopt new skills much more easily.
Even it might sometimes take your dog a lot of repetitions to get a certain exercise right, take great care not to overdo it. Once the dog manages to do properly whatever it is that you want him to do, and he manages to do it several times in row, you should stop the training and let that success sink in. If the dog manages to do something and you continue to insist that he repeats it many more times, he might get confused and start thinking that is not what you want him to do. Adequate rewards should stop this from happening, but sometimes they are not enough. You can restart the training cycle once the dog has had some time to “think” about the success.
If the dog makes mistakes in certain parts of the exercise you need to use corrections in order to direct his attention to that particular part. People sometimes use choke collars for this purpose. You should never do this with your Boston Terrier (a lot of people think that you shouldn’t ever use them regardless of the breed) as they often suffer from problems in the trachea area, and the use of this collar might exacerbate those problems and cause serious damages to your dog’s trachea. When you need to correct a mistake try doing it verbally, it might not always be as effective, but that way you will not be risking your pet’s health.
Boston Terriers descended from a breed of pit-fighting dogs so they are quite a bit tougher than their size and title of companion dogs might indicate. They are generally expected to live long, and even though, like all other breeds, they have some common hereditary disorders, most of the health problems that they can experience from time to time are not too serious. Most of the more frequent adverse conditions for this breed are connected to the bone structure of their skulls.
Most breeds have common eye problems and Boston Terrier is not an exception to this tendency. One of the more frequent conditions of that type are cataracts. They are more frequent in older dogs, and if not treated in time they can ultimately lead to blindness. If you notice white or grayish flecks in your dog’s eyes you should contact your vet, as they are probably a sign of the development of a cataract. Boston Terriers are also known to have a genetic condition called juvenile cataracts; this can cause your dog to develop cataracts even before it gets one year old.
Another eye condition common for this breed are corneal ulcers. The protruding eyes of your pet are vulnerable to small particles floating around in the environment, these particles can cause eye irritation, and if that irritation is severe enough it can lead to infections, and eventually, ulcers. You can protect your special shades, and be sure to pay close attention to his eyes, if you see that he is blinking too much or having sight problems don’t hesitate to contact a vet.
Patellar Luxation is a genetic disorder that makes your dog’s kneecaps easily slip out of their normal position. In less severe cases the dog can return them to their proper place just by stretching his legs, but if left untreated it can lead to arthritis and cartilage damage. Observe your dog’s behavior and if you notice that he is limping, or, generally having problems with walking report this to your vet. Surgery is the only solution for more serious cases.
A number of Boston Terriers suffer from Allergic Dermatitis. If you notice that your dog’s skin is often irritated you need to subject him to allergy testing in order to determine what exactly is causing the condition. It might be caused by intolerance to something in the dog’s food or grooming products, once the tests are done, you’ll get a recommendation on what to do in order to prevent these allergic reactions.
Due to their shortened muzzles, Boston Terriers often experience respiratory problems. Numerous soft tissue layers in a relatively small space of the dog’s short muzzle might cause some breathing difficulties. Keep an eye out for this and if you notcie anything out of the ordinary take your dog to see a vet.
Most you can do for your dog’s health is to stay informed on various diseases and conditions that are common for this particular breed and keep a constant lookout for the early symptoms of those conditions.
If you have decided to buy or, even better, rescue a Boston Terrier puppy you can be sure that you will be getting a cheerful and sociable pet that you’ll share a lot of beautiful moments with. But that isn’t necessarily a given, for a puppy to grow into a healthy and content dog you need to care for it properly while it is young.
Before bringing the puppy home make sure that your house is dog-ready, remove all small items that the dog might have access to, as the puppy could swallow them and not be able to pass them naturally, a situation that can only be surgically resolved. Also make sure to remove all the electrical cables that the dog might chew on, as well as trash cans, they can be extremely interesting to an inquisitive dog.
Once you have the puppy call the vet and see about getting your new friend vaccinated, do not delay this step, as some vaccines are more effective while the puppy is very young, besides, the longer you wait to do this, the longer will your puppy stay vulnerable to a myriad of conditions.
Make sure to feed your puppy three times a day with the food that you know provides all of the necessary nutrients. Boston Terriers can be difficult to housebreak, but, just like other types of training, approach this with a positive attitude and patience and you shouldn’t have any problems.
Make sure that your dog gets a lot of opportunities for socializing; after all, Boston Terriers are companion dogs, the sooner they learn to relax around people the better. When training your dog stick to the positive reinforcement method, whenever it does what you want it to do reward him with cuddling, kind words and a treat. If you treat the puppy well soon you will have a loyal and devoted friend.