Description: Small and stately, the Boston Terrier has a number of features that add to its rather unique appearance. The skull is square with a pronounced stop, and is topped by erect, bat-like ears. The eyes are large, dark and round, and give the dog a kind expression that exudes intelligence. The body is strong and compact, with a straight back, muscular hindquarters, and a very short tail. The feet are small and round. The coat is short and smooth, and is either black or brindle with white markings on the face, chest, neck and forequarters. The Boston Terrier’s gait is rhythmic, confident and graceful.
Temperament: Despite its Bulldog lineage and Terrier name, the Boston Terrier is neither fighter nor scrapper. More than anything else, this breed is suited to companionship. The Boston is sensitive, gentle and polite, quite suited to apartment living. In certain respects, however, there appears to be a sharp divide within the breed: some bark incessantly while others are nearly mute, and some enjoy prolonged cuddle sessions while others are clearly uncomfortable being held. But regardless of personality type, all Boston Terriers are intelligent and sociable. Brought up properly, this dog can easily befriend children, other pets, and even strangers. In fact, many owners report that their Boston Terriers are happiest when they have another dog to hang out with.
Caring for a Boston Terrier: The Boston Terrier needs exercise every day, though a backyard play session or short walk should usually suffice; the dog can even meet its daily needs in the house if need be. The low maintenance short coat needs an occasional brushing and little more. Take care, however, to keep your Boston warm during the winter months, as this easy to care for coat does not provide much in the way of warmth. Also note that like most short-muzzled dogs, the Boston Terrier does not do well in heat. A fairly health breed, the Boston Terrier nonetheless occasionally suffers from patellar luxation, allergies, constricted nostrils, deafness and seizures.
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