Boston Terrier Puppies: Fun And Active Family Additions
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The Boston Terrier breed was developed in Boston, Massachusetts after the Civil War from a cross between a white English Terrier and an English Bulldog. It was named in 1891, recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893, and is a popular American breed known for its dapper appearance. Boston Terriers tend to be gentle in disposition and easy to train, requiring a walk a day and minimum grooming. At maturity they are 15 to 17 inches high and weigh 10 to 25 pounds, making them a popular choice for apartment dwellers.
Choose a Reputable Dealer
Your Boston Terrier puppy should come from a reputable dealer and be alert, bright-eyed, and responsive. Training needs to be consistent and authoritative but they are not difficult to train because they are an intelligent breed. Like many dogs, they can become rambunctious and high strung if they do not get sufficient mental and physical exercise but being part of the family and getting daily walks will be enough for most pups. They need to know who is the pack leader and are very sensitive to your tone of voice.
Children and Life Span
Boston Terriers are good with children and the elderly, playful and affectionate, and tend to get along will with non-canine pets. There can be a tendency to drool or snore due to their short faces but the dreaded “doggy” smell is not usually a problem. Grooming is a matter of bathing when necessary, occasional nail-clipping and brushing, and a quick daily wipe of the face, checking eyes and ears for any problems.
Your puppy will be with you for about 15 years, so select your Boston Terrier carefully. Plan where he will sleep and eat, who will be responsible for his care, and how to be consistent in training. Many owners feel that crate training is the best way to housebreak a puppy, and often that crate is the dog’s preferred place to sleep. Under a table, out of the way, is a good location for the crate. This allows your puppy to be part of the family dynamic but gives them a safe place to retreat for a nap.
Crate training is based on a dog’s natural preference to keep their sleeping areas clean. Unless forced to, they will not eliminate in the area they sleep in. You can take advantage of this by putting the dog in a crate that fits; big enough to stand up in and curl up to lie down but small enough to prevent a “bathroom corner”. For your puppy, that means a smaller crate to begin with or blocking off the end of his permanent crate. Every time the puppy is out of the crate, take him to the place you want him to use for elimination. All the time the puppy is out of the crate, be aware of his actions.
Your Boston Terrier puppy needs to be included in family activity and interaction. Everybody in the house should play a role in the dog’s training and care because this puppy will be part of your family for a long, happy time.
Source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/boston_terrier/index.cfm, http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/bostonterrier.htm, http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/cratetraining.htm
+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.