The Boston Terrier Dog
The boston terrier dog is a lively and attractive American breed. He is intelligent and trainable and always ready for a walk. He'll be a wonderful companion and will gladly play with his master. The females might require a cesarean section when giving birth (whelping).
Physical characteristics: Height: 15-17 inches (38.1-43cm). Weight: 10-25 pounds (4.5-11.3kg.)
In fact, there are three categories regarding its weight: under 15 pounds; 15 - 20 pounds; 20 - 25 pounds (they mustn’t exceed 25 pounds).
Temperament: The boston terrier is a very devoted and sensitive dog. Even if he is small, he's a very good guard and watchdog. You will always know when there is someone standing at your door. They are very playful and actually are lap dogs.
Health: Being short-faced, they are prone to snore and may have breathing difficulties after exercising too much, or in hot or cold weather. Heart and skin tumors are common problems in this breed. The prominent eyes are prone to injury.
Training: He responds well to training, but can be determined and self-willed. His owner should be prepared to spend time with him. The boston terrier should be regularly exercised to keep in shape (daily walks), and give him as much free movement as possible. He should be kept in a fenced-in yard. Attention: do not stress and don't make him too tired. Even if it is a robust dog, the short muzzle do not let him breathe well and he can easily overheat.
Maintenance/Grooming: The Boston Terrier is odour-free and rarely sheds, making him a desirable companion for people with allergies. The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. You should bathe only when necessary and comb or brush him with a firm bristle brush (he should be brushed every day). Wipe the face with a damp cloth every day and clean the prominent eyes carefully. Check both the ears and eyes for grass seeds. The nails should be clipped.
In some states in the USA, the ears are cropped, according to law, but in the United Kingdom this practice is illegal.
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Breeding, puppies: Breeding and whelping is often difficult, as mother’s pelvis is narrow and the puppies have large skulls. This is why the pups are often delivered by cesarean section. Some badly bred Boston Terriers may have a bone defect in the skull that stunts brain growth, resulting in a retarded or too agressive dog.
Varieties: Brindle, seal, or black with white markings. A proportionate combination of color and white markings is the distinctive feature of a representative specimen.
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