Dog Breeds: Boston Terrier—True Blue American
Lively and friendly, the Boston Terrier is intelligent and easily trained. Highly individualistic, this dog develops distinct personality traits that can be sweet or willful, gentle or spirited. Though not usually lap dogs, they are very affectionate and great pals for the whole family as well as other pets.
Plays well with others
These little doggies enjoy games, chasing balls and learning skills. With large, round expressive eyes and a slightly cocked head, they show sensitivity. While some become one-person dogs, Boston Terriers are good with kids and nice therapy pets for the elderly. If socialized young, they'll like everyone. Yet they are decent watchdogs. Even if their size doesn't seem threatening they can appear aggressive when their territory is invaded.
A non-sporting breed, Boston Terriers are great companion dogs. They originated in the U.S. about a century ago, as a cross between French Bulldogs and English Terriers. Classically black and white (or brown and white), their tuxedo pattern features a white blaze on the face and chest; markings that earned them the nickname "American Gentlemen." Their smooth, shorthaired coat is easy to groom. The Boston Terrier was selected as the bicentennial dog of the U.S. and is the official state dog of Massachusetts and the mascot of several universities.
Good things come in small packages
Bostons are small, weighing 10 to 25 pounds and standing only 15 to 17 inches tall, but they're muscular and compact with a short tail, erect ears and a jaunty gait. Because they're short-faced, they tend to snort, wheeze, grunt and even snore. Consider their delicate respiratory system by not smoking and minimize outdoor activity during pollen season and hot weather. Be sure to walk your Boston with a harness, not a leash and collar, which adds pressure to breathing.
Your smart Boston Terrier will enjoy obedience school, but be sweet—he loves praise and will respond in kind and be delighted to amuse.