Bosties ... they're your Besties!

The Boston is the smallest of the Bull breeds i.e. containing Bulldog blood. And in England is a member of the Utility Group.

Boston Terriers are handsome, loyal, packed with personality and love nothing more in life than to tag along with their humans. This makes Bostons an ideal doggy companion for just about any lifestyle. Whether your family is active and always on the go, or if couch potato best describes your weekend style, it’s hard to go wrong with this amazing breed!

The Boston Terrier is at home in any situation and never meets a stranger; everyone is a potential new friend.

Despite his pugnacious appearance, he is a lover, not a fighter. One of the few dog breeds to originate in the United States, the Boston was bred to be a best friend, happy to do just about anything as long as he’s with his human family. And he can go anywhere with them: not only is he a small-but-sturdy size for any situation, he’s one of the few dogs that’s always formally dressed, in markings that resemble a well-tailored tuxedo.

The Boston Terrier combines enthusiasm from his terrier ancestors with the gentle sweetness and good sense of his Bulldog ancestors. He also has a sly sense of humour and loves to clown around. The Boston is smart, enjoys plenty of attention and loves to be with people, especially if that means sitting on a lap or sharing a bed or sofa. He’s definitely a lover and enjoys a cuddle. Expect the Boston to be excited when he greets visitors, but he’ll soon settle down once he has given them an appropriately enthusiastic welcome. The Boston can entertain himself, especially if he has a favourite toy or two, but he’d much rather be doing something with his family.

Some Bostons have a reputation for being excessively active, but that’s not typical for the breed. A well-bred, well-socialised Boston is outgoing and playful but never obnoxiously demanding of time and attention. He will adapt himself to your schedule, but that doesn’t mean you can leave him alone all the time. He is a major love bug and needs a family who will enjoy and desire his company.

Bostons love kids, and kids love them right back. That doesn’t mean they enjoy being mauled, though. Teach kids how to treat the dog, and supervise play, especially when very young children are involved. The Boston makes friends with other pets, too. It’s not unusual to find a Boston napping with the family cat. If you work all day, it can be nice to have a second Boston so they can keep each other company.

The Boston wants to please and generally learns quickly, but each dog is an individual. Some are more amenable to training than others. If your Boston seems unwilling to get with the program, try to figure out what motivates him. Usually food works, but praise or a favourite toy may also be the key to successful training.

A word of advice: any dog, no matter how nice, can develop obnoxious levels of barking, digging and other undesirable behaviours if he is bored, untrained or unsupervised. And any dog can be a trial to live with during adolescence. In the case of the Boston, the “teen” years can start at six months and continue until the dog is about two years old.

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