Boston Terrier Day is coming up February 19th! This lovable pup is the Massachusetts State Dog, and has garnered thousands of fans. A local vet discusses this popular breed below.
The Boston Terrier breed goes back to 1875, to a pooch named Hooper’s Judge (or Judge, for short) a special pooch of the bull and terrier breed. Judge was soon bred to a white bulldog named Gyp, who had the blocky head that’s now characteristic of the breed. Though the Boston Terrier was originally bred as a pit fighter, it didn’t take long for them to find their way into people’s homes and hearts. They are now the 21st most popular breed in the AKC registry. And speaking of the AKC, they added the breed in 1893, as the first US breed to officially be listed. Another fun fact about this smart dog? He’s not actually a terrier, at least, not officially. Instead, they are in the non-sporting group.
Boston Terriers are known for being happy, friendly, lovable, and fiercely devoted. They are quite small, which makes them a great match for those who live in apartments. They’re also quiet, which is another reason they’re good for urbanites. Another great thing about these cute dogs? They’re easily trainable. Boston Terriers can be found in agility and strength contests. They sometimes work as therapy dogs, and they also excel at tracking and dock diving. And, as you may know, they’re the official mascot for Boston University and Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.
Fido needs some activity to stay healthy. Take care not to overexert your furry friend! Because these pooches have such short muzzles, they can get out of breath very easily. They also don’t do well with either extreme heat or extreme cold.
Boston Terriers don’t need a lot of grooming. Just brush Fido once a week, and bathe him regularly. You’ll also need to keep up with his dental care and peticures.
One of the Boston Terrier’s most prominent features are their eyes. Those adorable bug eyes can be super expressive! In fact, a Boston Terrier named Bruschi made the Guinness Book Of World Record for being the dog with the largest eyes. However, they sometimes get corneal ulcers. They can also suffer from injuries from sand or other objects getting into those bug eyes. You’ll need to be careful to remove potential hazards, such as thorny plants, that are at Fido’s eye level.
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