Meet The American Gentlemen, AKA The Boston Terrier
The Boston terrier, also known as the ‘American gentleman,’ which is a nickname the breed earned through their gentle nature and tuxedo-resembling coat, is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States.
Originated in the U.S. back in the late 19th century, Boston terriers were bred to be fighting dogs. Though they are a relatively small breed, their appearance is strong and muscular. They have a short, shiny, and straight coat with the most common color patterns giving them a tuxedo-wearing appearance, hence the nickname. The Boston’s face features sizable, naturally erected ears, a broad muzzle and big, round, warm eyes in which you can immediately fall in love with.
Boston terriers are very friendly and lovable, extremely intelligent and easy to train, but you should know that they can be really stubborn and persistent at times. This breed is full of energy to the point where they can even be hyperactive, which can prove to be too demanding for some owners.
However, if you want an energetic dog that will be more than willing to follow you on all your adventures, the Boston terrier is the best choice for you. If you have kids, then the Boston terrier is the perfect pet. Apart from playing with the kids, they are definitely a valuable addition for the whole family. They are ideal for people who live in apartments because they don’t require too much exercise. However, you should take them for daily walks so that they wouldn’t get too lazy or obese.
Boston terriers can experience respiratory problems, they are not well adapted to high temperatures and they do not tolerate extremely cold climates due to their short-haired coat. For this reason, they should be kept indoors most of the time. Because of their small, broad snout, Boston terriers frequently drool and even snore loudly. One of the downsides of this loveable pooch is also that they have a tendency to have problems with gasses and bowel movements. If you don’t mind this, you will find the Boston terrier to be the best pet in the whole wide world.
Although the Boston terrier is very friendly and cheerful, males can show signs of aggression towards other dogs if they sense their territory is being invaded. Keep in mind, though, that this kind of behavior can be prevented by socializing your pooch from puppyhood.
This breed is prone to gluttony and they are very greedy and passionate about food. Since nature blessed them with a huge appetite, their owners should pay attention to the quantity of food their pet ingests. The usual daily intake for this ‘gentleman’ would be between half and one and a half cups of top quality dry food and the best way is to divide this into two feedings. This, of course, depends on various factors such as age, size, metabolism and the amount of activity your pooch receives every day. Since every dog is different, you should probably talk to tour vet and ask them for some advice. By providing your pet with the best dog food on the market, you will make sure they stay healthy and live longer.
With an average life expectancy between 13-15 years, they can live much longer if they receive proper care, which includes high-quality food, regular veterinary checkups, and moderate physical activity. You should frequently check their eyes and ears for any signs of irritation or infection. Regular weekly checkups are important, as they can help you spot any health problem in its early stages. This will also teach your pooch how to be still and behave when you examine them, which will prepare them for visits to the vet clinic.
Boston terriers are really easy to groom, and when they shed it will not leave a noticeable mess around the house.
All in all, if you want a small, feisty dog with a huge personality, you can’t go wrong with the Boston terrier.