(Closed) Tell me all about your Boston terrier!!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t have a Boston Terrier, but I “know” three of them from the dog park. They are all pretty energetic and what I would call “spastic” although in a loveable way. They are very friendly, non-agressive, run and bounce a lot, and are fairly quiet. Granted, this is all at the dog bark, so they may be different at home.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have 2! A 3 year old boy and 1.5 year old girl. Bostons are FABULOUS dogs because they are people pleasers. Our girl seems to be more laid back than the boy and is a big lover dog, she knew how to give kisses before we got her at 8 weeks! If you get stern with her she just rolls over on her back with her paws in the air. Mine are actually pretty lazy lol though our boy was very energetic when we got him. He settled down after we got him fixed.

They snore, fart and snort! Its endearing if not disgusting sometimes!Feel free to PM me or ask any questions, I’m sure theres some things I’m forgetting!

 

June

 

Reggie

Both

 

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Ohhh, here is a topic I can talk about! I looove my lil booger. He was an incredibly easy puppy – never got into trouble, easy to housebreak, never chewed anything other than his toys. He used to have some GI issues (to use the technical term, “tooting”) but we changed his food and it’s much better. But the nickname “Stinky” stuck. He does snort, snarfle (also a technical term) and snore! Personally I find all of his noises very endearing. He loves to cuddle. He loves his toys and loves to play fetch and especially loves it if you chase him when he has a toy or vice versa. He also loves to shadow box/play wrestle with us. But he is not hyper. If he invites you to play and you decline he will entertain himself. He only barks if he thinks there’s someone or something suspicious going on outside.

He hates to be bad or get scolded; Bostons are very emotionally sensitive! If I raise my voice even a little at him he gets these huge eyes and pokes out his bottom lip and looks so sad! Whenever FI and I are sitting together, he always has to be in the middle. He’s a “love sponge.” Also Bostons are clowns. Watch some youtube vids of them and you will see! They are very, very silly. So if you want a dog who will make you laugh, get a Boston! 

Anyway, I don’t know whether my Stinkster is representative of the breed, but he is the best. dog!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MischiefManaged:  Mine was quickly potty trained. He got #1 (“go potty”) right away and #2 (“do your business”) took a little longer, but not long. We didn’t crate train him. We were lucky in that FI was able to take him to work for the first few months of his life so he always had someone to supervise him and take him out. For bed time we got a large rubbermaid bin/tub and put that next to our bed. It was big enough that we could put a pee pad on one end and his bedding on the other, and the top was open so he could see us and feel like he was in the same space as us. This worked out well and he rarely (maybe never?) messed his pad. For the first week or two (can’t remember how long) one of us would usually get up once in the night to take him out. Eventually he moved to the big bed!

My dogs (I have two, but the other – not a Boston – is completely different, almost like a cat – very aloof and independent) stay in the house when no one is home. When we’re home they’re able to go in and out of the house/yard. They get a fair amount of time outside. 

My dog was $500. We got him from a breeder. He has not had any eye issues or other health problems (knock wood). Let me know if you have any other questions!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I grew up with Bostons, as my grandparents raised and bread Championship Bostons. I love them so much! They’re such a character filled dog. The Bostons I had were all super cudly, active dogs. Bostons were bread to hunt gophers, and I’ve seen them go after small rodents and birds. Most Bostons keep that instinct, and will ‘hunt’ their toys, and throw them around like they’ve caught a gopher. 

Most Bostons have great personalities. They’re great family dogs. I’ve had a efw who think they were lap dogs. And they do snort and snore a lot, it’s due to their noses. They’re very loud dogs when it comes to snorting, but most don’t bark very often or loud. Also, they don’t do too well in the winter, due to their paws and thin fur. We always kept our Bostons indoors, aside from potty breaks. We also never had an issue with putting sweaters on ours (dogs in sweaters make everything better!)

All of our dogs were pure bread, through my grandparents linage. You can get mixed Bostons, but they do tend to have issues with their back legs when mixed too far. 

Also if you have a cat, Bostons are not the dog for you, due to their eyes. Don’t let a cat near a Boston. This was always a rule my grandparents had, they would not sell a puppy to anyone with a cat.

If you want a pure bread, you can probably find a good breeder near you. Bostons are pretty popular dogs, they’re easy to bread (and Boston puppies are ADORABLE!). If you aren’t particiular about your patterns on your Boston, you can probably find a ‘brindle’ (so brown) or one who has too big of white from a breeder. We used to sell those dogs on cheaper as family pets, because they aren’t show or bread quality. But they’re still pure bread dogs, with traceable linage. 

I love Bostons, and I can’t wait till I don’t live in an apartment so I can have one again. They really are great dogs!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

And for some reason this is the only picture I can find of my last baby girl, Rascal. She passed away about three years ago now. This is an old (edited) photo.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I love my Boston!!!!!! I’m actually kind of obsessed lol

I got her as a valentines day present for my fiancé (then BF) and she is our little fur baby! She is full of energy.  One moment she’ll be running in circles and the next cuddling with us. She has tons of energy and tons of character. we had a different experience then the PP’s here, ours was extremely difficult to potty train but we later learned that she actually had a UTI which could have been adding to that difficulty. 

Id love to get her a little friend eventually but we are waiting until we have a bigger yard 🙂

 

Her 1st birthday:

 

When she was 3 months old:

 

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Best thread ever.

My Ruby is the freaking light of my life (second only to FI). She recently got injured (tore her ACL/displaced her hip), so she is on puppy IR. We have to monitor her activity and she may need pricy surgery (this was a whole different dramatic thread that got resolved). But even with all that, she is the BEST dog I’ve ever had. She and her sister (my parents’ dog) are so smart, easily trainable, full of love and energy, with the best personalities. They’re small enough to not be horribly destructive, but big enough to play rough.

LOVE BTs.

Ruby:

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

@MischiefManaged:  Sorry, I didn’t realize I didn’t finish my train of thought there! Cats are not really good mixes with Bostons due to their claws. Because Bostons eyes stick out more so then most dogs, and they don’t have a snout to protet their eyes. So if a cat decides to strike at a Boston, the first thing they will hit are their eyes. We had one puppy returned to us, who had been struck by a cat, and lost one eye. 

Having said that, Boston’s don’t tend to have behaviour issues with cats, like most Terriors. I think this is because they were bred for rodents, and not cat sized animals. So while I don’t reccomend people having cats with Bostons, I have heard of it working out, as long as the intro is slow, the cats are monitored the entire time they are around the dog, and they are introduced young.

I’ve never had an issue with a Boston putting on clothing. In the photo I posted, Rascal is wearing a little sweater! She really didn’t care about the sweater! It kept her warm, and she just continued being a dog. We also used booties on our dogs during the winter, to protect their paws (the things you do for Championship dogs!)

We don’t bread any more, we stopped about five years ago, and our last Boston passed away about three years ago. It was fun while we did it, we had 17 litters through the years (not from one bitch, no worries!), and they were always so much fun. I know my grandma would go back to breading if she was young enough though. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MischiefManaged:  We had a bit of a rough time potty training our older boy, but the little one was a breeze. Maybe we were just seasoned Boston owners by then :)?

We got ours from a breeder! Both were crate trained at an early age and are inside dogs, though they LOVE going to the dog park every weekend! Vet bills have been pretty normal (first few years shots) but Reggie caught a bacteria from outside a few months ago and it messed up his intestines for a few days, but still, fairly normal to have something come up every once in a while. No eye issues or anything but the little one has a more of a smush face so she frequently reverse sneezes when she inhales too much air while she eats. Its strange but not uncommon for Bostons

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