Boston Terriers – Q&A
Boston Terriers are great companion dogs whose personalities differ with each dog. Even so, they are typically friendly and enjoy human company. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the breed:
Is a Boston Terrier a good breed choice for a family?
Yes. Boston Terriers are charming and generally friendly with their families. They love to be around their families and tend to trigger the parental instinct in many owners thanks to their large cute eyes, cocked head and constant snuffling.
What kind of health problems to Boston Terriers typically suffer from?
Because they are intentionally bred to have short faces and domed heads, Boston Terriers are often susceptible to breathing problems among others:
- Brachycephalic Syndrome: A common condition among the breed associated with respiratory problems as well as digestive and eye problems like cataracts and corneal ulcers.
- Luxating patella (loose knee joints), hip dysplasia, hemivertebra
- Heart disease
- Deafness or partial deafness
- Skin problems including allergies, demodectic mange and mast cell tumors
- Pattern baldness – gradual thinning of the hair around the temples, ears, under the neck and abdomen or the back of the thighs
Do Boston Terriers bark a lot?
Yes. They will quickly alert you when there is a stranger approaching, or anywhere around for that matter. They also like to bark at other dogs, though they hardly ever display aggressive behavior.
Do Boston Terriers shed a lot of hair?
No. Boston Terriers have short coats and are mild shedders. They are considered hypoallergenic, and regular brushing is recommended to help control shedding.
How many hours a day does a Boston Terrier sleep?
Boston Terrier puppies sleep up to 20 hours a day because of all the energy they expend while awake. Between playing, exploring and general growth, they need a lot of rest to recover. Elderly Boston Terriers, on the other hand, also need a lot of rest as they naturally tire easily because of old age.
Do Boston Terriers swim?
It depends on the dog. Because of their breathing difficulties and larger heavier heads, swimming for long durations or over long distances is difficult for the breed. However, this does not mean that they cannot swim, or shouldn’t. Many Boston Terrier owners report that their dogs are excellent swimmers, even though some don’t like to swim. For their safety, Boston Terriers should always be supervised when swimming.
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