boston terrier breed information

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier was developed in the stables of Boston as a fighting dog around the year 1870. A true American creation, it was a combination of an English Bulldog and a white English Terrier.

Today, it is hard to imagine the Boston Terrier as a fighting dog, and if there ever was a truly happy-go-lucky breed, this is it. They have a gentle disposition and are easily adaptable. They are a terrific family dog as well as a loving companion to single person homes and to the elderly.

Boston Terriers tend to be quite plucky and energetic, especially as puppies. Early obedience training is key in reigning in unruly behavior. Boston Terriers are easily trained and require minimal grooming.

Although a highly adaptable breed, Boston Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Boston Terriers are prone to include breathing problems such as brachycephalic disease; skin conditions such as atopy, skin fold dermatitis and demodicosis; and eye issues such as cataracts.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Boston Terrier inherits his dad’s bad eyes or his mom’s patchy coat, you’re covered.

Common health issues

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