Boston Terriers By: Ms. Evans

Boston Terriers

How many of you have a dog or have hoped for a dog as a pet? Americans are known for their love for pets, especially dogs. Although there are many different breeds of dogs only one breed has been nicknamed the “American Gentleman” and that is the Boston Terrier. These pups have a unique appearance, are likely to have breathing problems, and have some similarities and differences to other dog breeds.

What They Look Like

Have you ever heard of a dog nicknamed the “American Gentleman?” This nickname was actually given to the Boston Terrier breed. Boston Terriers were given this nickname because their fur looks very similar to that of a tuxedo. Therefore, these pups look like little gentleman. All Boston’s may have tuxedo patterned fur but they can come in three different colors. Those colors are black, seal, or brindle. The color seal looks like the color black but is actually red. Boston Terriers fur is also fine, soft and smooth. Another interesting characteristic about Boston Terriers are their square-shaped heads with short snouts. Their faces are similar to another dog breed, which is the boxer. Boston Terriers are compact dogs, which means that their bodies are small and close together, with big heads and eyes that stick out. Even though Boston Terriers are short and small, they are balanced and have well developed muscles. Lastly, Boston Terriers have different sizes. For example, they can be under 15 pounds, 15 to 20 pounds, or 20 to 25 pounds. As you can see, Boston Terriers have a very unique appearance.

This diagram shows some body parts of a Boston Terrier

Breathing Problems

Boston Terriers are well-known for their adorable faces, which include a short, squished nose, but this characteristic can cause many breathing problems for these pups. For one, Boston Terriers often wheeze or snore very loudly due to their short noses. Boston Terriers are also unable to exercise too hard or too long because they aren’t able to breath as easily out of their squished nostrils. A 30 minute light walk twice a day would be the best for Bostons. Lastly, Boston’s cough more often due to the lack of air getting through their nose. When Boston’s cough it doesn’t sound like a human cough, but rather like a choking sound.

Boston Terriers Compared to French Bulldogs

You may be able to tell when a Boston Terrier is walking down the street or when you see a picture of them on the internet, but be careful because their breed can be easily mistaken with other dog breeds. For example, the French Bulldog is another dog breed that looks very similar to Boston Terriers but there are some differences between the two. One major similarity between Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs are their appearance. Both dog breeds have short snouts and tails, ears that stand up straight, a short fur coat, and eyes that bulge out of their heads. However, if you are looking at a Boston Terrier and French Bulldog you would be able to tell a difference between them because French Bulldogs have shorter legs, a more muscular body, a larger head, and rounded ears. In contrast, Boston Terriers have skinnier bodies and legs and have pointed ears. Other than their appearance, these two dog breeds also differ in how long they live, their weights, and their fur color. Boston Terriers are expected to live longer at about 13-15 years, while French Bulldogs live only 10-12 years. Boston’s usually weigh between 15-25 pounds and French Bulldogs weigh 20-28. Lastly, the French Bulldog breed has many more color combinations. For example, they can come in brindle, brindle and white, cream, fawn, fawn and white, and many more. Fawn is a light yellowish tan color. On the other hand, Boston Terriers only come in three color combinations, white with either brindle, seal, or black. As you can see, there are many similarities and differences between Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs.

In Conclusion

Overall, Boston Terriers have a unique appearance, are likely to have breathing problems, and have some similarities and differences to other dog breeds. The next time you go to a dog park or on a walk make sure to keep a lookout for these American Gentleman!

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