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Breed Highlight: Boston Terrier

boston_terrier With a moniker reflecting the city where it originated, the Boston Terrier holds canine fame as being one of the few breeds native to the United States. Bred in the 1870s from a mixture of English Terriers and English Bulldogs, Boston Terriers were originally known as Round Heads or Bull Terriers. When several dozen owners of these dogs formed the American Bull Terrier Club in 1889, owners of the proper Bull Terrier breed grew annoyed. With a name change in place, the Boston Terrier Club of America was formed in 1891. Two years later, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Boston Terrier as the first genuinely American bred dog. Nicknamed “The American Gentleman” because of its dapper appearance, the breed is favored for its gentle demeanor making it especially suitable as a companion and house pet. They’re also fine apartment dwellers that stay in good mental and physical shape with a nice daily walk and regular activity in a park or yard. Intelligent and alert, these canines have a loving disposition ideal for families – although they can become a bit testy with the very young. They’re also protective at just the right times, barking excessively if someone approaches their home in a suspicious way. Devoted to their owners, they tend to be a bit reserved with strangers and can show aggression toward strange dogs. Retaining many of the attributes of its bulldog ancestors, Boston Terriers feature a short fine coat with distinctive markings. Clean-cut physical characteristics include a compact build, square head, broad chest, wrinkle-free muzzle, short tail, soft dark eyes and short back. Their smooth, fine coats come in brindle and white, seal and white, or black and white. Both males and females typically weigh 10 to 25 pounds and are 15 to 17 inches tall. A healthy Boston Terrier can live as long as 16 years. However, the breed is prone to heat stroke and should be monitored when playing outdoors on hot days. Their short snouts may cause them to snore, drool and snort in a pug-like manner. Other common health issues include cataracts, allergies and heart problems. For a healthy snack, consider Loving Pets 100% all-natural Pure Buffalo treats. Pure Buffalo is a healthier, leaner, great tasting alternative to beef. Because it massages gums and helps control tartar, it’s also great for maintaining a Boston Terrier’s dental health. Pure Buffalo is available in 22 varieties and sizes including bones, femur knuckles, braided bully sticks, tendons, jerky meat strips and lung steaks.