February 19th is a pretty special day for some of our canine buddies. It’s Boston Terrier Day! This lovable pooch, which is also the Massachusetts State Dog, is a very popular pup, and with good reason. A local vet discusses this ‘pawesome’ breed below.
The Boston Terrier breed dates back to 1875, to a very good boy named Hooper’s Judge (or Judge, for short) who was of the bull and terrier breed. Judge was bred to a pretty white bulldog named Gyp, who provided her pups with the blocky heads that are now characteristic of the breed. Though the Boston Terrier was originally a pit fighting dog, it didn’t take long for them to find their way into people’s homes and hearts. They are now the 21st most popular breed in the AKC registry. Speaking of the AKC, they added the breed back in 1893, as the first US breed to officially be listed. Interestingly, the Boston Terrier is not actually a terrier, at least officially. Instead, FIdo is listed in the non-sporting group.
Boston Terriers really are wonderful dogs. They are happy, friendly, lovable, and fiercely devoted. They’re also quite small, which makes them a great match for anyone who lives in an apartment or condo, as many Bostonians do. These pups are also pretty quiet, which is another reason they’re good for urban dwellers. Another great thing about Fido? He’s easily trainable. Boston Terriers can be found in agility and strength contests, and sometimes work as therapy dogs. They’re also great at doggy sports, such as tracking and dock diving. And, as you may know, the Boston Terrier is the official mascot for Boston University and also for Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.
Fido does need proper activity to stay healthy. Be careful not to overexert your furry friend! The Boston Terrier is brachycephalic. Because these cute pups have such short muzzles, they can get out of breath very easily. They also don’t do well in either extreme heat or extreme cold.
One great thing about Boston Terriers is the fact that they don’t really need a lot of grooming. Just brush Fido once a week, and bathe him regularly. As with any other dog, you’ll also need to keep up with his dental care and peticures.
The Boston Terrier’s most prominent features may very well be their big eyes. Those bug eyes can be super expressive! In fact, a Boston Terrier named Bruschi made the Guinness Book Of World Record for being the dog with the biggest peepers. Boston Terriers are prone to getting corneal ulcers and/or injuries from sand or other objects getting into their eyes. You’ll need to be very careful to remove potential hazards that may be at eye level, such as thorny plants.
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