Miniature Boston Terrier
Information about the Miniature Boston Terrier
If looking for a dog that is energetic, intelligent and gentle yet with small stature, look no further than a miniature Boston terrier. Considered to be “all American” because it was bred in Massachusetts, this dog is a great choice for individuals or families.
The label of “miniature” is somewhat of a misnomer as it relates to the Boston terrier. The American Kennel Club recognizes three different class standards for this breed based on weight: less than 15 pounds, 15 to 20 pounds and 20 to 25 pounds. Certainly, those dogs which are in the smallest category can be considered to be miniature since there is no minimum weight to that class. The more diminutive size is very appealing to some dog owners who like the distinction of the miniature status.
Boston terriers are dogs that crave the attention of their people, and are considered to be first and foremost companion dogs. Their friendly disposition is an outstanding feature of the dog; their aim is always to please their humans. The combination of their excellent disposition, a high intelligence and their desire to please makes this breed an easy one to train. As with any breed of dog, proper training should be enforced to provide boundaries; with the Boston terrier, this may be especially true since the dog has such a trusting nature with family and strangers alike.
While the Boston is a playful companion dog, it requires only moderate exercise. For this reason, the miniature Boston terrier is an excellent choice as an apartment pet. Going out for regular walks should prove to be sufficient with this breed, although opportunities for interacting with their families in play will certainly be welcomed. This dog will be as eager and content to simply sit on your lap as it will be to play fetch.
Caring for this variety of terrier will be no difficulty for the owner if it has been properly bred. Their typical short, smooth coats will require only occasional brushing, and their nails clipped back periodically. Regular trips to the veterinarian to check its ears and eyes along with overall health and condition will be the only other consideration. There are a few things to know, however, about the dog. As a puppy, a good deal of patience will be required when housebreaking your new pet. Boston terriers are notoriously slow to housebreak, but will achieve the goal eventually if you are able to stick with it. In the same vein, they are also known to have an issue with intestinal gas and are often flatulent. This is not the result of what the dog is eating, but rather as to how it eats the food. With a face that is shorter than most, a good deal of air is taken in as they eat. What goes in must come out; hence, the flatulence. An important fact is that less well bred terriers can face serious health issues; knowing the reputation of the breeder can decrease these risks.
Because the Boston terrier possesses a short muzzle, there are also some respiratory issues of which a new owner should be aware. It is important to take care not to expose your pet to harsh chemicals such as cleaning products, tobacco smoke or allergens. Also a result of this short face is the tendency to snort, wheeze and even slobber a bit. It may also be helpful for the new owner to know that their mini terrier, who will want to spend every waking and sleeping moment with their beloved owner, is likely to snore.
A Boston terrier of any size can be the ideal pet for most people or families who are looking for a companion dog.