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Boston Terrier

Breed origin: USA
Original purpose: Fighting dog.

AKC recognized: 1893
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Weight: 10 to 25 lbs
Size: Height: 15 to 17 inches
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Color: Brindle, seal, or black with white markings.

Life span: 11 to 13 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Boston Terrier is intelligent, active, affectionatle, loyal, and gentle. They are generally well-mannered, easy to train, and easy to maintain, making them excellent companions and house pets. However, they are active and require a lot of time and attention, and must not be left outside without human contact. They do not tolerate extreme weather conditions and do best as inside dogs.

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Good with children? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes if adequate exercise can be provided.

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Intelligent? Highly

Easy to train? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, conformation, agility, flyball, therapy

Grooming requirement: Brush weekly. They do shed but since they have a short coat and do not have an undercoat, regular brushing will minimized the amount of shed hair in the home.

Known health problems: Cataracts, cherry eye, luxatin patellas, deafness, heart murmur, allergies.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Boston Terriers (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Susan Bulanda
Published in 2005
96 pages

Boston Terriers For Dummies
By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson
Published in 2007
328 pages

The Boston Terrier (An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet)
By Scottee Meade
Published in 2000
160 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Boston Terriers
By Bob Candland and Eleanor Candland
Published in 1999
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Boston Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Boston Terrier Club of America Rescue

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