BOSTON TERRIER TEMPERAMENT
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BRIEF HISTORY working roles suited to strangers/other animals The Boston Terrier is one of the first 10 all American made breeds though the primary stock for the line was imported from Europe as a pit-fighting dog. All Boston Terriers can trace their line back to their breeds founder, Judge, brought to Boston, Massachusetts in the US, and gave rise to an entire breed. While about 10lbs larger than the modern Boston Terrier, Judge provided a solid base for the physical build of the breed that was added to the AKC in 1893. Since then, Boston’s have been wildly popular in the US from family homes to film stars to state mascots. Now let’s look a bit deeper into the temperament of the modern Boston. TEMPERAMENT OVERVIEW Today’s Bostons are fantastic companions with virtually none of the viciousness of their pit fighting ancestors. The breed is almost exclusively a companion dog because of their size, but they can make excellent emotional support canines, whether that be in an official capacity or not. The Boston Terrier is loving, playful, well-mannered, easy to train, and devoted to the entire family. One thing you'll find with the Boston in your home is their playful antics and clownish nature are always making their family smile. This is part of what makes them such ideal companion dogs. They are not known to bark a lot, which makes them suitable for apartment living or for families that cannot go on long walks or spend hours exercising them. They love to play with their family for a little while and then snuggle up for the rest of the day, making them ideal for older people who want a dog to help them stay active. SOCIAL - CHILDREN/SMALL ANIMALS/STRANGERS Boston’s are a great choice for young families for many of the same reasons they are ideal for older people. The little American Gentleman is indeed gentle with children, even when playing, and friendly enough that having friends over won’t bother them either. They bond with the whole family but can be extra devoted to one person. Their soft personalities, willingness to please, and intelligence make them easy to train for first-time canine leaders, and they have enough energy to even do well with agility and obedience work. Their playful nature can turn to stubbornness when training though so it’s best to keep sessions short and exciting. Harsh corrections or inconsistent boundaries won’t work with this breed, so don’t take their forgiving nature for granted. They want to do the right thing and make you happy, and they’ll thrive with a calm, consistent canine leader. The Boston usually does very well with other small animals and strange people, but males can be a tad protective. It’s always recommended that you socialize your Boston, male or female, to as many new animals and people of all ages throughout their entire life. They love being the center of attention, and socialization allows them to happily share the spotlight with other animals and children. WRAP UP The Boston Terrier is a spectacular canine with a huge heart and goofy personality so they are sure to brighten any home. Their soft personality and devotion to their family make them an ideal choice for first-time canine leaders, families, and older people as well. The American Gentleman is sure to bring joy and comfort to even the smallest homes.