BOSTON TERRIER VS BEAGLE
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HISTORY We'll dig into the history of each breed first to get a sense of their original working role and how that affects the breed today. Jumping right in, the Boston Terrier was originally a bit larger than we know today and were bred to participate in the blood sports of the 19th century. Luckily, that trend quickly went away, and the breed found success as a ratter in factories and as a companion. Almost all Boston's can trace their lines back to a bulkier ancestor named Judge, who was brought to the town of Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States when the breed was refined and really developed. While Boston's are a relatively new breed, the ancestors of the Beagle date back before 55BC with records of similar small pack hounds being used in the modern-day UK. They have been successful and fearless hunting companions, and by the 1500s, most noble houses had a pack of Beagles in addition to a pack of larger hounds. The beauty of the Beagle was their smaller size allowed them to get into smaller spaces but also didn't require the hunters to have horses to keep up with them. This made them ideal for more relaxed hunts, which catered to the older hunters and those who couldn't afford to keep a horse. APPEARANCE The two breeds are similar in size and have short coats, but that's about all they have in common when it comes to looks. Boston's are under 25 pounds and have stocky builds with short tails and large, erect bat-like ears. Their fur is short and sleek, and they are considered brachycephalic, so grunting and snorting noises, along with snoring, are common with the breed. The Boston always has a tuxedo type pattern of white and darker coloring that ranges from seal, a very dark brown that appears black, and black and white. Beagles can weigh up to 30 pounds and may stand a couple of inches taller and are very sturdy even if they lack the stocky build of the Boston. They typically have long tails and long drooping ears with a coat pattern of white, black, and brown in large patches. They are also quite loud and have a howl-bark that is long and deep. They are gorgeous dogs that excel at digging and sniffing out varmints in your yard, so be prepared to wipe them down before coming back inside. TRAINABILITY Bostons are easily trainable and can make a good canine for first time owners. They don't care to do much at a competitive level, but they do make excellent emotional support and companion dogs. One thing to watch out for is they are cute, and they know it. They will do whatever they need to get more treats and can be prone to obesity because of it. Beagles are quite trainable but probably aren't the best pick if you want to compete in obedience sports. It's in their nature to follow their nose and wander where the scents of the world take them, so they are also not the kind of canine you want to have off-leash outside of a fence. You'll find they can be stubborn, especially if they get bored with the training session. You'll need to be exceptionally patient as their calm, consistent leader since losing your temper will only make them more stubborn. TEMPERAMENT The Boston has held the nickname The American Gentleman since the early days of its development in the States. This is partly due to the tuxedo markings, but mostly because of their charming and polite personality. They are deeply devoted to their family and are an endless source of entertainment with their frequent clownish antics and playful nature. Beagles are very similar to Boston's in that they are quite friendly and playful, but they have a much higher energy level. You'll need to work the Beagles mind and body each day with long walks and scent games to prevent destructive habits. They are excellent walking and running partners that are always up for an adventure.