Boston terrier allergy: Are Boston Terriers prone to allergies?
Are Boston Terriers prone to allergies?
Q: I’m thinking about adopting a Boston Terrier from a nearby rescue, but I heard they’re prone to allergies. Is that true, and if so, what type of allergies? How do I care for him?
A: Like humans, many dog breeds are susceptible to allergies. Boston Terriers have shown an increased risk for allergies to wheat gluten, soy, and some food additives, as well as to pollen, smoke, perfume, mold, dust mites, and even human dander. Spotting signs of an allergy early can help you manage your pet’s symptoms and increase their comfort during flare-ups.
Signs of Allergies in your Boston Terrier
Allergic reactions in Boston Terriers often manifest through skin rashes and irritations (also called atopy or atopic dermatitis). Allergens such as pollen, mold, and dust can cause itchy, irritated patches of skin on the belly, belly folds, paws, and even ears.
Behavioral signs to watch for include:
In severe cases, your vet can conduct tests to identify the allergens to which your pert is most sensitive.
Boston Terriers and Contact Allergies
Bostons are also prone to contact allergies—allergic reactions resulting from things they touch, such as household plants, lawn grasses, fleas or other parasites, household cleaning products, and even certain dog shampoos. Symptoms again are likely to be most evident on the skin, so check the belly folds, paws, and ears for signs of redness, flakiness, or rash. Sudden or severe allergic reactions (such as those affecting breathing or digestion) should be reported to your vet.
Antibiotics & Allergies
Some Boston Terrier puppies that receive antibiotics to treat bacterial infections as puppies have shown an increased tendency to develop allergies later in life. It’s believed that this occurs because antibiotics affect the natural ecosystem of the gut, and can damage the helpful bacteria that help support the immune system. If your Boston received antibiotics as a puppy and is showing current signs of allergies, see your vet.
Creating a Hypoallergenic Environment
One way to help minimize your pet’s symptoms is to create a hypoallergenic environment. That may mean removing some allergy-inducing items from your home, changing what plants you cultivate in your garden, or switching to hypoallergenic cleaning products.
Vacuum rugs and wash bedding often
Use a proven flea and tick preventative to address parasites
Use pet-friendly household cleaners
Refrain from using perfumes or fragrances that may irritate your pet
Boston Terriers are lively, gregarious companions deserving of our love and care. If your Boston is showing signs of allergies, see your vet. They can test your pet to determine which allergens produce the most severe reactions, recommend which products to use (and those to avoid), and can prescribe medicines to help control flare-ups—so your pet can have a happier, allergy-free life.
Cecily Kellogg is a pet lover who definitely has crazy cat lady leanings. Her pets are all shelter rescues, including the dog, who is scared of the cats. She spent eight years working as a Veterinary Technician before becoming a writer. Today she writes all over the web, including here at Figo.
Dog Allergy Guide: Symptoms & Treatments; Natural Remedies
If you own a Boston Terrier or any dog nowadays, you may have discovered she has allergies of some sort. Bella had gone through a stage where she had horrible allergies. After switching her food the problem has been corrected. Her “allergy” was more of a diet sensitivity to the grain.
None the less I wanted to find out more about dogs in general and their allergy problems. In doing research, here is what I have found out.
How to help your dog with allergies?
There are a number of treatments for dog allergies. You can use prescribed steroids, antibiotics, and anti-histamines from your veterinarian. Or at home remedies like Benadryl, oatmeal baths, aloe vera, coconut oil, fish oil, a diet change, to name a few.
What is an Allergy?
The short answer to this question is the body’s overreaction to a substance. The immune system is a wonderful creation that helps prevent us from being sick all the time and allows our body to heal when it becomes ill or injured.
In the case of dogs with allergies, their immune system just runs rampant over the tiniest things. The immune system recruits inflammatory cells that cause redness, swelling, itchiness, and irritation to areas where it finds these little allergens. The body’s response to these allergens is typically worse than the actual allergen, a classic case of the bark being worse than the bite.
What Type of Allergies Do Dogs Suffer From?
There are three main allergies that our Boston Terriers or really dogs, in general, can suffer from skin allergies, food allergies, and environmental allergies. Causes and signs vary between them, but of course, there is some overlap between these three groups.
Probably the most common allergy that we see in dogs is skin allergies. These show up as that constant itching that has your dog up all night scratching or digging at her feet, belly, or tail.
Skin allergies can also show up as a red, bumpy rash. These rashes may lead to secondary bacterial infection if your pup is allowed to scratch it until it bleeds. Skin allergies are commonly caused by flea allergy dermatitis, food allergies (this is what my Bella had), and environmental allergies (notice the overlap).
Flea allergy dermatitis is when dogs are actually allergic to flea saliva. A single bite from even one flea can have your dog itching for weeks.
This type of allergy can show up either as an itchy skin rash or as vomiting and diarrhea. Food allergies have also been known to cause chronic ear infections. Contrary to popular belief, food allergies aren’t typically due to grains.
They are more likely caused by the protein in the food, mainly chicken, beef or eggs. This really surprised me since Bella had such bad allergies towards the grain. When we switched her to Blue Buffalo Salmon, she had gotten 100% better. My vet was surprised a diet like this worked because she had other Boston’s who did not react well to the all-protein diet.
If you want to give the all protein diet a try, check out the pricing and details for Blue Buffalo Salmon on Amazon, Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Salmon.
These are typically what we would think of as the seasonal allergies in the dog world. Environmental allergies can present themselves like skin allergies with itchy, red rashes, usually in the areas with less hair like the belly or face.
This type of allergy can also show up as they do in people with watery, red eyes, runny noses, and sneezes. Environmental rashes can be seasonal in the case of pollens or certain plants in your yard. Or they can be caused by your laundry detergent, other cleaning products, or carpet.
What Are the Signs of Allergies in Dogs?
Allergic reactions can be acute or chronic. Severe reactions occur quickly after your dog comes in contact with an allergen, and these types are usually what we find the scariest. They include at the worst anaphylactic shock. This is where the body’s immune response actually causes a drop in blood sugar and shock that can lead to death in very severe cases. For this one think about those people with bad peanut allergies or bee sting allergies that need to carry an EpiPen. Acute reactions can also look like hives or swelling of the lips, ears, and face. Vomiting can be an acute reaction symptom as well.
Chronic allergic reactions are more of what we think about with the itchy, red rash or vomiting and diarrhea. Other chronic signs would be ear infections that continue to come back no matter what you do to treat or prevent them.
Red, watery eyes and an itchy runny nose are also more commonly a chronic reaction to an allergen. Your dog might not have any of the above signs either. And instead, just lick constantly at her feet or belly without producing a rash or otherwise outward signs.
Since rashes, sneezing, vomiting, and diarrhea also show up with many other illnesses. It is essential to see your veterinarian. Your vet will check if there is anything that seems off about your Boston Terrier or dog. They will take a thorough history, perform an exam, and get into further diagnostics to help sort out your pup’s situation.
How Are Allergies in Dogs Diagnosed?
Unfortunately, pinning down your dog’s offending allergen isn’t always an easy task. The first step by the veterinarian will be to rule out other causes for the signs that your dog is showing. This will include an exam and possibly blood work and x-rays depending on what signs your dog is experiencing. If your dog has a skin rash, they will also check for external parasites like fleas or mange.
From there, depending on what allergies are suspected, your vet may recommend further testing or propose a trial and error method. There are a couple of different allergy tests available, blood testing, and intradermal skin testing.
The blood test consists of your veterinarian drawing your dog’s blood and sending it to a lab. At the lab, it will be tested against various panels of known environmental and food allergens.
Skin testing is just like in human medicine where the vet will shave a patch of hair and inject different allergens in known areas just under the skin. The response to the allergen is evaluated based on the size of the welt that follows.
Trial and Error Test
Allergy testing can be expensive, time-consuming, and inaccurate, so it’s no surprise that some dog parents go the route of trial and error.
In the case of suspected food allergies, dog parents are asked to try an elimination diet. The owner will need to find a limited ingredient dog food or cook for their dog themselves. If their pup has no trouble with the limited ingredients, then other ingredients are added in until an allergic reaction happens.
This method is also time-consuming and sometimes doesn’t fit into a dog parent’s schedule. So they may choose instead to try a hypoallergenic dog food, novel protein like rabbit or venison, or a grain-free option.
For environmental allergies, dog parents may try keeping their dog out of certain areas of the yard or inside completely during the problem seasons of the year.
If the allergen seems to be in the house, they may try changing their cleaning products or removing carpets, switching dog beds, etc. This is done until their pup finds some relief.
What Are the Treatments for Dogs With Allergies?
Of course, the best treatment for allergies is to remove the allergen, but after just reading the previous section, you can see how difficult that is. If you can not seem to nail down what is causing your dog’s allergies. Or it is impossible to remove it from his environment, you may have to resort to medications. Be sure that you don’t give your dog any medication without first discussing it with your veterinarian. We gave Bella Benadryl until we discovered it was a grain allergy.
Obviously, if your pup has a flea allergy, getting rid of fleas and preventing future infestations is your best option. Flea treatments are also a good idea if fleas are rampant in your area. Even if your dog doesn’t suffer from flea allergies, getting rid of them is imperative.
Benedryl is an excellent antihistamine for first-line defense for acute allergic reactions and can have some positive benefits for chronic allergic responses as well. They help by decreasing the amount of histamine that is released by your dog’s immune system and therefore reducing the reaction that follows. Histamine is a compound released by cells due to injury.
Antihistamines can have side effects like hyperactivity or sedation depending on the drug and dosage used, so talk with your vet first.
For severe allergy reactions, your veterinarian may prescribe a short-term anti-inflammatory, like a steroid, to help decrease your dog’s itching and redness.
These are given at the lowest dose possible for the shortest duration as possible to prevent the long-term side effects that steroids can have. There are also many topical sprays or creams available for a more localized approach.
For dogs with severe itchiness that has lead to secondary infections, antibiotics, or antifungals may be given depending on the nature of the infection. As with anti-inflammatories, these medications are kept to the lowest dose for the shortest duration possible.
The treatment of allergies in dogs rarely is confined to just one method. More often than not, multiple medications and other natural remedies may be tried in combination for a quicker, safer approach.
All-Naturalemedies For Dog Allergies
On the natural side, there are a few herbal and other treatments that may be of benefit. These are rarely used alone, however, but instead used in combination with other medications to decrease the dose and duration of them.
Being chock full of omega fatty acids makes fish oil an excellent choice for allergies of all kinds. Omega fatty acids are naturally anti-inflammatory and can help relieve the itchiness and irritation that comes with an allergic reaction.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe is a natural anti-inflammatory as well as an antibacterial and antifungal. The gel can be applied directly to any hot spots or areas that are especially bothersome. The coolness of the gel creates comfort immediately while the anti-inflammatory properties get to work for the rest of the day.
Aloe vera gel doesn’t work well if your dog is itchy all over as you would have to completely cover him in it to get the desired effect.
If you’ve ever had poison oak or ivy then you’re probably familiar with oatmeal baths. Not only does a bath help remove those environmental allergens, but the oatmeal can also soothe the itching for a short period of time.
The benefits of coconut oil are almost too numerous to count. It does have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects that make it useful in treating allergic responses. It can be given orally or applied directly to the skin.
Thyme is a great herbal choice for dogs with secondary yeast infections, especially between the toes or skin folds. When made into an infusion, thyme can be applied directly to the skin to stop itchiness in those hard to reach areas.
What Are the Best Diets For Dogs With Food Allergies?
Food allergies and sensitivities are getting some attention from the dog food market. Most manufacturers have realized that using the same ingredients in dog food for decades has maybe lead to some intolerances to those items. Because of this, many brands offer limited ingredient or novel protein options.
Limited ingredient diets typically contain only one protein and one carbohydrate source. The fewer ingredients there are, the less likely there is to be a reaction. These are great options when starting an elimination diet as it makes it easier to know exactly what is going into your dog.
Here are three brands with limited ingredients. Click the image to check out the product reviews on Amazon to see if this brand would be a good fit for you and your pup.
Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Fish Formula Dry Dog Food, Grain FreeBlue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Diet, Natural Adult Dry Dog Food, Salmon & PotatoInstinct Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free Recipe with Real Lamb Natural Dry Dog Food by Nature’s Variety
Novel protein diets are simply foods that use other sources of protein than the typical beef or chicken. The options vary from salmon to buffalo to kangaroo. So if you find that your Boston Terrier has issues with original recipe dog foods, a novel protein diet might be just what he’s looking for.
Here are three brands with novel proteins. Click the image to check out the product reviews on Amazon to see if this brand would be a good fit for you and your pup.
Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Grain Free, Natural Adult Dry Dog Food, SalmonPurina Beyond Limited Ingredient, Natural Dry Dog Food, Simply 9 Ranch Raised Lamb & Barley RecipeZignature Kangaroo Dry Dog Food Formula, High Protein Formula. Fast Delivery. by Just Jak’s Pet Market
Hypoallergenic diets have a slightly different approach, rather than switch to different ingredients, these diets alter the ingredients themselves.
Hypoallergenic or allergy diets use hydrolyzed protein, which just means proteins have been altered so as not to cause an allergic response anymore. Allergy diets tend to be very expensive and not as tasty, but for some dogs, they’re the only thing that works.
Allergies in dogs is definitely a subject that will leave you itching. Either out of sympathy for your poor pooch or out of confusion as to where it’s coming from and how to get rid of it. Your best approach is to visit with your veterinarian if you notice any of the above symptoms. Your goal should be to get a handle on it before your pup becomes too much of a hot, itchy mess.
- Dog Time – Natural Remedies For Seasonal Allergies
- American Kennel Club – Dog Allergies Symptoms and Treatments
- Pet MD – Food Allergies vs. Seasonal Allergies
Boston Terrier breed description: care, nutrition, education
Boston Terriers have been popular since their inception just over a century ago. They were originally bred as fighting dogs, but today they are gentle, affectionate companions with a tuxedo-like coloration, earning them the nickname “American Gentleman”. The short fine coat, with clear markings, adds a “zest” to the appearance of this breed. He gets along well with children, other pets, and almost everyone he meets. He is also quite agile and intelligent, learning tricks quickly, capable of competitive agility, obedience, or other sports. All in all, he is a fantastic little companion dog.
General features of the Boston Terrier breed:
• Height: 23-38 cm
• Weight: 6-11 kg
• Lifespan: 11-13 years
• Features: brachycephalic (flattened muzzle), upright erect ears
• Exercise requirements: minimum 20-40 minutes per day
• Energy level: average
• Tendency to snore: high
• Tendency to bark: moderate
• Tendency to dig: low
900 02 • Need for attention: moderate
• Coat length: short
• Characteristics: suitable for keeping in an apartment
• Colors: brindle with white, black with white, brindle, dark brown.
Temperament and Personality of the Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier combines the enthusiasm of its Terrier ancestors with the gentleness and kindness of its Bulldog ancestors. He also possesses cunning and a sense of humor. Boston is smart, needs a lot of attention, and loves being around people, especially if that means sitting on your lap or being on your bed or couch. He certainly has cunning. Boston can entertain himself, especially if he has a favorite toy or two, but is more likely to do things with his family.
Some Bostons have a reputation for being overly active, but this is not typical of the breed. A well-bred Boston Terrier is playful, but he never demands an excessive amount of time or attention. It adapts to your schedule, but that doesn’t mean you can leave it alone all the time. He is the main “Sunshine” and needs a family that will enjoy and desire his company.
Bostons love children, and children love them in return. Teach children how to behave around a dog and supervise play, especially when very young children are involved. Boston is also friendly with other pets. If you work all day, it might even be better to have a second Boston so they can keep each other company.
Boston wants to please everyone and is generally a fast learner, but every dog is different. Some are more trainable than others. If your Boston seems unwilling to learn the exercises, try to figure out what motivates him. Usually certain treats, praise, or a favorite toy can be the key to successful learning.
Tip Any dog, no matter how cute, can develop obnoxious barking, digging, and other undesirable behaviors if he is bored. And any dog can be a challenge to live with in their teens. In the case of Boston, the “teenage” years can start as early as six months and last until the dog is two years old.
Start training your puppy the day you bring him home. Even at the age of eight weeks, he is able to learn everything you can teach him. Don’t wait until he is 6 months old to start training, or until you have a more assertive dog that is easier to negotiate with.
Boston Terrier Nutritional Considerations
The Boston Terrier should eat well high quality dog food, commercially prepared or homemade, under the supervision and approval of your veterinarian. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or old). Some dogs are prone to overweight, so keep an eye on your dog’s calorie intake and weight. Treats can be an important workout aid, but too many treats can lead to obesity. Find out which human foods are safe for dogs and which are not. Contact your veterinarian if you have any doubts about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Recommended daily amount: 0.5 – 1.5 cups of quality dry food per day, divided into two meals.
How much your adult dog eats depends on its size, age, condition, metabolism and activity level. Dogs are individuals, just like humans, and they don’t need the same amount of food. It goes without saying that a highly active dog will need more food. The quality of the dog food you buy also matters – the better the dog food, the better the health, coat, and overall condition of your dog.
Boston Terriers can be gluttonous, so keep an eye on them and make sure they don’t gain excess weight. They may also be prone to flatulence, which may be related to their diet. Feed quality food to reduce the chance of this problem occurring.
Boston Terrier Grooming Basics
The Boston Terrier has a short, smooth coat that is easy to care for and does not shed much. Brush the coat weekly with a rubber glove to remove dead hair and keep the skin healthy. A good brushing also promotes new hair growth and spreads sebum throughout the coat to help keep it healthy.
Bostons don’t smell like dogs and don’t need to bathe more than every few months. The rest is basic maintenance. Trim your paw nails every few weeks. Long claws can get caught on things and come off. It is very painful and can bleed a lot.
Because their eyes are so big and expressive, you should wash their faces daily and check their eyes for signs of redness or irritation. The eyes should be clear, without redness or discharge.
Brush your Boston Terrier’s teeth at least two to three times a week to remove tartar buildup and bacteria that lurk within it. Daily brushing is even better if you want to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
Ears should be checked weekly for redness or bad odor, which may indicate an infection. When checking your dog’s ears, wipe them with a cotton pad dipped in a gentle, pH-balanced ear cleaner to avoid infections. Do not insert anything into the ear canal; just clean the outer ear.
Start training your Boston Terrier to be brushed and examined when he is a puppy. Make this a positive experience filled with praise and rewards, and you’ll set the stage for easy veterinary checkups and other jobs when he’s an adult.
When grooming, check for wounds, rashes, or signs of infection such as redness, soreness, or inflammation on the skin, nose, mouth, eyes, and feet. Your thorough weekly review will help identify potential health issues early.
Things to know about the health of the Boston Terrier
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all humans have the potential to inherit certain diseases. A venerable breeder will be honest and open about the health problems in the breed and the incidence they face in her lines.
The Boston Terrier is prone to certain health problems. Here is a summary of what you should know.
• Bostons are flat-faced or brachycephalic dog breeds. While flat faces bring with them quite a few health issues, some minor ones like snoring and sniffling, as well as some major ones, including life threatening due to breathing difficulties that may require surgery to correct if at all possible. to correct.
• A corkscrew tail is associated with a condition known as the hemivertebra, an abnormality in the development of the bones of the spine. Although some dogs may be asymptomatic, others may show signs at an early age, including impaired movement and lack of coordination on the hind legs. The puppy can become paralyzed and surgery is often the only option.
• The flat muzzle of the Boston Terrier also puts it at risk for a number of injuries and diseases. There are numerous eye disorders known to occur in Boston Terriers, and eye problems are one of the breed’s most documented health problems. These include cataracts, corneal ulcers and glaucoma. In the case of congenital cataracts, a genetic test allows breeders to identify dogs that carry the gene and reduce the incidence of the problem in the breed.
• Cataract: This is a clouding of the film over the eye lens. Boston Terriers are prone to developing cataracts in both puppies and adults. Congenital cataract develops between 8 weeks and 12 weeks of age.
• Third eyelid adenoma: This is a prolapse of a gland in the third eyelid that is believed to be of genetic origin. It often occurs in dogs that are less than a year old. Some veterinarians surgically return the gland to its original location at the base of the third eyelid, while others remove the gland altogether.
• Heart murmurs: This is a soft or loud, harsh, regurgitant sound in the heart, especially over the mitral valve area, where the defect causes blood to re-enter the left atrium. Because of this, the heart is not as efficient as it should be in providing blood to the body. Treatment often includes a low-sodium diet, exercise restriction, diuretics, and medications.
• Deafness: Boston Terriers have a high incidence of deafness in one or both ears. Breeders should have BAER tests on their puppies to check the condition of the puppies’ ears before they go to new homes. Note that Boston Terriers that are white over a third of the head and/or body tend to produce more deaf puppies. It is important to identify when a dog is as young as possible, as this will affect his training and socialization as an adult.
• Boston Terriers share one problem with many other small breeds: a condition known as a luxating patella, or patella, which can easily slip out of place. Some cases are mild, but severe cases require surgical repair.
• Bostons are also prone to allergic conditions that usually affect the skin. Boston Terriers can suffer from a variety of allergies ranging from contact allergies to food allergies. If your Boston licks its paws very hard or rubs its face hard, it could be allergic. Allergies can be diagnosed by your veterinarian.
• Megaesophagus: This is a defect in the structure of the esophagus that causes the dog to regurgitate its undigested food. Regurgitation differs from vomiting in that there is usually no warning that it will occur, whereas there is visible effort with vomiting.
• Reverse sneezing: This is a condition that can occur at any time in a Boston Terrier’s life. Typically, this happens when your dog is too excited, swallows his food too quickly, or is exposed to pollen in the air. Nasal secretions fall into the soft palate, causing it to close over the windpipe. The dog wheezes and may be agitated. Talk to him soothingly and try to make him relax. Some people say that pinching the nostrils or holding the palm over the nose so the dog is forced to breathe through the mouth is the quickest way to stop a reverse sneeze. You can also try stroking his throat.
Not all of these conditions will occur in a growing puppy, and it is impossible to predict whether an animal will be free of these conditions, so you must find a reputable breeder who is committed to breeding healthy animals. They should be able to obtain independent certification that the dog’s parents (and grandparents, etc.) have been checked for common deficiencies and considered healthy for breeding.
Remember that once you have adopted a new puppy into your home, you have the opportunity to protect it from one of the most common health problems: obesity. Keeping Boston at an appropriate weight is one of the easiest ways to prolong his life. Make the most of your abilities to ensure a healthy life for your dog. The Boston Terrier loves children and will definitely become a good companion for them. He’s small enough that he won’t knock them down, but big enough that he can be easily hurt. In general, he gets along well with other dogs and cats, especially if he is socialized with them at an early age.
Boston Terrier – description of the dog breed: character, behavior, size, reviews and photos
Boston Terrier Local resident Robert Hooper bought a tiny dog with big eyes and unusual ears – a cross between an English bulldog and a terrier.
Hooper liked the appearance of the pet so much that he began to purposefully breed the breed. At various times, the Boston Terrier was crossed with Bull Terriers, French Bulldogs, Boxers, Pit Bull Terriers. Gradually, the dog acquired its modern look. At the end of the 19th century, the first Boston Terrier club appeared in Boston. Around the same time, the breed was recognized by the cynological organization AKC.
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There is another version that concerns the origin of these dogs. According to her, American coachmen crossed an English white terrier and a bulldog in the early 1800s. The result was dogs that were planned to be used in dog fights.
By the way, over the long history of the breed, it had different names: round-headed bulldog, American bully, Boston half-breed.
Description of the Boston Terrier
According to the breed standard, the Boston Terrier is a small dog with a strong build. Its weight is up to 11.4 kg, height is up to 45 cm, body length is about 55 cm. At the same time, Boston Terriers are divided into three categories by size. The smallest representatives of the breed weigh only 6 kg.
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Boston Terriers are proportionately built: a muscular body is in harmony with a large head and legs of medium length. Dogs of this breed are distinguished by a flattened square muzzle, large round eyes and elongated ears.
The coat of the Boston Terrier is short. The color is different – from brown to brindle. But almost always spotted. The muzzle, chest and front legs are usually white.
Personality of the Boston Terrier
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Boston Terriers are good-natured and cheerful pets. They do not choose one owner, but are equally friendly to everyone. These dogs subtly feel the mood of a person. If it is not very good, they can raise it with funny grimaces and a little crazy behavior. Boston Terriers treat strangers and pets kindly, without aggression. And together with children they can even be naughty.
When training, Boston Terriers can be stubborn, learning commands for a long time. Therefore, the owners should be patient, and it is better to start training from the age of the puppy. And in no case should you yell at your pet – for him it will be a betrayal.
Care of the Boston Terrier
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Since the Boston Terrier has a short coat, it is better to keep him in a warm apartment, to avoid drafts. But such wool is easy to care for – it is enough to walk through it once a week with a rubberized mitten.
Particular attention should be paid to the muzzle of the Boston Terrier – it must be wiped after eating. In the morning, it is recommended to examine and clean the pet’s eyes. Ears can be cleaned twice a month. Trim nails as needed.
Boston Terrier Nutrition
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Boston Terriers have fast metabolisms but small stomachs, so they need to be fed small meals often. You can choose a diet of natural products, which will be based on lean meat, offal, dairy products. Sweet and starchy foods should not be given. Or you can stop on eating industrial feed – varieties for small breeds are suitable.
Health and longevity of the Boston Terrier
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The Boston Terrier is in good health, but there are nuances. The breed is predisposed to deafness, melanoma, pyloric stenosis, atopy and some other diseases. Often these dogs get colds and infections. Therefore, it is important for pets to be vaccinated regularly. Also, due to the structure of the muzzle, Boston Terriers can experience breathing problems.
Boston Terrier lives 13-15 years on average.
Boston Terrier: pros and cons of the breed
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- energize others;
- do not require special coat care and almost do not shed;
- are great for keeping in an apartment, even a small one.