Is a Boston Terrier Puppy the Right Breed for You?

If you are looking to add a puppy to your family, the first thing you need to do is decide which breed has the temperament, characteristics and qualities are the best match for what you offer and desire in your canine companion.

While every puppy is cuddly and lovable, each breed’s total “package” will vary considerably. Before you and your family fall in love with a Boston Terrier puppy just because he has the cutest face you’ve ever seen, it’s wise to find out more about the breed.

Is a Boston Terrier the right breed for you and your family?

The Boston Terrier was bred to be a companion dog, and they do well around children and other pets. They quickly become part of the family, and are happiest when they’re around people. They don’t like to be left to sleep alone in a garage or outside in a doghouse, but because they are a nice, medium size dog, they’re quite comfortable to have in the house. However, because Boston Terriers are “people” dogs that require a lot of time, attention and human contact, they are not for everyone.

Boston Terriers are highly intelligent and learn quickly. Their high-spirited, playful nature does require some basic obedience training though, because without it, they might jump on you and perhaps even give little love nips while playing. The average life span for a Boston Terrier is around 10 to 12 years. They have short hair that will shed, but not much.

Boston Terriers are star athletes

If you are interested in getting an athletic dog that loves to compete and excels at sports, a Boston Terrier is a great choice. They do very well in flyball, tracking events and the obedience ring, and they are exceptional in agility trials. Start training your Boston Terrier puppy early, and watch him sail easily over the jumps, race around the ring, run up and down the planks like a pro, and weave like a champ.

Adding a Boston Terrier puppy to your family

If you’ve decided the Boston Terrier is definitely the dog for you, and you’re anxious to adopt, you can find a puppy several ways. You can search your local newspaper’s classified ads, online private party ads and websites devoted to placing dogs in loving homes. The best way to ensure that the Boston Terrier puppy you adopt is healthy, sociable and has a good temperament, is to purchase one from a reputable breeder. Ask friends or veterinarians to recommend a breeder, or go to a dog show or agility competition. Many breeders also have their own websites.

Before you bring that frisky bundle of joy home, though, there are some important questions you need to ask.

Where (and how) were the puppies raised?

Socialization of a Boston Terrier puppy is extremely important to ensure that you get a well-adjusted, well-mannered dog. Dogs need to know how to play, relate to people and handle new situations. A puppy raised without being exposed to people, other dogs and normal household sounds and activities can be shy, fearful or aggressive.

When can I take my puppy home?

A Boston Terrier puppy is usually ready to go to its new home between 9 and 12 weeks. Avoid anyone willing to adopt out a tiny puppy.

Can I see the puppy’s parents?

Most breeders will not own both dogs, but you should be able to see the mother and any other dogs on site when you visit. Are the dogs kept in clean, healthy conditions?

What are the good and bad points of the parents?

You’re looking for clues to the puppy’s temperament, possible aggressive behavior and other flaws.

What guarantee is provided for the puppy?

At the very least, a breeder should guarantee your new Boston Terrier puppy against any debilitating genetic problems, and insure that the pup is in good health.

Good luck finding your new canine companion!

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