What Kind of Temperament Do Boston Terriers Have?

by Naomi Millburn
    Boston terriers are true "people dogs."

    Boston terriers are true "people dogs."

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    Boston terriers are sturdy and smallish canines who count both English white terriers and bulldogs as their ancestors. English white terriers, however, no longer exist as a breed. Boston terrier breed history began, as their name conveys, in Boston, Massachusetts, in the latter portion of the 19th century.

    Boston terriers usually weigh between 10 and 25 pounds, regardless of gender. They are usually between 15 and 17 inches in height, also regardless of gender. Boston terriers have extremely short and even fur, which appears in a few different color schemes. Some Boston terriers are black, others are blackish-red. Others are more of a blend of mottling and blotting. Sizable white blotches all over the coat are a classic feature of the breed. The average life expectancy for Boston terriers is between 11 and 13 years.

    Boston terriers have intuitive temperaments, and they often have an uncanny sense of the emotions of their favorite, most trusted people. When their owners just aren't happy about something, they can detect it -- and the poor things don't like it one bit.

    Bostons are not aloof or independent in any distant sense. They blossom when they're around human beings; when they don't get enough attention, they suffer. Isolation and Boston terriers just don't go together. Whether you're petting, playing or even just sitting next to you as you relax, they love and appreciate it all.

    Inside, Boston terriers who are trained well tend to display calm and relaxed temperaments. When opportunities come up, however, they don't hesitate to show off their spry and animated sides -- think playing fetch or enjoying a stroll on an idyllic spring day.

    Boston terriers who haven't undergone general training and socialization often have overzealous streaks. This sometimes results in overwhelmed tiny bites during play, running ahead of you when you're outdoors and leaping rapidly onto your lap when you least expect it. Suitable training, however, could put all of these problems to rest. As bright pooches, Boston terriers usually soak up new information quickly. They usually concentrate well and are highly attentive to their surroundings. With training, Boston terriers behave well not only with their owners, but also usually with unfamiliar people, kids and animals.

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    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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