Great Dogs for Apartment Living: Boston Terrier

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Great Dogs for Apartment Living: Boston Terrier

Staff Writer · Sep 15, 2009

The Boston Terrier breed, also known as the “American Gentleman,” are great dogs for apartment living. With their small stature and friendly disposition, they’re good companions for a single person or a growing family. Here are some facts about Boston Terriers to help you make your decision when choosing an apartment pet:

Appearance

Boston Terriers get their nickname from their appearance. They have a black or seal colored coat on most of their bodies, with white markings. This appearance resembles a tuxedo. Their coat, along with the dignified way in which they hold their heads up and carry themselves, led to the nickname “American Gentleman.”

Size

The Boston Terrier is a little dog, making it ideal for apartment living. They range in weight from 10 to 25 pounds, and they’re around 15 inches tall at the top of their shoulders.

Temperament

Boston Terriers are friendly dogs. They’re also highly intelligent. This helps tremendously in training, because they understand and follow commands well. As mentioned earlier, they make good pets for a family. Boston Terriers know who their owner is and will tend to stick close to that person.

Another great benefit of these dogs is that they only bark when necessary. This makes them ideal for a “watchdog” in an apartment. They don’t start barking at every little noise, but they’ll let you know when they sense a threat.

Some can be stubborn, but if you assert yourself with them, they can be easily trained. Once trained, they get along well with children or other pets, and some are very affectionate with people. Some terriers, on the other hand, are more independent and therefore require less “hands on” time.

Exercise Requirements

The Boston Terrier is an active little dog, and they’ll do a lot of running around in an apartment. Because they’re active, they don’t require as much exercise as other dog breeds. A short walk every day is sufficient.

Cleanliness

These little dogs are a short-haired breed, and they don’t tend to be “heavy shedders.” You won’t have to vacuum up a lot of hair. They’re also clean dogs, and their intelligence lends itself to easy house-training.

Health Concerns

Boston Terriers can have finicky digestive systems. They’re known for being gassy if their diet isn’t just right, and every Boston Terrier is a little different in this regard. You may have to experiment with different high quality dog foods before you find the right balance for yours.

Also, they don’t do well in extreme temperatures, either hot or cold. Boston Terriers can also develop cataracts, deafness and heart murmurs. One last note for apartment dwellers: these dogs sometimes snore.

With a patient owner and the proper training, Boston Terriers are great dogs for apartments. They’re loyal companions, friendly, manageable and attractive. Because of their disposition and appearance, they can be a great conversation starter when they encounter new people. They do well around both people and other pets. With the above points in mind, you may decide that an “American gentleman” is the right pet for you.

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