Want to adopt a Boston Terrieror Boston Terriermix ? These dogs are in your area!
Boston Terriers are incredibly smart. People tend to think that because they look silly, they aren't bright. But they learn very quickly and are extremely easy to train.
If there is only one thing that we could tell people about Boston Terriers, it would be this: Because they are brachycephalic (short-mugged) dogs, Bostons cannot be outside dogs. Most of their time needs to be spent indoors. They are not heat-resistant like the long-nosed breeds, as they don't have any room in their nose cavity to cool off the air before it enters their body. Many airlines will not ship short-mugged dogs during the hotter months because, although they travel in climate-controlled cabins, just a few minutes on the super hot tarmac may result in deadly heat stroke for Boston Terriers and other brachycephalic dogs (Pugs, English Bulldogs, Pekingese, Japanese Chins, French Bulldogs).
When you adopt a Boston Terrier, know that you are going to get a loyal dog who needs to be near you all of the time and will need a lot of attention. A very important thing to know about adopting a Boston Terrier is that they need to be indoor dogs! These dogs have short noses and, because of that, they cannot regulate their body temperature, hot or cold. They are prone to allergies and cataracts, and if they come from backyard breeders they are more likely to have these issues. They are funny and playful dogs and they can stare into your soul.
The most important thing people need to understand is the breed itself. They're not like most other breeds. They’re very highly intelligent and not for everyone, and often times are not for families with small children. They can be high maintenance as they grow older, especially eyes issues, some tendency to skin problems, etc. You must pay close attention to their health.
That said, they're extremely intelligent and act more like small children than dogs with individual personalities. Many Boston families are generational.
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Thinking about adopting a Boston Terrier puppy? Here are three reasons to adopt an adult instead:
1. You have kids.
Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Boston Terrier puppy (or, gasp! find a Boston Terrier puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Boston Terrier puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
2. You value your possessions.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Boston Terrier (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
3. You work, or otherwise leave the house.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old Boston Terrier puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Boston Terrier rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Boston Terrier adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Boston Terrier, even a Boston Terrier puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a Boston Terrier puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Boston Terrier if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your Boston Terrier would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. Boston Terrier rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Boston Terrier you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Boston Terrier to their family!