Boston Terrier Ownership : The Pros and Cons


Cons :

1. They are prone to health issues over time

Boston Terriers are higher-energy than many other breeds. Over time, this can sometimes put them at risk for some critical health problems. To decrease the risks, follow essential care tips (which are covered in other articles).

The head-shape of the breed is one of the main reasons these risks exist. The shape of the head increases the likelihood of some issues, and the protrusion of their eyes increases the odds of injury from wind, objects, etc.

Please read our buying advice (and related guide) that we created specifically for the Boston Terrier.

2. They tend to have long-term nasal issues

Boston Terriers can be prone to snoring, snuffling, and wheezing. Due to the flat nose of the breed, this can cause problems over time and should be taken into account when considering buying or adopting.

3. They tend to have gas problems

The breed has problems digesting certain foods. These include food products with soy, grains, corn, etc. They require a diet mostly consisting of natural and raw foods so as to aid in digestion. These foods will also be key in contributing to the health of the animal.

A diet outside of this will result in a large amount of flatulating, which is something to avoid. The natural diet will lower the amount of gas-related problems the animal may face.

4. They tend to be stubborn

Boston Terriers tend to be one of the stubborn breeds, which can result in challenges when you go to train your Terrier. A Terrier of strong temperament will rarely do this, but this is another thing to keep in mind for your buying/adopting decisions.

5. They can be difficult to housetrain

As emphasized above, Boston Terriers are extremely energetic animals. They must be trained properly to minimize any potential damage from chewing, pushing objects around, etc. Training will also improve their temperament and overall behavior. We have a large amount of information that will helpful for you in training your Terrier to these ends.

The right dog for you?

If you love Boston Terriers, you’ll find a reason to get one despite the pros the cons. They won’t massively impact your decision to own one of these adorable and sweet animals. Keep this information, however, in mind to guide your decisions.

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