Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix – Great Pet or Potential Problem Pet?
The Boston Terrier is one of the most popular breeds in America. They are very loyal and affectionate dogs with a strong sense of loyalty. However, they have been known to bite if provoked too much. Many owners don’t realize that their dog may not be suitable for all situations because they do not understand how to properly train them. There are many reasons why your dog might not be a good match for your family. Some of these include:
They tend to get aggressive easily. They will bark at strangers, other dogs, children, cats and even each other. Their natural instinct is to protect themselves from danger and it doesn’t matter what kind of danger it is; they just need to survive! Your dog’s aggression could cause problems when living with children or others who aren’t used to dealing with dogs like yours.
They are prone to separation anxiety. If left alone for long periods of time, they will become nervous and anxious. They may act aggressively towards other animals or humans. They may become destructive and chew up furniture, destroy beds and toys, or urinate in inappropriate places.
These behaviors can make your home unsafe for everyone involved including yourself!
They are prone to health issues. A Boston Terrier’s life span isn’t very long and on average, the breed only lives for about 7 to 10 years. This is a quarter of the Chihuahua’s life span, so it would be a shame if you didn’t get to spend enough time with your choice dog because you decided to get a mixed breed instead.
Of course, not all dogs will display these types of aggressive or anxious behaviors. Yours might turn out to be more laid back and not so demanding, but there are no guarantees.
Is a Boston Terrier Chihuahua mix right for me?
So now that we have gone over a few reasons why a Boston Terrier Chihuahua mix might not be right for you, you’re probably wondering if this is the case then what breed of dog would be suitable?
Well this really depends on what you want to do with your dog. If you are planning on getting a pet to just keep around the house and occasionally take it for walks or to the park then pretty much any breed will do (as long as it isn’t too aggressive). However, if you want a dog to accompany you on more adventurous activities such as hiking, jogging, walking long distances or even swimming, then there are a few breeds that might suit you better.
Breeds that are excellent for accompanying you on more strenuous activities include: Dalmatians, Border Collies, Beagles and Pitbulls. These dogs are renowned for their stamina and endurance and can keep up with even the most vigorous human.
However if you just want a dog to cuddle on the sofa with while watching TV then pretty much any breed will do! There’s no wrong or right choice so choose a breed based on your own personal preferences!
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