Boston Terrier Pug Mix Breed Profile: A Pug’s Best Friend
The Boston terrier (also known as the New England foxhound) is one of the most popular dog breeds in America. They are friendly, affectionate and playful dogs that have been bred since ancient times to guard their masters’ homes and livestock from intruders. Their distinctive appearance makes them very popular with both humans and animals alike.
They are a medium sized dog breed that stands between five and seven inches at the shoulder, weighing between 20 to 30 pounds. Their coats vary in color from black or brownish red to white, with some having patches of gray or even silver. They tend not to grow much larger than 60 centimeters (24 inches), though they may reach 70 centimeters (28 inches). Boston terriers have long legs and slender bodies; they usually stand just under two meters tall when standing upright. They have large heads with short ears and sharp, pointed teeth.
Despite their small stature, Boston terriers are extremely intelligent and loyal companions. They love children and make excellent guardians because of their docile nature. They are also good watchdogs due to their ability to stay alert all day without sleep. Boston terriers do not bark often, but if they hear something strange outside their home, they will immediately go out to investigate what might be going on.
Despite their small size and short hair, Boston terriers are indoor dogs that do not fare well in hot climates. They tend to overheat very quickly, so they should be kept in places that are well ventilated at all times. If your house becomes too warm, the Boston terrier will become uncomfortable very quickly; you might even see them panting heavily. If this happens, be sure to keep them hydrated and cool them down by giving them a bath and keeping their fur dry.
Housing a Boston terrier is relatively cheap and easy. They do not take up much space–indeed, they can be happy in an area as small as one square meter. A dog house will suffice, though many owners choose to simply allow their dogs to sleep on the sofa or bed with them. They are very clean animals that do not stink, so you do not have to worry about the smell.
A Boston terrier’s diet costs very little to maintain. It costs around $40 a month to feed a Boston terrier of average build, and this cost will come down if you buy them food from cheaper brands. If you want to take things a step further, you can prepare the food yourself. Boston terriers eat about 3 cups of food a day, though it is not mandatory that you feed them this much.
Due to their playful nature and tendency to frolic around whenever they are outdoors, Boston terriers tend to become very thirsty. It is always a good idea to keep a water bowl in their vicinity so they can drink whenever necessary. If your Boston terrier starts drinking more than usual, take him to the vet–he may have some form of disease.
Due to their small size and furry bodies, Boston terriers are prone to a wide range of health problems. Some, though not necessarily all, of the diseases that they can suffer from are cancer, cataracts, heart disease, hip dysplasia and bloat. Some of these can be very costly to treat, though it is always cheaper than letting your dog die an early death.
When you purchase a Boston terrier, be sure to buy pet health insurance to cover the costs of any medical bills that may come up. You can expect to pay anywhere from $20 to $50 a month for this program.
Page last updated September 1st, 2008.
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