Mini Boston Terrier Temperament: What’s Good About ‘Em, What’s Bad About ‘Em?
Boston terriers are considered one of the cutest dog breeds in the world. They have a very cute appearance with their short legs and small body size. But they are not necessarily good dogs for everyone. Some owners believe that these adorable little dogs are too much like children; therefore they do not want them around kids or other animals. Other owners think that these little dogs are just too cute and would love to own one.
There are some drawbacks about having a tiny dog, though. One drawback is that it makes them noisy when they bark all the time. Another downside is that these dogs tend to dig holes in the backyard or even inside your house if left alone for long periods of time. Finally, there are some health concerns associated with these dogs.
These include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and heart disease.
So what’s the solution?
There is no perfect answer for every single person because each individual is different. However, there are certain things that will definitely make your life easier if you decide to get a miniature boston terrier puppy instead of a full-sized one.
1) Size Matters!
I have to admit, I am usually an advocate for the small dog. There is just something so darn cute about owning one of these little fur-babies. But there are some drawbacks that you need to be aware of before making a final decision. If you want a dog that has a lot of energy and requires a good deal of exercise every day, then get a full-sized boston terrier.
The big ones definitely need a good sized yard to run around in or even better yet, a few hours a day to be taken for a good walk. If you are unable or unwilling to provide this type of maintenance, then again maybe a mini boston terrier is not the dog for you. Also if you live in an apartment or condo and have no access to outdoor space of any kind, then these little dogs are also not for you.
2) Your Lifestyle and Where You Live
If you like to go hiking, walking, running or biking on a regular basis, then the miniature boston terrier is the perfect dog for you. They are very happy to accompany you on whatever adventure you choose.
Miniature bostons are very small dogs with a lot of endurance. They can keep up with most any size person or dog! If you live in an apartment or other dwelling where you are not allowed to have a pet, then this is another great reason to consider getting a mini boston. These little guys are quiet and their barking will not be heard from outside your home.
This makes them perfect for people who do not want any trouble with building management or neighbors.
3) Your Children
If your children are young and in that obnoxious stage where they are always poking and pulling and yanking on a dog, then the full-sized boston terrier might not be the best option for your family. These little dogs do not respond well to this type of behavior. They will nip at fingers or whatever else is nearby just to let the child know that they have had enough!
Young children also do not have the fine motor skills necessary to take care of a dog. They do not understand concepts like potty training or food rituals. These tasks will fall upon you as an adult. You might be better off with a different dog if your children are always going to be the ones taking care of it and they are not likely to follow instructions.
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