The Pros and Cons Of Owning A Boston Terrier

Are you thinking about getting a Boston Terrier for the first time? As any true student, it is time to create a pros and cons list to see if a Boston is right for you. 

Fun Fact: Pros and cons is Latin, pro et contra, meaning for and against.

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After owning Bella for a decade and talking to hundreds of different Boston owners, here is a definitive list of the positives and negatives of owning a Boston.

Some of the negatives I have listed may be your positives and vice versa. Either way, I hope this article will help you mack the best decision on whether or not you get a Boston Terrier. Remember this decision is at a minimum a 12-year decision, I want you to make the right choice.

Now on with the list…

Cons List Of Owning A Boston Terrier

I want to first start with the negatives of owning a Boston before we get into the positives, I want to end on a happy note. Once again, some negatives might be your positives. 

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Fart: Boston’s have gas that can literally clear a room. Even with a proper diet, you can still have a gassy Boston.
Snore: Be prepared to have an old man in your room at night, because these little animals snore like a 50-year-old man.
Stubborn: Boston Terriers are notoriously stubborn. If they do not want to do something they want. While they are easy to train, you may have to work around a strong personality.
Extreme Temperatures: Boston’s are made to be indoor dogs. This breed does not do well in extreme hot or cold temperatures. Buying your Boston a coat for the winter is necessary.
Allergies: I have met several Boston Terriers who must eat a grain-free diet. Bella can not eat any grain if she does her skin drys out and becomes red.

Pros List Of Owning A Boston Terrier

This is the list that will make you want to get a Boston Terrier. Make sure you are weighing both the pros and cons when making your decision.

Cuddle: Boston’s love to cuddle right next to their owners, daily.
Playful: At some point in the day, usually in the evening, your Boston will come to life and want to play with you. While they do sleep all day, they will want to play daily.
Easy Going: Boston’s are very calm dogs. Bella only gets excited when there is a stranger literally at the door. 
Easy Grooming: Boston’s require little to no grooming. Because of their short coat washing your dog and clipping your Boston’s nails are only required monthly.
Limited Barking: Boston’s in generall bark less than most dogs. Bella only barks at us at night when she wants something and when someone knocks on the door.
Limited Shedding: Boston’s have a very short coat. The shedding they do produce is small and amounts to about a handful a week. 

Final thoughts…

So what is your decision, will you be getting a Boston Terrier or not? No matter your decision, you made the right choice. Deciding on what type of dog you get is a personal decision, and no matter the selection you have made the right one for yourself and your family. 

If you decided to get a Boston, here is a resource to find either a Boston Terrier Breeder near you or a Boston Terrier Rescue near you. 

Also, be sure to check out other articles here on the Boston Terrier Society to help you become better Boston Terrier Owners. Or check out the Boston Terrier Society’s YouTube Channel.

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Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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