Boston Terrier Grooming

Boston Terrier Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 4.5 – 11.5kg (10 – 25lbs).
Female – 4.5 – 11.5kg (10 – 25lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 38 – 43cm (15 – 17in).
Female – 38 – 43cm (15 – 17in).

Coat:
Short, smooth coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 15 years.

Average Litter Size:
3 – 4 puppies.

Boston Terrier Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
Any Boston Terrier grooming done at home should be a quick and simple process due to their short coat and limited needs.  However, it is a process that should not be overlooked because of its simplicity.  These Terriers should be given the same amount of attention as any other breed, even if their coat requires very little brushing and they rarely need bathing.  Boston Terrier grooming will also require some attention being paid to the facial area, something that is relatively specific to this breed.

Although they don’t need brushing often, this will still take up a large part of Boston Terrier grooming.  The coat is unlikely to get matted or tangled, but lose hairs can sit on the coat or cover your furniture and clothing.  As with all dogs, they shed their hair occasionally so brushing it off will make their coat look much better.  It is best to use a soft bristle brush or a rubber mitt for this task as it will remove the hairs and provide a massaging effect for your dog.  The bristle brush would be perfect as it not only removes hair, but helps to remove dirt and debris from the skin and hair, allowing your Boston Terrier grooming to be extremely thorough.

As mentioned previously, Boston Terrier grooming should pay specific attention to the facial area.  Their eyes and face wrinkles can become particularly dirty and, if not cleaned, will become infected, sore or itchy.  The best method to clean these areas is to use a specific dog grooming wipe or a damp cloth.  Wipe away any dirt from around the eyes, making sure you make no contact with the actual eye.  Clean between the face wrinkles in the same manner, making sure you dry the area thoroughly afterwards.  This is an essential aspect of Boston Terrier grooming that should not be forgotten.

Dental care and nail clipping are areas of Boston Terrier grooming that are sometimes neglected.  Dog toothbrushes and pastes are readily available and help to remove any plaque or staining that has built up on your dog’s teeth.  Healthy dog chews will also benefit your Terrier in the long run, keeping their teeth and gums healthy.  To clip your dog’s nails it is worth investing in some professional clippers as they make your job much easier.  The nails should be kept relatively short but should not be cut above the quick, the blood vessels within the nail, as this will cause immense pain to your dog.  Following these simple Boston Terrier grooming tips will keep your dog in top condition.

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