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Great Gear for Your Boston Terrier

Updated on August 10, 2017
Dog food advertisement from 1935
Dog food advertisement from 1935 | Source

Boston Terriers are American originals

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC): "Truly an "All-American" dog, the Boston Terrier is a lively and highly intelligent breed with an excellent disposition. Conveying an impression of determination, strength and activity, he is short-headed and compactly built, and must be black, brindle or seal with white markings."

And it's true. The dog I grew up with was a Boston Terrier named Spunky - the best friend a little girl could ever have. Boston Terriers were among the most popular dogs in the 1940s, when my mother was growing up. My grandmother wouldn't let her have one, so she got Spunky when she had a home and family of her own.

Boston Terriers have changed a bit through the years. Bostons today are a bit smaller and more refined-looking than in previous decades, but still wear the classic, dapper tuxedo that's given them the nickname "The American Gentleman."

An all-around family dog

Boston Terriers are energetic and intelligent dogs. Generally speaking, Bostons are trainable, affectionate, athletic, energetic, sweet and cuddly.

My sister's Boston Terrier, Booker, is just over a year old and training for both Agility and Obedience competition. At this point his biggest issue is with focus - he's interested in everything going on around him, wants to explore everything, and kiss everyone who comes within reach.

Winston and Frankie showing off their ComfortFlex Sport Harnesses
Winston and Frankie showing off their ComfortFlex Sport Harnesses

A secure harness is crucial

Most veterinarians now prefer that dogs use harnesses, rather than collars, for walks. It's a sensible choice, avoiding strain on the dog's neck and throat.

Boston Terriers are strong little dogs with broad chests and a powerful urge to go visiting. For the best control and safety, we recommend the ComfortFlex Sport Harness for our Boston Terrier customers.

The ComfortFlex is extremely easy to use - it goes over the dog's head and straps around his tummy. For extra security, the tummy strap has both hook-and-loop strips and a plastic clasp. To distribute any pressure from pulling, the leash ring is above the dog's back on its own loop. It even has reflective striping for easy visibility.

Boston Terrier facts

  • Boston Terriers became a recognized American Kennel Club breed in 1893
  • In 2013 Boston Terriers were the 23rd most popular breed in the U.S.
  • Boston Terriers are part of the "Non-Sporting" group in conformation competition and were bred to be companion dogs
  • Bostons are smart, athletic, and agile little dogs who excel in competition, including Obedience, Rally, Agility, and Flyball
  • The national parent club for Boston Terriers in the U.S. is the Boston Terrier Club of America

You must have been a beautiful baby....

Definitely "what a face!"
Definitely "what a face!" | Source

How to put Pawz Boots on your Boston

Keep your Boston's paws protected

Perhaps because their paws tend to be rather boney, most of the Boston Terriers we've known are pretty quick to suffer "frozen paws" - lifting one paw after another to try to avoid the snow.

The best solution we've found is Pawz Disposable Boots. These rubber, balloon-like boots may look a bit odd, but dogs are more comfortable when they can feel the ground beneath their feet. As long as their paws aren't wet, and they don't collect snow, ice, and salt between their pads, dogs are much more comfortable walking in cold weather.

Pawz Boots are reusable until they eventually develop a rip. We've found they last longer if we rinse them, inside and out, when we come in the house. There are a dozen Pawz Boots in each package - three full sets.

Booker in his Chillybuddy Winter Jacket
Booker in his Chillybuddy Winter Jacket

ChillyBuddy keeps him cozy-warm

Booker, like many Bostons, has a beautiful, soft coat. It's also very short and does little to keep him warm in the cold months.

The warmest jacket we've found, equivalent to our own "Puffy Coats" - is the ChillyBuddy Winter Jacket. It's designed to adjust at the neck/forelegs with hook-and-loop closures, to accommodate both broad-chested dogs like Boston Terriers, and deep-chested dogs like Italian Greyhounds. It's easy-on, with hook-and-loop closure all down the back. The step-in style allows you to attach a leash anywhere, whether your dog uses a collar or harness for outings.

All-American Dog Breeds

Alaskan Malamute
American Eskimo Dog
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Water Spaniel
Boston Terrier
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Plott Hound
Rat Terrier
Redbone Coonhound
Toy Fox Terrier
According to, these 11 breeds are "made in the U.S.A."

Booker's first modeling session

Silly puppy!

Taking good pictures of any Boston Terrier can be challenging - they're in constant motion, unless they're asleep. We would say of our Ceilidh: "She has two speeds: full and off."

My sister got Booker as a 10-week-old puppy. And we put him to work in our shop, Golly Gear, right away. After all - what's cuter than a Boston Terrier puppy? Getting a focused picture of that puppy isn't easy, though!

Our Boston Terriers

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Booker is a handsome 1-year-old.Ceilidh was a tiny Boston - only about 14 pounds.Ceilidh was a terrific model for our shop.Booker was fascinated by the puppy in the mirror.
Booker is a handsome 1-year-old.
Booker is a handsome 1-year-old.
Ceilidh was a tiny Boston - only about 14 pounds.
Ceilidh was a tiny Boston - only about 14 pounds.
Ceilidh was a terrific model for our shop.
Ceilidh was a terrific model for our shop.
Booker was fascinated by the puppy in the mirror.
Booker was fascinated by the puppy in the mirror.

© 2014 HopeS

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