Lovingly referred to as “American Gentlemen,” Boston terriers have grown to become one of the most popular little breeds out there. Though small in size, they’re mighty in spirit and want nothing more than to be part of a fun, loving family.
Boston terrier puppies are fairly small and can be rolly-polly little fur babies that require a lot of work and attention, but they can also be a lot of fun and become some of the best canine companions you could ask for.
Whether you have just picked one up yourself or are considering it, here are the basics that you need to know about Boston terrier puppies.
Basic Information About Boston Terrier Puppies
Boston terrier puppies may be small, but they can have a lot of personality. They love to play and explore their new surroundings and goof around with their new favorite humans. They typically like to bounce around your feet, so you will likely need to keep an eye out so that you don’t accidentally trip over them. But they were bred for companionship and a gentle attitude. (1)
Boston Terrier puppies need lots of attention and supervision, especially considering how small they are. They are also very social and thrive off human companionship. They aren’t the type of dog that should be left alone for too many hours at a time. If you have children, be sure that your kids know how to properly care for and play with the new little fur baby. They can help teach your Boston terrier puppy how to play nice as well (though Boston terriers tend to be very good with children). It’s also good to note that though they may like to spend time outside, they are primarily indoor dogs and should not be left outdoors for long periods of time.
Boston terrier puppies typically aren’t big-time barkers, don’t shed a ton, and tend to be very manageable as long as they get the exercise, love, and attention they need. They make great little companions and can be the perfect addition to your family if you’re willing to take on the responsibility of proper pet parenting.
Preparing For Your Boston Terrier Puppy
Before bringing your Boston terrier puppy home, be sure that your home is “puppy proofed,” meaning all electrical cords are as out of sight as possible, the trash is properly stowed away, there is no food sitting around unattended, any and all poisonous substances (including plants) are stored away (medications, cleaning supplies, etc.), and that you have space prepared for your puppy to stay. This can range from a doggy bed with food and water bowls to a crate that will become your puppy’s getaway spot and place to stay when you need to leave them home.
Also, be sure that you take a good trip to the pet store (and Trudog shop!) to make sure you have all the things you’re going to need to properly care for your Boston terrier puppy. Quality dog food (we recommend a raw food diet), a crate, good leash, collar with tags, toys, some tasty treats (we recommend checking out our nutritious yet delicious dog treat selection), potty pads, comfortable bed, puppy blanket, bowls for food and water, puppy shampoo, and whatever else you feel you’ll need for your new fur baby are all highly recommended.
It’s also beneficial to be aware of common health concerns specific to the Boston terrier breed and how to best prevent them before bringing one into your home. For instance, Boston terriers can develop eye problems such as cataracts and cherry eye, respiratory issues such as reverse sneezing, skeletal issues such as patellar luxation, and more. (1) If you ever have any concerns about your Boston terrier puppy’s health, be sure to consult your veterinarian.
Potty Training Your Boston Terrier Puppy
One of the first things you want to focus on when you bring your Boston terrier puppy home is potty training. Training, in general, is something that you should begin from the moment you set your new fur baby down onto the floor to play.
Because they can have a stubborn streak, training your Boston terrier puppy might require a strong command, but they typically aren’t very difficult to train. Persistence and consistency are key. Make training a fun and rewarding experience for them, and they’ll be far more likely to enjoy it and even want to show off what they’ve been learning. Keep in mind that Boston terriers tend to be very sensitive to your tone of voice and can shut down if you speak too harshly or firmly to them. They do much better with lower tones, motivational strategies, and positive reinforcement.
For potty training specifically, it’s good to start with potty pads and immediately start teaching your Boston terrier puppy that the pads are where it’s okay to relieve themselves. Have a designated spot for the potty pads and keep them in the same spot. Make sure you guide your Boston terrier puppy to the potty bad every few hours and at least 20 minutes after every meal. The more consistent you are, the better. Be sure to praise them whenever they do it right and to especially praise them when they wander over to the potty bad and do it all on their own.
Over time, you can transition your Boston terrier puppy to going potty outdoors, but it’s recommended to start them on the potty pads. If you’d prefer to start them outdoors, follow the same guidelines except go outside instead of the pad area when it’s potty time.
Best Exercise For Boston Terrier Puppies
Boston terrier puppies are small and naturally don’t need insane amounts of exercise. But they do have lots of energy and need daily activity to keep them healthy and mentally stimulated.
Boston terrier puppies may be too small at first to take on official walks around the block, but once they’re big enough, a daily walk is great for them. This is also a great opportunity to begin leash training them. While they’re small though, you can help them get their exercise by playing tug, fetch, gentle roughhousing, etc.
Grooming Boston Terrier Puppies
Boston terrier puppies don’t have high grooming demands. They do great with weekly coat brushing (using a firm bristle brush), toothbrushing at least 2-3 times a week (daily if possible), and a nail trim 1-2 times a month. Since they are an indoor breed they shouldn’t require much bathing, but you can bathe them as often as you feel is necessary.
Because their eyes are so big and bulgy, it’s highly suggested that you wash their faces daily and check for any irritations or signs of redness. While you’re at it, also clean out their ears and check for any signs of infection. You can safely clean their ears with a cotton ball dampened with a gentle, pH-balanced ear cleaner.
Pro Tip: To help get your Boston terrier puppy accustomed to grooming, make it a fun and rewarding experience. Also, be sure to handle their ears and feet frequently to prevent them from developing any sensitivities over time. For toothbrushing, treat the toothbrush like a game when they are young and once they are used to it, add the doggy toothpaste.
How To Feed Your Boston Terrier Puppy
It’s important to note that Boston terriers LOVE to eat and can have a hard time controlling themselves when it comes to food. Monitoring their intake is important in order to avoid excessive weight gain. A full-grown Boston terrier should weigh around 10-25 pounds. If you’re ever unsure about whether they are gaining too much weight, consult a veterinarian. However, a good rule of thumb is you should be able to feel, but not see, their rib cage, and their waistline should be clear when looking down at them.
For your Boston terrier puppy, we highly recommend a raw food diet. Raw food just tastes better! Its ingredients are simple, it is good for their health, helps keep their coats nice and shiny, keeps them satisfied and happy, and ultimately it saves you money. For more information on how to provide your dog a good, safe, raw food diet, check out our page here.
For dog food in general, you want to be sure healthy meats are the highlight ingredient and that the food is not stuffed with additives and ingredients you cannot even pronounce. You especially want to avoid grains and artificial flavorings. Just as you want to be careful with what foods you are putting in your body, you want to take the same time and care for your little furry companion.
When your Boston terrier puppy is 8-12 weeks old, he will be needing to eat at least 3-4 times a day. Make sure you find the sweet spot that fills your puppy up but doesn’t cross into overfeeding. Once your puppy is about 6 months old, you can start to transition them to an adult dog diet. For Boston terriers that typically means 2 meals a day totaling ½ – 1 ½ cups. It is not recommended to give them table scraps.
As with all our fur babies, the amount of food you feed your new dog ultimately depends on their size, weight, age, build, metabolism and activity level. Be sure you know your Boston terrier’s individual needs, especially when it comes to feeding.
Feel ready to bring home your Boston terrier puppy? If you make one a part of your family, you can expect to have a great playmate, cuddle bug, adventure buddy and personal welcoming committee for many years to come.
Do you have any additional questions? Let us know, we would love to hear from you!