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Boston Terrier Characteristics
The Boston Terrier has been growing in popularity since its creation a little more than 100 years ago. Originally bred as fighting dogs, Boston Terriers are now by nature quite sweet, affectionate companions with a charming and unique physical profile. Those who are able to give their Boston Terriers lots of love and physical activity will have an adoring and loyal best friend.
The Boston Terrier is a spirited companion easily identified by his black and white tuxedo jacket, athletic but compact body, and unique facial structure. Often referred to as "The American Gentleman," these dogs are often well-behaved and very social. They’re one of the few dog breeds created in the United States when a Boston native crossed an English Bulldog and a White English Terrier.
Typically weighing between 10-25 pounds and standing at 12-15 inches at the shoulder, the Boston Terrier can be found in a blue, brown, or red coat, and can be lovingly referred to as a "stout" or "sturdy" dog.
The appearance of the Boston Terrier brings amusement to many, and their charming personalities turn that amusement into affection. However, it is important to note that dogs with short snouts like Boston Terriers can have breathing issues. Their snouts also aren’t as efficient at cooling air when they inhale, so they can be very susceptible to heat stress. Because of their short coat, they don't do well in extremely cold weather either. All this, coupled with their compact size, makes them the perfect apartment companion and not a dog to be left outside for long periods of time.
The unique physical stature of the Boston Terrier can also present unique health and lifestyle issues. Boston Terriers are prone to corneal ulcers and respiratory problems due to their facial structure. Therefore, it is important to be careful around their eyes when playing or exercising and avoid pulling on the dog's collar to get them to behave or heel.
How dog-friendly is Massachusetts?
Massachusetts has some major strengths when it comes to our four-legged friends.
A Pawsafe study ranks Massachusetts as the 10th most dog-friendly state. A similar study by Safewise found Massachusetts to be the 17th most pet-friendly state. They base their rankings on various key factors like pet care costs, walkability, the number of pet-friendly rentals, and animal welfare laws.
Pawsafe also ranked Massachusetts 11th for pet-friendly activities and sixth for available pet services. Massachusetts has more than 350 pet-friendly accommodations and 140 restaurants. Over 300 attractions in the state accept pets.
Massachusetts is also the fifth-highest in animal rights laws, which we love to see. The majority of these laws relate to abuse, neglect, fighting, and pet care standard. Veterinarians must report animal abuse and animal abusers may face felony charges. Also, Massachusetts has good samaritan laws that protect citizens who want to help dogs they see stuck in cars.
How dog-friendly is Boston?
WalletHub analyzed and ranked the most pet-friendly cities in the United States for 2021. They look at a variety of important factors like pet budget, health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendliness.
They ranked Boston the 67th most pet-friendly city out of 100 cities. Not the best, but certainly not the worst. The city is the 35th best for outdoor pet-friendliness. It is also ranked 40th for pet health and wellness. It doesn’t score as well for pet budget, indicating that Boston is expensive for dog owners.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows that Boston has the 24th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 1.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents.
Any areas for improvement in Massachusetts’ pet care?
The state has some areas where it can improve.
Only 29% of Massachusetts residents own a dog. This is a solid amount below the 40% average among all U.S. households. Overall, Massachusetts has one of the lowest pet ownership rates in the country at 49.1%.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Massachusetts
Of the 35,149 dogs and cats that entered Massachusetts shelters in 2019, they saved and positively placed 80.86%. A 90% save rate is required to be a no-kill state. Sadly, only 11.27% of Massachusetts shelters are no-kill.
Boston has the fourth-fewest veterinarians per capita among the nation’s top cities. Also, it should absolutely increase its number of no-kill animal shelters and adoption opportunities.
We hope to see some of these improvements in the future, making Massachusetts an even better home for our beloved pets.
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