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Blue Boston Terrier – A Complete Breed Guide

With the high demand for unique dogs, breeders have started breeding different coat colors of the same breed. The Boston terrier family is not left out in this rising trend and the Blue Boston terrier is just another Boston terrier with a unique coat color.

This article was written to give you in-depth knowledge about the Blue Boston terrier, and also answer all your questions about this unique dog.

What Is A Blue Boston Terrier 

I know you might be thinking, how can a dog be Blue? What is a Blue Boston Terrier? How does it look? And so on. 

Well, a blue Boston terrier is not any different from the regular Boston terrier. Yeah, that’s it! The only difference is that it has its unique coat color. And yeah they still spot their tuxedo coat.

In fact, the characteristics and care of the blue Boston terrier are not very different from that of a regular Boston terrier. Because of this, this unique dog is not registered by the major dog fanciers association as a separate breed. 

History Of The Blue Boston Terrier

The blue Boston terrier’s history starts from the history of its parents (the Boston Terriers). So we are going to give a brief history of the Boston Terrier.

Cute Blue Boston Terrier

The history of the Boston terrier can be traced to the 19th century. At that time the audience for dog pit fighting and the contest increased in large numbers. This led to breeders trying to breed dogs that were powerful enough for this sport. Because of this, mating between terriers and breeds of dogs with a bull-type appearance and characteristics increased significantly. 

This was what led to the birth of a muscular dog called Judge in the 1860s. Judge’s parents ( A Bulldog and a White English Terrier) were bred in Liverpool.

Judge was sold a couple of times; his owner sold him to an American called William O’Brien that was based in Boston. Williams then sold him to a fellow countryman (based in Boston too) called Robert C. Hopper. After this transaction, Judge was called “hopper’s Judge”. Judge became the first Boston terrier and technically the ancestor of all Boston terriers.

Later Judge was bred to Burnett’s Gyp, a female white dog with almost the same genealogy as Judge. The owner of Burnett’s Gyp was Edward Burnett who lived in Southboro Massachusetts. The union of Judge and Burnett’s Gyp birth Well’s Eph who then births Tobin’s Late. This was the beginning of the Boston Terrier’s genealogy in the US.

Judge was described as a ” strongly built, high stationed dog of about 32 pounds weight. In color, he was a dark brindle, with a white stripe on the face. His head was square and blocky, and he resembled the present Boston Terrier in that he had a nearly even mouth”. This description was given by a renowned breed historian.

However, with the years of selective breeding, Judge’s descendants have been slightly altered. For example, the present-day Boston Terriers do not have the build, size, and strength of Judge. But they are more docile and attractive than Judge (this is an added bonus if you want to keep them as pets).

By 1889 lovers of this new breed of dogs formed the American Bull Terrier Club (ABTC). However, this brought several controversies because lovers of Bulldogs and Bull Terriers were not pleased with the use of their names. So they had to change the name of this new dog to Boston Terrier (in honor of the city that they were developed in) in 1891. A new association was formed; The Boston Terrier Club of America. 

By 1893 America Kennel Club (ALC) registered the first Boston Terrier in its history. 

It is important to note that the major development of this breed happened in the 20th century.

Even still to this day, the Boston Terrier is a well-respected American Native dog, and it is fondly called “American Gentleman”. It is also the official dog of Massachusetts as well as the official mascot of Boston University for almost a century.

Why Is Blue Boston Terrier Blue? 

Well, the ALC and Boston Terrier Club of America do not recognize blue as a coat color for Boston Terriers. They only recognize;

1 Brindle & White 

  1. Black & White
  2. Black Brindle & White
  3. Seal Brindle & White
  4. Seal & White

However, the blue coat color of a Boston terrier is caused by a mutation that is present in the chromosome pool of the Boston terrier. When this occurs the Boston terrier comes out as silver, blue or gray. So it is safe to say that the blue coat of a Boston terrier is a dilute of the black coat color.

Cute Boston Terrier

Characteristics Of A Blue Boston Terrier 

Appearance: one word that can be used to describe the blue Boston’s appearance is ” magnificent”. The combination of the blue and white coloration gives it a wonderful look. 

Blue Boston terriers spot a blue and white coat alongside little white patches around their eyes, rims, noses, and paw pads. They also feature a pair of erect ears that appears to be listening to their companion. 

Black nose, broad chest, short but straight tails, slightly bent back, short banded muzzle, etc all combine to give this dog a wonderful look. 

Size: Blue Boston terriers vary in length and weight depending on their age. Below is a chart to explain further 

 

                  Age/Months         Weight/Pounds
             2       3 – 8
            4       6 – 14 
           6       8 – 18
          8       9 – 22
         10      10 – 23
        12      10 – 25

 

Most terriers would reach adulthood at 12 months and stop adding weight. For length, terriers can grow from 12 inches to up to 17 inches. 

Lifespan: Blue Boston terriers live up to 13 years (however it has been reported that few have lived up to 18 years of age!) The average lifespan of this breed is 11 years.

Personality: blue Boston terriers are very affectionate pets they may withdraw themselves from you if they are scolded. These dogs are also friendly and do well with kids.

Even though these canines are not aggressive, the environment that they grew up in may introduce severe complications that may cause behavioral problems. So it is better to train your dog in a good environment to ensure they are well-behaved and mannered. 

The blue Boston terrier also does well with other pets and does not need special treatment. 

The first three months are important in the grooming of your canine friend. It is the time that you teach her social habits, eating habits, etc. You should also let her get familiar with other people in the home as well as pets. 

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It is important that you apply consistency and patience when bringing up your blue Boston terrier puppy. It will aid the bonding and socializing process.

Care Of A Blue Boston Terrier 

Feeding Your Blue Boston Terrier: when you are feeding your blue companion, you should be watchful as they tend to eat too much. If you don’t watch them, they wolf down more than enough and grow overweight.

We recommend that you don’t exceed 0.1 cup per pound of dry food every day for your dog i.e A 10 pounds dog would take 1 cup per day. 

As puppies, you can feed them 3-4 times a day for optimal growth. But for adult dogs, two times a day will be okay. You should also ensure you are buying food from a commercial store that uses protein content and high-quality ingredients. Remember to consult your Vet for your dog’s nutritional needs. 

Grooming Your Blue Boston Terrier

Every beautiful thing needs proper care and grooming and the blue Boston terrier is no exception. 

You should bathe your dog every week. Also, ensure you trim your dog’s nails regularly to avoid her injuring herself. Also, ensure you use a grooming mitt to take our excess hair as this breed of dog does. 

Remember to wipe off the mucus that usually accumulates under your dog’s eyes and ensure you check its teeth regularly as they may gather tarter. 

Exercise: 

30 minutes to 60 minutes of daily exercise will keep this dog healthy. Exercise like walking, running and even swimming can be added to their routine to keep them in good shape and health. You can also include yourself in the exercise with games like hiding and seek. 

How Much Is a Blue Boston Terrier

A blue button terrier puppy can cost from about $700 to $1500 depending on the breeder and the area.

Their cost of living is also not too expensive. for example;

You can get quality dog food for an average of $500 depending on your location. You could also spend about $400 on grooming and about $1000 on Veterinary examinations and medications.

Health Conditions Of A Blue Boston Terrier 

Blue Boston Terriers have a number of health problems associated with them. 

1 Cataract: cataracts are problems that infect the eyes. Juvenile cataracts (a type of cataracts) can start showing symptoms as early as 2months.

Cataracts affect the lens of the eyes specifically, this results in blockage of light from reaching the retina. In some cases, cataracts have been reported to cause blindness.

Eye drops can heal this problem at times, but your dog may need surgery in some cases.

  1. Allergies: Allergies can be from a number of things ranging from pollen, cleaners, food, or even weeds. Allergies will cause dandruff or rashes that will result in constant severe scratching.

The best cure for allergies is to remove the object causing the allergy. However, in some cases where allergies can not be removed, you may need to treat your dog with omega-fatty acid.

  1. Deafness: deafness in Blue Boston terriers is usually an inherited health condition. You might want to ensure a dog isn’t deaf before you buy it. 

A deaf dog is not unfit to be a wonderful pet. They will just need special training and more attention. 

  1. Conjunctivitis: conjunctivitis also known as pink eyes is caused by the infection of the tissues that are around the eyes. Pink eyes can result in thick-colored discharge, excess tearing, swelled-up redness around the eyeballs, etc. 

If you notice anything like this you should contact your Vet ASAP.

  1. Brachycephalic Syndrome: Brachycephalic syndrome is a combination of three health problems that affect short nose dogs. 

The first health condition is the Elongated soft palate. This is the situation where the soft palate that is at the roof of the mouth expands until it partly blocks the airflow in the lungs. 

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Stenotic Nares is the second most common health problem. This refers to “too narrow” nostrils in dogs. This causes difficulty in breathing. 

Everted Laryngeal Saccules 

Laryngeal Saccules may extend into the airway in brachycephalic dogs. This will result in partial blockage of the airflow to the lungs. 

Conclusion

The Blue Boston Terrier is no doubt a wonderful pet. We have included all you need to know about this very peculiar canine. If you still have any queries, pls drop a comment l.

We hope this article is of great help. Cheers! 

 

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