Bostinese

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A. <> China -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Bostinese

Bostineses are dynamic pets that can be affectionate, aggressive, intelligent and playful all at the same time. This breed requires moderate activity and lots of attention from their owners. The average lifespan for small breed dogs is 10 to 15 years. They weigh between 5 and 9 kilos and reach heights of 25.5 to 35.5 centimeters. Bostineses vary considerably in appearance, from the large Boston Terrier to the smaller, elongated Pekingese. On the whole, they retain many Pekingese facial characteristics, but have not completely stabilized in appearance or personality. The American Kennel Club (AKC) does not include the Bostinese in its list of dogs.

History of the Bostinese

The name Bostinese is a combination of the names of its two parent breeds: the Boston Terrier and the Pekingese. Because of the long history of its parent breeds in North America, the Bostinese is thought to have been bred sporadically for nearly a century. It has only recently been recognized as a specific crossbreed, but not by the AKC. Therefore, Bostinese breeders should be thoroughly researched if you're considering buying a puppy from them.
        

A little of the Boston Terrier

        
The Boston Terrier is named after its home town, Boston, Massachusetts, and was brought to the USA from England in 1865. Bred with a variety of dogs, notably the French Bulldog, the amusing breed we know today is the result. From 1905 to 1939, the Boston Terrier was the most popular dog in the USA, and is still beloved in the county to this day. It was recognized by the AKC in 1893.
Standard of the Boston Terrier

A little of the Pekingese

The Pekingese, originating in China, is one of the oldest known dog breeds. In fact, it was named after China's capital, Beijing. The Chinese believed that this breed was the manifestation of the mythical dog "Foo", who chased away evil spirits. As such, the Pekingese was cherished by the royal families of imperial China. They were fiercely protected until the 1860s, when several Pekingese were smuggled out of China by Western European forces during the Second Opium War. The breed quickly became a favorite in the UK and spread to North America in the late 1800s, where it was recognized by the AKC in 1909.
Standard of the Pekingese

Appearance of the Bostinese

Bostineses can vary considerably depending on which parent he takes after next. That said, they generally resemble small Boston Terriers with Pekingese characteristics. The dog has a compact torso and a slightly stocky build. It has muscular but slender legs and a short square muzzle, but not as "pig-nosed" as its Boston Terrier relative. They weigh between 5 and 9 kilos and measure between 25.5 and 35.5 centimeters in height. Bostinese coats can be long or short, with longer pieces around the tail, ears, feet, legs and belly. They are usually two-tone combinations of black and white or brown and white. Some, however, have markings and colors, such as red, brindle and sable, that are common in pure-bred Pekingese. Bostineses have flat heads with large, drooping eyes, hanging or floppy ears and medium-length tails.

Temperament of the Bostinese

This affectionate breed is playful and people-oriented. Bostineses become very attached to their owners. They are indoor dogs and like to relax with family members. They also get on well with other dogs and children. They can sometimes be aggressive, so it's best to make new introductions slowly, as Bostinese take after their Pekingese parents and are ruthless and prone to bark at strangers, furry or otherwise. However, once Bostineses get to know new friends, they are affable companions to people and pets outside their immediate circle. What's more, Bostineses are an intelligent breed. This means they can be well trained, but they can also be willfully disobedient. As such, early and consistent training is particularly important for them. Since Bostineses are not as active as their Terrier relatives, this breed will be happy and healthy in apartments and urban environments if it lives in a loving, attentive household.

Needs and activities of the Bostinese

Bostineses are true companion dogs who enjoy being with their owners. They are playful and moderately energetic, requiring daily exercise and lots of human attention. These comfortable creatures benefit from a short daily walk or an occasional romp outdoors with furry friends. Bostineses are suited to apartment and city living if the location has pedestrian areas for this type of gentle exercise. Bostineses have an independent sequence and tend to wander, so it's best not to leave your pet unattended outdoors. It's also important to note that these dogs don't tolerate heat very well and shouldn't be over-exercised in hot climates. On the whole, Bostineses are happiest when relaxing or engaging in light play with their family indoors.

Maintenance of the Bostinese

Bostineses are not hypoallergenic dogs and are therefore not suitable for owners with dog allergies. Bostineses with longer coats need to be brushed from time to time to avoid tangles and mats. Some owners with longer-haired Bostineses opt for professional grooming, although this isn't always necessary. Regardless of coat length, owners should be diligent about trimming longer pieces around eyes, ears and legs to avoid infections or impediments to mobility. Bostineses should also be bathed monthly and have their nails trimmed a few times a month, if necessary, to prevent painful overgrowth or nail breakage. Like all breeds, Bostineses should have their teeth brushed daily.

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