All About Blue Boston Terrier

All About Blue Boston Terrier
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Does a blue Boston terrier puppy exist? Turns out he does and he is as goofy as the black and white Boston terrier. Read on to discover what a blue Boston terrier has to offer.

If you have met a Boston terrier, you know how tiny, lively and affectionate they are. A blue Boston terrier puppy is a work of wonder and being the pet parent of one is quite fulfilling.

But does a blue coat influence the lifestyle of a Boston terrier?

Let’s find out.

 

Why so blue?

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The rare blue Boston terrier coat is caused by a mutation in the gene pool responsible for a black coat. Instead of a black coat, recessive genes dilute the color to a grey, silver, or blue.

Also, the same gene mutation results in a red Boston Terrier. Whether blue or red, you can expect this little pup to still have a friendly and lively personality.

 

Here are 7 interesting facts about the blue Boston terrier

 

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1. He is not AKC recognized

Sadly, a blue Boston terrier puppy is not considered an official color for the breed. For this reason, blue Boston terriers are not registered with the American Kennel Club or the Kennel Club of the UK.

 

The recognized Boston terrier colors include;

  • Black-white
  • Black-brindle-white
  • Brindle-white
  • Seal Brindle-white
  • White-seal

 

Does this mean a blue Boston terrier puppy will never get recognized? Not at all, there is only one condition that qualifies a blue Boston terrier for AKC membership. When both his parents are registered with the said club.

If you are not planning to enter your blue Boston terrier in any dog competition, then you should not worry about registration.

 

2. He has a cute face but…

All Boston terriers belong to a category of dogs known as brachycephalic. These are flat-faced dogs with tiny muzzles and large eyes. While they look cute in these unique faces, the same flat face can cause some health problems.

Certain breeds of dogs and cats are prone to difficult, obstructive breathing because of the shape of their head, muzzle, and throat. The most affected dogs are the ‘brachycephalic’ breeds

-anonymous, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

 

Because of this flat face, a blue Boston terrier puppy will grow up with narrow or flatted breathing passages. This will cause difficulty in breathing especially when the dog engages in play or exercises.

If you live with a Boston terrier, ensure that he does not indulge in too much exercise. When panting is evident during playtime, let the little fur baby catch his breath. Also, do not let him stay out for long in summer.

 

3. His skin flakes sometimes

A blue-coated Boston terrier is prone to suffering some skin conditions. These conditions are brought about by the genetic defect that creates a blue coat. Vets call this condition dilute color alopecia.

A blue Boston Terrier puppy at 6 months will start showing symptoms of dilute alopecia. In some blue terriers, the condition won’t show up until the dog is two years of age.

Common symptoms of dilution alopecia in blue terriers include;

  • Flaky and itchy skin
  • Hair thinning out
  • Hair loss that leaves dry patches on the coat
  • Skin inflammation
  • Dry scruffy coat
  • Tiny bumps on the skin

The blue Boston terrier is not the only dog affected by dilution alopecia. Other dogs that are vulnerable to the condition include;

  • Chow chow
  • Great Danes
  • Dachshunds
  • Whippets
  • Yorkshire terrier
  • Newfoundland
  • Schipperkes
  • Standard Poodles
  • Irish Setters
  • Bernese mountain dog

 

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4. He makes meme-worthy faces

Google ‘Boston terrier funny faces’ and you will see how goofy this terrier can get. A blue Boston terrier is no different. He is a clown at heart and always ready to give you a laugh for your time.

Blue Boston terriers thrive better indoors where they can engage in moderate exercise. As you kid around with him, take plenty of meme-worthy photos to share online.

VIDEO: Funny Boston Terrier Compilation

 

5. He has a lilac cousin

The blue Boston terrier coat can mutate further. This results in a fawn or lilac Boston terrier puppy. The lilac coat is not officially recognized and often ranked as blue. Some Boston terrier fans also consider the lilac coat as champagne or dark greyish.

 

6. He can outlive a Doberman

A blue Boston terrier can live for 15 years. Though he may have problems with his defective coat, it will in no way reduce his longevity. Feed a blue Boston terrier a healthy diet, provide moderate exercise, and shower him with lots of attention. That’s all he needs to get to his 15th birthday.

 

7. He is easy to live with

A blue Boston terrier sheds minimally compared to other big-eared dog breeds. He also has a small body that suits apartment life. And if you are looking for a low energy dog, then he is a perfect housemate.

 

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Wrapping up

Should you get a blue Boston terrier puppy? If you are looking for a low energy dog that is quiet and fun to be around, then get a blue Boston terrier. There is never a dull moment with a terrier in the house.

 

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Resources

  1. What is a Blue Boston Terrier: Photos and Videos By Donnie, bostonterriersociety.com
  2. Boston Terrier Information By anonymous, dogtime.com
  3. Brachycephalic Syndrome By anonymous, acvs.org
  4. Color Dilution Alopecia in Dogs By Robin Downy, DVM, vcahospitals.com

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