Alright guys. I have been reading on dogbreedinfo.com I am wanting to get a small family dog, for a pet and companionship. I have two small children, 4 and 10 months old. I am really REALLY considering the pug, but have read so much they are hard to house break. I have read a lot on the Boston Terrier and says they are quick learners and easy to train, and most reliable with children. So.... I love the pug, and like the look of the boston terrier. Any thoughts on what would be a better fit for a family? I am leaning more towards the pug, love to get input from pug and boston terrier owners.
I have Boston Terriers and I just love them. They are smart, easy to housebreak and are great dogs with kids. They also have less breathing problems than pugs do. They are a little more energetic than pugs, I think. Their ears stand on their own at about 3 months of age and they are born with a short tail. They shed very little. In fact, wiping them about twice a week with a wet cloth, is all the grooming they need. Mine are pretty low maintanence. Just clean the ears regualrly and clip the nails every 3 weeks. Ours ride in the car and in the boat and they really love people. Hope you choose a Boston. I posted some puppy pictures of mine on here about two weeks ago and the title was "the cutest puppies ever."
Yes, some do snore-but I think its cute! The pix of my puppies are on page 13 "the cutest puppies ever". I am not trying to advertise, as they have been sold since before they were born. You won't be sorry if you go with a Boston.
I can do both sides here. I have a pug and my daughter had a boston at her dad's house that stayed with us for a while. Long story. Anyway, I think they are both great dogs. The snoring and snorting are definately worse in the pug. Activity wise I think they are pretty comparable. They are both great dogs. Having both I don't think I could even recommend one over the other. I think between the two you could just go with what you really want and be happy either way. Good luck.
hey they have a great new breed called a Bug, it is a pugboston terrier cross, LOL no i am soooo kidding, I personally like Bostons better, but that is because the only one Ihave knowen was such a playful ball of muscle he was alot of fun, the pugs I have knowen were more lap dog type, I am not saying that is how they all are just the couple I knew
Keep in mind that both breeds have inherrent breathing problems & are very susceptable to eye injuries because of the buggy eyes. For those reasons they really are not the best choice for a home with small children.
Also, with kids that young, you would be better with a medium sized dog IMO.
As a Pug breeder....I'm partial, lol But I do love Bostons as well, though I have never owned one. I find them to be very similar in many ways though. Though a Bostons legs are bit finer than the Pugs, so heightens possibility of injury.
Like I have mentioned in previous threads, mine have all been totally house broken, no accidents. We currently have a 9 week old pup that knew where she was expected to potty within 2 days of being here. The onlt problem you may have in the housebreaking department is if you get a male and leave him intact or use him for breeding...then you may have a marking issue.
yeah thanks guys. I am leaning still more towards the pug because I hear they are more laid back than the boston. We had a Jack Russell terrier once, it was the MOST HYPER dog I have ever seen. So that is why I was wanting a pug because they are more lap dogs. I know they are very playful and outgoing as puppies and even older. Do you think Boston's act like Jack Russells? I definately didn't like the Jack Russell when I was little lol.
Also I have heard pugs have a musky smell? LPN do yours pugs have any certain dog odors? lol I mean all dogs have some sort of odor, but someone told me that pugs just plain smell. I have been around them and don't seem to smell any horrible odor.
Not all Bostons are hyper. Lots of pugs are hyper too. My Bostons are pretty laid back and enjoy laying on the couch or being petted. My cousin has a black male pug and he runs around, back and forth, all the time, puffing. Then, when I was a teenager, my baby sister had a Pug and she had one pug puppy and immediately got up, as soon as it was born, and left the puppy and never looked back. She just started running around the house like she was the queen and didn't have to do anything she didn't want to do. They had a hard time raising that puppy, but they did. If you decide on a Boston, go check out the parents at the breeder. If they are calm and laid back, chances are the puppy will be, too. And, my hyper Bostons settle down within 4-5 minutes after company arrives. They are just happy to see people. They are NOT barkers-thank goodness, and only bark once when someone comes to the door.
Okay I think I have decided on my breeder, maybe LPN looked at the fathers pedigree. But... there is another breeder in my city. Here is her website and she lists her dogs pedigree. if you have time look at it and tell me what you think.
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Pugs when kept clean and groomed are just like any other dog....no special stank or anything. Anyone who has one with an odor may have skin issues that are not properly dealt eith or they are not keeping the wrinkles cleaned properly.
I will peek at that site for you....but you'll need to remove the link..since it is advertising and against forum rules.