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The Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a dog of strictly American creation and development, produced by crossing the English Bulldog with the English Terrier. The breed originated approximately 50 years ago in Boston, Mass., from which it later acquired its name. Authorities state that the individual peculiarities of the sires prominent in the breed’s early development are largely responsible for its present type, the foundation sire (Hooper’s Judge) being a high stationed, dark-seal brindle terrier weighing about 30 pounds.

Ideal markings for the Boston Terrier show a white muzzle, and an even, white blaze over the head, collar, breast, part or whole of forelegs, and hind legs below the hocks. The color for the remainder of the body should be one of the various shades of brindle — such as mahogany, seal, golden, etc. — with the brindle covering evenly distributed throughout. The height of mature individuals taken at the shoulder varies from 14 to 20 inches, depending on the class. The weights range from under 15 to 25 pounds. Weight classifications for the various divisions are: Lightweight, under 15 pounds; middleweight, 15 and under 20 pounds; heavyweight, 20 and not exceeding 25 pounds.

In general appearance the Boston Terrier is a lively, intelligent, smooth-coated, short-headed, compactly built individual, exhibiting determination, strength, style, and activity to a decided degree. It originated as a gentleman’s companion dog and as such retains its chief popularity. Members of the breed, however, make excellent house dogs and are valuable as guards. The Boston Terrier is very popular in the United States and is widely distributed throughout the country.

What do flea bites look like?

It’s starting to get warmer, flea season is approaching. These critters have a way of making your dog’s life (and yours) miserable. What do flea bites look like? On a human, they look something like this:

You can fight back! There are many ways to keep the fleas away this summer. The best cure is prevention and natural ways to repel fleas. You can vacuum frequently to stop them from taking hold in your home. Was your dogs bed frequently, give your dog a bath regularly, and sprinkle a bit of brewer’s yeast in his food.

Natural flea repellents:

* Marigolds are known to repel fleas, plant them outdoors.

* Boil orange and lemon peels in water and use the solution as a pre-soak for dog bedding, or as a dip for your dog.

You may know what do flea bites look like, but do you know the signs of fleas? In the picture below it shows what’s known as “flea dirt.” To be specific, this is not dirt. It’s your dog’s blood consumed by the flea and passed as feces. Gross, huh?

If the flea problem gets that bad, natural remedies may not work. There are pesticide flea products you can use, but it’s important to research them first. The manufacturers claim they are safe, but common sense dictates placing pesticides on your dogs skin, may have detrimental effects over the long term. I’ve used both Advantage and Frontline at different times, but never on a continuous basis.

Advantage. Advantage is a spot on flea and tick killer, and lasts for about a month. In my opinion, it’s not terribly effective on fleas, but it’s excellent in killing ticks. The main ingredient is imidacloprid, which effects the nervous system of the flea.

Frontline. Frontline is advertised as a flea and tick killer, but in my experience, it wasn’t helpful with ticks at all. I actually called Frontline customer service. They told me that the only way it could kill a tick is if it first sucks the blood of your dog. If you’ve got a tick problem, get Advantage instead. For fleas though, Frontline is awesome. The main ingredients of Frontline are: Fipronil 5-amino -1- (2, 6-dichloro-4 [trifluoromethyl]phenyl) -4- (1,R,S)- (trifluoromethyl0sulfinyl) -1H-pryazole-3-carbonitrile 0.29% inert ingredients 99.71%.

Biospot. Biospot is another spot on type treatment applied to the nape of the neck. It’s not nearly as effective as Frontline or Advantix. I’ve tried the “natural” version of Biospot and it made my dog have a strong smell of peppermint. In my case, it seemed to have no effect whatsoever on fleas. The main ingredients are permethrins and IGR.

Proban and Prospot. Proban (cythioate) and Prospot (Fenthion) products are supposed to kill fleas, and they work by getting in the blood stream. The major downfall for these is that they won’t repel fleas at all, it will only kill the flea if it’s actually sucking your dogs blood. Obviously, it’s preferable to get rid of the fleas before they bite your dog, not just afterwards. Therefore, your dog would still be suffering from flea bite allergies, scrating, and itching.

It helps to know the signs of flea infestation, what do flea bites look like, and products you can use to fight fleas this summer.

Public Domain Dog Art

This dog art is now in the public domain, which means you are free to admire it here or use the photos yourself. Enjoy!
The Pointer by artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874 – 1927)

The English and American Foxhound by artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874 – 1927)

French Bulldog and Boston Terrier by artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874 – 1927)

Scottish Deerhound by artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874 – 1927)

Greyhounds by artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874 – 1927)

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