Boston terriers may have one of the flattest faces of any dog breed,
but your life won't be flat if you welcome this lively, usually happy, short-haired breed into your home. But, as with any breed of dog, you need to keep in mind the personality and nature of the dog to properly train him or her and orient the new member of the family to your particular lifestyle and home.
Although the Boston terrier will spread joy and warmth through just about any home, and this breed gets along well with people (including children) and other pets, you need to use a gentle hand and may need some patience with this often willful dog.
Although a lively dog, the Boston terrier doesn't necessarily need vigorous workouts. Short walks are fine. If you don't have a fenced yard for quick bouts of exercise, make sure you walk the terrier daily. These are not outdoor dogs, though. Yes, they like to go outside and romp around a yard or park, but they are very sensitive to temperature extremes and thus should be primarily indoor dogs.
Although this breed gets along well with other pets, socialize your Boston terrier early with other dogs to be on the safe side. Sometimes, they can be aggressive toward other dogs (particularly if the Boston terrier is male) if not exposed to dogs inside and outside the home while young.
Although an intelligent dog that likes to please (and thus is easy to train to a great degree), you will need patience when housebreaking your Boston terrier. That's because this breed tends to resist being told what to do. You can expect as much as four to six months of consistent crate training before you see consistently good results in terms of housebreaking.
In general, you should be careful of your tone when training, disciplining or just generally talking to your Boston terrier. This breed can be very sensitive to harsh tones. Again, the dog tends to resist being bossed around, so in general you need to work with encouraging good behavior instead of trying to force good behavior or excessively punish bad behavior.
Boston terriers don't tend to bark often, which is good for most families (not like you'd want this little lovable pooch to be trying guard dog duty anyway). However, there can be issues with noise of another sort. Because they have such a short face, Boston Terriers tend to grunt, snuffle, snort and wheeze a lot. They can also snore quite loudly. Search yourself to determine if you're the kind of person who will find these sounds charming (or at least tolerable). Because if you find such sounds annoying, there is nothing you can do to train this tendency out of the dog. There's nothing the dog can do to stop this; it's a physiological situation.
In addition to noises, there is also a potential slobbering issue. In particular among Boston Terriers with loose jowls, they tend to slobber water when they drink. Some terriers drool, too, especially after eating and drinking. Again, there is little to nothing the dog can do about this, so don't expect to train this out of him or her. And chastising the dog for drooling or dripping is very unproductive when the fault is in the anatomy, not the behavior.
Boston terriers are also known for passing gas a bit. Once again, this is physical, not behavioral. Often, Boston Terriers who are fed a natural diet of real meat and other fresh foods will have less trouble with gassiness and flatulence.
While the noises, drooling and gas may have you thinking this breed isn't worth it, remember that the Boston terrier has many advantages as well. The dog is alert, intelligent, eager to please, gentle and tends to be well-mannered. The breed is good with children, the elderly and even with strangers, and can be a very affectionate part of your family. Also, the dog tends to get along very well with non-canine pets, so often works well in a household with different types of animals.