What Is the Best Dog Food for a Boston Terrier?
The Boston Terrier is a small breed of dog that originates from Boston. It is one of only a few breeds of dog to have been developed in the United States and was the first non-sporting breed to come from the US. It was first recognized by the American Kennel Club is 1893.
Known as the “American Gentleman” because its markings resemble formal attire, the Boston Terrier has a compact build, short tail and erect ears. Bostons are either black, brindle or seal in color, with a white front that gives them their distinctive “tuxedo” appearance.
Bostons generally have friendly temperaments, are very intelligent and easy to train, although they can be stubborn! They are popular family pets, ranking as the 22nd most popular breed in America. They tend to be quite active and lively by nature, so do need to get enough daily exercise.
Adult Boston Terriers can be fed a small breed dog food, which will typically be more energy and nutrient dense than a general adult food, as small dogs usually burn more energy per pound than larger ones. Larger Bostons, weighing over 25lbs, could be fed a medium breed food, although there are not many recipes formulated specifically for medium sized dogs. Alternatively, any adult dog food formula should be suitable.
The best dog food for a Boston Terrier puppy is a small breed puppy food. Small breeds like the Boston tend to grow faster than bigger dogs and a commercial puppy food specially aimed at small breeds will provide the optimal balance of protein, energy, vitamins and minerals. Puppies can be moved on to an adult recipe when they are approximately 90% of their fully grown size.
Boston Terriers are known for their big appetites, so owners need to measure food portions and feed their dog only at set meal times to prevent it gaining too much weight or getting obese, which can result in breathing problems and other serious health issues, especially in senior or less active dogs.
Having a sensitive stomach is a common issue in Boston Terriers and a bad diet can cause excessive flatulence in this breed in particular. Many owners find their Boston gets very gassy if it eats a dog food that contains a lot of plant based ingredients and grains, but that switching to a recipe that doesn’t contain wheat or corn improves the situation.
Others find their dog experiences less gas and fewer digestive issues when they feed them an entirely grain free food. Grain free dog food tends to be made from top quality, natural ingredients and contains a higher proportion of real meat protein, so is considered by many owners to be the healthiest and most nutritious option. It is also often recommended for dogs with allergies, although owners should always read the ingredients list to make sure a food is free from whichever ingredient their dog reacts to. Common allergens for dogs include beef and dairy, and there are several brands that now offer limited diet recipes to cater for dogs with skin allergies or food sensitivities.
Bostons have a tendency to have bad breath, which some owners report is worse after eating canned food, so feeding a Boston on kibble only, rather than a wet food, might be the best solution. When feeding a Boston Terrier kibble, it’s a good idea to look for one that comes in smaller, bize-sized pieces that are easier to chew. This is because Bostons have short jaws and can be prone to problems with their mouths. For this reason, owners should avoid feeding Bostons large or cooked bones, as these could cause serious issues.
All dogs are unique and have their own special dietary needs and preferences, so owners may need to try a few different kinds of dog food to find the best one for their dog.