Bostalian: A Complete Guide

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Purchasing a dog is more than a shopping spree purchase or a gift, it’s the act of welcoming a new entity into your life.

A dog requires more than just food and a pat, but maintenance, socialization, exercise, and a whole lot of love! Sounds like hard work right?

Well, the rewards in which you will get in return more than worth it.

This 10-15 year bond may result in stress and commitment, but it will grace you with happiness, loyalty, love, care, and companionship.

A dog is more than just an animal, but a new addition to your family, or the beginning of an entirely new one.

The Bostalian is the medium-sized, crossbreed of an Italian Greyhound and Boston Terrier, and has become a renowned designer dog over the last decade.

It is sociable and great with other canines. It is beautiful, enthusiastic and easy to train, due to its love of people.

If you are a first-time dog owner, the Bostalian will be easy to raise if you provide it with its needed socialization.

In this guide, I will detail the vital information on the Bostalian for you to determine whether or not this dog is right for you.

I’ll go over the behavioral traits, appearance, physical and dietary needs, health concerns and of course, what to look for in a breeder.

If you’re purchasing a dog for the first time, and want an easy to look after, medium-sized, breed that you can cuddle with, exercise and keep in any household, scroll on down to find out more about the always elegant Bostalian.

Bostalian Puppies – Before You Buy…

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A Bostalian is a sociable and loving creature.

Purchasing a dog is no easy process.

There are many factors and things that come into play to ensure happiness for both the puppy and the owner.

There are a plethora of requirements that either you alone or with your family need to determine before bringing a puppy into your everyday life.

You will need to research the dog’s physical, mental and behavioral traits, as well the space it needs for comfort and the socialization it needs to thrive (all in which I will detail in this guide).

When purchasing a Bostalian, you will need to decide what color and gender you want, as well as if you want it spayed/neutered.

As it is a medium-sized, adaptable dog, you will not need to put too much of an emphasis on evaluating your household, however, make sure you designate a play space and resting place for its comfort.

You will also need to analyze your schedule, to make time for the puppy’s needed socialization and attention.

All these factors are important as organizing them will make your life easier, and your future dog happier.

How Much Do Bostalian Puppies Cost?

Price is a make or breaks factor for dog owners, as it determines whether you have the funds to purchase, support and maintain a dog.

The Bostalian will cost around $700-800, which is around the normal price range for medium-sized designer breeds.

This is more expensive than the $500 average of an Italian Greyhound but cheaper than the $1000 average of a Boston Terrier.

While it is not on the cost-effective side of purchasing a dog, it does provide a great alternative to those who don’t want to splurge on a Boston Terrier.

If this price range isn’t for you, consider looking into toy breeds for a more cost-effective puppy.

How Do I Find a Reputable Breeder?

Buying from a breeder will not be a risk, as we never truly know how the dog is bred and treated.

The actions of a breeder can determine the future health of a puppy, and can even alter its life expectancy.

However, there is a fair amount of assessments we can make when purchasing from a breeder to evaluate the ethics and professionalism in which these dogs are birthed.

Before visiting a breeder, make sure to ask around your local neighborhood for word of mouth and recommendations.

When purchasing a breeder, make sure to take a look at where the dogs are kept, and analyze how much space and comfort they have.

The Bostalian will not need ample space. However, they should be held in an adequate environment in which they can play.

The Bostalians will also need early socialization and attention to ensure smooth assimilation into the households of owners, so make sure to evaluate how the breeder treats the dogs and talks to them.

A reputable breeder should also always assist you with the equipment you need, as well as any vital information on grooming, physical requirements and dietary needs.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Bostalian:

  1. The Bostalian can inherit a hypoallergenic fur from its parent breeds, meaning it rarely shed and is great for people with allergies.
  2. The Bostalian has natural hunting instincts, so watch it around smaller pets.
  3. Don’t let its cute demeanor fool you; the Bostalian can be stubborn.

The Physical Traits of the Bostalian

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The Bostalian is a caring dog breed.

As a mixed breed, the Bostalian can inherit the traits of both its parent breeds, with the superior resemblance depending on the gene pool.

Usually, the Bostalian will have a short coat, that will only require an occasional brush.

It can range colors of blue, red, brown, black, cream, white, tan or a mixture of these.

It will have an arched neck with brown eyes, and with either a black or brown nose.

It’ll have the slim figure of an Italian Greyhound, but also be masculine like a Boston Terrier.

It’ll have big, erect ears and a broad chest, as well as a medium-sized tail that loves to wag.

How Big is a Full-Grown Bostalian?

The Bostalian will grow between 13-17 inches, which is the average size for medium-sized breeds.

This is bigger than the 13-15 inches of an Italian Greyhound, and around the same size of a Boston Terrier. Weight-wise, it will grow to 15-25 pounds, which is a slim build for that medium-sized dogs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Bostalian?

The Bostalian will have a life expectancy of 12-15 years, which is a little higher than the average for most medium-sized dogs.

This is the same life expectancy of both the Italian Greyhound and the Boston Terrier.

Life expectancy can increase or decrease depending on the physical, mental and behavioral health of the dog, so it’s important to keep a close eye on any symptoms of health concerns.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Bostalian

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The Bostalian needs a moderate amount of daily exercise.

The Bostalian is a sociable, loving and caring dog that’ll do great with kids and adults alike, as well as love attention from strangers.

It will do great with dogs of other species.

However, it is important to watch it around small pets due to its hunting instincts, and not have it in the same household as a cat.

Initially, when training, it is stubborn, so you will have to have a strict discipline-based obedience regime, and show them who the leader is.

Positive reinforcement tactics such as snacks will help throughout trials.

It is important that you do not baby the Bostalian and allows it to maintain a sense of independence, or it is known to snap.

The Dietary Needs of the Bostalian

As a medium-sized, slim dog, the Bostalian will not need a large amount of food per day and will result in being quite cost-effective.

It is estimated that the Bostalian will consume roughly 1.5 cups of dog food daily, and cost around 30 dollars a month.

When it comes to dry food, it is not with picky about brands and does not have a high nutritional need. It will also enjoy foods like fiber-based cereal, chicken, beef, and pork.

However, it is recommended that you only feed it small portions of meat, as its small torso cannot support the heftiness of it in large doses.

How Much Exercise Does the Bostalian Need?

The Bostalian is an energetic dog and will need a moderate amount of exercise every day.

You should provide the dog with roughly 45 minutes of daily activity, and around 7 miles of walking per week.

The Bostalian will love games such as frisbee and fetch, as it will give it both mental and physical adrenaline.

Try obedience, and agility training as well, provided you have the snacks to make it worth the dog’s time!

It will like a moderate walk and will socialize well with other dogs on the way. However, it is important to keep it on a leash as it will chase any other small animals.

You can keep a Bostalian in an apartment provided it has a play space, and you take it outside for activities daily.

Health Concerns and Issues of the Bostalian

The Bostalian doesn’t inherit the large number of health concerns and issues that most other medium-sized breeds do.

For safe keeping, it is recommended that you take it on the occasional trip to the vet for physical examinations, and check-ups on the eyes, hips, and knees.

Serious issues include:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

Minor issues include: 

  • Cataracts

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Overall, the Bostalian is a kind, loving and enthusiastic dog, who loves to play, and lay with its owners.

It’s great for beginner dog owners, and if provided with discipline and away from smaller prey, will make an amazing companion.

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