You rarely find somebody that doesn’t love dogs. They are kind, caring and entertaining pets that bring copious amounts of happiness and joy.
However, its common knowledge that dogs are no walk in the park, even when you’re walking in the park.
They require commitment, loyalty, hard work and love, and in return, they will return the same.
Purchasing a dog isn’t like purchasing a video game or inanimate object, it’s a 10-15 year bond that welcomes a new addition to your family, or the signifies the start of a new one.
The Bostillon is a tiny, toy-sized crossbreed of the Boston Terrier and Papillon. But don’t let its size fool you, it packs a lot of attitudes.
It’s energetic, enthusiastic and charming, often being recognized as an ideal dog for families. They are gentle, children friendly and love to hang out with humans.
Whether you’re looking for an everyday friend on a cold night cuddle companion, the Bostillon is an ideal candidate.
In this guide, I will detail the vital information on the Bostillon, from how it behaves to how it looks to what it eats.
You’ll know enough to decide if it’s a good fit, and what it takes to find one that is bred with quality.
If you’re a first-time dog owner who is looking for a gentle, friendly lap dog, or you want a cute, cuddly designer dog that’ll have eyes turning in your direction on the street, scroll on down to learn more about the Bostillon.
Bostillon Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before you purchase a dog, there are many factors and things that come into play to ensure happiness for both the puppy and the owner.
There is a slew of things that either you alone, or with your family need to determine before welcoming a puppy into your household.
You 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 Bostillon, you will need to determine what color and gender you want, as well as your preferences on spaying/neutering.
You will need to analyze whether or not you have a viable space, and time to maintain the dog’s daily needs. By determining these factors, you solidify a happy future for both yourself and your dog.
How Much Does a Bostillon Puppy Cost?
Budget is a make or breaks factor for dog owners, as it can determine your ability to maintain and look after a puppy.
The Bostillon as small, crossbreed is more cost-effective than its counterparts and will cost around $500-$600.
This is significantly less than the $800-$1000 price point of a Boston Terrier, as well as the $1000+ for a Papillon.
How to Find a Reputable Breeder?
Finding a reputable breeder isn’t easy, but it’s important, as it can alter the mental, behavioral and physical traits of a dog, as well as its overall life expectancy.
However, we never really can tell what goes on behind the scenes when adopting a dog, so it’s always important to weary.
When purchasing from a breeder, there are a few factors you can analyze to determine whether this one who cares or is one who is purely in it for money.
Before visiting a breeder, make sure to ask around your local neighborhood for any recommendations and word of mouth.
When purchasing from a breeder, make sure to evaluate the space in which the puppies are kept. As the Bostillon isn’t the largest of dogs, it doesn’t require a particularly large space.
However, there should be equipment and toys to encourage activity from an early age.
Also, you should analyze how the breeder treats the dogs, and determine whether or not they are properly socialized for outside world assimilation.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Bostillon
- The Bostillon doesn’t require regular bathing, as it doesn’t carry the same odors like many other dogs.
- The Bostillon originated in North America during the early 1900s.
- The Bostillon is not hypoallergenic, therefore not being suitable for those with allergies.
The Physical Traits of the Bostillon
As a crossbreed dog, the Bostillon will inherit traits of both its parent breeds.
However, the Bostillon is one of the rare cross breed dogs that doesn’t have a superior look in its mix, instead of landing perfectly as a middle combination.
It has the small torso and long legs of a Boston Terrier, will sporting the wide eyes and signature big, upward ears of a Papillon.
They usually have a short to medium-length coat, that can range from black, white, red and brown colors.
It has brown eyes, a back nose, and round paws that keep a stern posture.
How Big is a Full-Grown Bostillon?
The Bostillon is the average size of a small breed and grows between 10-16 inches long, just over the size of your average school ruler.
This is only slightly smaller than the 17-18 inches of a Boston Terrier but significantly bigger than the 8-9 inches of a Papillon.
Weight-wise, the Bostillon will grow to roughly 16 pounds, with the male being the gender with a larger mass.
How Long is the Life Expectancy of a Bostillon?
The life expectancy of a Bostillon is just over the average for small breed dogs, averaging around 12-16 years.
This is around the same as the 13-15 years of both the Boston Terrier and Papillon.
Life expectancy can also significantly change depending on the health of the dog, so it’s important to pay close attention to any symptoms of mental and physical health issues.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Bostillon
The Bostillon is a kind, friendly companion that thrives with the company of humans, as well as a flurry of different dog kinds. They thrive in structured environments and are very adaptable to any situation.
They are frequent barkers, which can be minimized with regular obedience training.
If left alone, they tend to rebel and become destructive, as well as suffer from separation anxiety, so it’s important that someone is home at all times.
If you choose to travel without the Bostillon, it is recommended that you hire a dog sitter.
The Dietary Requirements of the Bostillon
The Bostillon, much like other dogs, does not require a large amount of food throughout the day.
It is estimated that it will consume roughly 1 cup of dog food per day, costing you anywhere between $20 and 30 dollars per month.
Due to its size, it’s recommended that you stick to a relatively strict dry food regime, as it has trouble consuming heftier foods.
If the Bostillon starts to become unhappy with a particular food, try switching brands, or provide an occasional alternative such as grainy cereals which will still supply the needed nutrients.
When training, it is important to reward the Bostillon with snacks for positive reinforcement, as it will increase its happiness.
How Much Exercise Does the Bostillon Need?
The Bostillon is a relatively active dog and will need moderate daily exercise for it to use its excessive energy.
It is estimated that the Bostillon needs around 60 minutes of exercise per day, and 6 miles of walking per week. The Bostillon loves a moderate walk, as well as plenty of playtime, and will thrive in a game of fetch.
It is important however that you do not take it outside during hot weather, as it is sensitive to the heat and it will make the Bostillon weak.
Due to its small size, the Bostillon can live in an apartment comfortably provided it has a designated play space.
You should also participate in mental exercises with the Bostillon such as obedience training, as that’ll stimulate its mind, increase its confidence and decrease its excessive barking habit.
The Health Concerns and Conditions of the Bostillon
As a small dog, the Bostillon isn’t prone to the same serious health concerns as that of larger breeds.
However, there still are some possible issues that you should look out for.
It is recommended that you schedule the occasional checkup at the vet for physical examinations, as well as blood and urine tests.
Serious issues include:
- Patellar Luxation
Minor issues include:
- Stenotic Nares
Overall, the Bostillon is a kind, gentle and ideal family dog.
It’s great with other pets and children, and if provided with the right amount of socialization and attention, it will adapt to any given situation.
If you live in a small apartment or are a first-time dog owner, the Bostillon is the ideal dog for you.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Bostillon Puppies – Before You Buy…
- The Physical Traits of the Bostillon
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Bostillon
- The Dietary Requirements of the Bostillon
- The Health Concerns and Conditions of the Bostillon
- Bostillon Conclusion