If you are in the market for a dog that is sturdy, intelligent, not too big, and full of life, Boston Cattle Dog is probably just the dog you were looking for.
This hybrid comes as a result of a Boston Terrier and Australian Cattle Dog mix and is one lively little dog with enough energy to keep up with the entire family.
These dogs are a great family pet choice because they can be quite patient and gentle with the kids.
But, they do require firm training so that the Australian cattle herding instinct tones down and so that your kids can play without being nipped or barked at.
Also, even though this is a highly intelligent breed, they can be independent and stubborn, which, of course, can be corrected with proper training.
However, even the easiest-going dogs can be complicated to handle if the breeding process hasn’t been carried out responsively and the breeder lacks experience.
Therefore, to find a perfect Boston Cattle Dog puppy, you need to know the breed inside-out.
This way, you will know which traits to expect, and what to pay attention to when choosing a puppy. And speaking of choosing a puppy, you also need to know who to choose it from.
To help you out with all these things, we’ve decided to come up with this in-depth guide, so that you get all the right answers, as well as to learn which questions to ask.
Let’s start with the puppies and see their average price, and what living together with one means.
The Boston Cattle Dog Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before you say “Okay, Boston Cattle Dog is the breed I want”, you have to make sure you know the breed well enough to make such a call.
And, the first three things you need to ask yourself before choosing a certain breed are:
- Can I afford it?
- Can I find a reputable breeder?
- What does living with this puppy look like?
You will find the answers to these questions and in the following sections.
What price are the Boston Cattle Dog puppies?
On average, Boston Cattle Dog puppies go from $700 and can climb up to $1000.
This is the price range for pups from reputable breeders and the final price mostly depends on what the breeder’s plans are for the pups.
For example, if he breeds them so that they can be family pets, the price will be at the lower end of the mentioned range.
They will be of great health, without any hidden genetic issues, but won’t have the breeding rights, and they are less likely to win trophies at dog shows.
If you want such a premium-quality pup, you should focus on the higher end of the price range.
How to find reputable Boston Cattle Dog breeders?
“Tale as old as time” – Beauty and the Beast. Well… This is pretty much how this story goes. Your choice of a breeder determines if you will buy a beauty of a dog or a beast.
A reputable breeder with a vast experience in this area carefully selects and mixes the “breeding material” and looks for the perfect gene combination.
As a result, you get the “beauty” – A puppy that not only looks beautiful, but also has great health (better than the parents), and has a friendly personality.
On the other hand, the so-called Backyard breeders or the Puppy mills, do things completely the opposite.
They are not interested in finding the perfect gene match so that the breed improves, they just want to make as many puppies as possible, and make a profit with a minimum investment.
- No high-quality food
- Rare, if any vet checkups
- No genetic health tests
- Superficial knowledge of the breed
- No after-sale assistance and advice on how to take proper care of your dog
So, in conclusion. If the breeder doesn’t seem like he knows much about the breed, doesn’t have all the necessary paperwork proving that the pup’s parents don’t have any hereditary genetic disorder and that the puppy is with great health, and just seems like he wants to take your money and see you walking away, avoid that deal.
You will pay more when buying from a reputable breeder, but quality always needs to be more important than the price.
In the end, you are choosing a family member, not a toy, so you need to make sure that he is healthy and not a potential temperamental catastrophe.
3 Little-known facts about the Boston Cattle Dog puppies
Before you buy a puppy, let’s see if what comes with him in the package is something you can handle.
- They are highly active
Both parent breeds are well known for being highly energetic so you can expect nothing less from the litter.
They are even rowdier when little, so be prepared for many game sessions throughout the day.
- They can be complicated for training
Boston terriers are more family devoted and willing to cooperate and expert breeders highlight that trait during the selection process. This means that the pups should be easy-going and respond well to training.
But, sometimes, the Ozzie herding side kicks in, and your Boston Cattle Dog might show signs of stubbornness.
In such cases, you need to show to your puppy that you are being serious about the training, yet use praise and positive reinforcement to keep him motivated.
- They are great guard and watchdogs
Both parent breeds are alert, therefore, you will notice how right from the start, your Boston Cattle dog reacts each time he hears a suspicious sound or when a stranger approaches.
He will show bravery even as a little pup, and prove himself as a great protector of the family by the time he is all grown up.
Physical Traits of the Boston Cattle Dog
This is the part of the guide where you get to learn the size and weight of your dog, as well as his life expectancy.
How big is a full-grown Boston Cattle Dog?
The average size of a full-grown Boston Cattle Dog is around 17 inches in height and some 36 of weight.
Naturally, like with any other dog breed, females are slightly smaller and lighter, so the size you should expect if you have a female dog is around 15 inches in height and around 34 pounds of weight.
What is the life expectancy of the Boston Cattle Dog?
When it comes to how long you can expect your faithful companion to be with you and your family, the average lifespan of this breed goes from 12 to 15 years.
Of course, this goes, if the dog has a proper, high-quality diet, enough exercise, and regular vet checkups during his life.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Boston Cattle Dog
To understand what drives your Boston Cattle Dog, you need to be aware of his parent’s both positive and negative sides.
So, to get to know this breed better, we first need to know more about his parents.
The Australian Cattle Dog is one sturdy herder and is well known for his endurance levels. This really comes useful if you live an active lifestyle that involves regular bike rides or jogging.
Otherwise, if you don’t have time for long energy-burning sessions, you might find this trait overwhelming and your dog might display his destructive family side.
But, if you are more of a low-key owner that is looking for a dog that is intelligent, loyal, and loves just being included in the family life, regardless of how not physically demanding these activities are, you might benefit from buying a puppy from a breeder that highlights the Boston Terrier’s personality.
He will be friendly, love going wherever you are, but won’t need to always run to get there, and more interested in being a companion than a working dog.
Regardless of whose side is more dominant, you will definitely have a dog that is relatively easy to train and picks up commands rather fast.
And, thanks to his alertness, you will also get a great watchdog that doesn’t hesitate to become a guard dog if the warning wasn’t enough to change the stranger’s mind, whether it’s a person or an animal.
Though the Australian side shows high dominance levels, with a strong, consistent approach, without yelling and aggressiveness, more of a positive attitude, your dog will recognize you as a strong leader and become obedient and willing to train every day.
Agility and obedience are the training we recommend, and your dog can even reach high levels of training.
Once everything is in its place, your Boston Cattle Dog will extremely loyal and devoted to your family and be happy to just be around you.
Also, these dogs are genuine clowns and love goofing around, especially in front of the kids.
And, with proper socialization, he will also be happy to meet other dogs in the dog park and generally get along well with everyone.
All in all, treat your Boston Cattle Dog kindly, provide regular exercise, be the leader, he needs you to be and include him in everything that family does, and you will have a wonderful dog that will be with you for years to come.
Boston Cattle Dog Diet
Judging by his size, you might not see your Boston Cattle Dog as a big eater, but don’t let the looks fool you.
This little rocket needs plenty of fuel to keep him going and develop properly during his puppy through adolescence period.
You should consult the breeder about the feeding schedule and the amount and type of food you should feed your dog with.
But, the general rule of dog feeding is the highest-quality possible dog food.
Your Boston Cattle Dog will do well with high-quality dry food as it comes with a perfect balance between nutrients, fats, vitamins, and all your dog needs to stay healthy.
Of course, food should always be age-appropriate, and for this breed, the daily amount of food needed is 3 cups.
In the first 3 months of his life, your puppy should have a free feeding regime.
Once he goes over 3 months of age, you should switch to a two-times-a-day regime, and regularly consult with your vet regarding your dog’s weight and possible reduction or improvements of his diet.
How much Exercise does a Boston Cattle Dog need?
As you’ve probably realized by now, this is one energetic dog and he needs regular exercise.
By regular, we mean at least 3 walks per day, with each lasting for about 40 minutes. Of course, it would be better if you partner up with your dog while jogging or riding a bike.
And, each walk/run/ride should be combined with 40 minutes to an hour of training, where you would challenge him both physically and mentally.
Hide and seek, fetching the ball, training, obedience, and by the end of the day, you will have one happy, tired dog that can’t wait to get home and cuddle with you in front of the TV.
The Boston Cattle Dog Health and Conditions
Boston Cattle Dog is a healthy dog in general. But, unfortunately, there isn’t a single dog breed that doesn’t suffer from any health issue.
When it comes to this breed, thanks to expert breeders, you can cross off most of the health issues that the parent breeds suffer from, but some problems are still possible.
What you need to be aware of are the following conditions:
- Hip dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Patellar Luxation
Regularly consulting with your dog’s vet will give you peace of mind, and if needed, a chance to have early treatment, with minimum damage results in the end.
My final thoughts on the Boston Cattle Dog
If you are a regular fan of our guides, then you know that the Health Section marks the final chapter of the story.
But, if you “paid attention in the class”, you now have a pretty wide knowledge of this magnificent hybrid breed.
And, you also know what to pay attention to when it comes to choosing the breeder and the perfect puppy.
But, to be on the safe side and make sure we haven’t missed any of the important things, let’s take one more look at what really matters when it comes to this breed.
Boston Cattle dogs come with a solid muscle build that allows them to be quite agile.
This means that they have the strength to follow the highly active, playful mind.
But for some, that amount of energy and spirit is too much to compete with.
Therefore, this dog, even though very affectionate and loving towards the family and kids, needs an owner or a family that lives quite an active lifestyle.
This dog will be happiest when he accompanies you during your jogging or bike riding sessions, but you have to combine them with some “doggie time” parts, where he will enjoy training, socializing, and playing around with you.
And speaking of training, thanks to the intelligence of both parent breeds, your Boston Cattle Dog will perform great, but he needs a strong leader that is firm but fair.
Sometimes, the Auzzie in your dog might show some signs of stubbornness and independence, but by being persistent, you will soon get a faithful companion that is happy to follow your lead.
Though there is one urge they hardly tolerate, herding, by reminding him in the beginning that herding kids, barking at them and nipping their heels from time to time is not okay with you, he will realize that they are not a herd but humans, and playtimes will become much more enjoyable.
This is a dog that can be a great addition to your family, but is sort of a diamond in the rough and needs some work to become perfect.
With proper training, socialization, and enough exercise, you will gain a faithful dog that is always happy to be with his family and knows to tell the real danger from a passing neighbor and act accordingly.
So, what do you think of our Boston Cattle Dog now? Can you now say with certainty “This is the perfect dog for me and my family!”?
If so, then our mission can be considered as successful! We are glad that our guide helped you in making the right choice.
And, if you think that more people should get more familiar with this amazing breed, feel free to share our guide on social media.
Thank you for reading!
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.
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- The Boston Cattle Dog Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Boston Cattle Dog
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Boston Cattle Dog
- Boston Cattle Dog Diet
- The Boston Cattle Dog Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Boston Cattle Dog