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Old 12-07-2016, 03:30 AM
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Border Heeler & Boston Terrier owner

Hi from Montana. I'm Bill and have a 9 year old Boston Terrier and 4 year old Border Heeler. My Boston is not what you would consider a good representative of the breed. I can tell you alot about Boston Terriers if anyone has specific questions. My Border Heeler is from a hybrid breed that some call a "Cattle Dog" breed. I personally think it doesn't make sense to call it a Cattle Dog because there are distinctive differences between an Australian Cattle Dog and a Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix. I think it's important not to be sloppy when describing breeds because breed traits are specific and people associate personality traits, behaviors, looks, temperaments, etc... based on breeds/breed mixes.

I have had my Boston since he was a pup 9 years ago. My Boston is too lean and doesn't have the full, cuddly feel and look of the best the breed offers. He has social anxiety issues, he has bitten the fingers of younger children when feeling threatened and I have never been able to train him to stop pissing in the house so he has to be restricted to the basement utility area when unattended. I've tried to rehome him 3 times and he was given back to me each time. I've thought about putting him down and don't have the heart to do it. I'm not asking for advice here, but rather giving you my experience regarding potential risks associated with this terrier breed. You really need to pay attention to the specific breed line when choosing a Boston and pay well for the best you can get from a reputable breeder. I used to own a world class Boston once and the experience was completely the opposite. In the final analysis, I will never own another terrier breed again... too many personality quirks for my taste.

When my Border Heeler was given to me from a friend whose wife didn't want to deal with her anymore, she was still in her first year of life and difficult to manage. I wasn't used to owning dogs who secure the yard perimeter as if we were under constant attack. This dog was high alert, vigilant and could be triggered to launch after any stimulus without hesitation. The barking in the yard was ridiculous. Inside the house, the dog would police the windows for threats, bark and move swiftly from window-to-window as people, dogs, cats, cars and squirrels mad their ways around our corner lot. Having said all this, after 2 to 2 1/2 years, the training and devotion to get this dog paid off. This dog listens and responds to my wife and I now. The dog has mellowed alot and is the most well behaved, affectionate dog I have ever had. The dog is loyal, social and good natured. The first couple of years were tough and the investment paid off huge. It has taken 46 years of life for me to finally have found the dog breed that I click perfectly with.
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Sounds great Bill. The border healer sounds a little like my lab/border collie mix. Any pics?
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