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Breed Attributes


Breed group:     Type: Hybrid    Talent: , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 8-25 pounds     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled


Life Expectancy: 12-15 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Not good for cold climate.

Breed Details


The Bostalian is the result of crossing a Boston terrier with an Italian Greyhound. Both small dogs, the Boston Terrier and Italian Greyhound are primarily known for their companionship, although the Italian Greyhound may offer more in terms of athleticism and agility than the Boston Terrier.

The Boston Terrier, named for the city of its origin, was descended from English pit-fighting breeds brought over to the US in 1800's. Despite fighting and ratting genes in its lines, the Boston Terrier turned out to be a sweet-dispositioned, dapper little pet nicknamed the "American Gentleman." Its popularity peaked in the 1920's, when Americans fell in love with its curious brachycephalic appearance and charming personality.

The Italian Greyhound, also named after its place of origin, is the smallest of the sight-hounds, an old dog breed that hunt primarily by sight. Very closely resembling the Greyhound in miniature, the Italian Greyhound differs mainly in size and personality traits that make it a more suitable household pet and companion than the larger Greyhound.


The Bostalian comes in solid colors, as often is the case with its Italian Greyhound parent, or in black or brown over white, which is more common in the Boston Terrier. But other patterns are also possible, such as brindle, and white markings over a different-colored base.


The Bostialian has only a short single coat, which makes it more susceptible to cold than other breeds.


The Bostalian is typically a good companion dog, easygoing and affectionate. It is more active than most, but not so that an inexperienced owner will need help in tiring it out for the day. It is a gentle playmate for children, but may be prone to injury due to its size and build. Sociable and outgoing, it gets along well with people and other dogs, although smaller pets and animals may trigger its prey drive.


Grooming requirements are minimal for the Bostalian because of its fuss-free coat. A weekly brushing will keep it shiny and clean, and odors are slow to develop, so bathing will be needed only once every two months.


Socialization is necessary as soon as possible, to bring out the Bostalian's personality and prevent timidity. The Bostalian may show signs of stubbornness during basic training, or be hyperactive and hard to control, but patience and persistence on the part of the trainer is key. Those traits are not key to t he Botalian's personality, and can be easily addressed with firm commands and a reward orientation.


The Bostalian can make do with a small living space, but it needs a wider, open area for daily activities, even ones as simple as play. It is an agile and athletic dog, and will need moderate exercise regularly to burn excess energy. Walks or runs should be on a harness, as other animals can trigger a chase. A backyard should have a high enough fence that it doesn't tempt the Bostalian to try and jump, and possibly incur broken bones.

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