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Bossi-Poo (Boston Terrier & Poodle Mix): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

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Height: 11 – 15 inches
Weight: 25 – 50 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Colors: Light or dark brown, black, chocolate, golden, white
Suitable for: Families with children, singles, couples, apartment dwellers
Temperament: Intelligent, loving, loyal, affectionate, social

Also known as the Bossi Doodle, Boston Poo, and Boston Doodle, the Bossi Poo is anything but bossy! The result of crossbreeding the spunky Boston Terrier with the intelligent Poodle, the Bossi Poo is a medium-sized pup with a whopping personality.

An easy-to-train and eager-to-please pooch, the Bossie Poo is well suited for both suburban homes and city living. Available in a wide array of colors, this dog is well-mannered and can be allergy-friendly for humans, depending upon what parent breed coat they inherit.

Let’s explore this amazing designer dog to see if the Bossi Poo is right for you and your household.

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As we mentioned earlier, the Bossi Poo comes from breeding a Boston Terrier with a Poodle. Boston Terriers are comedic little dogs that are natural-born entertainers. However, if left alone for long periods of time, the Boston can become bored, hyperactive, or anxious and resort to unwanted behavior.

The Poodle is one of the divas of the doggy kingdom and loves being the star of the show. Highly intelligent and quick to learn, the Poodle thrives on ample amounts of exercise and mental stimulation. Considering their duck hunting history, Poodles adore the outdoors and water sports.

Your Bossi Poo could inherit any of these aforementioned traits, which makes for a wonderful pet.

When seeking out a Bossi Poo puppy, keep in mind that you should only buy a puppy from a reputable and responsible breeder. While the cheap prices of a backyard breeder or puppy mill may sound appealing to save a few bucks, your new puppy may develop behavioral or health issues down the road.

You may be asking yourself, “Well, what exactly is a backyard breeder, and how do I steer clear of them?” Loosely defined, a backyard breeder is a dog breeder who has little knowledge or experience and only breeds dogs for monetary gain. Generally, they will breed any dog without taking the time to ensure good genetic matches, or do not have their dogs registered with an appropriate breed or kennel club.

Sometimes, it can be tough to spot a backyard breeder. To guarantee you’re receiving a happy and healthy pup from a reliable Bossi Poo breeder, you should be asking them multiple questions and receiving thorough answers without an issue. Some questions to consider asking before you buy would be:

  • What type of care does this breed need? Does the Bossi Poo have any specific care needs that I should know about?
  • How long have you been breeding Bossi Poos?
  • Do you sell your puppies online or to puppy brokers, wholesalers, or pet stores?
  • Can I take a tour of your facility?
  • Can I meet the puppies and their parents?
  • Do you conduct any genetic tests before breeding?
  • Can I view the vet records of both the puppies and their parents?
  • Does the puppy come with a guarantee?
  • What will happen if I can no longer keep the dog?
  • Can you provide me with references from other customers?

A good breeder should be able to answer all of your questions, provide you with references and the proper medical records, and allow you to meet the litter and the parents.

Parent Breeds of the Bossi Poo
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3 Little-Known Facts About the Bossi Poo

1. It’s an all-American breed.

The Bossi Poo’s parent breed, the Boston Terrier, was first developed in Boston, MA. They were also named the state dog of MA in the 1970s!

2. Poodles are originally from Germany.

Your Bossi Poo’s other parent breed, the Poodle, hails from Germany. Their name comes from the German word “pudel,” which means “puddle.”

3. They’re a dog of many names.

The Bossi Poo is also referred to as the Bossi Doodle, Boston Poo, and Boston Doodle.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Bossi Poo 🧠

Bossi Poos are fun-loving and friendly dogs that get along with just about anybody. They love to snuggle on the sofa as much as they love living it up in the backyard. They’re natural comedians who love putting on a show.

Highly intelligent, the Bossi Poo is easy to train and will pick up on basic commands effortlessly. Their eager-to-please nature means that positive reinforcement training works wonders for this designer breed.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Absolutely! Bossi Poos make great pets for families with children of all ages. However, as with any dog breed, it’s crucial to socialize your Bossi Poo puppy starting from a young age. Additionally, it’s always best to keep an eye on them when playing with younger children.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets? 🐶 😽

Yep! Your Bossi Poo will love everyone in your family, including other dogs and even the cat!

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Now that we’ve looked at the Bossi Poo’s personality and smarts, let’s dive into everything else you need to know about properly caring for this hybrid breed.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Since the Bossi Poo is on the smaller side of the spectrum, they will only need about 1½ cups of high-quality kibble per day. However, if your Bossi Poo is on the larger side (closer to 50 pounds), they’ll do well with 2 cups per day.

Always feed your dog grain-free, high-protein dog food to ensure they’re getting a well-balanced diet.

Exercise 🐕

Your Bossi Poo has a moderate activity level. They can obtain all of the exercise they need for the day with either a half-hour walks or a game of fetch out in the yard. This makes them excellent dogs for city folks who live in apartments.

Training 🦮

Both of your Bossi Poo’s parent breeds are very intelligent who have a keen-to-please attitude. Training should be a breeze. However, Boston Terriers can sometimes be a tad stubborn, and if your Bossi Poo inherits that characteristic, they may need some extra patience on your part. To get the best results when training your Bossi Poo, opt for reward-based training.

Grooming ✂️

Your Bossi Poo can either take after the Boston Terrier or Poodle when it comes to their coat length and texture. The Boston Terrier is a dashing dog with a tuxedo-style coat who doesn’t shed all that much and needs a moderate amount of brushing. On the other hand, the Poodle has thick, curly hair that needs frequent grooming.

Also, be sure to clean your Bossi Poo’s ears and clip their nails as needed.

Health & Conditions ❤️

Minor Conditions
  • Cataracts
  • Cushing’s Disease
Serious Conditions
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease

The Bossi Poo, for the most part, is a very healthy pooch. However, there have been some rare reports of them developing Addison’s Disease later in life, which affects their adrenal system and leads to serious weight loss.

If your Bossi Poo inherits their Boston Terrier parent breed’s short, flat snout, they may be predisposed to brachycephalic syndrome, which can lead to breathing difficulties.

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Male Bossi Poos are typically larger than female Bossi Poos by a couple of pounds and inches. Despite their size differences, both genders of Bossi Poo are sweet, smart, and personable.

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If you’re seeking a little dog that is full of life, the Bossi Poo may be right for you. They get along with young kids and other pets and can thrive in large homes, condos, and apartments.

It’s important to know exactly where your new Bossi Poo came from. That’s why you should never buy from a backyard breeder or Bossi Poo puppy mill. You may end up with an unhealthy dog that is prone to a lot of genetic issues.

A Bossi Poo makes a fantastic pet for singles, couples, and families. Consider welcoming one into your home today!

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