Boston Terriers and Pomeranians are two lovely dog breeds that can be difficult to choose between! While it all comes down to personal preference, there are cute things about each breed that we can discuss.
Boston Terriers are cute because of their large ears, big eyes, and corkscrew tails. Pomeranians are cute because of their poofy fur, teddy bear ears, and high-pitched barks. Both are adorable, and both also have their flaws.
In this article, we’ll talk about what’s so cute about Boston Terriers and Pomeranians, and which breed is the cutest.
What Makes Boston Terriers Cute?
Boston Terriers are 15-17 inches tall and weigh 12-25 pounds. They’re small-medium dogs, which for some is the perfect size!
They’re small enough to be adorable and easy to handle, but large enough that you won’t have to worry about stepping on them or them hurting themselves while jumping on and off the furniture.
Puppies may have slightly floppy or button ears, but as they mature they’ll stand upright on their head. Adult Bostons have super tall, large ears that give them a unique and beautiful appearance.
Flattened snouts are very unhealthy for dogs, as we’ll discuss in the health section below. But when it comes to cuteness? Well, that is why they continue to be bred.
Many people love the look of a squished snout on a dog. It makes them appear slightly more human. Combined with their large eyes, Boston Terriers look a bit like baby dolls. We can’t help but “aww” when we see them!
Their tails are naturally just a couple of inches long and curly! This adorable feature is fairly unique in dogs.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard encourages a very curly, “corkscrew” tail.
Luckily, most Bostons have naturally short tails. However, some people do dock their Boston Terrier’s tails for cosmetic reasons or to better adhere to breed standards when participating in dog shows.
This is unethical, and every Boston Terrier’s tail is perfect just the way it is!
Bostons have short, sleek coats in a variety of colors. These include:
- Black and white
- Black, brindle, and white
- Brindle and white
- Seal and white
- Seal, brindle, and white
Brindle coats are black with brown stripes, while seal coats are light to dark brown.
There’s nothing better than having a puppy in your lap–and most Bostons will love cuddling up with you. While some may prefer not to be lap dogs, you have a good chance of at least getting one who cuddles by your side.
This one depends on your preference. Personally, I work from home and love a clingy dog! I think it’s cute when my pets want to spend as much time with me as possible, and I reciprocate these feelings!
If that sounds like you, adopting a Boston Terrier might be the right choice.
On the other hand, clinginess does come with its drawbacks. If you don’t like clingy dogs, a Boston Terrier isn’t for you. They also cannot be left alone for long periods of time and develop separation anxiety easier than some other breeds.
Boston Terriers love their families and always want to be where their people are. They tend to be good with children and other dogs as well.
Always supervise dogs and kids, especially young children. Remember that every animal with teeth can bite, and both children and dogs can be unpredictable.
Of course, it’s also important to introduce new pets or dog playmates slowly. Give your Boston time to adjust and give yourself time to ensure the animals will get along. Again, dogs can be unpredictable.
Even a Boston Terrier who seems to love everyone might have that one dog they just dislike, or they might be the dog who gets bullied!
True people-lovers, Bostons are great with strangers as well. They don’t tend to be super protective, but instead think of most people as friends.
This is an excellent trait in a dog, and what’s cuter than a little terrier wandering up to you in search of pets?
Boston Terriers’ coats do shed, but not as heavily as many other breeds. You’ll see even less fur around the house if you keep up with brushing them once a week.
This doesn’t take long and allows you to get any loose, dead fur off of them before it makes its way to your couch, carpet, or clothing.
Though they’re not overly boisterous, Boston Terriers are playful dogs. Especially as puppies, they’ll want to spend lots of time playing with their toys and racing around the living room.
While some dogs of this size can be pretty yappy, Boston Terriers seldom bark. They’re less likely than other dogs to develop excessive barking habits and are a great addition to a peaceful home.
Eager to Please
Lastly, Boston Terriers are people pleasers. They’re typically a breeze to train and aren’t very stubborn or independent.
What Makes Pomeranians Cute?
Pomeranians are considered toy breeds, standing just 6-7 inches tall and weighing 3-7 pounds. There’s just something about these itty-bitty pups that’s just so endearing!
If their size isn’t enough to get you, them looking like little marshmallows might! Pomeranians have thick, puffy fur.
There are also many coat colors accepted by the AKC breed standard, including:
- Blue merle (white with dilute black patches)
- Blue sable
- Black and tan
- Blue (a dilute black color)
- Blue and tan
- Chocolate and tan
- Cream sable
- Orange sable
- Red sable
- Beaver (dilute brown)
- Wolf sable (grey sable)
Sable Pomeranian fur has light roots and dark tips.
The opposite of Boston Terriers, Pomeranians have teeny tiny ears. It can be hard to even see them through their dense coats!
Their ears are also upright and round, like little teddy bears.
Big, Round Eyes
There’s a reason so many little dog breeds have big, round eyes–people love them because they’re adorable!
They’re Cuddle Bugs
Like Bostons, Poms are clingy little cuddle bugs. This has its benefits and drawbacks, but there’s no denying how cute it is when a little pup climbs into your lap, lays at your feet, or curls up at your side.
Your Pomeranian might become your little shadow, following you around the house to stay close.
I’ve always found something charming about a little dog who’s ready to protect their home or families from threats! Of course, your little Pom isn’t much of a match for a real intruder, but they’re loyal and fierce.
They also make great watchdogs and are likely to sound the alarm when an intruder is near–or even just the mail carrier!
I know, I know–we just talked about how cute it was that Boston Terriers are quiet. But, you might also find the high-pitched bark of a Pomeranian adorable.
These pups are pretty vocal, and they can go on and on, especially without training, if they’re anxious, if they don’t get enough exercise, or if they’re left alone for long periods.
Boston Terriers vs. Pomeranians: Pulling Back the Curtain
Now that we’ve discussed what’s so adorable about these breeds, let’s talk about things that you might find less cute. How do you care for these dogs, and will they fit into your lifestyle?
Pomeranians require brushing at least once a week. The AKC recommends using a slicker brush and pin brush.
When grooming long-haired animals, I typically start with a slicker to remove loose fur and then follow with a pin brush to remove tangles. Part the fur and brush it down to the skin to prevent matting.
Poms also need a full groom once every four to six weeks which should include a bath, brush, nail trim, ear clean, and anal gland cleaning when needed.
Boston Terriers also need to be brushed weekly, but this is just a quick five- to ten-minute session with a hound glove. It’s also not as big of a deal to skip a week with a Boston since their short fur won’t mat.
Bathe your Boston Terrier as needed. Trim their nails and clean their ears monthly.
Both breeds should also have their teeth brushed daily and professionally cleaned as recommended by your veterinarian, as small dogs are prone to dental issues.
Pomeranians require moderate exercise, and it’s easy for them to get the majority of their energy out indoors. However, they still benefit from daily sniff walks for mental stimulation.
Watch your Pom out in the yard, as they can be escape artists. They’re also tiny enough to be picked up by a hawk if left unsupervised!
Boston Terriers also require moderate exercise. Keep a close eye on them during vigorous exercise or in hot weather, as their short snouts can cause breathing difficulties, exercise intolerance, and heat stroke.
Pomeranians can present training challenges. Firstly, they’re small and can have difficulties holding their bladders. Potty training these pups can be difficult.
They also have stubborn streaks and are likely to test your boundaries. It’s important to hold firm when it comes to household rules but to avoid aversive training methods.
Boston Terriers are easy-going, so they’re easier when it comes to training. They’re also quite sensitive and don’t respond well to harsh training methods or aversives.
Pomeranians may experience the following health problems:
- Injuries while jumping on and off furniture
- Luxating patella
- Collapsed trachea
- Heart failure
Reputable breeders will screen for much of the above since a lot of it is hereditary. An ethical breeder will also breed their Poms with long snouts because shortened snouts can cause many health problems for dogs.
Boston Terriers are prone to the following:
- Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome
- Eye problems
- Patellar luxation
Unfortunately, Boston Terriers are very poorly bred and ethical Boston Terrier breeders don’t exist. This is because of their short snouts, which cause a variety of health problems including trouble breathing and exercising in their daily lives, and Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome as listed above.
Rather than supporting unethical breeding practices, I suggest adopting a rescue dog or choosing a different breed that isn’t brachycephalic.
Which is Cuter?
That’s up to you! Every person has their own preferences. Do you prefer the fluffy Pom coat, or the big ears of a Boston Terrier?
Personally, I think both are adorable and can easily worm their way into your heart. The important thing is finding a breed that’s right for your lifestyle.
Boston Terriers are best for people looking for a rescue that will do well in a full household, including children and other dogs. They’re quieter and more playful than Poms. They may also cost more in vet bills.
Pomeranians are best for people looking for a smaller, lower-energy dog. Prepare yourself to spend either time or money (or both!) to keep them well-groomed.
Neither breed is good for a single person working full-time outside of the home, as they shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time.
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