View Full Version : Cavaliers and Bostons?

29th September 2008, 09:31 PM
We are on the waiting list for a rescue cavalier, but my husband is concerned that my Boston Terrier will play too rough for a Cavalier. He is 14 months right now and the rescue will be an adult also. Is this something we need to worry about?

29th September 2008, 09:43 PM
I love Boston Terriers. It depends on the dog. My boy occasionally has a house guest here and she's a small Scottie, she is so heavy and plays rough with him but he likes it. I wouldn't have a dog like her all the time though I think it would wear him out.

I would hope a good rescue would let you see how they get on before you take one home.

29th September 2008, 09:48 PM
I agree, it totally depends on the rescue and how he/she interacts with other dogs. The rescue organization should be able to provide guidance on this issue. I wouldn't let your worries deter you from adopting...just make sure your rescued animal is a good fit for the whole family. Good luck!

29th September 2008, 10:01 PM
If you get to the top of the list and there is a dog you are really intersestd in adopting, perhaps you can arrange a playdate with your Boston and the rescue so you can see how they would interact.

Keep in mind they will probably not be best buddies to start, but you could hopefully then get an initial sense of how they might eventually get along.

Edited to add - we did have a Boston Terrier crash one of our Cavalier get togethers last fall (well, it was a public dog park so crash is an exaggeration ....)Anyway, that didn't turn out so well, but I blame that more on the owner than the dog. The dog was a bit aggressive and the owner didn't control him at all. The owner denied his dog was being aggressive and eventually moved to the "big dog" dog run and there proceeded to get in a fight with a large dog. I'm only adding this because it's my only actual experience with a Boston. Yours is probably much better behaved since you've trained it but I still think a "meet and greet" before you commit would be useful if you can arrange it with the rescue.

29th September 2008, 11:16 PM
I'd definitely make arrange for the dogs to meet. it all depend on their chemistry. My 22lb cocker foster plays rough with my 10 month old Nemo sometimes but my Nemo LOVES him. You will have a much better idea when you see them interact!

30th September 2008, 09:55 AM
This would not be a dog breed issue, simply an individual dog issue. Most dogs play in a way that looks rough to us. How is your Boston with other dogs? The only issue would likely be whether you have a dog that wasn't well socialised and plays a bit too rough because he was never checked by other dogs (siblings and adults). This often happens when breeders home puppies at under 8 weeks or when puppies go to new homes and never or rarely meet other dogs as they grow up. But even in this case, exposure to other adults even as an adult can help address this. :)

Most dogs do benefit from having a companion as they are social animals. :) Bostons have great personalities and I would think would have great fun with a companion of any breed or mix.

PS -- Cavaliers play just as a roughly -- or gently -- as other breeds! It all depends on the individual dog really.

murphy's mum
30th September 2008, 05:37 PM
I wouldn't worry about rough play, our Murphy takes on a full grown Doberman when he comes to visit:rolleyes:

And when Murphy decides play time is our he lets him know.

I think it will all comes down to their individual personalities:)