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Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier with a brindle coat

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Boston Terrier with a brindle coat

The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States of America.

 

History

The Boston Terrier breed began around 1870, when Robert C. Hooper of Boston paid for a dog known as Hooper's Judge, who was of a Bull and Terrier type origin. Judge's exact lineage is unknown. However, Hooper's Judge is either directly connected to the original Bull and Terrier breeds of the 1700's and early 1800's, or Judge is the consequence of modern English Bulldog's being crossed into terrier's created in the 1860's for show reasons, like the White English Terrier.

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Judge weighed over 30 pounds (13.5 kilos). He was bred down in size with a smaller female and one of his male pups was bred to yet a smaller female. Their offspring interbred with one or more French Bulldogs, providing the foundation for the Boston Terrier. Bred down in size from pit-fighting dogs of the Bull and Terrier types.

The Boston Terrier originally weighed up to 44 pounds (20 kg.) (Olde Boston Bulldogge). Their weight classifications were once divided into lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight.///

The breed was first shown in Boston in 1870. By 1889 the breed had become sufficiently popular in Boston that fanciers formed the American Bull Terrier Club, but this proposed name for the breed was not well received by the Bull Terrier Fanciers. The breed's nickname, "roundheads", was similarly inappropriate. Shortly after, at the suggestion of James Watson (a noted writer and authority), the club changed its name to the Boston Terrier Club and in 1893 it was admitted to membership in the American Kennel Club.

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In 1893, the American Kennel Club (AKC) admitted the Boston Terrier breed and gave the club membership status, making it the first US breed to be recognized. It is one of a small number of breeds to have originated in the United States that the AKC recognizes.

The Boston Terrier was the first non-sporting dog bred in the US.

In the early years, the color and markings were not very important, but by the 1900s the breed's distinctive markings and colour were written into the standard, becoming an essential feature. Terrier only in name, the Boston Terrier has lost most of its ruthless desire for mayhem, preferring the company of humans, although some males will still challenge other dogs if they feel their territory is being invaded.

Boston Terriers were particularly popular during the 1920's in the US.

Description

Appearance

Frequently, variations on the standard are seen depending on the ancestry of the individual dog. At various times, the Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, English Mastiff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and French Bulldog—among other breeds—have been crossbred with Boston Terrier lines to minimize inbreeding in what is necessarily a small gene pool.

The breed is known for its gentle, alert, and intelligent expression.

Size

Boston Terriers are typically small, compactly built, well proportioned dogs with erect ears, short tails, and a short muzzle that should be free of wrinkles. They usually have a square sort of face. According to international breed standard, the dog should weigh no less than 10 pounds and no more than 25 pounds. Boston Terriers usually stand 15-17 inches at the withers.

Coat and colour

The Boston Terrier is characteristically marked with white in proportion to either black, brindle, seal, or a combination of the three. Seal is a colour specifically used to describe Boston Terriers and is defined as a black color with red highlights when viewed in the sun or bright light. If all other qualities are identical, brindle is the preferred colour according to most breed standards.

Ideally, white should cover its chest, muzzle, band around the neck, half way up the forelegs, up to the hocks on the rear legs, and a white blaze between but not touching the eyes. In show dogs, symmetrical markings are preferred. Due to the Boston Terrier's markings resembling formal wear, in addition to its refined and pleasant personality, the breed is commonly referred to as the "American Gentleman."

Male Boston Terrier with typical black and white coat

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Male Boston Terrier with typical black and white coat

Temperament

While originally bred for fighting, they were later down bred for companionship. The modern Boston Terrier can be gentle, alert, expressive, and well-mannered. Many still retain the spunky attitude of the typical terrier. It must be noted however, that they are not considered terriers by the American Kennel Club, but are part of the non-sporting group. Boston Terrier is something of a misnomer. They were originally a cross-breed between the Old English Bulldog and the English White Terrier. Both of these breeds are now extinct.

Some Bostons enjoy having another one for companionship. Both females and males generally bark only when necessary. Having been bred as a companion dog, they enjoy being around people, and, if properly socialized, get along well with children, the elderly, other canines, and non-canine pets. Boston Terriers can be very cuddly, while others are more independent.

Health

Several health issues are of concern in the Boston Terrier: cataracts (both juvenile and adult type), cherry eye, luxating patellas, deafness, heart murmur, and allergies. Curvature of the back, called roaching, might be caused by patella problems with the rear legs, which in turn causes the dog to lean forward onto the forelegs. This might also just be a structural fault with little consequence to the dog. Many Boston's cannot tolerate excessive heat and also extremely cold weather, due to the shortened muzzle, so hot or cold weather combined with demanding exercise can bring harm to a Boston Terrier.

Bostons, along with Pug, Pekingese, Shih Tzu and other short-snouted breeds are Brachycephalic breeds. The word comes from Greek roots "Brachy," meaning short and "cephalic," meaning head. This anatomy can cause tiny nostrils, long palates and a narrow trachea. Because of this, Boston's maybe be prone to snoring and reverse sneeze, a rapid and repeated forced inhalation through the nose, accompanied by snorting or gagging sounds used to clear the palate of mucus. Bostons are also prone to sensitive stomachs and intestinal gas.

They can live up to 15 years or more, with an average of around 13 years.

Miscellaneous

  • In 1979, the state legislature recognized the Boston Terrier as the state dog of Massachusetts.
  • Rhett the Boston Terrier is the well-known mascot of Boston University.
  • Buster Brown and his Boston Terrier dog Tige, a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard Felton Outcault.
  • Sergeant Stubby, a possible Pit Bull-Boston Terrier cross, was the most decorated war dog of World War I, and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. Stubby also served as one of Georgetown University's earliest mascots (before the Bulldog was adopted as the official breed of the university's mascots).
  • The Boston Terrier is the mascot of Wofford College. Mascots currently include "Boss the Terrier" and "Lil' Ruff" (both Boston Terrier characters) and Blitz (a purebred Boston Terrier).
  • Redlands High School in Redlands, California has the (Boston) Terrier as their mascot.
  • Toto is drawn as a Boston Terrier in several Oz Books.
  • Helen Keller was given a Boston Terrier named Phiz by some of her classmates from Radcliffe College.
  • United States President Warren G. Harding owned a Boston Terrier.
  • Charmed actress Rose McGowan is a known Boston Terrier lover. She herself owns two, Bug and Fester. She is also an animal rights activist and works closely with rescue centres to help improve the lives of mistreated Boston Terriers. Rose also donates money to the Boston Terrier Rescue Net, an organisation that helps raise money to rescue and re-home neglected Boston Terriers.
  • A Boston Terrier named Bruiser is the mascot of Fat Wreck Chords.
  • The NOFX record 13 Stitches features a Boston Terrier on the cover.
  • Denise Richards has a Boston Terrier named Lucy, which was seen on an episode of National Geographic Channel's The Dog Whisperer.
  • Dom Howard, drummer for the rock band Muse, and his girlfriend own a Boston terrier named Hendrix.
  • Tucker Ensley, guitarist for the rock band Secret Lives of the Freemasons, and his girlfriend Jessika Carney own a Boston Terrier named Ninja.
  • Boss Hogg of 'Dukes of Hazzard' fame owns a Boston Terrier.
  • Jonathan Hughes (of punk band 25 Minutes to Go and Revolution Charlotte) and his wife Stephanie own a Boston Terrier named Pickles Blueberry Hughes.

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Hi I have hat to put my Boston terrier to sleep at the vets, he was only 15.weeks old because of breathing problems my vet has said why he could not breath vey well because of narrow trachea he showed me the x-rays his wind pipe looked like a wire but he said that its only a few millimetres thick it was smaller the a pencil he could not but a tube down in to his air way it was so so small he has advised me to stay way from this breed he said there should be a ban on this breeds he said that the breeders should go to prison..

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