The Boston Terrier
is a breed of dog
originating in the United States of America.
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
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.
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
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
Boston Terriers were particularly popular during
the 1920's in the US.
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
Boston Terriers are typically small, compactly
built, well proportioned dogs with erect ears, short
tails, and a short muzzle that should be free of
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
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
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
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.
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
They can live up to 15 years or more, with an
average of around 13 years.
- In 1979, the state legislature recognized
the Boston Terrier as the state dog of
- 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
- Redlands High School in Redlands, California
has the (Boston) Terrier as their mascot.
- Toto is drawn as a Boston Terrier in several
- Helen Keller was given a Boston Terrier
named Phiz by some of her classmates from
- 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
- 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
- Tucker Ensley, guitarist for the rock band
Secret Lives of the Freemasons, and his
girlfriend Jessika Carney own a Boston Terrier
- Boss Hogg of 'Dukes of Hazzard' fame owns a
- Jonathan Hughes (of punk band 25 Minutes to
Go and Revolution Charlotte) and his wife
Stephanie own a Boston Terrier named Pickles
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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
a feisty small dog