Boston Terrier with brindle coat
Boston Bull & Terrier
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 9 Section 11 #140
||Group 7 (Non-Sporting)
||Group 6 - Non-Sporting Dogs
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Boston Terrier is a
dog originating in
the United States of America.
Boston Terriers are typically small, compactly built, well proportioned,
dogs with erect ears,
tails, and a short
should be free of wrinkles. Boston terriers can weigh from 10 to 25 lb,
typically in the vicinity of 15 lb. The breed is known for its gentle, alert,
and intelligent expression.
14 month-old Boston Terrier; 10 lb
The Boston Terrier is characteristically marked with white in proportion to
brindle, seal, or a combination of the three. Seal is a color specifically
used to describe Boston Terriers and is defined as a black color with red
highlights when viewed in the sun or bright light. Ideally white should cover
its chest, muzzle, band around the neck, half way up the
up to the
hocks on the
and a white blaze between but not touching the eyes. In the
symmetrical markings are preferred. Due to the Boston Terrier's markings
wear, in addition to its refined and pleasant personality, the breed is
commonly referred to as the "American Gentleman."
Frequently, variations on the standard are seen depending on the ancestry of
the individual dog. At various times, the
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.
Young Boston Terrier pup with black coat and white markings
Bred for companionship, the modern Boston Terrier can be gentle, alert, and
well-mannered; however they may be difficult to potty train in the beginning.
They're known to be quite rambunctious, with a sense of humor. 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, other
canines, and non-canine pets. Boston Terriers can be very cuddly, while others
are more independent. Some Boston Terriers have an excitable or dominant
temperament that requires special training and handling by the owner. Some are
aggressive towards other dogs and some dogs are just attached to one person.
Boston Terriers do not typically realize that they are small animals and are not
afraid to confront larger dogs or other animals.
Several health issues are of concern in the Boston Terrier:
(both juvenile and adult type),
Curvature of the back, called roaching, might be caused by
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 Bostons cannot tolerate excessive heat and humidity due to the
shortened muzzle, so hot weather brings the danger of
The Boston Terrier breed originated around 1870, when Robert C. Hooper of
Boston purchased a dog known as Hooper's Judge, a cross between an English
Bulldog and a white English Terrier. The English White Terrier as a breed is
currently thought to be extinct. In 1893, the
American Kennel Club (AKC) admitted the Boston Terrier breed and gave the
club membership status—making it the first American breed to be recognized.
Rhett the Boston Terrier is the well-known mascot of
In 1979, the state legislature recognized the Boston Terrier as the state dog
- Meade, Scotteee (2000). The Boston Terrier. Howell Book House.
- Cline, Mrs. Charles D. (1995). Boston Terriers. T.F. H.
- Bulanda, Susan (1994). Boston Terriers. Barron's Educational
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