The Boston Terrier has been nicknamed, and justly so "the
American Gentleman." And has earned its nick name due to its wonderful, gentle disposition. Not to mention its
tuxedo like coat. The Boston Terrier is one of the few breeds that is truly "made in the America," " American
Kennel club rates the Boston Terrier as one of the most intelligent breeds"...
It is hard to believe that the gentle Boston Terrier that we
see today was once bread for as a pit-fighting dog. It is very difficult to comprehend that these friendly
little dogs were once fierce pit fighters. Boston Terriers resembles the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which
possesses a strong fighting instinct. Today's Boston Terriers in no way resemble the fighter it once was known
This little gentleman of a dog that you will find today has
evolved a long way from the pits of Boston. It is sad to think these wonderful dogs once were used to making
money for their owners. Not only fighting in the pits, but as stud dogs, to produce more fighter. They were well
prized, and highly valued for stud service.
In fact, todays Boston Terrier is well known for its friendly
disposition, intelligence, and lively personality. The breed has a wonderful disposition, and possesses good
amount of intelligence, which makes the Boston Terrier a very desirable all-around family pet. When choosing a
Boston Terrier, one should be educated on the breed. Along with some knowledge of just what to expect of the
breed, and what qualities to look for when choosing your Boston Terrier. Your number one consideration should be
to locate a good Boston Terrier breeder.
The Boston Terriers origin was England. They bred Bull
Terriers and Bulldogs, to produce a very powerful compact muscular bred. In the late 1800s some members of this
hybrid stock were sent to America. In 1889, some dog fanciers in Boston organized the first American Bull
Terrier breeders club members had great objections to this
new breed, along with Bulldog fanciers objected that these crosses were not Terriers. In 1891 the name American
Bull Terrier was changed to Boston Terrier Club of America. And standards for the Boston Terrier breed were
written. They sought entrance to the AKC stud book, but were denied. By 1893, however, the breed was accepted
and the first Boston Terrier was admitted to the AKC.
It took some time before the breed to catch on. It was not
until 1915 that the breed had become the most popular breed in the country. The Boston Terrier was number one in
registrations of the top twenty breeds. They again lead in registrations in 1920, and in 1930. The Boston's
terriers remained in the top ten position until 1960. Since then, they have slipped in
Boston Terriers are extremely easy dogs to live with wanting
only to please. Boston's are extremely easy to train. Boston's are strictly house dogs, they are not able to
cope with extreme cold, nor can they deal with extreme heat. Boston's can overheat very quickly due to the short
muzzle and a slightly elongated palate.
Boston's Terriers are high energy dogs, and need daily
exercise. They are playful, and love all sorts of toys. Fetching, and, and playing with children is a favourite
with this dog. It is always wise to teach a child how to play with a dog, and not to be overly aggressive with
this breed. The Boston Terrier is a very intelligent dog, and prefers fetching, and finding a hidden toy, than
Care of the Boston Terrier is easy, they being a short haired
dog that sheds minimally. Weekly brushing is recommended, a rubber palm brush is what is recommended for their
Due to the breeds elongated palate they may snore. It is
normal in the Boston Terriers may show some degree of airway obstruction. Another problem in this breed, gas. A
good diet, along with regular exercise, will keep this problem at bay.
Proper diet should always be considered a must with the
Boston Terrier. To start as a puppy to adulthood, to old age. An improper diet as a rule will lead to gas, and
intestinal problems for the Boston Terrier. While a puppy the diet must be healthy in order for the dog to form
a good bone structure, and good muscle mass. Not to mention this is the time a dog will build a good immune
system, to later ward off disease, and infections.
Health problems that the Boston Terrier has a predominance
toward, juvenile cataracts, and hypothyroidism. As a rule, juvenile cataracts can occur between 8 weeks and 12
months. If hypothyroid disease occurs, it can be controlled by medication.
The Boston Terrier is smooth coated, and short-headed, in
general body is compact, with a short tail. The tail being short, All and all a very well proportioned, balanced
dog. The head is in proportion to the size of the dog. The body is rather short and, due to this shortness of
tail being so prominent, the dog may appear badly proportioned. The limbs strong and neatly
The coat is short, smooth and bright with a fine texture.
Colour and markings, Desirable colours included, seal, black or brindle, with evenly marked white areas. Brindle
is the preferred. Seal appears black, with the except of a red cast that can be present when the dog is viewed
in sun light. True black will appear black in any type of lighting.
Desirable markings to look for in a Boston Terrier include,
white muzzle band, even white blaze between the eyes and over the head, white collar, white fore chest, white on
part or whole of forelegs and hind legs below the hocks.
Weight is divided by classes as follows: Under 15 pounds; 15
pounds and under 20 pounds; 20 pounds and not to exceed 25 pounds. A Boston Terriers leg length should balance
with the length of body to give its unique square appearance. The Boston Terrier is a sturdy dog and must not
appear to be either spindly or coarse. The muscle and bone must be in proportion, as well as the dog's weight
and structure. If weight and structure are out of balance the dog will appear blocky or chunky in appearance.
The thighs are strong with good muscle mass, bent at the stifles and set true. The hocks are short to the feet,
turning neither in nor out, with a well-defined hock joint. The feet are small very compact with short
The Head, the skull of a Boston Terrier is square, flat on
top, and smooth void of any wrinkles. Its cheeks flat, brow abrupt and well defined. The eyes are wide apart,
set square in the skull, outside corners are in line with the cheeks. The Boston Terriers eyes are round, with
large sockets, dark in colour, with a trace of dark blue. The ears are small, and erect. It is desirable that
the ears are situated as near to the corners of the skull as possible. May need to be cropped to obtain the
A Boston Terriers muzzle should be short, square, wide and
deep, wrinkle free, and well-proportioned to the dog’s head. The muzzle is shorter in length than in width or
depth. Not exceeding in length one-third of the length of the skull. The muzzle from stop to end of the nose is
parallel to the top of the skull. The nose is black and wide, with a well-defined line between the nostrils. The
jaw is broad and square, teeth are short and regular in appearance. The bite is even or sufficiently undershot
to square the muzzle. The chops are of good depth, but not completely covering the teeth when the mouth is
closed. The Boston Terriers _expression as a rule, portrays pure intelligence's along with great
Neck, the length of neck must display balance to the total
dog. It is a bit arched, carrying the head with grace, and sitting neatly into the shoulders. The back is just
short, this gives rise to the Boston Terrier Square appearance. The top-line is level, the rump curves slightly
to the set-of the tail. The chest is wide and deep. The body should appear short. The tail is set on low, short.
The preferred tail does not exceed in length more than one-quarter the distance from set-on to
The Boston Terrier is a friendly and lively dog. The breed
has an excellent disposition and a high degree of intelligence, which makes the Boston Terrier an incomparable
companion. Not to mention they are very easy to train. They catch on quickly, and remember what they
When buying a Boston Terrier take into consideration. Will
the dog be integrated with children? If your children are young, it is recommended an older puppy or grown dog.
A dog that can hold its own, when having to flee an over active child. Will the pet be coming into a home with
an elderly person? An older dog is recommended. A dog that will require less activity, and will be less likely
to get under foot. Make sure to take in account how much time you have to spend with your new dog? A puppy
deserves an owner that will have time to train, and play with them. An older mature dog requires much less play
time, and as a rule should be trained by the breeder. Are you willing to take the time to house train? Are your
positive you are ready to handle the responsibility for a pet?
You have made up your mind to purchase a Boston Terrier. You
have found a good breeder, and are ready to head out and pick that pup. Here are the general traits you should
look for when choosing a Boston Terrier. Keep in mind, you may just fall in love with a bum of the breed, that's
good too... They all need good homes, and will bring lots of love into your home. You see, the prize or the runt
of the litter, don't realize they are different from one another. They both have a great capacity to give
friendship, and love to their family.