Meet the Breed: The Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is a compact, well-muscled dog with a round head, a short wrinkle-free muzzle, prominent eyes, erect ears, and a short tail. The coat is short and smooth, available in the following colors: black and white, brindle and white, seal, or brown and white. The Boston is often called the "American Gentleman" due to his classy tuxedo-style coloration and his well-mannered personality.
The Boston Terrier is truly an all-American dog as the first dog breed developed here and recognized by the AKC in 1893. All Boston Terriers owe their lineage to a dog named "Hooper's Judge" who was most likely a cross of the English Bulldog and the now-extinct English White Terrier. Hooper's Judge was over 30 pounds and his offspring were bred down by crossing them with French Bulldogs. While originally bred for pit fighting and vermin control, as the smaller-sized dogs became more popular as companions, the breed has mellowed in temperament. In fact, "terrier" is a misnomer with very little of the terrier characteristics left in the breed, and the AKC classifying them in the non-sporting group.
The Boston Terrier is a gentle but active dog that is well-mannered and eager to please his owner. They are highly intelligent and excel at obedience with a patient trainer. Bred for companionship, these dogs want to be near their people and not relegated to the yard. Bostons are fairly quiet, usually only barking to alert about strangers, and some do not even do that.
Breed Club Links: The Boston Terrier Club of America
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