The Boston Terrier is a compact, square-shaped dog with a short back and a neat haircut. This breed gives the impression of determination, strength, endurance, liveliness and style with a graceful posture. Boston retains many of the trappings of its Bulldog ancestors, but in a neat package that makes it a comfortable home companion. The short, fine coat with characteristic markings adds a chic look to this breed.
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Unlike most breeds, the origins of the boston terrier breeders are well documented. Around 1865, Boston’s wealthy coaches began raising their employers’ excellent dogs. One of them, a cross between an English terrier and a bulldog, gave birth to a dog named Hopper Judge. He and his offspring laid the foundation for the Boston Terrier.
By 1889, the breed had become so popular in Boston that the American Bull Terrier Club was formed, but the proposed name of the breed was not well received by Bill Terrier fans.. The name of the Roundhead breed was also inappropriate. Shortly afterwards, the breed was named the Boston Terrier after its place of birth.
Boston’s rise from nonexistence to AKC recognition was rapid by modern standards, as the breed was recognized by the AKC in 1893, less than 20 years after the breed was born.Breeders continued to strive for more consistency. In the early years, color and markings did not matter much, but by the early 1900s the breed’s distinctive features had become an integral part of the breed. The handsome little Boston Terrier quickly gained popularity throughout America, becoming one of the most popular breeds from the early to mid-1900s and still very popular today.
The Boston is dedicated and attentive to the wishes and moods of its family. This dog is well bred indoors, but cocky and playful (especially loves chasing the ball) whenever the opportunity arises. Somewhat stubborn, Bostons are nonetheless smart and easy to learn. They are reserved with strangers, and some can be assertive with strangers and should be presented with caution. Some bark a lot.
It is a lively dog that needs daily exercise and family interaction. They love games, and most of their exercise requirements can be met with a rowdy play in the yard or a short walk on a leash. Some Bostons wheeze and wheeze, and many do not tolerate heat well. The coat requires minimal grooming, occasional brushing to remove dead hairs.
- Main problems: no
- Minor problems: dislocation of the patella, stenosis of the nostrils, elongated soft palate, allergies.
- Occasionally: deafness, convulsions, cataracts, demodicosis.
- Suggested tests: knee, eye, hearing
- Life expectancy: 10-14 years.
- Note: This breed does not tolerate heat well and is sensitive to anesthesia. Bostons are prone to corneal abrasions. A caesarean section is usually required.