Boston Terrier

Overview

It should communicate the feeling of determination, strength, sturdiness, liveliness, and fashion, with a graceful carriage. It retains a number of the features of its bulldog ancestors, but at a clean-cut package which produces a handy home companion. Its short nice coat, with identifying markers, adds to its dapper look.

The Boston is sensitive and devoted to the owner’s moods and dreams. It’s well-mannered inside but saucy and lively (especially enjoying basketball pursuing) whenever the opportunity arises. Somewhat stubborn, it’s nonetheless smart and learns easily. It’s reserved with strangers, and some can be aggressive toward strange dogs. Some bark a good deal.

AKC RANKING 18
FAMILY rerrier, companion, mastiff (bulldog)
AREA OF ORIGIN United States
DATE OF ORIGIN 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION ratting, companion
TODAY’S FUNCTION companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 15-17 Weight: 10-25
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 15-17 Weight: 10-25
OTHER NAME none
This is a playful dog that needs daily exercise and interaction with its own people. It enjoys games, and nearly all of its exercise needs can be met using a romp in the yard or even a brief walk on leash. It can’t live outside. Many Bostons wheeze and snore, and several do not tolerate heat well. The coat needs only minimal maintenance, an occasional brushing to remove dead hairs.
  • Energy levelMedium energy
  • Exercise needsLow
  • PlayfullnessModerately playful
  • Affection levelModerately affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsVery friendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersFriendly
  • Ease of trainingModerately easy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityNot very protective
  • Grooming needsLow maintenance
  • Cold toleranceLow tolerance
  • Heat toleranceLow tolerance
• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: cataract, PDA, patellar luxation, stenotic nares
• Occasionally seen: deafness, hydrocephalus, esophageal achalasia,
distichiasis, persistent right aortic arch
• Suggested tests: none
• Life span: 10 – 14 years
• Note: This breed does not tolerate the heat and is sensitive to
anesthesia. It is prone to corneal abrasions. Caesarian deliveries
are commonly needed.
About 1865, the coachmen used from the wealthy people of Boston started to interbreed a few of their companies’ nice dogs. Among those crosses, involving a British terrier and a bulldog, led to a dog called Hooper’s Judge. Even though Judge weighed over 30 pounds, he had been bred into a smaller female, and their son was subsequently bred to a different smaller female. Their progeny, likely interbred with a couple of French bulldogs, given the base for its Boston terrier. From 1889, the strain had become sufficiently common in Boston which fanciers shaped the American Bull Terrier Club, but this suggested name for the strain wasn’t well-received by bull terrier fanciers. Soon after, the strain was called the Boston terrier, following its birthplace. The Boston’s increase from nonexistence into AKC fame was meteoric by contemporary standards, since the breed has been recognized by the AKC in 1893, less than 20 years following the strain was born. Breeders continued to find greater consistency. In ancient years, markings and color weren’t particularly significant, but from the early 1900s, the breed’s most distinctive markers had become a vital breed characteristic. The handsome little Boston terrier immediately gained favor during America, ranking as among the most well-known breeds in the early to middle 1900s and keeping great popularity now.

 

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