Boston Terrier Club of Canada



Breed Info

The Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog and was one of the first, truly American breeds developed in the United States that was recognized by the AKC. Developed in (Beantown), Boston, Massachusetts in 1865. He is a handsome, proud looking dog that carries himself with real dignity, but there is little that is cuter and more adorable than a Boston puppy.

The Tuxedo-Clad little dog with the captivating expression and the big heart is formally known as the Boston Terrier, (not Boston Bull). It's ancestors were fighting dogs, but the breed's suave apparel and its distinguished charm have earned it the nickname 'The American Gentleman'. The Boston Terriers are known for their intelligence, gentle nature, friendliness and stubborn nature. Bostons are dogs that love people and love to be part of the family, so anyone considering one of these dogs should make sure that they have the time, dedication, and love to commit to their pet. If you can provide the right environment for these sweet natured dogs, they can make superb pets and fabulous companions that will be devoted, loving, and loyal to the end.
Boston Terriers can be found in all areas of the country and can be seen at dog shows in the Non-Sporting Group, the group that fill man's greatest need - the need for companionship. They are typically small, compactly built, well proportioned dogs. Developed by crossing the English Bulldog and the now extinct white English Terrier and then inbreeding and cross breeding with a number of branches of his parents families (Miniature Bulldog, Terrier and French Bulldog). At this time the American Kennel Club, itself was not very well established, and was somewhat reluctant to go on record as accepting a new breed. The Club ruled that the dog could not be purebred until it had been produced pure for three generations. Eventually he was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893, and was first registered in Canada in 1898 - 1899. He became the most popular breed in the States, between the years 1929 - 1935.
Early photos of these dogs are much different than what you see today. In the early years, the color and markings were not very important, but by the 20th century the breed's distinctive markings and color were written into the standard, becoming an essential feature. Color markings became symmetrical; a gentle disposition was evolved; a body more resembling the terrier than the bulldog was developed. In the early days sizes ranged anywhere from 7 pounds to 35 pounds. The present weight range is from 10 to 25 pounds, and the average weight is between 15 to 20 pounds.

The Boston Terrier is a lively, compact, well-balanced dog. He has a smooth coat, short muzzle free of wrinkles, large dark eyes, erect ears, and naturally short tail. Its color is dark brindle, seal or black, usually with white on the muzzle, face, neck, brisket and legs. His intelligent expression is a trademark of the breed. Because of his conformation (large head narrow pelvis) the Boston is a difficult and often expensive breed to produce. They are active dogs and enjoy and need daily exercise. Things such as playing fetch, playing with their owners (and their children), walking, and running are suitable and enjoyed by the breed. With their short coat, they do not require a lot of grooming. A good brushing a few times a week and a rub down with a chamois, should do the trick plus an occasional bath. Of course nails need to be kept clipped and ears cleaned.

This is a dog that will prove to be a valuable addition to a loving family unit, and these dogs get along well with everyone, from their master and owners to the family kids. These dogs will happily and fustingly go off with just about anyone without thinking twice so you must provide a safe and secured area for your Boston to play in. A Boston Terrier is an indoor dog that needs bags of love, attention, and devotion for his human family. He's a true companion, kind, gentle and affectionate, with a keen and clever brain. A natural watchdog, he quickly learns that some people should be barked at, others ignored. An alert policeman, he will come to the aid of his master if need be, with hardly a thought for his own safety.

It is difficult to find a dog that will make a more devoted pet for both adults and children. Raised with a child, a Boston takes on a sense of responsibility , and the quick, intelligent brain of the little dog tells him that the tot needs to be looked after. Even old dogs, unaccustomed to children, usually take readily to a new infant in the family.

The temperament of a typical Boston puppy is sweet and lovable. He is alert and willing to please if given love and understanding by his owner. Genuinely "a people's dog" preferring his owner's companionship to that of other members of the animal kingdom. He rapidly becomes one of the family, will occupy his favourite - and usually the most comfortable - chair, and will not be offended if a human expresses a desire to join him in it. He is adaptable to the smallest home because of his size, disposition and short coat. He loves to romp and play with children and adults alike. He is a true house dog.

The Boston Terrier, like every breed has its own unique mannerisms and characteristic ways. They make wonderful pets and companions because of everything about them. To teach this breed what is expected of them, is only a matter of time and patience, and once they've learned, they will not forget. They are good companion dogs. They are loyal, one-family dogs. The short-haired breed are adaptable, fitting into a family in any situation. They have enough personality to make them good companions, but not so much that they are overactive or unmanageable. There are a few health issues with the breed as there is in all breeds but if you go to a reputable breeder, he would only be too glad to explain any of these issues.





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