The Boston Terrier ranks 18th in the AKC. It originated in the United States in the 1800s. It belongs to the family of terriers, mastiff and bull. It functioned originally as a ratter and a companion.
History / Origin
The history and origin of the Boston Terrier is well documented. In 1865, an English Terrier and a Bulldog were interbred which produced a dog named Hooper’s Judge. Although this dog weighed 30 lbs., it was bred to a smaller female and their offspring was in turn bred to another smaller female. This combination, probably interbred again with another French Bulldog, began the Boston Terrier lineage. This breed became popular in 1889 in Boston which caught the attention of the American Bull Terrier Club. It was during this time that it got the name Boston Terrier, after its birthplace. This breed seemed to be the fastest breed recognized by the AKC as it happened in 1893, which was less than 20 years after the breed started. The breeders then continued to work on the breed’s consistency. By the early 1900s, greater attention was given to the breed’s color and markings to be essential features of the Boston Terrier. It then gained wide acceptance and popularity in the whole of America ranking as one of the most popular breeds of the time which it continues to enjoy at the present time.
The Boston Terrier is very sensitive to its master’s moods and wishes. It is devoted, well-mannered indoor but playful at times. It is reserved with strangers and has the tendency to be aggressive with strange dogs. It learns easily and is clever.
Height and Weight
Weight: 10 – 25 lbs. (maximum 25 lbs.)
Height: 15 – 17 inches
The breed has no major health concerns. Some minor ones could be patellar luxation, elongated soft palate and allergies. Deafness may sometimes occur as well as demodicosis, cataract and seizures. This breed is prone to corneal abrasions and is sensitive to anesthesia. Caesarean deliveries are commonly needed as well.
This breed’s life expectancy is 10 – 14 years.
Physical Traits and Functions
The Boston Terrier is a clean-cut dog with a dapper appearance. It has a square-proportioned, short-backed and compact body. It has a graceful carriage with a stance of strength, sturdiness and determination. It makes a lively, handy house companion. It has a fine coat with distinct markings with large round eyes, abrupt brow, a square skull and small erect ears.
This breed needs daily exercise which includes games, a romp in the yard or a short walk on leash. It likes to interact with people. Some Boston Terriers snore and wheeze, and they do not tolerate heat very well. It also cannot live outdoors. The Boston Terrier’s coat needs only minimal care, just occasional brushing in order to remove dead hairs.