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Old 01-24-2011, 09:02 PM #1
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The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States of America. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. Color and markings are important when distinguishing this breed to the AKC standard. They should be either black, brindle or seal with white markings. Bostons are small and compact with a short tail and erect ears. They are intelligent and friendly and can be stubborn at times. The average life span of a Boston is 15+ years.


History


The Boston Terrier breed originated around 1820, when Robert C. Hooper of Boston purchased a dog known as Hooper's Judge, who was of a Bull and Terrier type lineage. Judge's specific lineage is unknown; however, Hooper's Judge is either directly related to the original Bull and Terrier breeds of the 18th and early 19th centuries, or Judge is the result of modern English Bulldogs being crossed into terriers created in the 1860s for show purposes, like the White English Terrier.

Judge weighed over 29.7 pounds (13.5 kilos). Their offspring interbred with one or more French Bulldogs, providing the foundation for the Boston Terrier. Bred down in size from pit-fighting dogs of the Bull and Terrier types, the Boston Terrier originally weighed up to 44 pounds (20 kg.) (Olde Boston Bulldogge).[2] The breed was first shown in Boston in 1870. By 1889 the breed had become sufficiently popular in Boston that fanciers formed the American Bull Terrier Club, but this proposed name for the breed was not well received by the Bull Terrier Fanciers; the breed's nickname, "roundheads", was similarly inappropriate. Shortly after, at the suggestion of James Watson (a noted writer and authority), the club changed its name to the Boston Terrier Club and in 1893 it was admitted to membership in the American Kennel Club, thus making it the first US breed to be recognized. It is one of a small number of breeds to have originated in the United States. The Boston Terrier was the first non-sporting dog bred in the US.

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. Terrier only in name, the Boston Terrier has lost most of its ruthless desire for mayhem, preferring the company of humans, although some males will still challenge other dogs if they feel their territory is being invaded.

Boston Terriers were particularly popular during the 1920s in the US.

Boston University's mascot is a Boston Terrier named Rhett.

Appearance

Boston Terriers are typically small, compactly built, well proportioned dogs with erect ears, short tails, and a short muzzle that should be free of wrinkles. They usually have a square sort of face. The smooth coats of the Boston Terriers are mainly brindle, seal or black with even white markings.

Size


According to international breed standard, the dog should weigh no less than 10 pounds and no more than 25 pounds. Boston Terriers usually stand 15-17 inches at the withers.

Coat and color


The Boston Terrier is characteristically marked with white in proportion to either black, brindle, seal, or a combination of the three. Seal is a color specifically used to describe Boston Terriers and is defined as a black color with red highlights when viewed in the sun or bright light. Black, Brindle, and Seal (all on white) are the only colors recognized by the AKC. There are also liver, brown, cream or red and white Boston Terriers, however these marking are more rare than the others listed above, and are disqualified from AKC events. If all other qualities are identical, brindle is the preferred color according to most breed standards.

Ideally, white should cover its chest, muzzle, band around the neck, half way up the forelegs, up to the hocks on the rear legs, and a white blaze between but not touching the eyes. For conformation showing, symmetrical markings are preferred. Due to the Boston Terrier's markings resembling formal wear, in addition to its refined and pleasant personality, the breed is commonly referred to as the "American Gentleman."

Temperament

Boston Terriers have strong, friendly personalities. Bostons can range in temperaments from those that are eager to please their master to those that are more stubborn. Both can be easily trained given a patient and assertive owner.

While originally bred for fighting, they were later down bred for companionship. The modern Boston Terrier can be gentle, alert, expressive, and well-mannered. It must be noted however, that they are not considered terriers by the American Kennel Club, but are part of the non-sporting group. Boston Terrier is something of a misnomer. They were originally a cross-breed between the Old English Bulldog and the English White Terrier.

Some Bostons enjoy having another one for companionship. Both females and males generally bark only when necessary. Having been bred as a companion dog, they enjoy being around people, and, if properly socialized, get along well with children, the elderly, other canines, and non-canine pets. Some Boston Terriers are very cuddly, while others are more independent. They are also highly intelligent.

Health

Several health issues are of concern in the Boston Terrier: cataracts (both juvenile and adult type), cherry eye, luxating patellas, deafness, heart murmur, and allergies. Curvature of the back, called roaching, might be caused by patella problems with the rear legs, which in turn causes the dog to lean forward onto the forelegs. This might also just be a structural fault with little consequence to the dog. Many Bostons cannot tolerate excessive heat and also extremely cold weather, due to the shortened muzzle, so hot or cold weather combined with demanding exercise can bring harm to a Boston Terrier. A sensitive digestive system is also typical of the Boston Terrier. In the absence of proper diet, flatulence is associated with the breed. In some cases, even a proper diet cannot abate flatulence.

Bostons, along with Pug, Shih Tzu and other short-snouted breeds are brachycephalic breeds. The word comes from Greek roots "Brachy," meaning short and "cephalic," meaning head. This anatomy can cause tiny nostrils, long palates and a narrow trachea. Because of this, Bostons may be prone to snoring and reverse sneeze, a rapid and repeated forced inhalation through the nose, accompanied by snorting or gagging sounds used to clear the palate of mucus, but does not harm the dog in any way

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Glad to see a Boston Terrier thread! Heres my dog Thor, aka Thorzie or Mr. Handsome. We came up with the name Thor because when we first got him he had a white patch on the back of his neck that looked like a lighting bolt, and the god of thunder and lightning is Thor. I also made my PbNation username after my dog. We got him from a Boston breeder in Sugarcreek Ohio on easter morning 7 years ago. He is our first dog (we've had and still have cats) and he's the best!!








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Glad to see a Boston Terrier thread! Heres my dog Thor, aka Thorzie or Mr. Handsome. We came up with the name Thor because when we first got him he had a white patch on the back of his neck that looked like a lighting bolt, and the god of thunder and lightning is Thor. I also made my PbNation username after my dog. We got him from a Boston breeder in Sugarcreek Ohio on easter morning 7 years ago. He is our first dog (we've had and still have cats) and he's the best!!
hehehe Awesome Boston! hes a chunky sucker how much does he weigh? Im always wondering what a good weight, bad weight is for these guys. Everybody has a different opinion
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hehehe Awesome Boston! hes a chunky sucker how much does he weigh? Im always wondering what a good weight, bad weight is for these guys. Everybody has a different opinion
hahaha that he is! yeah i think we just feed him too much and he's lazy lol. I just put him on the scale in my bathroom and he's right around 29. So he's like 4lbs. overweight. How much does your's weigh? Every time i see a boston in public or on tv or something, they always look scrawny to me. Personally, i like the way thor looks just because he's more beefy. My neighbors got 2 bostons because they liked thor so much and their dog's are much smaller in size and weight but only a year younger. So yeah i think he's definitely on the heavy side, but that means there's more to love!
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Yeah, he's big, but you might want to consider dialing his feed back because that extra weight will wear down his joints faster.

I really like the look of those Olde Boston Bulldogges.

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Yeah, he's big, but you might want to consider dialing his feed back because that extra weight will wear down his joints faster.

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hahaha that he is! yeah i think we just feed him too much and he's lazy lol. I just put him on the scale in my bathroom and he's right around 29. So he's like 4lbs. overweight. How much does your's weigh? Every time i see a boston in public or on tv or something, they always look scrawny to me. Personally, i like the way thor looks just because he's more beefy. My neighbors got 2 bostons because they liked thor so much and their dog's are much smaller in size and weight but only a year younger. So yeah i think he's definitely on the heavy side, but that means there's more to love!
Love the old boston bulldogs!

I like them to be on the heavy side mine is beefy at 26pds but yea, everytime I see one they are tiny. I think it just depends on if you get pup from a breeder or pet shop. the doc keeps telling me to dial it back a lil but he used to b all muscle. we have both just gotten lazy lately. but yea, I hear the same thing about it wearing down on their joints. Mine has developed a limp recently that we need to go see a specialist to find out what it is. doesnt seem to be healing and its been a year already. the vet say xrays n everything look fine so we r going to see a specialist soon.
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Love the old boston bulldogs!

I like them to be on the heavy side mine is beefy at 26pds but yea, everytime I see one they are tiny. I think it just depends on if you get pup from a breeder or pet shop. the doc keeps telling me to dial it back a lil but he used to b all muscle. we have both just gotten lazy lately. but yea, I hear the same thing about it wearing down on their joints. Mine has developed a limp recently that we need to go see a specialist to find out what it is. doesnt seem to be healing and its been a year already. the vet say xrays n everything look fine so we r going to see a specialist soon.
My dog also had a limp for a while, but when he went for a check up, it was just a pulled muscle from running. The neighbors who got the 2 bostons have the old boston's. They have a longer snout and a little nubby tail. I think they're pretty cool, but i like the "new" boston better. the problem with our dog gaining weight is that he eats the cat food instead of his own and it's higher in fat.
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Don't let him do that. Cat food can destroy a dog's kidneys.
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