The Boston Terrier first arose in the year 1870, after Robert C. Hooper of Boston purchased a dog named Judge, believed to be a cross between a Bull and a Terrier type dog. Judge was also responsible for English Bulldogs being crossed into terriers in the 1860’s for show purposes. One example of these dogs is the White English Terrier.
Judge’s offspring were cross bred with French Bulldogs, which provided the foundation for the modern day Boston Terrier. By 1889, the American Bull Terrier Club was formed. The American Bull Terrier is another name for the Boston Terrier. Later, the club changed its name to the Boston Terrier Club, thanks to James Watson. Finally, it 1893, the Boston Terrier became the first American born breed to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. This was also the first non-sporting dog to be bred in the United States.
By the 20th century, the Boston Terrier’s coat markings and popularity had been established. Today, there is a standard for the breed, and many teams use it as their mascot. Originally, though, they were not always meant as a companion animal. The Boston Terrier was often used for fighting or hunting rats, especially in garment factories.
The Boston Terrier is a small breed of dog with a compact body that is generally free of wrinkles. They usually measure between 15 and 17 inches at the withers and weigh between 10 and 25 pounds. Males are usually slightly larger than their female counterparts. They also have short tails.
Their heads are small and could be described as square, but slightly rounded. Boston Terrier ears are well proportioned to the rest of their bodies and are always erect. Their eyes are also small, round, and usually very dark in color.
White underside and markings are characteristic of a Boston Terrier’s coat. These markings, according to the American Kennel Club, should appear on the chest, muzzle, around the neck (band), halfway up the forelegs, and between (but not touching) the eyes. These are proportionate to the dominant color, which can be any of the following: black (most common), brindle, seal, liver, brown, cream, or red. Boston Terriers could be a combination of several of these colors, or could even be all white. Interestingly enough, the “formal” look of the Boston Terrier’s white markings has earned it the nickname “American Gentleman”.
Average litter size for the Boston Terrier is between 4 and 6 puppies per litter. Average life span is between 11 and 15 years, although some can live into their late teens.
The Boston Terrier is definitely one of the more friendly and easy-going dog breeds. Although they need training early, and patience is an absolute must, the pay off is well worth the effort.
Boston Terriers need a lot of socialization from an early age, in order to get them used to interacting with people, as well as other pets. These dogs, unlike some other breeds, get along well with people of all ages. They are playful with children, obedient to their owners, and gentle with the elderly. Furthermore, they do well around other pets, including cats or other non-canines.
As far as being calm and gentle goes, the Boston Terrier is very good about knowing its limits. It is not an aggressive breed by any standards, despite originally being used for fighting. Again, it is very friendly with everyone it encounters and is always eager to please.
This is also a great family dog. For one, the Boston Terrier will likely get along fine with all members of the household, despite age, gender, or species. They are also protective, so families can be confident that they have someone to look after them. Of course, these dogs do not appear intimidating. But, again, they were once used for fighting. While the desire to fight has long gone, their strength has not. They will do anything to protect their family. Unfortunately, their strength makes them a bit rough at times when they play, but they are overall very well behaved.
Going along the lines of being protective, the Boston Terrier is also an intelligent and alert breed of dog. They are very aware of their surroundings, and it is easy for them to detect threats when they are present. They will bark to alert other dogs or their family of potential threats or other happenings, but only when necessary. In comparison to other breeds, this is one of the quieter ones.
This dog is also highly trainable. Because of its intelligence and eagerness to please its owner, it can be trained to perform a number of tasks and behave well in a variety of environments. The Boston Terrier is also very well-mannered, so it is very unlikely that it will chew furniture, be aggressive, or have any other behavioral problems.
Of course, without proper training and socialization, behavioral issues can arise. However, this is rare among Boston Terriers, which makes them great family pets. These dogs are also very creative, so even during separation that usually makes dogs act out, Boston Terriers can easily entertain themselves and be on their best behavior.
Luckily for Boston Terriers, people stopped breeding them for dog fights a long time ago. Even those who still have the aggressive nature can not (legally) be forced to fight, as dog fighting has been outlawed in many parts of the world, and all throughout the United States for many years.
Their other original purpose, hunting rats, has also been abandoned, since there is no longer a need for vermin catchers as far as dogs are concerned.
The Boston Terrier’s life is simple; companionship. This is an extremely popular breed of dog for families, especially those with varying household member ages and other pets. While this dog is mainly used as a companion animal, it can be entered into dog shows. This breed also performs well at obedience trials and various athletic competitions. However, entries into these competitions are all up to the owner and many choose to keep them strictly as pets and not performers.
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