Breed Organization Boston Terrier Club of America Website:
http://www.bostonterrierclubofamerica.org Native Country United States Of America Other Names Boston Terrier, Boston Bull Terrier, Boston Bull, American Gentlemen Life Expectancy Approximately 13 Or More Years Litter Size Average 3-4 Puppies Breed Group AKC Non-Sporting
Breed Appearance 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. The AKC says they are
highly intelligent and very easily trained. They are friendly and
can be stubborn at times.
Breed Description Head: Angular, short. Skull angular,
flat, without wrinkles. Well-pronounced stop. Short, angular, broad,
high muzzle. Broad, angular jaws. Wide, black nose. Ears: Set on high, small, carried erect, either natural or
cropped. Eyes: Large, round, well-spaced, dark. Body: Fairly short. Neck slightly arched. Broad brisket. Chest
well let-down. Well-sprung ribs. Tail: Set on low, short, slender. Straight or screw. Should not
be carried above the topline. Hair: Short, smooth, fine. Coat: Brindle, seal color (black with chestnut highlights), or
black with evenly spaced white markings. Required markings: white
band around the muzzle, white flare between the eyes, white on the
brisket. Forelegs entirely or partially white. White markings below
the hocks on the hind legs are prized. Size: 25 to 40 cm. Weight: 7 to 11 kg.
History The Boston Terrier was created by American
breeders around 1870 for Boston's traditional dog fights. To develop
the breed, they crossed the Bulldog and the Bull Terrier in order to
maximize the fighting skill of both breeds. Additional crosses were
made with the French Bulldog. The Boston Terrier was first shown in
Boston in 1870. In 1891, the Boston Terrier Club of America was
founded. The breed is not very widespread in Europe.
Behavior Tough, solid, and very lively, this ratter
trained dog seldom barks. He is very good-natured and has a big
heart, making him a wonderful pet. He has even been nicknamed the
"American Gentleman". He is a vigilant little watchdog but is not
aggressive. He needs firm training.
Health Prone to eye problems, such as juvenile
cataracts, late-onset cataracts, entropion, distichiasis, glaucoma,
corneal dystrophy, corneal ulcers, cherry eye, dry eyes (Keratitis
Sicca). The Boston Terrier’s prominent eyes are prone to injury.
Also, deafness, patellar luxation, heart and skin tumors, including
mast cell tumors. These short-faced dogs may have breathing
difficulties when stressed by exertion in hot or cold weather and
can overheat if they are pushed too hard. They may also snore or
drool. Whelping is often difficult as the pelvis is narrow; the
large-headed pups are often delivered by cesarean section.
Advice He can adapt to apartment life but needs
regular exercise. He is clean and needs daily brushing. His eyes and
the folds of his face must be cleaned.