Boston Terriers have been cast in movies such as Hotel for Dogs and The Backup Plan. The mascot for Boston University is Rhett the Boston Terrier. Wofford College also has a Boston Terrier as its mascot. The Boston Terrier is the first breed originating in the United States to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. Often this breed is referred to as “The American Gentleman” in reference to the breeds markings resembling that of formal wear.
The Boston Terrier is a small dog with a height between 15 and 17 inches and weighing between 10 and 25 lbs. They are a bicolor dog with white and black, brindle or seal. White is the required paired marking and they should never be bi-colored. Symmetrical white markings on the chest, neck, and face make the Boston Terrier look as if they have donned formal attire. These markings and facial expression make them look dapper and like little ladies and gentleman. Their coat is short and does not tend to shed or need a lot of brushing. They are born with a short tail and docking is not necessary. Their ears are small and erect on top of their round head. They have a small appetite and are easy keepers as well as being considered a low maintenance dogs. They have an average lifespan of 12 years.
They are loving and lively dogs that require only a moderate amount of exercise. The Boston Terrier breed was developed in the United States and they were bred for dog fighting and to be rat hunters in the garment factories of Boston. Originally the breed was much larger but has been bred into a small size as a companion animal. The majority of this breed can trace its lineage back to one particular canine named Hooper’s Judge.
The physical makeup of their respiratory system makes this breed prone to snoring and allergies as well as intolerable to over exertion. Without a properly balanced diet they may experience digestive issues which causes them to fart a considerable amount. This breed does not do well in extreme hot or cold temperatures. They thrive in a comfortable, warm and safe environment.
Proper care and regular checkups with the veterinarian help to mitigate the health issues this breed is prone to. Boston Terriers are prone to some health conditions such as deafness, tumors and cataracts. This breed is prone to both the early onset (development type) and later onset (senile type) of cataracts. Cataracts is where the fibers in the lens of the eye starts to break down and takes on a whitish color. The treatment available for canine cataracts is surgical treatment. Due to the selective breeding practices to develop a large head in the breed Boston Terrier puppies need to be delivered by caesarian section.
The Boston Terrier is a breed that originated in the United States in the City of Boston Massachusetts. They are a cross between an English Bulldog and a White English Terrier. Their original purpose was for fighting, but they were also used successfully to hunt the rats that plagued garment factories. Originally they were a much larger breed weighing in around 44 lbs. Before taking on the official breed name of Boston Terrier they were known as Bullet Heads, Round Heads or Boston Bull Terriers. Their lively and friendly temperament made them desirable pets and they were downsized to be more house and apartment friendly.
Boston Terriers are no longer the large and heavy aggressive animals that they were originally bred to be. Now they are a lightweight compact companion that successfully competes in obedience and performance classes. They are a favored therapy dog due to their easy going, playful and loving personality. They are easy to care for and do not need a large amount of space, just large amounts of love and attention.
They are loving dogs that are lively and interactive with adults and children. The bond they share with their families allows them to sense the moods of their owners and to pick up on nuances in the tone of their family’s voices. It is said that Boston Terriers have never met a stranger just new friends. Many times they greet a stranger at the door with tail wagging rather than with barking. They are well suited to the apartment lifestyle because they bark only out of necessity and they do not require a lot of room or large amounts of exercise.
The Boston Terrier is prone to farting and loud snoring. Due to their inability to withstand extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) they should not be outside dogs, they need to be an indoor pet. They are a low maintenance dog in terms of grooming and upkeep that makes them an excellent pet for busy families. It is not unusual for Boston Terriers to live in nursing home situations as a companion dog.
The Boston Terrier was accepted as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1893 as a non-sporting breed. Show dogs are broken into three weight classes: 15 pounds or less; 15 to 20 pounds; 20 to 25 pounds. The weight breakdown of this breed is not the same as other breeds where they are broken down into miniature, toy and standard sizes. The Boston Terrier should have white markings paired with brindle, black or seal. A solid color or lacking white markings is a disqualification. They should have a short erect ears on their rounded head with a compact body and be proportionate. They should be alert, friendly and have a kind expression. Blue eyes, solid colors, showing of the tongue or teeth while the mouth is closed are all disqualifications.