The Boston Terrier is thought to have originated in the 1870's when it was popular to cross Terriers and Bull-type dogs to create types that could be entered in ratting and pit-fighting competitions.
A Bostonian named Roberd Hooper bred his 32 pound, Bull-English Terrier mix, Judge, with a 20 pound, stocky, white, square headed bull-type female Gyp.
The resulting offspring were the original Boston Terriers which weighed up to 44 pounds. Eventually, they were bred down to the size and temperamend they are known for today.
The Boston Terrier made its show debut in 1870 (in Boston of course) after which, the breed became so trendy in the city, that enthusiasts formed American Bull Terrier Club which later became the Boston Terrier club.
Then, in 1893 it was the first U.S. breed admitted to the American Kennel Club.
SIZE AND APPEARANCE
The Boston Terrier is compact and sturdy. Its average height is 9 to 15 inches and it tipically weights anywhere from 6 to 25 punds. It's Bulldog ancestry is evident in it's square-jawed brachycephalic head, which is known to tilt when courious about something or confused.
The Boston's large, round eyes are set wide and deep into the skull and are so expressive that they seem to function as a window that gives you a glimpse of what they're thinking or feeling.
The Boston's "tuxedo coat" can be black, seal or brindle in proportion to the white markings on it's face, chest, paws, legs.
This giving it the clean, symmetrical appearance befitting a sharply-dressed individual.
TEMPERAMENT AND FAMILY LIFE
The Boston's nickname, the "American Gentleman" is not only a reference to its tuxedo-like coloring and markings, but its easygoing, friendly disposition as well. Boston Terriers love to be loved.
When socialized as puppies, they are tipically very friendly with strangers, but they are known for being monogamous.
They usually do well in a family setting, but tent to form strong bonds with one person. When it comes to being a great guard-dog, size matters. Although the Boston's diminutive size keeps it of the list of guard-dogs greats, they make great watchdogs because the don't bark often, but they do bark when they think they have a good reason to.
As with any breed, not all Bostons are born with a laid-back personality and they can be quite stubborn. Exposing your Boston to different people, pets, andexperiences as a puppy, is crucial for his or hers social development.
TRAINABILITY AND INTELLIGENCE
When it comes to intelligence, the Boston Terrier is as smart, as it is smartly dressed. A very attentive breed, they will learn your schedule, likes and dislikes and seem to interpret your moods.
Sometimes, when trying to figure out what you're thinking or saying they might tilt their heads sideways. Sound adorable? Well, you're absolutely right it is.
Since Bostons are generally eager to please their humans, they have a knack for quickly learning commands, but can also be quite stubborn. Positive reinforcement is essential to successful training.
Non-edible rewards and an occasional tasty treat will serve as motivation for your little student to learn more.
You must also be firm, consistent, and pleasant in your delivery...or your pup just might end up training you.
Does your dog seem to know what you're thinking and feeling? How can you tell?
Unlike a certain secret agent, the Boston Terrier does not survive on adrenaline and adventure.
As a card-carrying member of the non-sporting group, the typical Boston would be as content curling up on the couch with you as they would be playing fetch or taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood, but since they have a tendency to put on weight it's imperative that they get a proper ammount of excercise.
Although most people whould not be comfortable goint into "beast mode" in a tuxedo, Bostons have absolutely no problem with it. Your best-dressed best friend needs at least on hour of physical activity each day.
This can include two 30-minute walks, or one walk and a game of fetch, swimming or free play.
Tug of war and agility courses are also great ways to keep your buddy in shape. You can also keep his or hers mind sharp by teaching new tricks and offering puzzle toys.
HEALTH AND LIFESPAN
The average lifespan of a Boston Terrier is 11 to 15 years, and most experience very few serious health problems along the way...but every breed has it's own set of medicl issues to deal with.
Corneal ulcers, cataracts, and cherry eye are all ocular conditions that Bostons are particulary susceptible to, that can be attributed to their eye structure and genetics.
Patellar luxation (a knee problem commonly seen in small dogs), digestive problems, deafness, and reverse sneezing, are cronic problems that can be managed with treatment and TLC.
Heart murmurs and brain tumors are two of the more serious conditions that this breed can face.
So there you have the American Gentleman, or Gentle Lady.
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