The Boston Terrier wears a tuxedo coat and a stylin’ attitude. He is friendly, portable and enthusiastic in everything he does. He gets along well with kids, other pets and pretty much everyone he meets. All in all, he’s a fantastic little companion dog.
The Boston Terrier Were First Bred, Where ?
Boston Terriers were bred in Boston, Mass., and all descend from a dog name Judge. They were first known as Round Heads, Bullet Heads or Bull Terriers, but in 1889 they officially took the name Boston Terrier.
Despite his pugnacious appearance, the Boston Terrier is a lover, not a fighter. One of the few dog breeds to originate in the United States, the Boston was bred to be a best friend, happy to do just about anything as long as he’s with his human family. And he can go anywhere with them: not only is he a small-but-sturdy size for any situation, he’s one of the few dogs that’s always formally dressed, in markings that resemble a well-tailored tuxedo.
The Boston can be happy as a couch potato or a canine athlete — whatever you want to do, he’ll be right there beside you. He’s also agile and intelligent enough to do it all, from learning tricks to competing in agility, obedience or other sports. And you don’t usually have to worry about a lot of attitude either; a well-bred, well-socialized Boston gets along well with children, strangers and other pets.
Even better, the Boston (some people call him a Boston Bull Terrier) is neither hard to housetrain nor a nuisance barker. He sheds very little, and doesn’t require much in the way of grooming. A very sturdy dog considering that his weight range is only 10 to 25 pounds, the Boston is suited to lap life or apartment-dwelling as well as to an active suburban existence on the go.
If the Boston Terrier seems to be the perfect companion, that’s because this all-American dog was bred to be just that. He’s just naturally good at the job he was created to do, though, like all dogs, he does require exercise, training and socialization to avoid behavior problems.
He’s a pretty good-looking little dog, too. Although the black-and-white Boston is the best known variety, the breed allows for a number of dark colors – including a distinctive brindle. What Bostons share is a distinctive look: a lovable mug with a square jaw line and upright ears that are sometimes cropped but are best left to stand on their own. (Ear cropping is a cosmetic procedure that offers no health benefits to the dog.)
Other Quick Facts About the Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is at home in any situation and never meets a stranger; everyone is a potential new friend.
The Boston Terrier is dapper in his black and white tuxedo, but he can also come in brindle or seal with white markings. His short coat is simple to groom and sheds little.
Boston Terriers get along well with children as well as other pets.
The Boston Terrier takes his name from Boston, Mass, where he was developed.
The Boston’s weight ranges from 10 to 25 pounds, with most weighing between 13 and 16 pounds, making them easily portable.
Bostons excel in dog sports, including agility, flyball, obedience and rally. They also make great therapy dogs.