Bred down in size from pit-fighting dogs of the bull and terrier types, the Boston Terrier originally weighed up to 44 pounds (20 kg.) (Olde Boston Bulldogge). It is difficult to believe that these stylish, little dogs were once tough pit-fighters. In fact, their weight classifications were once divided as lightweight, middle and heavyweight. Originating in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, the Boston Terrier is one of the few breeds that was developed in the USA. The original Boston Terriers were a cross between the English Bulldog and now extinct English White Terrier. Around 1865, the coachmen employed by the wealthy people of Boston began to interbreed some of the dogs owned by their employers. One of these crosses, between an English White Terrier and an English Bulldog resulted in a dog named Hooper's Judge. Judge weighed over 30 pounds (13.5 kg.). He was bred down in size with a smaller female and one of those male pups was bred to yet a smaller female. Their offspring interbred with one or more French Bulldogs, providing the foundation for the Boston Terrier. By 1889 the breed had become sufficiently popular in Boston that fanciers formed the American Bull Terrier Club, but this proposed name was not well liked by Bull Terrier lovers. Nor did they like the breeds nickname, "roundheads". Shortly after, the breed was named the Boston Terrier after its birthplace. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1893. It was first shown in Boston in 1870. In the early years the color and markings were not very important but by the 1900's the breeds distinctive markings and color were written into the standard. Terrier only in name, the Boston Terrier has mellowed from the pit fighting dogs of the past
History of Colors in the Boston Terrier
The History of the Native American Boston Breed states that, "The White Terrier and the English Bull Dogs (Who come in many, many colors) were bred together to make the Boston Terrier". Of course the White Terrier was mainly all white and the English Bull Dogs came in various colors. Many of the original Bostons or "Round Heads", as they were first called, where different shades of Brindle. In many of the old pictures I have seen, the first Bostons look very much like Staffordshire Terriers (who also come in many different colors Blue & Chocolate included).
Dogs that exhibited white markings or patches were used in the very early development of the breed. Over 100 years later you can see an occasional Boston with too much white; this comes from these early ancestors. The BTCA standard accepts Black, Brindle and Seal (black with some brown hairs visible in sunlight) only. The BTCA decided that the colors red, chocolate, liver, brown, fawn, blue or white are not acceptable colors in the Boston Terrier standard. (That was a choice made by people who only preferred Black/ White, Seal and Brindle Colors. The "other" colors were there too in the foundation lines of the Boston Terrier.) Brindle was made the only acceptable color in the late 1800's and it wasnt untill the late 1930s that Black/White was accepted and even later True Seal.The establishment of type was the most difficult task for early breeders. It was the French Bulldog that was of great help in establishing the desired type. Since the French Bulldog was the result of inbreeding some English Bulldogs belonging to the lace makers of Nottingham, this genealogy made the French Bulldog the perfect choice to assist in the improvement of the Boston Terrier breed.
The Boston Terrier is gentle, alert, very intelligent, well-mannered and enthusiastic. Without the proper amount of mental and physical exercise they can become rambunctious and a bit high strung. They are very sensitive to the tone of one's voice. Boston's like to learn and therefore are not difficult to train. Their intelligence ensures they pick things up quickly. If the humans around the dog do not display the leadership that all dogs need, they will become willful as they begin to believe they are running the show and need to tell YOU what to do. Do not allow the Boston Terrier to developed Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behaviors where the dog believes he is pack leader to humans. This can cause a varying degree of behavior issues. Boston's need a gentle, but firm, confident, consistent pack leader who knows how to display authority over the dog. It is a canine instinct to have a strong leader and this little guy is no exception to the rule. Either the human will be that leader, or the dog will. Some owners have reported that their dogs are good watchdogs barking only when necessary, while other owners have reported their female Boston Terriers do not bark at the door at all. Most reliable with children, especially good with elderly people and very friendly with strangers. The Boston Terrier is playful, very affectionate and likes to be part of the family. Very popular in the United States, due above all to its excellent character. They generally get along well with non-canine pets. Without proper leadership from humans communicating to the dog what is acceptable behavior and what is not, they can become dominant and may fight with other dogs..
All pups below are pure Boston Terrier splash coat, odd colors and standard colors. Boston terriers will some times throw different colors. Blame it on the French bulldog that was used to create them. Every once is a while odd colors pop up. We are hoping for Boston Terriers May 2015
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