Boston Terrier Breeders
Boston Terrier Puppies
Boston Terrier Dog Clubs
Boston Terrier Mature Dogs
Group: Non Sporting
Size: Small/Medium - Up to 38 cm at shoulder
Weight: Up to 11.4 kg
The Boston Terrier is a lively, highly intelligent dog, small to medium in size. He should convey an impression of determination, strength and activity. He is well suited as a companion due to his bright, friendly and exceptionally affectionate nature.
Bred down from various one-time fighting dogs in the late 1800s, the Boston Terrier is believed to have emerged from cross matings of a number of breeds, including the British Bulldog, English White Terrier and English Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The Boston was kept as a fighting dog about 1875. The breed was first recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1893 and has since become more elegant through selective breeding. He is one of the few species bred, developed and refined in the US and has gained popularity as both a show dog and pet. The Boston Terrier has sometimes been mistakenly called a Boston Bull or Toy Bulldog.
The breed came to Australia in the early 1 960s and has since proved a great stud torce. It is regarded as a non-sporting dog here, not in the terrier group as his name may suggest.
A well balanced dog, the Boston Terrier is short headed, short tailed and smooth coated. He has a squarish skull and large, dark dancing eyes. The head is in proportion to his body with a highly intelligent expression. He carries his fine and pointed ears erect and moves with style of a high order, providing a sense of symmetry and beauty.
The coat itself is short, close and glossy. Colours are brindle, seal or black in colour and evenly marked with white. Markings appear on his muzzle, collar, breast, forelegs, hindlegs (behind the hocks) and an even blaze over the head.
Often described as a family dog, the Boston Terrier thrives best and his intelligence develops to the nth degree when he is kept as a house dog. He is intelligent, alert and has a kind and loving disposition. The Boston has a good temperament and a loyal affectionate heart, tailored as an incomparable companion of man. He is an obedient breed and has protective qualities.
Care and Grooming
The short coat of the Boston does not require a great deal of attention, just regular brushing and a bath when necessary. His big, beautiful, full round eyes are vulnerable to injury if he is exposed to tall grasses, pollen or twigs. If injury or irritation occurs, veterinary assistance should be sought.