The Boston Terrier is a spritely companion well-known for its intelligence and graceful appearance. It has a compact, well-balanced frame with a smooth coat and short tail. The head is in proportion to the size of the dog and the expression reveals a high degree of intelligence. The body is rather short and well knit, the limbs strong and neatly turned, the tail is short and no feature is so prominent that the dog appears badly proportioned. The dog conveys an impression of determination, strength and activity, with style of a high order; carriage easy and graceful.
- HISTORY/ORIGIN: This breed originated in Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 19th century, by combining the English White Terrier with the English Bulldog, and was originally called the Boston Bull. The English White Terrier as a breed is currently thought to be extinct. Boston Terriers were first acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1893.
- HEIGHT: 15 – 17 in.
- WEIGHT: 10 – 25 lbs.
- COLORS: ABrindle, seal, or black with white markings.
- COAT: The coat is short, smooth, bright and fine in texture.
- TEMPERAMENT: The Boston Terrier is a friendly and lively dog. The breed has an excellent disposition and a high degree of intelligence, which makes the Boston Terrier an incomparable companion.
- CARE AND EXERCISE: Brush coat with a firm bristle brush or rubber mitt and bathe only when necessary.
- HEALTH ISSUES: Several health issues are of concern in the Boston Terrier: cataracts (both juvenile and adult type), cherry eye, luxating patellas, deafness, heart murmur, and allergies. Curvature of the back, called roaching, might be caused by patella problems with the rear legs, which in turn causes the dog to lean forward onto the forelegs. This might also just be a structural fault with little consequence to the dog. Many Bostons cannot tolerate excessive heat and humidity due to the shortened muzzle, so hot weather brings the danger of heat exhaustion.
- CATEGORY: Non-Sporting
- REGISTRIES: UCA,CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI
- LIVING ENVIRONMENT: Indoor