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Another from my original series of purebred dogs, considering that there are 150 plus recognized breeds (the AKC) in the USA, I should stay busy well after I’m dead!
The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States of America, ideally, white should cover its chest, muzzle, band around the neck, half way up the forelegs, up to the hocks on the rear legs, and a white blaze between but not touching the eyes. In show dogs, symmetrical markings are preferred. Due to the Boston Terrier’s markings resembling formal wear, in addition to its refined and pleasant personality, the breed is commonly referred to as the “American Gentleman.” The breed is known for its gentle, alert, and intelligent expression.
Temperament While originally bred for fighting, they were later down bred for companionship. The modern Boston Terrier can be gentle, alert, expressive, and well-mannered. Many still retain the spunky attitude of the typical terrier. It must be noted however, that they are not considered terriers by the American Kennel Club, but are part of the non-sporting group. Boston Terrier is something of a misnomer. They were originally a cross-breed between the White English Terrier (now extinct) and a French Bulldog.
Some Bostons enjoy having another one for companionship. Both females and males generally bark only when necessary. Having been bred as a companion dog, they enjoy being around people, and, if properly socialized, get along well with children, the elderly, other canines, and non-canine pets. Boston Terriers can be very cuddly, while others are more independent.
They can live up to 15 years or more, but the average is around 13 years.
Because of their short snouts, they do tend to snort and snore. These can be signs of serious health issues. Due to the Boston’s prominent eyes, some are prone to ulcers or minor injuries to their cornea.
The breed was first shown in Boston in 1870. By 1889 the breed had become sufficiently popular in Boston that fanciers formed the American Bull Terrier Club, but this proposed name for the breed was not well received by the Bull Terrier Fanciers. The breed’s nickname, “roundheads”, was similarly inappropriate. Shortly after, at the suggestion of James Watson (a noted writer and authority), the club changed its name to the Boston Terrier Club and in 1893 it was admitted to membership in the American Kennel Club.
The Boston Terrier was the first non-sporting dog bred in the US.
Boston Terriers were particularly popular during the 1920’s in the US. (information from Wikipedia)