The Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a dog of strictly American creation and development, produced by crossing the English Bulldog with the English Terrier. The breed originated approximately 50 years ago in Boston, Mass., from which it later acquired its name. Authorities state that the individual peculiarities of the sires prominent in the breed’s early development are largely responsible for its present type, the foundation sire (Hooper’s Judge) being a high stationed, dark-seal brindle terrier weighing about 30 pounds.

Ideal markings for the Boston Terrier show a white muzzle, and an even, white blaze over the head, collar, breast, part or whole of forelegs, and hind legs below the hocks. The color for the remainder of the body should be one of the various shades of brindle — such as mahogany, seal, golden, etc. — with the brindle covering evenly distributed throughout. The height of mature individuals taken at the shoulder varies from 14 to 20 inches, depending on the class. The weights range from under 15 to 25 pounds. Weight classifications for the various divisions are: Lightweight, under 15 pounds; middleweight, 15 and under 20 pounds; heavyweight, 20 and not exceeding 25 pounds.

In general appearance the Boston Terrier is a lively, intelligent, smooth-coated, short-headed, compactly built individual, exhibiting determination, strength, style, and activity to a decided degree. It originated as a gentleman’s companion dog and as such retains its chief popularity. Members of the breed, however, make excellent house dogs and are valuable as guards. The Boston Terrier is very popular in the United States and is widely distributed throughout the country.