Boston Terrier Breed Origins and Caracteristics

The Boston Terrier is one of the few American breeds that has acquired great popularity. It was born in the second half of the 19th century in the surroundings of Boston (Massachusetts) as a result of the cross of the color bull terrier, the English bulldog and the French bulldog. At first sight, it does not look like a terrier, because it has inherited the characteristics of its bulldog ancestors. The first standard was established in 1891, but that time, the dogs were called differently. The name of the current Boston terrier was imposed over all the previous names.

The Boston terrier is considered as one of the nicest pet dogs. It is particularly intelligent and friendly. It is mischievous and nice, it is very appropriate to live in an apartment: it is also a very vigilant and brave guardian.

In the bull terrier litters, there were smaller and lighter dogs that were not useful for the dog-fighting events that used to be organized. At the end of the 19th century, through a selection, a breed called miniature bull terrier was created. These dogs were much appreciated at the beginning of the 20th century. But, later, its popularity decreased and the breed was about to disappear. Nowadays these dogs are less common.

Boston Terrier. Size: 35-45 cm. Weight: 7.5-12.5 kg. The American ones are classified by its light weight: up to 7.5 kg, average weight: 7.5-10 kg and heavy weight: 10-12.2 kg. In Europe, the medium-weighed type is raised, it measures 35-38 cm and it weighs 11 kg. Color: dogs of all the categories of weigh: straw-colored and sometimes black (1), with regular white patches scattered on the nose bridge, the star of the forehead and the internal part of the neck, the collar and the legs. The Boston terrier is born with a natural short tail that never needs to be cut. The ears up high are cut to be pointy in countries where the legislation allows it.

Miniature Bull Terrier (2). Size: 35.5 cm maximum. Weight: 9 kg maximum. The color is the same for the bull terrier and nowadays we generally find white specimens.

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