The Boston terrier is a breed of dog which originated from America, it was accepted by the American Kennel cub in 1893, as a non sporting breed. They are usually black, brindle or seal with white markings, a small compact dog with a short tail and erect ears.

Boston terriers are friendly, intelligent and easily trained, though they can be stubborn at times. The breed as an average lifespan of 11 to 13 years, a healthy Boston terrier will be 9 to 15 inches tall and weigh about 9 to 11 kilos. The American Kennel club recently ranked the Boston terrier as its 21st most popular breed.



A strong dog with a friendly personality, the Boston terrier are eager to please and can be easily trained. According to the American Kennel club the Boston terrier should have white covering its chest, the muzzle, round its neck, halfway up its forelegs, up to the hocks and in between but not touching the eyes. Due to the Boston terriers markings resembling formal wear and its pleasant personality, the breed is often referred to as the American Gentleman.

The breed originated about 1870, when Robert Hooper of Boston purchased a dog named Judge, ( known as Hoopers Judge) which was of Bull and terrier lineage. Hoopers Judge is either directly related to the original Bull and terrier breeds from the late 19th early 20th centuries or the result of modern English Bulldogs being crossed into terriers, created in the 1860s for showing purposes. The American Kennel club claims Hoopers Judge to be the ancestor of all true Boston terriers.

Hoopers Judge weighed over 12.5 kilos, his offspring was interbred with one or more type of French Bulldog, laying the foundations for the Boston terrier. The breed had become so popular by 1889, that the American Bull terrier club was formed, shortly afterwards the name was changed to the Boston terrier club. In 1893 when it was accepted into the American Kennel club it became the first U.S. breed to be recognised, the Boston terrier was also the first non sporting dog to be bred in the U.S.A.



Roaching, which is a curvature of the back, caused by patella problems with the rear legs causing it to lean forward onto its fore legs, most Boston terriers cannot tolerate very hot or very cold conditions, this is due to their shortened muzzles, forcing them to exercise in such conditions could be harmful. Large prominent eyes make the Boston terrier susceptible to corneal ulcers, due to its short muzzle the Boston terriers prominent eyes are prone to injury from sand, dust, debris and sharp objects, like plants with thorns.

Boston terriers are a Brachycephalic breed, Brachy means short and cephalic which means head, this type of anatomy can cause tiny nostrils, long palates and a narrow trachea. Boston terriers can be prone to snoring and a rapid inhalation through the nose, which is accompanied by gagging and snorting sounds used to clear the palate of mucus, this is known as reverse sneeze, and isn’t harmful to the dog in any way.

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