The Boston Terrier is one of the few breeds "made in the USA". It was bred down from fighting dogs of the bull-and-terrier type, more precisely the "round-headed" Bull and Terrier of the Boston area, Massachusetts.
The Boston Terrier's lively, friendly character makes him a favorite companion dog, especially for elderly owners and apartment dwellers. The Boston Terrier is also sometimes called "the American gentleman among dogs." Like the other small molossian breeds one of the breed's drawbacks is the occurence of whelping problems requiring caesarian sections, due to the breed's large skull and small pelvis.
SMALL MOLOSSERS ( Small Molossians)
their ability to fight. Their devotion to their masters was legendary.
Photo by Marjorie Manicke (Lima, Peru)
A New Owner's Guide to Boston Terriers
by Bob Candland
The Early Years
by Cathy J. Flamholtz (Editor)
The Official Book of the Boston Terrier
by Lee Muriel
by Alma Bettencourt
Guide to Owning a Boston Terrier (Re-335)
by Jacqueline F. O'Neil
Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Breeding, Behavior, and Training
by Susan Bulanda
These dogs were also used as family dogs. So, they had to demonstrate a loyal and friendly character, on top of
Body proportions resemble those of the Staffordshire Terrier, while the short face and screw tail come from his bulldog ancestors, and the bat ears from the French Bulldog blood infused along the lines. The Boston Terrier is easily recognizable with his brindle, seal or black color coat covered with evenly distributed white markings. The symmetry of the markings is very important in the show ring.
In the early 1890s the Boston Terrier Club was founded and the breed was officially recognized in the United States. Its fame soon spread beyond the Boston region and by the 1950s it was the most popular pedigree dog in North America. In Europe the breed has been around since the 1920s.
4 months old "Zoe"
Photo by Travis Grawey