Dog walking harness for Boston Terrier
- sleek, shiny, straight coat
- distinctive ears
- short tail
- large dark eyes
Boston Terrier dog names
- Sally May
Overview - Boston Terrier
Despite his pugnacious appearance, the Boston Terrier is a lover, not a fighter. One of the few dog breeds to originate in the United States, the Boston was bred to be a best friend, happy to do just about anything as long as he's with his human family. And he can go anywhere with them: not only is he a small-but-sturdy size for any situation, he’s one of the few dogs that’s always formally dressed, in markings that resemble a well-tailored tuxedo.
The Boston can be happy as a couch potato or a canine athlete -- whatever you want to do, he’ll be right there beside you. He’s also agile and intelligent enough to do it all, from learning tricks to competing in agility, obedience or other sports. And you don’t usually have to worry about a lot of attitude either; a well-bred, well-socialized Boston gets along well with children, strangers and other pets.
Even better, the Boston (some people call him a Boston Bull Terrier) is neither hard to housetrain nor a nuisance barker. He sheds very little, and doesn't require much in the way of grooming. A very sturdy dog considering that his weight range is only 10 to 25 pounds, the Boston is suited to lap life or apartment-dwelling as well as to an active suburban existence on the go.
If the Boston Terrier seems to be the perfect companion, that's because this all-American dog was bred to be just that. He's just naturally good at the job he was created to do, though, like all dogs, he does require exercise, training and socialization to avoid behavior problems.
He’s a pretty good-looking little dog, too. Although the black-and-white Boston is the best known variety, the breed allows for a number of dark colors – including a distinctive brindle. What Bostons share is a distinctive look: a lovable mug with a square jaw line and upright ears that are sometimes cropped but are best left to stand on their own. (Ear cropping is a cosmetic procedure that offers no health benefits to the dog.)
History of Boston Terrier dogs
Nicknamed the American Gentleman, the Boston Terrier comes from a mixed heritage that first began in the urban stewpot that is Boston, Mass. He descends from a dog named Judge, who was probably a cross between a Bulldog and the now-extinct white English Terrier. Judge’s owner bred him with Burnett’s Gyp, and one of their puppies was Wells’ Eph. Eph’s offspring are the ancestors of today’s Boston Terriers.
The little dogs with the round heads and screw tails were first known as Round Heads, Bullet Heads or Bull Terriers, but in 1889 they officially took the name Boston Terrier. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1893.
Today, the Boston ranks 20 th among the breeds registered by the American Kennel Club, down just a bit from 18 th in 2000. His all-around charm ensures that his popularity holds steady.
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