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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Boston Terrier (also known as the Boston Bull or Boston Bull & Terrier)

The Boston Terrier is also known as the Boston Bull or Boston Bull & Terrier. The Boston Terrier dog breed is very distinctive-looking with alternating dark and white fur and pointy ears. Specifically bred to be a companion animal, yet with ancestors who were bred for the hunt, Boston Terriers tend to be both lovable with humans and tough toward other animals, whatever their size.

Here are the characteristics of the Borzoi breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

The Boston Terrier's Behavior

Recommended for: companion dog

The Boston Terrier is friendly and lively, but not prone to barking. As terriers, Bostons can be a little aggressive around other dogs unless trained not to. However, as companion animals, Boston Terriers are very affectionate and loving.

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

Boston Terrier's Physical Characteristics

* Size: weigh from 10 to 25 pounds
* Coat: short, smooth, bright and fine-textured
* Color: brindle, seal, or black with white markings
* Eyes: large, round, and dark
* Ears: small and standing straight up
* Skull: square, flat on top, with no wrinkles
* Muzzle: short, square, wide and proportionate to the skull
* Nose: black and wide
* Tail: short, fine and tapered

The Boston Terrier's Origins and History

Country/Region of Origin: United States

Original purpose: pet; the dog's ancestors were bred for use for dog fighting

Historical notes: The breed started in Boston with a single dog named Hooper's Judge. The dog was a cross between an English bulldog and a white English Terrier. Robert C. Hooper took the dog and developed a breed based on him. In 1892, the Boston Terrier was the first American breed to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. Today, the Boston Terrier is the mascot of Boston University. In 1979, the state legislature recognized the Boston Terrier as the state dog of Massachusetts.

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