Description & History

The Boston Terrier is the national dog of the United States of America.

The breed is named after the city of its origin. It is a cross breed first created in 1865 by crossing a British Bulldog with a White English Terrier.

The development of this breed was the idea of "dog men" who were employed at livery stables around the Boston area. Mr Langton was the first known breeder of the Boston Terrier, but it was the offspring of a dog called Hooper's Judge, owned by a local man Robert Judge, which formed the foundation stock of the present breed.

It is believed that the Boston Terrier was originally bred as a fighting dog and also to control vermin in the outbuildings and livery stables. Later selective breeding created a more refined dog, which is the Boston Terrier of today.

In 1891 the Boston Terrier Club of America was founded and in 1893 the breed was recognised by the American Kennel Club. The breed first arrived in Great Britain in the early 1920's.

Today's Boston Terrier is a dog which still has the interests of a terrier at heart and is determined and active with plenty of character. It is an ideal breed for a town house or flat, but requires regular exercise.

Rosamund Walters.

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