Boston Terrier 101: Breed History

Dogs were already in America when the colonists came, but the colonists did not like them. The was created to fill the need of a companion dog. The Boston Terrier was developed from French and English Bulldog stock. The native dogs of America did not fit the bill for America. They are smaller, different colors and have a different shaped head – but always friendly.

Although not colored red, white and blue, Boston Terriers are the all-American dog. They were developed in the city of Boston, as their name suggests, and then spread out across the nation and the world. They are very much like the American owners who developed them. The Boston Terrier was not in America when the colonists arrived. They were developed from dogs brought over and imported from Europe.

The Boston Terrier was bred first and foremost to be a companion to man, woman and child. This has resulted in a more renowned for its good temperament than its cute looks. The Boston Terrier has gone through a lot of changes over the hundred and fifty years or so of it’s existence. Both his size and color have gone through a lot of changes. But through it all, it has kept a sunny disposition. He truly earns his nickname of The American Gentleman.

There were dogs already in North America living with the Native Americans, but they were not the kind of dogs the European colonists were used to. Also, the Native American dogs were still half-wild and independent. The young country of America, although proud of their American-ness, also yearned for some of the comforts of the old country. One of these comforts was for a companion dog based on Bulldog stock.

Bulldogs, although developed for fighting bulls and other dogs, are incredibly friendly with people. This is probably because they turned to people as their pack members instead of other dogs. This is a trait in many Bulldog varieties, including the French Bulldog and English Bulldog, which were used in the Boston Terrier’s creation. One of the old names of the Boston Terrier was the Boston Bull. Recently, bull in a breed name has gotten a bad reputation so the Bull part has been replaced by Terrier.

The Boston dog breeders first developed the Old English Bulldogge, which is a far larger dog of solid colors and a round head. The founding father of the Boston Terrier is considered to be the English import Hooper’s Judge, which was bought by Richard C. Hooper of Boston in 1870. Smaller dogs were favored and kept in the breeding program. The Boston Terrier became a familiar sight in the fashionable homes of the North East as early as 1889.

The breed as we recognize it today wasn’t seen until about 1900. That was when top breeders formally set down their breed standard. Although there were strict physical standards for a Boston Terrier to make it in the show ring, there were also strict standards on temperament. Although some outright mean dogs in other breeds have won in the show ring, this has not happened with Bostons. They are always ready, willing and able to be part of the family.

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* The Jack Russell terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting; it is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated. It is commonly confused with the Parson Russell terrier (see the American Kennel Club) and the Russell terrier, which is a shorter-legged, stockier variety. (Within the Fédération Cynologique Internationale the “Russell terrier” is also known as “Jack Russell terrier.”) The term “Jack Russell” is commonly misapplied to other small white terriers.
The Jack Russell is a broad type, with a size range of 10–15 inches (25–38 cm). The Parson Russell is limited only to a middle range with a standard size of 12–14 inches (30–36 cm), while the Russell terrier is smaller at 8–12 inches (20–30 cm). Each breed has different physical proportions according to the standards of their breed clubs.
The Jack Russell is an energetic breed that relies on a high level of exercise and stimulation and is relatively free from serious health complaints. Originating from dogs bred and used by Reverend John Russell in the early 19th century, it has similar origins to the modern Fox terrier. It has gone through several changes over the years corresponding to different use and breed standards set by kennel clubs. Recognition by kennel clubs for the Jack Russell breed has been opposed by the breed’s parent societies — which resulted in the breeding and recognition of the Parson Russell terrier. Jack Russells have appeared many times in film, television and print with several historical dogs of note.

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    • Sammie Dale
    • December 17, 2016

    i had a small pure white jack, and i she had to wear sunscreen even in winter! :)

    • Danielle Commerford
    • December 17, 2016

    my jack russells ears stick up lol

    • Marshall Cato
    • December 17, 2016

    I love Jack Russells. They are some funny, hyper active dogs. Wish I can find one. Love when they go nuts.

    • AkameTheNinjaDog
    • December 17, 2016

    Well my jack Russell is a bit messed up she has stick up ears and my cousins German Shepard had floppy ears XD

    • Ghoul Animation
    • December 17, 2016

    I have a wiener dog mixed with a jack Russell terrier. She is 4 months old, and she also likes to run around her fastest for the longest and not get tired. She also likes to bite. Lol

    • S
    • December 17, 2016

    I have a mini jack Russell her name is madi

    • Alexx H
    • December 17, 2016

    I will never own a Jack Russell. They're too hyperactive. I hate hyperactive dogs.

    • Carla Marin
    • December 16, 2016

    I know many suggest not having this breed for "first time owners" and for those who live in apartments but adopting a JRT was probably the best decision I've ever made. Mine is so loving, caring, sweet. It's the best!!

    • Hannah Sheldon
    • December 16, 2016

    Am I the only one with a docile jack Russell? Mine has always been laid back, not super jumpy and yippy.

    • HAHS Mokas
    • December 16, 2016

    I go to my grandma's house and the jack Russell loves me.He licks my face,always.But he barks loud af.

    • Joninkin
    • December 16, 2016

    Mine is mixed with Australian Cattle Dog! The thing is crazy as! Does not ever stop moving haha! Most energetic dog I have ever seen.

    • Makena Nicole
    • December 16, 2016

    I have 3 jack Russell terriers

    • losttribe3001
    • December 16, 2016

    My Bullshit Meter went off when they claimed it went to a gravestone with the same name as his bred.

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