the History Of The Boston Terrier Dog Breed

The of the Boston parallels the history of the new Americans descended from European colonists. In the 1800’s, new America was trying to find their own identity not only in their place in the world, but in their own homes. They wanted to take the best of the European dogs they were familiar with, but change it a bit to make the dog more American like they were. They wanted a companion in the home.

Dogs were already well established in North America by the time the very first European settlers arrived. However, anything having to do with the Native Americans was seen as shocking, savage and unfamiliar. So the Native American dogs, along with their owners, were ostracized from new America. Boston was one of the biggest shipping towns in New America, and still had close ties to Europe. Therefore, the Boston came from predominately European bulldog lines.

The founding sire of the Boston Terrier breed is thought to have been a jaunty little dog called Hooper’s Judge, owned by Robert C. Hooper of Boston, who bought him in 1870. This pivotal dog was imported from England and made a big impression on not just the female dogs of Boston, but their owners as well. He was thirty-two pounds, which is a lot heavier than the Boston Terriers of today. He also is described in old America Kennel Club records as having a well built, high-stationed body, being a dark brindle with a white blaze down the nose.

No matter what kind of bitch Hooper’s Judge was put to, the puppies took on mostly his characteristics and not hers. Nobody spayed or neutered their dogs back then, as there was usually a need for more dogs, and no sign of the pet overpopulation problem of today. Also, veterinary medicine for dogs was pretty primitive back then. Soon, the Boston Bull Terrier was known outside of Boston.

Eventually, the determined Boston breeders got the dog they wanted. This Boston Bull Terrier or Boston Bull was about fifteen to twenty five pounds, had a naturally short tail and had an evenly proportioned amount of white with the colors black, seal or brindle. The breed has gone through many name changes to get to the Boston Terrier name we have today. The American Kennel Club recognized them as a distinct breed in 1893.

The future of the Boston Terrier looks very good, because there has been just as much attention to breeding a good temperament as there has been to breeding cute looks. There have been attempts to make a teacup sized Boston Terrier, but they are frowned on because of health concerns. The current Boston Terrier is small enough for apartment life, but resilient enough for roughhousing. There have been popular designer dog breeds based on crossing with Bostons, such as the Boston Spaniel (a cross with a Cocker Spaniel).

For more facts and info on the Boston Terriers or a full list of dog breeds take a look at this Dog Training website.

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    • Style 7
    • March 13, 2017

    please help me guys. i want to get a pug. if i keep it in my room . how can i potty traing him? . i have no experience in keeping a dog inside my house…
    i dont want to keep him outiside with my other dog. She is a huge Gsd.

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    • Eva Dudaite
    • March 13, 2017

    Animal Planet what dogs dont drop theyre fur all around the place,theyre big ,friendly?

    • Danny Barnett
    • March 13, 2017

    i love pugs

    • Suen Zhong
    • March 13, 2017

    Bred to be cute at the trade-off of have breathing problems and eye popping issues? This is why I probably won't buy a pure breed….

    • Kirk Reinhold
    • March 13, 2017

    i dont like pugs but i love the facts and stuff you do

    • DRskeleton654
    • March 13, 2017

    my family have a pug that is technically my sisters, she only wanted him because he is "cute", being aware of all the genetic defects of pug im outright against with our family having a pug and refuse to support the breed. but they got the pug anyways.

    throughout his life he had issues with his eyes clouding 3 times, and his constant panting is really sad to hear. other than that hes pretty energetic and fit for a pug. he always plays tag with our golden retriever and annoys my senior pomeranian/chihuahua mix. even though the pug is my sister's dog and my golden is my mum's they always preffer to sleep in my room, especially the pug. hes really attached to me. every night at the same time he always runs up the stair and always waited on top of the stair for me. it always made me laugh at how the pug is more attached to me rather than my sister even tho hes technically my sisters dog.

    coming from indonesia, dogs are not treated as well as they do in western country. but our dog's lifestyle is that of similar of those in the western country. in indonesia, people treat their dog like trash and a source of income, but one thing that always seem to annoy me is that people there always try to reason with me to breed my dog for the sake of seeing puppies or for profit, especially the pug, i always refused because im against breeding purebred animals because im aware of their genetic defects. it would make me a horrible person if i bred them anyway knowing their puppies will have defects and end up in terrible homes.

    when me and my sister had to leave for uni out of country, my parents took care of the dogs, i told my mum and dad everything she needs to know about taking care of the pug because of the pugs special case of health problem. what kinda made me sad is that although all the dog sleeps in my parents room now, the pug never budged and waited for me to the point where he sleeps on the stair. so i told my mum to move his bed into my parents room and place his bed ontop of a short desk. as of that now he goes and sleep in my parents room now because i told my mum that he likes soft places and very insecure sleeping on ground level.

    the dog are doing fine now. the pug is acclimated and my parents send me videos every week on the dogs. and i always ask my mum whether she has cleaned the pugs nose or not. but if i had to choose whether i want to have another pug or not. the answer is still no regardless. even tho they are nice dogs with good personality, i dont want a dog who has large number of health issues and having difficulty doing something that is simple as breathing for most of its life, so if my future family ever wanted a pug. they know my answer

    • Keinbernd
    • March 13, 2017

    They are so fucking ugly.

    • Fanni Nurmi
    • March 13, 2017

    i dont know if i want to have a pug or a golden retviver…ughhhhh!!!! i cant decide!!!!

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    • March 13, 2017

    I love, love and love pugs.  (:                                 They are so cute.      OMG   OMG   OMG   OMG   OMG

    • Mr Dube
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    • March 13, 2017

    Homer Jay, Doug the Pug… Pugs are famous all over the internet 🙂

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