History: The Boston Terrier originated in the United States around the 1800’s. It was one of the first breeds created in the U.S. but there are disagreements on how the breed came to be. Some say the Boston Terrier is the descendants of the Boxer, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Bull Terrier, and American Pit Bull terrier while others believe they are descendants of the white English Terrier and the English Bulldog. Regardless, the breed became popular and was the first American breed to be recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The Boston Terrier was chosen as the bicentennial dog of the U.S. and later, named the official state dog of Massachusetts.
Temperament: The Boston Terrier is an intelligent, gentle, and lively dog. They are commonly referred to as the “American Gentleman” and typically even-tempered. This breed needs a persistent owner because the can be stubborn at times. They get along with almost everyone, including children and other dogs when properly socialized. They have a moderate activity level and a daily walk is recommended to help relieve some of that energy. Because they have their stubborn side to them, early obedience training and socialization will help to ensure you have a well-mannered Boston terrier and make sure they are getting the physical and mental exercise they need.
Health/Grooming: The Boston Terrier is easy to groom with the smooth, fine coat. It is recommended that you brush them weekly and give an occasional bath when necessary. Their coat does shed, brushing regularly will help to control and keep it at a minimum. Because the Boston Terrier has such large and prominent eyes, it is important to keep their face clean by washing it every day. Check for any signs of irritation or infection around their eyes to make sure they are saying clean and healthy. This breed may be more prone to health issues such as cataracts, cherry eye, brachycephalic syndrome, deafness, and patellar luxation. Be sure that your breeder shows results for OFA and CERF clearances.