BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
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Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.
* The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.
15-17 inches (38.1-43 cm)
Lightunder 15 lb/7 kg,
Middleweight15 to under 20 lb/9 kg, and
Heavyweight20 to under 25 lb/11.5 kg
The Boston Terrier is one of the few dog breeds that is native to the United States and is a crossbreed between the Bulldog and the now extinct White English Terrier. From there, much inbreeding and crossbreeding was done with the Miniature Bulldog and French Bulldog. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893 and by the Canadian Kennel Club in 1888-1889. Between 1929 and 1935, the Boston Terrier was the most popular breed in the United States.
He is a friendly and lively dog, noted for his excellent disposition and high intelligence. He is kind, gentle and affectionate, a natural watchdog and a very devoted companion for people of all ages, including children. He enjoys competing in obedience, agility, flyball and tracking events.
The Boston Terrrier is a true companion, all dressed up in his tuxedo, he has earned the nickname: "The American Gentleman".
It should be noted that Bostons are indoor dogs. Their short, sleek coats do not protect them from the cold in winter and, in hot weather, their short muzzles make them susceptible to heat distress. Boston Terriers MUST be kept indoors.
If you are considering the adoption of a Boston Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)
Some of the health concerns found in the Boston Terrier breed include:
- Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BAOS) Brachycephalics refers to breeds which have a comparatively short head. Because of this, virtually all of these breeds require some work associated with breathing. Problems range in severity, with most of these breeds snuffling and snorting to some degree. While some dogs will have no other difficulties, others will have problems such as increasingly noisy breathing, coughing and gagging, fainting or collapsing episodes, and a decreased tolerance for exercise. In addition, over time, increased strain is placed on the heart. Precautions must be taken in conditions where overheating, excitement and exercise causes increased panting. This increased panting can cause further swelling and narrowing of the airways. Gastrointestinal problems causing vomiting, gagging, or aspiration pneumonia may also be due to this syndrome. A recent BTCA Health Survey indicates that over 6% of Boston Terriers are born with either stenotic nares or elongated palates (or both).
- Eye Diseases Corneal Ulcers and Prevention Corneal Ulcers are the biggest eye roblem in Boston Terriers.
- Patellar Luxation
- Deafness Deafness has been known in the Boston Terrier since the origins of the breed.
- Demodectic Mange
Recommended Health Screening:
For the Boston Terrier, the CHIC* database includes health screenings for:
- Eye Examination by a board Ophthalmologist
- Patellar Luxation
- Congenital Deafness
Additional Health Resources:
- Boston Terrier Health from the Boston Terrier Club of America
- Canine Inherited Disorders Database Boston Terrier
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- CKC Breed Standard
- AKC Breed Standard
- UKC Breed Standard
- The Kennel Club (U.K.) Breed Standard
- FCI Standard No. 140
- Grooming This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
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