Boston Terrier: Breed History and Origin
The history of the Boston Terrier breed dates back to the 19th century, when in Robert Boston (Massachusetts) Robert Hopper started a bull-and-terrier that covered his neighbor's dog. Puppies - the fruit of this love - became the progenitors of the Boston Terrier breed. Since all puppies had rounded heads, initially these dogs were christened “round-headed boules”.
The Boston Terrier breed has developed rapidly. Already in 1878, these dogs took part in exhibitions (like bull terriers), later they were assigned to a separate category of round-headed bull terriers. Initially, dogs were called "American Bull Terriers" and only then renamed to "Boston Terrier." The first pedigree club was created only in 1881, and the Boston Terrier was recognized as an independent breed in 1893.
Breeders worked on the breed: Boston Terriers were crossed with Old English Terriers, English and French Bulldogs (which at that time were different from modern representatives of these breeds), boxers, bull terriers and pit bulls. This mix of bloods gave Boston Terriers more elegance and created a unique set of features.
In the 20s of the 20th century, these dogs were at the peak of popularity, having won the hearts of wealthy ladies, Boston Terriers were dubbed "gentlemen from Boston." And in the 30s, Boston Terriers accounted for about a third of the participants in all exhibitions in the United States.
Boston Terriers became the first officially recognized breed of the USA, and Americans are proud of these dogs.Until now, in America, Boston Terriers have a strong place in the list of 25 most popular breeds. But in Europe, Boston Terriers are not widespread.
Modern dogs of the Boston Terrier breed are distinguished by elegance, intelligence and are excellent companions.
In the photo: Boston Terrier. Photo: akc.org