Boston Terriers are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world. They have been used since ancient times as guard dogs, hunting companions, and even pets. Today they are considered one of the best working dogs in the world. Boston terriers were bred from Beagles and Pembrokes which had similar characteristics but were smaller than their larger cousins. These small size made them ideal for guarding livestock or other animals while still being able to hunt game at a distance.
The breed was originally called “Beowulf” because it resembled the legendary hero’s fierce fighting skills. The name was changed when it became apparent that there wasn’t enough interest in keeping the breed pure so they decided to call them something else.
Some say that the original name was “Bolivar”, but this is disputed since Bolivar didn’t originate from any place in South America.
Today, the Boston terrier is known for its loyalty, courage, and intelligence. They are very good watchdogs and do well in a variety of environments.
Their coat is short and dense making them extremely hardy creatures. There are several different colors that can be found among these dogs including black, chocolate browns, reds, whites, tan and cream hues. They typically have a white blaze on their chest and a white tipped tail. They shed little to no fur and make great pets for homes with people that are allergic to most dogs.
The American Kennel Club describes the breed like this, “The Boston Terrier is spirited, lively and inquisitive, alert and fearless, though not hostile. It is absolutely trustworthy with children and makes an ideal pet.”
The Boston Terrier has similarities to the French Bulldog, English Bulldog, and even the Boxer. Due to their friendly nature and small size they are often used as therapy dogs in retirement homes and hospitals.
They can be prone to ear infections and dental problems so it is important that their ears are kept clean and their teeth are brushed.
One of the most famous fictional boston terriers was Mr. Smith, from the movie “Mr.
& Mrs. Smith”. He was the dog version of John Doe’s sidekick in the movie. Mr. Smith was actually a female dog but was castrated so she would be more passive. If you decide to adopt one of these dogs make sure you are prepared for their high energy level and small size.
The Boston Terrier mix is very common in shelters and rescues throughout the United States. There are many reasons for this including the fact that people don’t understand the traits of the breed and end up giving them up.
There are also many irresponsible breeders that churn out mixed breeds in puppy mills and sell them to unsuspecting customers.
One of these mixes is the Boston Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier mix. These mixes are often sold as “Pitbull Terriers” though they have little in common with the breed other than their general size and strength.
This has caused serious issues in places like the United Kingdom where the media has labeled them dangerous dogs.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a mix between an old English bulldog and the now extinct White English Terrier. The breeds used in their creation were all mixes of other breeds to begin with so it is hard to pin point an exact start.
The American Staffordshire Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 and had been bred down in size from the original breed. They are known as friendly, outgoing dogs that love children and are gentle with smaller animals. Because of this they are commonly used as search and rescuers.
The American Staffordshire Terrier typically weighs between 50 and 70 pounds and stands 23 to 27 inches tall. They are a muscular dog with short coats in the colors of fawn, red, or brindle.
They have short, almost vertical faces with small noses. Their ears are cropped and their tails are docked.
The American Pitbull Terrier is a mix of the original English Bulldog and the now extinct Old English Terrier. These dogs were bred down in size from the original Bull and Terrier breeds used in their creation.
They were brought over to the United States by Irish immigrants in the 1800’s. These immigrants used these dogs as farm dogs and named them after the American Pit Bull Terrier. It wasn’t until the 1980’s when these dogs achieved their popularity in the United States.
The American Pitbull Terrier is a medium sized dog with a muscular build and a short coat. The colors of the coat are usually white or fawn, with red or yellow markings and a black mask and may also have black tips on their tails and ears.
Their ears are typically cropped and their tails are traditionally docked.
The American Bulldog is a large breed of dog that is a cross between the English Bulldog and the Mastiff. The breed was originally used for stock breeding and in the United States they were used to help reduce the wolf population.
The breed is known to be intelligent and confident with an even temperament making them good around children and other dogs. They can excel in dog sports such as weight pulling, agility, and obedience. They also make good search and rescue dogs.
The American Bulldog is a large breed of dog that is very muscular with heavy bones. They have short coats in the colors of gray, white, red, fawn, or brindle.
They often have a marking across their faces that resemble an ‘M’. Their ears are moderately long with hanging ears and their tails are either bobbed or screwed.
The American Bulldog weighs between 55 and 90 pounds and stands 22 to 28 inches tall. They have broad heads, wide skulls, short noses, and a wide jaw.
Their jaws are powerful and have a scissor bite. Their coats are short with little to no undercoat.
The Fila Brasileiro or Brazilian Mastiff is a Molosser breed of dog that was bred in Brazil for animal hunting, guarding of property, and protection. They are a large and solidly built dog that is heavier than it looks.
Similar to the English Mastiff, they have a natural intimidating stature and are calm but extremely loyal to their one master. In the early twentieth-century they were used for bear hunting. Today they are mainly used as guard dogs or protection dogs.
The Brazilian Mastiff is a large dog that is heavy boned with a solid muscular body. Their shoulders are broad and their legs muscular.
Their heads are broad with drop ears. Their tails are either curled or screwed and their coats short and stiff. They have dark eyes and noses, which often creates a frown/snarl look on their face. Their coats are either fawn, black, or brindle.
The Irish Wolfhound is a giant breed of dog that was bred to hunt wolves back in Ireland. They were taller than most horses when stood on their back legs and are the tallest breed of dog today.
They have a long, deep chest, long legs, and a long back. Their heads are long with long muzzles and their ears are pointed. The Irish Wolfhound is gentle natured and intelligent but is often used as a guard dog by some families. They rarely bark but will howl instead.
The Irish Wolfhound stands between 30 and 35 inches tall and weighs between 100 and 130 pounds. Their coat is thick and can be fawn, gray, or black in color.
They have deep chests, long legs, and long muzzles with large teeth. Their drop ears are long and drooping.
The Cane Corso is a large breed of dog that was bred to hunt boar and wild bear in Italy. They are large and muscular dogs that are shorter than they are tall.
They have a small narrow head, a wide muzzle, and small eyes. The Cane Corso is a powerful yet calm breed that loves children and behave well around other dogs. They are protective of their property and those they care about but are not aggressive unless provoked.
The Cane Corso is a large dog with a body that is slightly longer than it is tall. They have small heads with large jaws, small eyes, and wide muzzles.
Their ears are small to medium in size and drop down. Their coats are short and glossy with colors such as white, black, brown, fawn, and brindle.
The Caucasian Ovcharka is a large and powerful breed of dog that was bred for livestock herding in the country of Georgia. They have powerful bodies that are taller at the shoulder than they are long.
They have large and broad heads with a strong muzzle, a scissors bite, and dark eyes. They have thick double coats that can be white, reddish tan, or black pigmented. Their ears are long and prick. The Caucasian Shepherd is a protective breed that is both territorial and loyal to their owner. They are calm dogs but will act if provoked or to protect their owner and family. They get on well with children when they are raised with them.
The Kuvasz is a large dog that was bred to be a livestock guardian dog in Hungary. They have strong bodies with broad chests and strong legs.
Their heads are rectangular with strong jaws, prominent muzzles, and drop ears. The Kuvasz is calm, confident, and obedient. It is protective of those it cares about but does not naturally show aggression towards strangers. It gets along well with children when raised with them from puppyhood. The Kuvasz is slow to develop but quick and smart when it grows up.
The Newfoundland was bred to help fishermen in Canada pull in nets, haul things from the shore, and help people aboard their boats. They are large dogs with a thick and Water-resistant double coat, a broad head, and a strong jaw.
They are calm, obedient, and good-natured. They enjoy being around people and are fun-loving. The Newfoundland does not like to show aggression but is protective of those it cares about.
The Rottweiler was bred to herd livestock and pull carts in Germany. They are large dogs with a strong body and a powerful head.
Their heads are broad, their jaws are well defined, and their coats are short and smooth. They have dark eyes and drop ears that hang down. The Rottweiler is territorial, courageous, and obedient. They are calm and well behaved when not provoked and are good with children if raised with them. They are often used as guard dogs.
The Doberman Pinscher is a breed of dog that was originally bred to be a guard dog in Germany. They are compact dogs with a powerful body, a black coat, and a mask of darker color on their faces.
Their heads are shaped like wedges and their muzzles are pointed. They have large teeth and dark eyes. The Doberman is confident, alert, and obedient. It is a natural guard dog but is also commonly used as a companion dog due to its loyalty and faithfulness. They behave well around children when raised with them.
The German Shepherd is a breed of dog that was originally bred in Germany to herd both animals and people. They are long and muscular with an distinctive coat and features.
Their heads are shaped like triangles, their ears are large and triangular, and their muzzles are long. They have strong jaws and a powerful bite. The German Shepherd is intelligent, willful, and independent. They behave well around children when trained but can be aggressive with other dogs.
The Boxer was bred in Germany as a working dog that could herd cattle and pull carts. They are medium-sized dogs with a muscular body and a short coat that is fairly smooth.
Their heads are blocky, their jaws are powerful, and their muzzles are blunt. The Boxer is playful, energetic, and affectionate. They behave well around children when trained but can be impatient with other dogs.
The Chihuahua is a tiny breed of dog that originates from Mexico. They have a long body, small legs, a thin neck, a large head, and large ears.
Their heads are flat, their muzzles are short, and their teeth have an undershot bite. The Chihuahua is clever, curious, and full of energy. They behave well around children when raised with them but are commonly aggressive with other dogs.
The Poodle is a breed of dog that was originally bred in Germany from Water Dogs and herding dogs. They are medium-sized dogs with a solid build and curly hair.
Their heads are wedge-shaped, their teeth have an undershot bite, and their ears are large and erect. The Poodle is clever, graceful, and playful. They are commonly used as service animals for blind people due to their intelligence and keen sense of hearing.
Purchase your purebred from a Kennel
You will need to go to a kennel to get your dog. You will have to choose which one you think will be best suited to you.
The Kennel club offers a wide variety of breeds to chose from.
Advantages: Good selection of dogs Affordable breeders
Disadvantages: Bad reputation for business practices Questionable breeding standards
Local Breeders Club
The Local Breeders club offers a wide variety of breeds to chose from.
Advantages: Good selection of dogs Wide range of prices Affordable breeders
Disadvantages: Somewhat limited selection
City Dogs Kennel Club
The City Dogs Kennel Club offers a wide variety of breeds to chose from.
Advantages: Good selection of dogs Well-respected breeder Network
Disadvantages: Somewhat limited selection Questionable breeding standards
Choose a breed
Now that you have chosen a kennel club, you will need to choose a breed. You can look at the different breeds on your own or take the help of a clerk at your Kennel Club to help you make a decision.
Whichever you choose, it is important to do your research before making your final choice.
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The joy of breeding your own show dog by J Mooallem – The New York Times Magazine, 2007
A matter of breeding: a biting history of pedigree dogs and how the quest for status has harmed Man’s best friend by A Seranne – 2004 – books.google.com