Boston Terriers have been popular since their creation a little more than a century ago.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Boston Terrier.
The origins of some dog breeds are lost in history but not the Boston Terrier. It is a cross of an English bulldog with an English terrier. The original ancestors of the breed were bred in Boston in around 1870. The Boston Terrier was later first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1897.
They were bred for pit fighting. They were much larger and heavier than they are today. They were weighing around 44 pounds. Nowadays most Boston Terriers typically weigh around half that size. After dog fighting became illegal, the breed has been shrunk to the smaller companion animal of today.
3) They love People
The Boston Terrier is people-oriented, always preferring to be with you. He’s an eager playmate for children and just as happy being a docile companion to older folks. Bred to be a companion, he’d actually be miserable without considerable time and attention from his owners. Luckily, he’s so charming and entertaining that fans of the breed are happy to have his company.
4) Smart Breed
The breed is known for being highly intelligent. They learn quickly and do well in dog sports like agility and flyball. They’re also quick to pick up tricks, although they do have a streak of terrier stubbornness. But it’s hard to stay annoyed with a Boston, especially when he looks at you with that intelligent, quizzical gaze.
5) Massachusetts State Dog
The little dogs were first created in Massachusetts, so it only makes sense for the state to honor them as their dog emblem. The breed has held the honor since 1979.
Most Bostons like a good amount of exercise, especially if it involves playtime with humans. They love a romp with the kids or a good game of Frisbee. But they're also adaptable. Compact enough to be a great city dog, the Boston Terrier is is perfectly content with walks around the neighborhood. One word of caution: Boston Terriers are brachycephalic, which means they have a flat broad nose and short upper jaw. Like other dogs in this class, they’re susceptible to overheating in humid or hot weather.
7) Guard Dogs
Despite their small size, Boston terriers are considered excellent guard dogs. They are very protective of their families and their loud bark is enough to alert their companions of danger.
8) War Hero
A Boston terrier was a WWI hero that served in the 26th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He was named Sergeant Stubby and was excellent at detecting poisonous gas and assisted with saving wounded soldiers.
9) French Bulldog Confusion
Many people confuse the looks of the French Bulldog with the Boston terrier. Although the French Bulldog and the Boston terrier may share common ancestors, there is a difference between the breeds. Boston terriers are lighter and slightly taller than the French Bulldog. One way to surely tell them apart is that Boston terriers have pointed ears and French bulldog’s don’t.
10) Ceasarian Section
Almost all Boston terrier puppies are delivered via caesarian section because of the round, large shape of their heads. It is more comfortable for the mother to avoid delivering her Boston terrier pups naturally. However, it has been accomplished.