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BSK Breed Index: The Boston Terrier

Life Span: 11 - 15 years

Height: 15 - 17in

Weight: 10 - 25 pounds

Litter Size: 3 - 4 puppies

Temperament: Easy Going

Intelligence: High

Classification: Non-Sporting

BSK Status: Extinct


History of The Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier was bred in Boston, Massachusetts from an English Bulldog and White English Terrier. The breed was originally bred as a vicious fighting dog that weighed up to 44 pounds. The breed we know today originated from a dog known as "Hooper's Judge" who lived around 1870. Hooper's Judge was bred with a smaller female and their offspring were bred down even further to form the modern Boston Terrier breed. The breed was accepted to the AKC in 1893 and is still a popular breed to this day.

Boston Terrier Fun Facts

  • The Boston Terrier was nicknamed the "American Gentleman" because of the breed's well mannered disposition.
  • The breed was originally going to be called the "American Bull Terrier" but Boston Terrier enthusiasts did not agree with the name.
  • The Boston Terrier was the first non-sporting breed created in America.

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