AKC Group: Non-sporting
Height: 15-17 inches (38-43cm) (Male)
Weight: There are three weight classes: under 15 pounds (7 kg); 15 pounds (7 kg); and under 20 pounds (9 kg); and 20-25 pounds (9-11 kg) (Male)
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Named after his city of origin - Boston, Massachusetts -the Boston Terrier is as American as apple pie and baseball. In 1865, Robert C. Hooper, a resident of Boston, purchased an English Bulldog-white English Terrier cross. This mixed-breed dog, with his dark brindle color and white blaze, became known as Hooper's Judge. At the time, bulldog and terrier mixes were used for the horrific sport of dog fighting and bullbaiting, and it is believed that Hooper's Judge may have been imported from England for that very purpose. Luckily, Mother Nature had other intentions, and Hooper's Judge was bred with a white female of unknown origin. Several generations of dogs later (and probably with some French Bulldog crossings), the modern Boston Terrier was born. Because the breed possessed so fine a disposition and was free of its ancestors' fighting temperament, it gained the nickname "The American Gentleman." At the time, the breed was known by the name "Round-Headed Bull and Terrier," but by 1891, it had been renamed "Boston Terrier" and the Boston Terrier Club of America (BTCA) was formed. From 1905 to 1939, the Boston Terrier was either the first or second most popular dog in the United States, and until the 1970s, he was constantly in the top 20. His compact size and easygoing disposition keep him one of the most popular breeds of dog today.
The first Bostons registered in the AKC Stud Book Volume X, 1893, were named Hector, Dixie, Punch and Brindle Mike.