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Boston Terrier

Origin: U.S.A.

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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Male 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)
Short, smooth and fine.
Brindle, seal or black, all with white markings, giving him his distinctive "tuxedo" look.

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 Boston Terrier's size, temperament, ease of upkeep and overall good looks endear him to many. Keen, intelligent, active and biddable, he has the uncanny ability to mirror his owner's moods. Many retain the spunky attitude of the typical terrier. The Boston has a sense of humor and can be quite playful, yet he will settle down nicely when his owner is ready to relax. Affectionate and sensitive, he is a friend and playmate to people of all ages.
At home: 
The Boston is a dog who can adapt to almost any type of home and thrive in it, whether it's urban, suburban, or rural. They are not equipped to withstand extremes in temperature - their short coats make them intolerant of too much cold, and their short muzzles make them intolerant of too much heat. Their short faces also add to their tendency to snore and drool. Boston Terriers were bred to be companions and will not do well if left alone for long periods. Their terrier-like tenacity may become apparent when securing the best spot on the sofa.
The Boston is an active dog who loves to play and get out and about, but his exercise needs aren't as great as those of larger, high-energy breeds. A few walks around the block to stretch his legs and say hello will suit him fine, and several play sessions a day will keep his mind and body occupied.
The Boston is a quick and eager learner who takes well to training. Because of his playful nature, he has a tendency to jump up on people, but basic training using positive methods will help a Boston become well mannered.
Bostons do well with children and often become their tireless companions, as long as the children are taught the correct way to handle a dog. They make ideal pets for people of all ages and also get along well with dogs, cats, and other family pets.
The average life span of the Boston Terrier is about 15 years. Health problems associated with the breed include brachycephalic syndrome; difficulty whelping because of the small pelvis; eye problems; flatulence; and patellar luxation.
Fun fact: 

The first Bostons registered in the AKC Stud Book Volume X, 1893, were named Hector, Dixie, Punch and Brindle Mike.

Grooming blurb: 
His short, sleek coat is a breeze to keep clean with a fine brush and a brisk rub with a soft cloth. The wrinkles and delicate skin on his face need attention because they attract dirt and dust that can accumulate and aggravate them.
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