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The Boston Terrier

ANKC Standard

(from http://www.ankc.org.au/home/breeds_details.asp?bid=182 )

Group: Group 7 (Non Sporting)

General Appearance: The Boston Terrier is a lively, highly intelligent, smooth coated, short headed, compactly built, short-tailed, well balanced dog, brindle, seal or black in colour and evenly marked with white. The head is in proportion to the size of the dog and the expression indicates a high degree of intelligence.

The body is rather short and well knit, the limbs strong and neatly turned, the tail is short and no feature is so prominent that the dog appears badly proportioned. The dog conveys an impression of determination, strength and activity, with style of a high order; carriage easy and graceful. A proportionate combination of "Colour and White Markings" is a particularly distinctive feature of a representative specimen.

"Balance, Expression, Colour and White Markings" should be given particular consideration in determining the relative value of GENERAL APPEARANCE to other points.

Proportions, Substance: The length of leg must balance with the length of body to give the Boston Terrier its striking square appearance. The Boston Terrier is a sturdy dog and must not appear to be either spindly or coarse. The bone and muscle must be in proportion as well as an enhancement to the dog's weight and structure.

Fault: Blocky or chunky in appearance.

Influence of Sex: In a comparison of specimens of each sex, the only evident difference is a slight refinement in the bitch's conformation.

Characteristics: Summary: The clean-cut, short backed body of the Boston Terrier coupled with the unique characteristics of his square head and jaw, and his striking markings have resulted in a most dapper and charming American original: The Boston Terrier.

Temperament: The Boston Terrier is a friendly and lively dog. The breed has an excellent disposition and a high degree of intelligence, which makes the Boston Terrier an incomparable companion.

Head And Skull: The skull is square, flat on top, free from wrinkles, cheeks flat, brow abrupt and the stop well defined. The ideal Boston Terrier expression is alert and kind, indicating a high degree of intelligence. This is a most important characteristic of the breed. The muzzle is short, square, wide and deep and in proportion to the skull. It is free from wrinkles, shorter in length than in width or depth; not exceeding in length approximately one-third of the length of the skull. The muzzle from stop to end of the nose is parallel to the top of the skull. The nose is black and wide, with a well defined line between the nostrils.

Disqualify: Dudley nose. Fault: Pinched or wide nostrils.

Eyes: The eyes are wide apart, large and round and dark in colour. The eyes are set square in the skull and the outside corners are on a line with the cheeks as viewed from the front.

Disqualify: Eyes blue in colour or any trace of blue.

Fault: Eyes showing too much white or haw.

Ears: The ears are small, carried erect, either natural or cropped to conform to the shape of the head and situated as near to the corners of the skull as possible. [Note: Dogs with cropped ears cannot be exhibited in Australia.]

Mouth: The jaw is broad and square with short regular teeth. The bite is even or sufficiently undershot to square the muzzle. The chops are of good depth, but not pendulous, completely covering the teeth when the mouth is closed.

Serious Faults: Wry mouth; any showing of the tongue or teeth when the mouth is closed.

Neck: The length of neck must display an image of balance to the total dog. It is slightly arched, carrying the head gracefully and setting neatly into the shoulders.

Forequarters: The shoulders are sloping and well laid back, which allows for the Boston Terrier's stylish movement. The elbows stand neither in nor out. The forelegs are set moderately wide apart and on a line with the upper tip of the shoulder blades. The forelegs are straight in bone with short, strong pasterns. The dewclaws may be removed.

Fault: Legs lacking in substance.

Body: The back is just short enough to square the body. The topline is level and the rump curves slightly to the set-on of the tail. The chest is deep with good width, ribs well sprung and carried well back to the loins. The body should appear short.

Serious Faults: Roach back, sway back, slab-sided.

Hindquarters: The thighs are strong and well muscled, bent at the stifles and set true. The hocks are short to the feet, turning neither in nor out, with a well defined hock joint.

Fault: Straight in stifle.

Feet: Front feet are small, round and compact, turned neither in nor out, with well arched toes and short nails.

Hind feet are small and compact with short nails.

Fault: Splay feet.

Tail: The tail is set on low, short, fine and tapering, straight or screw and must not be carried above the horizontal.

(Note: The preferred tail does not exceed in length more than one-quarter the distance from set-on to hock.)

Disqualify: Docked tail. Fault: Gaily carried tail.

Gait/Movement: The gait of the Boston Terrier is that of a sure footed, straight gaited dog, forelegs and hindlegs moving straight ahead in line with perfect rhythm, each step indicating grace and power.

Faults: There will be no rolling, paddling, or weaving when gaited. Hackney gait.

Serious Faults: Any crossing movement, either front or rear.

Coat: The coat is short, smooth, bright and fine in texture.

Colour: Brindle, seal, or black with white markings. Brindle is preferred ONLY if all other qualities are equal. (Note: SEAL DEFINED. Seal appears black except it has a red cast when viewed in the sun or bright light.)

Disqualify: Solid black, solid brindle or solid seal without required white markings. Grey or liver colours.

Required Markings: White muzzle band, white blaze between the eyes, white forechest.

Desired Markings: White muzzle band, even white blaze between the eyes and over the head, white collar, white forechest, white on part or whole of forelegs and hindlegs below the hocks. (Note: A representative specimen should not be penalised for not possessing "Desired Markings".)

A dog with a preponderance of white on the head or body must possess sufficient merit otherwise to counteract its deficiencies.

Sizes: Weight not to exceed 11.4 kg (25 lbs).

Faults: Disqualifying:

Eyes blue in colour or any trace of blue.

Dudley nose.

Docked tail.

Solid black, solid brindle, or solid seal without required markings.

Grey or liver colours.

Serious Faults:

Any showing of the tongue or teeth when the mouth is closed.

Wry mouth.

Roach back, sway back, slab-sided.

Any crossing movement, either front or rear.

Faults:

Eyes showing too much white or haw.

Pinched or wide nostrils.

Size of ears out of proportion to the size of the head.

Legs lacking in substance; splay feet.

Straight in stifle.

Gaily carried tail.

There will be no rolling, paddling, or weaving when gaited. Hackney gait.

Scale of Points (For Interest Only):

General Appearance 10

Expression 10

Head (Muzzle, Jaw, Bite, Skull & Stop) 15

Eyes 5

Ears 5

Neck, topline, Body & Tail 15

Forequarters 10

Hindquarters 10

Feet 5

Colour, Coat & Markings 5

Gait 10

Total 100

QUESTIONS

1. What is my relationship with the breed? (ie breeder, first time owner etc)

2. Where and why was the breed first developed?

3. How common is it in Australia?

4. What is the average lifespan?

5. What is the general temperament/personality?

6. How much daily exercise is needed for the average adult?

7. Is it a breed that a first time dog owner could easily cope with?

8. Can solo dogs of this breed easily occupy themselves for long periods?

9. How much grooming is required?

10. Is it too boisterous for very small children or for infirm people (unless the dog is well trained)?

11. Are there any common hereditary problems a puppy buyer should be aware of?

12. When buying a puppy, what are the things you should ask of the breeder? (eg what health tests have been done (if applicable) and what is an acceptable result to those tests so the buyer has an idea of what the result should be)

If you wish to contribute to the knowledge about this breed, please answer the above questions. (Copy and paste them into a new post).

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1. What is my relationship with the breed? (ie breeder, first time owner etc)

first time owner

2. Where and why was the breed first developed?

the breed was developed in the USA by Robert C Hooper from a cross between a white English Terrier and an english Bulldog. it was recognised as a breed by the AKC in 1893

3. How common is it in Australia?

i think it is uncommon with a long wait for puppies

4. What is the average lifespan?

12-15 years

5. What is the general temperament/personality?

terrific dogs, intelligent and comical. very clean dogs and are bred as companion animals now, although there is a rumour that they were once bred to fight. they need to be inside dogs as the don't tolerate the heat or cold very well.

6. How much daily exercise is needed for the average adult?

they don't need much physical exercise but they do need mental stimulation

7. Is it a breed that a first time dog owner could easily cope with?

yes as long as they are prepared to have an inside dog

8. Can solo dogs of this breed easily occupy themselves for long periods?

yes. they do want human company though

9. How much grooming is required?

very little, a bath monthly and a brush weekly

10. Is it too boisterous for very small children or for infirm people (unless the dog is well trained)?

i wouldn't recommend them for small children or the elderly as they have a habit of doing zoomies and they pay no attention to what is in their way when doing them. they could easily bowl over kids.

11. Are there any common hereditary problems a puppy buyer should be aware of?

i am not sure if all of the following are hereditary but they are common to Bostons, Glaucoma, Juvenile Cataracts, Patellar Luxation, Hemivertebrae, brachycephalic syndrome, demonodectic mange

12. When buying a puppy, what are the things you should ask of the breeder? (eg what health tests have been done (if applicable) and what is an acceptable result to those tests so the buyer has an idea of what the result should be)

health tests for PRA, CERF, also, check teeth and knees. because they are a brachy breed a responsible breeder is important.

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MYSQL   

Im currently on the lookout for an adult Boston for a friend who will offer an amazing home as an only dog & was wondering what the likelyhood of finding a retired show/breeding dog ( will be desexed ) do they ever become available? & if so are they a breed that will adapt well to a change of home as an adult?

Thanks for any replies :grouphug:

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2. Where and why was the breed first developed?

the breed was developed in the USA by Robert C Hooper from a cross between a white English Terrier and an english Bulldog. it was recognised as a breed by the AKC in 1893

For what purpose eg ratting? Thanks in advance.

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What are they like with larger breed dogs? We have an american staffy, could they live with one easily? Also re socialisation, how much do they need? Are they a naturally friendly dog? Just like a bit of info on personality and the way they work in a pack.

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2. Where and why was the breed first developed?

the breed was developed in the USA by Robert C Hooper from a cross between a white English Terrier and an english Bulldog. it was recognised as a breed by the AKC in 1893

For what purpose eg ratting? Thanks in advance.

no not ratting, there is a rumour they were originally used in dog fighting pits

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What are they like with larger breed dogs? We have an american staffy, could they live with one easily? Also re socialisation, how much do they need? Are they a naturally friendly dog? Just like a bit of info on personality and the way they work in a pack.

they are very people focused. my dog is on her own, ie no other dogs, and she likes this. she doesn't really care about other dogs.

they are tough nuggety little dogs who think they are bigger than they are. the only area you might need to watch is their eyes because they protrude and you need to be a bit careful with them.

they are a brachy breed and therefore need to be kept cool in summer. my dog doesn't care for the cold either.

any pack will work if you show good leadership which Boston's love.

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They sound great, roughly how much do they cost from a reputable breeder and how long would you expect to wait?

you can wait up to 2-3 years and the cost can be up to $2500.

there are not a lot of breeders and the litters are small.

research breeders, find the one you like and put your name on their waiting list. you can also ask them when they are planning their next litter and they may be able to tell you. however, they may have a full waiting list for that litter.

keep in contact with the breeder while you are waiting so they know you are serious and still want a puppy.

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cazzie   

1. What is my relationship with the breed? (ie breeder, first time owner etc)

have been owned by Bostons for over 20 yrs .. and love showing them ♥

will be having my 1st litter this year ☺

2. Where and why was the breed first developed?

The Boston is nicknamed the American gentleman among dogs because of his characteristically gentle disposition. The breed is a true American creation, resulting from a cross between an English Bulldog and a white English Terrier. (the same 2 breeds as the Staffy comes from ). About 1870 William O'Brien of Boston sold an imported dog named "Judge" to Robert C. Hooper, also of Boston. This dog was commonly known as "Hooper's Judge" and became the ancestor of almost all true modern Boston Terriers. He was mated to a white bitch owned by Edward Burnett named "Gyp" or "Kate". From that mating descended a dog named "Wells' Eph" who was bred to a bitch named "Tobin's Kate". The Boston Terrier as a breed evolved from these dogs.

as a companion breed

3. How common is it in Australia?

Uncommon.. puppies very hard to get ... need to be patient if wanting one

4. What is the average lifespan?

12 - 15yrs

5. What is the general temperament/personality?

Boston Terriers were bred to be companion dogs and they are just that. They quickly become a part of the family and are most happy when they are in the company of family members. They do well around children, adults and even other pets. The Boston Terriers is an excellent house dog, being a nice medium size dog that can be joy to have around. They are very active dogs that love to play, very affectionate, delightful, intelligent, stylish, sturdy, handsome, elegant, loving, loyal, and most of all—an extraordinary companion dog.

6. How much daily exercise is needed for the average adult?

Not alot a short walk daily is all they need.

7. Is it a breed that a first time dog owner could easily cope with?

They are highly intelligent and learn quickly. They enjoy showing off in the conformation ring and do very well in Obedience, Therapy work, and performance events (Agility, Flyball and even Weight pulling!) Bostons excel in many roles. A Boston Terrier can be a child's rough and tumble best buddy, or a senior citizen's soulmate and confidante. Most of all they excell at being your "best friend"!

However, they are not for everyone.

Bostons require a lot of time and attention. They are and have been bred to be companions. They will langusih without human contact. They are not "outside" dogs

8. Can solo dogs of this breed easily occupy themselves for long periods?

They can, but i find they are better if they have company

9. How much grooming is required?

Boston Terrier will shed slightly but since they do not have an undercoat, the hairs are short and usually not a problem.

A weekly brush is all they need.

10. Is it too boisterous for very small children or for infirm people (unless the dog is well trained)?

Not for really young children

11. Are there any common hereditary problems a puppy buyer should be aware of?

Juvenile Cataracts, Glaucoma , Patellar Luxation, brachycephalic syndrome.

12. When buying a puppy, what are the things you should ask of the breeder? (eg what health tests have been done (if applicable) and what is an acceptable result to those tests so the buyer has an idea of what the result should be)

to see puppies parents.

Are puppies sold with health testing done, health guarantees.

The tests that are most common for Boston Terrier's is CERF (eyes), OFA- LP (luxating patella)

Only buy from a responsible registered breeder ☺

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Oh cazzie, is Miss Maddie going to be a mum?? :)

I cant wait to see the progress, I will be lurking around when the time comes, must have pics!!

Oh wow this is so exciting!!!! ;)

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cazzie   
Oh cazzie, is Miss Maddie going to be a mum?? :)

I cant wait to see the progress, I will be lurking around when the time comes, must have pics!!

Oh wow this is so exciting!!!! ;)

Hi Naomi :)

great to cya hun

yes hopefully i'll breed her this year not sure when lol have to get brave enough .. she's my baby lol

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Hey, great to hear from you too, I've been quiet lately trying not to torture myself by looking at your beautiful Boston pics :)

Bit scared about letting her have pups? would be a very overwhelming experience but so amazing and exciting ;)

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I have just started researching breeds for my 13 yr old daughter to show,and have always loved these guys!

I love my hounds,but only one is allowed inside as the others are real food/clothes thieves :bolt:

Anyone have any suggestions on reputable breeders,we will be looking to definately show and would prefer a female as i already have 2 entire male hounds,and a terrier male may not be so great in the mix.

And will definately be an inside dog.

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cazzie   
I have just started researching breeds for my 13 yr old daughter to show,and have always loved these guys!

I love my hounds,but only one is allowed inside as the others are real food/clothes thieves :rofl:

Anyone have any suggestions on reputable breeders,we will be looking to definately show and would prefer a female as i already have 2 entire male hounds,and a terrier male may not be so great in the mix.

And will definately be an inside dog.

What state are you in hun?

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Luvmy4   
They sound great, roughly how much do they cost from a reputable breeder and how long would you expect to wait?

I was looking into them once they were $2400+ from a breeder in Gunnedah nsw they were importing seman

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Hi,

I am looking for a list of recommend breeders in Victoria.

A lot of the breeders I have found online contact details have since changed, or no longer breeding.

I will not be showing the Boston, it will be more of a family member.

So I do not necessarily need a show dog, but would feel safer with a purebred puppy with full papers and coming from a loving breeder. :laugh:

Thanks in advance

Cam

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Hi,

I am looking for a list of recommend breeders in Victoria.

A lot of the breeders I have found online contact details have since changed, or no longer breeding.

I will not be showing the Boston, it will be more of a family member.

So I do not necessarily need a show dog, but would feel safer with a purebred puppy with full papers and coming from a loving breeder. :laugh:

Thanks in advance

Cam

have you had a look here? http://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds/breede...C&Submit=Go

Edited by Jaxx'sBuddy

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Hi,

I am looking for a list of recommend breeders in Victoria.

A lot of the breeders I have found online contact details have since changed, or no longer breeding.

I will not be showing the Boston, it will be more of a family member.

So I do not necessarily need a show dog, but would feel safer with a purebred puppy with full papers and coming from a loving breeder. :thumbsup:

Thanks in advance

Cam

have you had a look here? http://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds/breede...C&Submit=Go

I have looked on there and spoken to a few breeders.

After speaking to a couple, I am going to come to the next dog show on the 31st October to meet breeders.

Looking forward to meeting some more Boston's and their owners.

If anyone is breeding in Victoria or NSW in the near future I would love to meet and talk puppies :laugh:

Thanks

C

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I own breed, show and do obedience with my Boxers, and am considering getting a second breed and one which may be more suitable as I get older.

I am hoping some breeders will contact me and help me understand the breeds strengths and weaknesses so I can make my mind up if this is the way I wish to go. Mentors please share your wisdom.

I can be contacted initially via email [email protected]

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