A real Yankee-Doodle-Dandy! Although he owes a little of his ancestry to the British Bulldog, the Boston Terrier actually came into being in the late nineteenth century in the eastern states of America when, in 1893, a mix of bull and terrier types produced the first pair of dogs that were to become the foundation of the breed.
Source: The Kennel Club
Links to Breed Descriptions
The Boston Terrier Club of America: About Boston Terriers
AKC Video Link
View more videos on AKC's YouTube Channel
DOMARKOMPENDIUM 2019 (Swedish)
Other Names for Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: United States
Parent breed club: Boston Terrier Club of America
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
Health, statistics, and history for the Boston Terrier
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Boston Terrier registration statistics, 2004 UK-KC Health Survey, and breed specific articles (see Downloads)
2. Finnish Kennel Club Database: Boston Terrier
Also see the JTO for multi-country registrations data: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/RotuPDF.ashx?R=140&T=2
3. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care Events.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 2)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Bostoninterrierin jalostuk sentavoiteohjelma 2014–2018 (in Finnish) (internal: bostoninterrieri.pdf)
BOSTONINTERRIERIN JALOSTUKSEN TAVOITEOHJELMA 2020–2024
UK/KC 2004 Health Survey
OFA Survey https://www.ofa.org/about/educational-resources/health-surveys / Boston Terrier Health Survey Results
Other Health-Related Information:
OFA/CHIC Tests: CHIC tests recommended by the AKC parent club, The Boston Terrier Club of America, include: Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist; Patellar Luxation; and Congenital Deafness (BAER)
The Kennel Club: Eye screening scheme (BVA/KC/ISDS) & DNA test - HC-HSF4 - Find lists of tested dogs
Nordic Clubs BSI: Bostonterrier – brachycephalic and small molossoïd breed
Areas of risk are related to toy type and brachycephaly:
General construction: Overly short body, roach back, diminutive tail, too short and flat in muzzle. Heavy and coarse head.
Breathing: Problems which can be linked to narrow respiratory channels: insufficient room in pharyngeal cavities and/or ribcage and pinched nostrils. Look for sound breathing, the correct formation of the head/skull and the dog’s proportions.
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Australia: Australian National Kennel Council: Boston Terrier
Finland: Finnish Toy Dog Society
Finland: Boston Terrier Club - Tervetuloa Suomen Bostonit - Finnish Bostons ry.n internetsivuille
France (SCC): Terrier de Boston
France: Club Francaise du Boston-Terrier et du Carlin
Germany (VDH): Club für Boston-Terrier in Deutschland e. V. http://www.boston.zuchtmanagement.de/
Ireland: The Irish Kennel Club - IKC Boston Terrier Page lists the All Ireland Boston Terrier Club's contact information.
Italy: The Italian Kennel Club (ENCI): Boston Terrier
Norway: Norsk Boston Terrier Klubb
Sweden: Svenska Bostonterrierklubben
UK: The Kennel Club: Boston Terrier
UK: Boston Terrier Breed Clubs
USA: Boston Terrier Club of America (BTCA)