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
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)
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Bostoninterrierin jalostuk sentavoiteohjelma 2014–2018 (in Finnish)
UK/KC 2004 Health Survey
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: Assured Breeder Requirements for the Boston Terrier: BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme
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:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
Health, statistics, and history for the Boston Terrier
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)