|SPECIALIZING IN PET QUALITY FAMILY BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES
Shanon Patschke, Owner
561 Graham Rd
Lockhart, Texas 78644
This dog was known as Judge or Hooper's Judge. He was a cross breed between an English Bulldog
and a White English Terrier. His head was squared and blocky and he had a nearly even mouth.
Judge weighed about 32 pounds and was rather tall stationed. His color was dark brindle. Judge
was cross bred with a Bulldog-type female called Gyp, owned by Edward Burnett, of Southboro,
Massachusetts. Gyp was short in statue and had a blocky head and weighed about 20 pounds.
Dog fighting was a popular form of entertainment in those days. The Boston Terrier was
originally bred for this purpose. Many times the same dogs that were put in the rings to fight
were also the family dog. Their devotion to their masters was notable even by the people who
found pit fighting repugnant.
By the year 1891, the Boston Terrier was an established breed. Off springs were consistently
looking like their sire and dam. The breeders formed the American Bull terrier Club in Boston,
and applied to the American Kennel Club for membership status. The Boston Terrier looked
nothing like the Bull terrier, so there were objections raised by the Bull terrier breeders. So the
club changed its name to Boston Terrier Club and in 1893 was admitted to membership in the
In the 1920's breeders started to pay more attention to the markings on the body, and the body
proportions. Pit fighting, for the most part was illegal in most states, and its popularity was
dwindling. The dogs already had a reputation for having a notable devotion to their masters and
family so the breeders started looking at the dog as a companion. By the 1950's the Boston
Terrier was very much like the dog we know today which are gentle and friendly.
Characteristics: The Boston Terrier is a lively highly intelligent, smooth coated, short-headed,
compactly built, short-tailed, well balanced dog, brindle, seal or black in color and evenly
marked with white chest, collar, and blaze between its eyes (show standards). 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. The
Height is from 15-17 inches and weight is 10-25 pounds.
Temperament: There are few dogs, having the disposition of the Boston Terrier. Their kind and
gentle disposition have won them the name of the American Gentleman, a name rightfully given,
and as companions or house pets, they have few equals. The breed likes to learn and therefore is
not difficult to teach. Their intelligence ensures they pick things up quickly. They are most
reliable with children and especially good with elderly people and very friendly to strangers. The
Boston Terrier is playful, very affectionate and likes to be part of the family. They get along well
with non-canine pets and get along well with other family pets if introduced to them at a young
age. The Boston Terrier is a friendly and lively dog. He is loving and sensitive, merry and bright,
at times a clown and has a deep love for his family and children. The Boston Terrier is not a
fighter, yet can more than take care of itself should the need arise. It is often protective of its
owner. This along with its small size, makes the Boston Terrier a popular breed.
Grooming: His coat is easy to care for when it comes to grooming, a few strokes with a soft
brush will keep his short, smooth coat gleaming.
Living Conditions: Boston Terriers are good for apartments as well as country living. They are
relatively inactive indoors and do okay without a yard. The breed is sensitive to extreme weather
conditions. Regular walks or sessions of free play in a fenced-in area is all the Boston Terrier
needs to stay in shape.
Life Expectancy: About 15 or more years.
Bostons of Color: Variations, such as a white coat with mixed markings and colors, do exist and
have their virtues. I have seen that the white coats with mixed markings and colors, are becoming
a more popular colors with some pet owners, although they are not AKC show standards. The
UCA (United Canine Association) does recognize the Bostons of Color now, as a class of its own.
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