5 Boston Terrier Facts

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During the 1870s, fanciers in Boston, Mass. began breeding a strongly built dog with a blocky head, developed from a cross between an English bulldog and the white English terrier, which no longer exists today.

Originally the dogs were known as "Round Heads," but in 1891 they were renamed Boston terriers to reflect the breed's birthplace. Two years later, to the delight of the breed's supporters, the AKC officially recognized the Boston terrier. The Boston was one of the first American breeds to be recognized by the AKC.

During the next century, through careful selection of breeding stock, dedicated fanciers methodically worked to bring out the pleasing features seen in today's Boston terriers -- compact body, distinctive coat markings and expressive dark eyes.

Over the years the breed has been a favorite canine companion to both old and young. "A Boston terrier can be a child's rough-and-tumble best buddy, or a senior citizen's soul mate and confidante," proclaims the Boston Terrier Club of America.

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