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Buyer Information: Boston Terrier Breeders

Jun 12, 2008
The first Boston Terrier breeder was Robert C. Hopper. This gentleman bought a dog bred from an Old English Bulldog and an English White Terrier. He bred the smallest of this dog's puppies with both English and French Bulldogs. The result was the small, muscular, affectionate and companionable Boston Terrier. Boston Terriers are much more closely related to their Bulldog ancestors than the Terrier. They have been referred to by many names including Roundhead, Bull Terrier, Boston Bull and American Gentleman.

Though the breed is seen as traditionally Bostonian and is the state dog of Massachusetts, Boston Terriers have personalities that reflect those of refined American gentlemen. Membership for the Boston Terrier, as the first American breed, into the American Kennel Club was granted in 1983.

Though the Bulldog ancestors of the Boston Terrier were bred for aggression, this trait has largely been bred out of the Boston Terrier. The breed is a non-sporting, companion dog with an overall affectionate, intelligent and energetic temperament.

The Boston Terrier has large, dark, wide-set eyes with and an intelligent expression. These compact dogs appear to be well-dressed little gentleman. The temperament of the Boston Terrier is also refined. Every Boston Terrier breeder has attempted to breed out the aggression of Bulldog ancestors. Breeders choose dogs with the finest breed standard personality traits such as alertness, trainability, energy, affection, humor and overall sociability.

Coat colors can be brindle and white, seal and white, brown and white, or black and white. The white portion of the coat appears on the muzzle, between the eyes, on the chest, in a band (or collar) around the neck, and up the forelegs. This breed truly does have the appearance and smart carriage of a gentleman and this has made it a favorite in American Kennel Club and other competitions.

This breed is very sensitive to tone of voice so positive reinforcement in the form of praise in a gentle vocal tone encourages good behavior. This is especially important when housebreaking since Boston Terriers can be stubborn and willful in this area.

Buyers need to ask themselves whether they can provide for all the needs of a Boston Terrier. It is important that both buyer and breeder match the potential dog owner with the appropriate puppy so that the Boston Terrier can be placed in a loving, permanent home.

Good Boston Terrier Breeders will provide information on training, care, discipline and history to help prepare dog owners to raise their Boston Terriers.
About the Author
About the author: Wendy Caples is an avid lover of the Boston Terrier and owns a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Boston Terrier. Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Boston Terrier Breeders plus a whole lot more.
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