The Boston Terrier Breed
The Boston Terrier is the first breed that originated in the United States to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. They were originally created by breeding a mix of bull and terrier type breeds with the result weighing upwards of 40 pounds. It is believed that the original cross was an English Bulldog and the now extinct English White Terrier.
The Boston Terrier will reach heights of 15-17 inches. By the American Kennel Club breed standard, the Boston Terrier should not weigh in at less than 10 pounds or more than 25 pounds.The Boston Terrier is a very playful, affectionate and loving breed that was bred down from the fighting ring to become an excellent family pet. The Boston Terrier will learn quickly, as they are quite intelligent. However, it is imperative that a firm and consistent pack leader take charge from a young age. The Boston Terrier can become quite stubborn and willful if left to believe that they wear the pants in the pack. The Boston Terrier is not typically utilized as a guard dog, however, it is not uncommon for a Boston Terrier to bark when necessary.
The Boston Terrier is an energetic, friendly and gentle breed that is known for his exceptional character. They are known to be very well mannered and enjoy the company of children of all ages. The Boston Terrier is also recommended as a companion for the elderly. The Boston Terrier does not have much of a prey drive and so they have the propensity to get along well with cats and other small animals. The Boston Terrier must be socialized well at a young age, however, to avoid aggression towards other dogs.