Short and smooth
Brindle and white, Black and white
Intelligent, active, and loyal
In 1979, the state legislature recognized the
Boston Terrier as the state dog of Massachusetts.
Boston Terriers are typically small, compactly built, well proportioned dogs with erect ears,
short tails, and a short muzzle that should be free of wrinkles. They usually have a square
sort of face. The Boston Terrier is characteristically marked with white in proportion to
either black, brindle, seal, or a combination of the three.
The Boston Terrier was developed to be a companion and watchdog. A joy to have around,
they can sometimes be determined and self willed. For the most part they are very
intelligent and responds well to training. The modern Boston Terrier can be gentle, alert,
expressive, and well-mannered.
The breed was first shown in Boston in 1870. Shortly after, at the suggestion of James
Watson (a noted writer and authority), a breed club changed its name to the Boston Terrier
Club and in 1893 it was admitted to membership in the American Kennel Club.