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Breed History : Boston Terrier by kapieren Breed History : Boston Terrier by kapieren
Part of a series. Went ahead and did this first before another one I had intended because my buddy, :iconknuxtiger4:, owns a Boston Terrier and really wanted to know about the breed!

This is just a brief history, if you really want to know about the Boston Terrier breed I'd suggest reading the book linked below by Edward Axtell. His wording can be a bit funky (it's old English grammar) so I tried my best and kept it to the core basics. Turns out the Boston Terrier was known, by the author at least, as "The American Dog" in his 1910 publication which I find interesting as it's a term often claimed to be held by the APBT (which I found no historical record of).

I also found out through my research that although the Boston Terrier, Bull Terrier, and Staffordshire Terrier are related, the Boston Terrier is far more related to the Bull Terrier than it is the Staffordshire as the early Bull Terrier was some of the founding stock for the Boston. The more you research the more you know!

You can see the general genetic relation of pit type breeds here. [link]

If there are any typos or weird historical contradictions I will go back and fix them, but this should be pretty accurate overall.

Sergeant Stubby:
1921 Evening Public Ledger [link]
1921 The Evening World [link]
1921 The Washington Herald [link]
1922 The Washington Times [link]

Breed History:
1910 The Boston Terrier "The American Dog" Edward Axtell [link]
AKC Kennel Club Stud Book [link]
1910 Los Angeles Herald [link]
1911 The San Francisco Call [link]
1912 The San Francisco Call [link]
1914 The Sun [link]
Pedigree Dogs Exposed Blog: Hooper's Judge [link]

Other Resources
CD : Helen Keller Edition [link]
NY Times : Helen Keller's Talk [link]
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Jfdp13 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Great work!
In-The-Machine Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Very informative! Really awesome how you made it orderly and chronological and even provided links!
kapieren Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Doing these fills my OCD need for correcting historical elements people constantly get wrong.

That reminds me, didn't you say you use MSN?
In-The-Machine Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
I don't use MSN, but I created a skype a while ago! As soon as exams are over, I'm trying to make it my business to find it, haha.
Knuxtiger4 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
That is very interesting! It looks like they were originally white and tan colored dogs and not the black and white terrier that are common. I do know Boston Terrier's can come in only Black, Brindle and Seal as colors.

There anatomy also is interesting to see them evolve with the times. They had more of a "Boxer" like face when the breed was established but was bred to have more pushed in muzzles as time went on. Also didn't know Helen Keller had one, always love learning a bit of history there. c: Also cool to read about how they had bred out any of the game traits they would have.

It just such a damn shame that now the breed is known for very bad health problems that comes with there look. I lucky out with Nikki at least, she's three now and besides the bum knee she had as a puppy, she has no health problems that should come with her own breed. I really wish I knew her ancestory since it seems like maybe she's from a bloodline that is trying to "fix" the breed so their muzzles are longer? Who knows.

Thanks you Kappy for working on the Boston Terrier one first! I wasn't expecting that at the very least! :D
kapieren Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
I just came across this little dog. [link] Give him a broader muzzle and you'd have a Boston-esque pooch!
kapieren Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Bostons came in a lot of colors. :D It's hard to decipher which ones were the most common, but many seemed to sport a great deal of black and browns. And their anatomy is interesting! When you look at Hook's Punch you can see that he had a more terrier head, smaller eyes and longer muzzle.

Yup! Helen Keller owned Bostons, Bull Terriers, and retriever breeds. I think Sir Thomas was her only Boston Terrier but it's one of her most written about dogs.

That's the problem with show rings. :/ It can produce dogs of a tamer temperament which is what it's done with many of its registered breeds, but the anatomy can suffer. Imo, the breeders of the Boston Terrier should have stopped at the phenotype that was seen in Hook's Punch and Stubby.

Actually, purebred Bostons are still sometimes born with a longer muzzle! And in order to make the Boston a healthier dog, all you would need is a pinch of another breed. This is what the LUA Dalmatians were bred for. They were crossed with a pointer generations ago to remove bladder problems common with the breed but keep the phenotype of the breed intact. As seen with Fiona [link]

Of course, Bostons suffer more obvious problems, but here are some individuals who I think the clubs should strive for. [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] You can still have the blocky head, prick ears, screw tail, and large eyes but in more moderate proportions. :D
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