A little breed History

The Boston Terrier breed originated around 1870, when

Robert C. Hooper of Boston purchased a dog known as

Hooper’s Judge, a cross between an English Bulldog and

an English White Terrier. Judge weighed over 13.5 kg. He

was bred down in size with a smaller female and one of

those male pups was bred to yet a smaller female. Their

offspring interbred with one or more French Bulldogs,

providing the foundation for the Boston Terrier. Bred

down in size from pit-fighting dogs of the bull and terrier

types, the Boston Terrier originally weighed up to 20 kg.

Their weight classifications were once divided into

lightweight, middleweight , and heavyweight.


The breed was first shown in Boston in 1870. By 1889 the breed had become sufficiently popular in Boston that fanciers formed the American Bull Terrier Club, but this proposed name for the breed was not well received by the Bull Terrier Fanciers. The breed’s nickname, round heads, was similarly inappropriate.


Shortly after, the breed was named the Boston Terrier after its birthplace. In 1893, the American Kennel Club (AKC) admitted the Boston Terrier breed and gave the club membership status, making it the first American breed to be recognised. It is one of a small number of breeds to have originated in the United States. In the early years, the color and markings were not very important , but by the 1900s the breed’s distinctive markings and color were written into the standard, becoming an essential feature. Terrier only in name, the Boston Terrier has lost their ruthless desire for mayhem, preferring the company of humans.