Sunday, March 29, 2015

Breed Spotlight- The Boston Terrier

Howling Hill has had the pleasure of making new friends with Kipper!  He is a Boston Terrier.  We were delighted by his busy body, cute tongue, and sweet affection.  It was his first time boarding anywhere and his mum commented, it was Kipper's Big Adventure!



True to his his breed, Kipper was quiet and friendly, making a great impression on human visitors as well as new canine friends!  Here is more about the Boston Terrier taken from Wikipedia:

History
The Boston terrier breed originated around 1870, when Robert C. Hooper of Boston, purchased a dog Judge from Edward Burnett known later as Hooper's Judge, who was of a Bull and Terrier type lineage. Hooper's Judge is either directly related to the original Bull and Terrier breeds of the 19th and early 20th centuries, or Judge is the result of modern English Bulldogs being crossed into terriers created in the 1860s for show purposes, like the White English Terrier. The American Kennel Club cites Hooper's Judge as the ancestor of almost all true modern Boston Terriers.  While originally bred for fighting as well as hunting rats in garment factories, they were later down bred for companionship. They are not considered terriers by the American Kennel Club, however, but are part of the non-sporting group.

Appearance
Boston Terriers are compactly built, well proportioned with erect ears, short tails, and a short muzzle that is generally free of wrinkles.  The Boston Terrier is characteristically marked with white in proportion to either black, brindle, seal, or a combination of the three.  According to international breed standard, the dog should weigh no fewer than 10 pounds and no more than 25 pounds. Boston Terriers usually stand 15-17 inches at the withers. The breed requires only a minimum amount of grooming.   

Temperament
The Boston Terrier is a gentle breed that typically has a strong, happy-go-lucky, and friendly personality. Bostons are generally eager to please their owner and can be trained given a patient owner. Both females and males are generally quiet and bark only when necessary, though early training in this regard is essential. Their usually sensible attitude towards barking makes them excellent choices for apartment dwellers. They enjoy being around people, and, like most dogs, get along well with children, the elderly, other canines, and non-canine pets, if properly socialized.


Above:  Lily and Kipper want... a treat of course!

 
Look at that leap!  What a nice weekend we had with you Kipper!  Thank you for being such a great ambassador for Boston Terriers everywhere.